Business Intelligence Dashboard Examples

Here are some featured Business Intelligence Dashboard Examples to view and consider for your own dashboard project.

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Edward Tufte advice on dashboard thread still alive

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This thread from Edward Tufte on executive dashboard presentation is from 2003 but just got a new post: http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0000bx&topic_id=1&topic=  A reader was working on a dashboard with a "Zen" version of a KPI status indicator, using as little color as possible, and incorporating Edward Tufte's innovative "Spark Line" metaphor for display of trends. Please read the thread for Mr. Tufte's very helpful comments. He had a great statement about over-zealous graphics: For information displays for management, avoid heavy-breathing metaphors su

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Before and After Dashboarding

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Here's a tdwi.org story on "Storyboarding: Building Effective Dashboards" - http://www.tdwi.org/Publications/WhatWorks/display.aspx?id=7725 written by some really smart folks. This grab is of the "before and after" views. A nice visual portrayal of our goals. So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of business dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed

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An Executive Console - KPI Dashboard Screenshots showing Financials, Sales, Production, IT System

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More fine work here from the BrightPoint Consulting team (brightpointinc.com). This enterprise dashboard is done in Crystal Xcelsius and the interactive flash-based demo can be tried at http://www.xcelsius.com/Examples/swfs/Executive_Dashboard.swf. The screenshots below show that the application focuses on showing 4 views to the business executive - Financial summaries, Sales figures, Production statistics and IT Systems performance indicators. Each area is distilled into an "Index" (i.e. Financial Index, Sales Index, Production Index and IT Systems Index) that provides an At-a-

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Xcelsius 2008 Dashboard - Gas Price Data

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Flash-based dashboards provide great interaction between the user and the data. Technologies such as Xcelsius easily allow us dashboard designers to mix view (read only) modes with what-if analysis modes. In today's dashboard example by Ryan Goodman of the Interactive Data Visualization Blog, we see this to great effect. I've always liked Xcelsius for dashboarding and the new version, Xcelsius 2008, makes it even more compelling with it's new Adobe Flex IDE. Take a look at the top 10 new features of Xcelsius 2008. Ryan's Xcelsius 2008 Dashboard examines a subject of great concern today: th

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Pop-Up Dashboard for 2008 Election Results

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Topic: The Times Uses a Pop-Up Dashboard for its Election 2008 Dashboard. The New York Times site is known for its strength with information visualization and use of the information dashboard paradigm. It goes without saying that The Dashboard Spy constantly monitors them for new uses and presentations of business intelligence dashboards. Today, Election Day 2008, we need the nytimes.com site using what they call a "Pop-Up Dashboard". Take a look at this screenshot and you'll see a home page blurb touting the New York Times Election 2008 Dashboard: "Monitor live election results with the Tim

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Business Intelligence: A Guide for Midsize Companies

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Business Intelligence: A Guide for Midsize Companies

This SAP whitepaper on business intelligence is highly recommended for Dashboard Spy readers. Request a copy at this link: Business Intelligence: A Guide for Midsize Companies [caption id="attachment_1837" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Business Intelligence - A Guide for Midsize Companies"][/caption] Here is the Table of Contents: Executive Summary Signs Your Company Needs a Business Intelligence Solution What Is Business Intelligence? How Business Intelligence Is Helping Midsize Organizations BI Components Explained Much More Than Just a Simple Query The Benefit

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Airline Operations Executive Dashboard KPIs for Sales, Operations and Financials from Dundas

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I've written before about the great executive dashboard design team at Dundas a provider of charts, maps and gauges for .net based digital dashboards. See their work at this executive dashboard gallery. Today's enterprise dashboard screenshot review is based on their recent work on an airline executive management dashboard system. If it seems to you that everyone does an airline executive dashboard, you are right. There was a business intelligence dashboard competition a while back that asked entrants to design a dashboard for airline management - hence the proliferation of airline dashboards.

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Mobile BI Dashboards from Business Objects

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Dashboards by Example recently focused on mobile business intelligence dashboards with the post on Cognos Mobile Dashboards. We looked at Cognos Report access via Window Mobile, RIM Blackberry and Symbian devices. Today we continue our examination of the state of the art in Mobile BI by looking at how Business Objects offers mobile access to its Web Intelligence reports. Let's give the research folks at the Business Objects Lab their due by looking at some of their diagrams of their mobile dashboards. They call the platform MoBI. The Business Objects team is proud of pointing out that their m

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Reputation Management Dashboard Built with iGoogle

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Dashboard Spy readers from the marketing side of the house will find fascinating the post by Marty Weintraub titled "How to Build a Reputation Management Dashboard". Marty offers comprehensive, step-by-step instructions in his post on assembling a robust dashboard that allows a company to track your business keywords such as brand, products, company executives intent phrases and competitors. Oh, and, here's the kicker that will excite all dashboarders whether or not they're interested in marketing or reputation management - the dashboard is free and built with iGoogle, Google Alerts, and the G

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What is a Dashboard

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Dashboard Spy Post: Business Dashboard Definition Yes, it's a basic question but let's answer the fundamental question of "What is a Dashboard?". Better yet, let's have Stephen Few, author of Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data, answer the question. He has a one line definition that just about sums it up: A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives; consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance. This comes from the "Dashboard Confusion" issue o

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Intuition through Business Intelligence

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Dashboards: Business intelligence tools, Business intuition enablers, or both? The role of intuition in the business place has certainly grown in the "softer", more people-focused areas of the enterprise. Note the number of books available on topics such as emotional quotients, consumer desire and team building. Decisions are made based not only on the cold hard facts (i.e. "the numbers") but by more nebulous decision criteria. Can the same be said, however, for the more analytical parts of the business enterprise? Is there room for intuition when it comes to business intelligence? Are numbe

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Energy Management Dashboard Screenshot from 1995 - monitor home energy use through cable tv

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From the dusty vaults of interactive tv ideas, comes this 1995 dashboard collaboration between Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Microsoft and TCI. PG&E provided the energy applications software and the in-house LAN, Microsoft provided the OS and TCI was responsible for the energy management unit, networking and TV set-top box. The idea was to let a utility customer bring up a dashboard on their TV that allowed them to see and manage their energy usage. This concept was piloted to 30 homes in Walnut Creek in 1995. The trial had to be shut down (too early for its time - costly and cumb

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Medical Practice Enterprise Dashboard Screenshots - physicians tracking financial and clinical KPIs

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This physician dashboard is in use at the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates in Washington, D.C. Thank you to the Dashboard Spy who sent me the screenshots and project documents. This multi-specialty medical practice with $215 Million in annual revenue has 275 doctors and about 1,000 employees including 16 in the IT department. The dashboard project was started in early 2005 and took about a month or so using 2 IT resources plus an external consultant. The applications that contribute data to the medical practice enterprise dashboard include: IDX Flowcast billi

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When Down is Up and Up is Down

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As a user interface and usability professional, I'm always excited when major shifts in software applications and operating systems happen. I always jump in as an early adopter just to experience the differences. Yesterday, I upgraded to Apple Lion and I must admit that my mind has been bent into a pretzel over the change they made in how scrolling works. It's now "backwards". I mean that literally. I know it's hard to believe, but I know literally have to scroll down to go up and up to go down. If you have a Mac, upgrade to Lion and get your mind blown just for the expansionary effects of it

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SharePoint Template for a Competitive Intelligence Dashboard

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SharePoint is becoming a real contender when it comes to platforms for building business dashboards. Did you know that Microsoft SharePoint now holds 10% of the portal market? In speaking with an enterprise dashboard project manager, I realized that many people don't realize that Microsoft released a bunch of preconfigured SharePoint site templates meant to address various business departmental needs. There are over 30 such demo sites. The problem is that these sites are not hosted by Microsoft on the web so that enterprise dashboard afficionadoes can play with them. They are offerred for do

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Excel 2007 Executive Dashboard with new excel cube functions and sparklines

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Excel Dashboard Update: This short video shows you MicroCharts for Excel and Microsoft BI in action. Dear Dashboard Spy: Here's our latest dashboard using sparkline charts. We created an Excel 2007 based dashboard and a PivotTable for KPI Analysis. The first screenshot shows you a management dashboard for the Microsoft BI sample database Adventure Works. Bullet graphs and sparklines are created with MicroCharts formulas. The disjoint blocks of figures are done with the new Excel Cube formulas. The second screenshot shows you a Excel Pivot Table for KPI analysis. The sparklines and bullet

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Conducting Brainstorming Sessions

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All software development projects demand high degrees of collaboration but Business Dashboards in particular span so many domains within an organization that strong group vision is an absolute must. Dashboards are so user-centric that without contribution by members of the various intended audiences during the design phase, the resulting software is an annoyance at best and useless at worst. How best to manage the chaos that may come during the envisioning phase for a far-flung dashboarding project? I still say that we must start the requirements phase with some wide-open brainstorming sessio

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Pick a KPI, any KPI - Using visual size and color to show trending data on dashboards

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Dashboard Spy Topic: KPI Reports (Key Performance Indicators) Here is an interesting series of KPI report screens from http://www.iexecutivedashboard.com/screens.htm. Note how the Executive Dashboard product handles the past and future trends for the indicators. Also see how the users can set their own configuration preferences. It's always interesting to see how a dashboard application handles KPI configuration. Dashboard Screen: The dashboard page displays the overall health of key performance indicators. Each box represents a key performance indicator (KPI) and the health for correspondi

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Scorecards and Dashboards - Is there a Difference?

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Scorecards and Dashboards - Is there a Difference?

Is there really a difference between a scorecard and a dashboard? I'm of the opinion that it's only a matter of syntax or semantics. I think that dashboard is a wonderful term that includes all manners of scorecards, performance measurements and other sorts of at-a-glance kpi and metric info. But I do get the point that the term dashboard has become somewhat diluted. I always point out the term "Dashboard" will become the "Homepage" replacement. I can't think of anything better than a dashboard to put on the homepage. What software application wouldn't benefit from having a dashboard as ho

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Google Analytics Marketing Dashboard

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Enterprise Dashboard Example from the Desk of The Dashboard Spy (dashboardspy.com) - Long time readers know that I always approach business dashboard design with a fierce user-centric focus. My background as a user experience director and information architect just doesn't allow me to do otherwise. (In fact, I'm the originator of a user-centric approach called Users FIRST that I'll describe in a future post) Designing a successful user experience (a business intelligence dashboard, in this case) requires an understanding of the true wants and needs of the end user. Note that I use the word "t

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