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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USA Education Dashboard

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Dashboard spy readers know how much I hate the explicit reference of a business dashboard to the metaphor of an automobile dashboard. It's a hackneyed story that seems to always be trotted out when trying to introduce the concept of a business intelligence dashboard to an audience of new users. When the United States government launched the United States education dashboard to a broad audience, of course, they trotted out how it's very much like an automobile dashboard. Thankfully they didn't go on and on about it and spared us the use of any graphics related to a steering wheel or gauges. T

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Flex Dashboard Screenshots - Deep dimensional analysis of large data sets with no user training

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The promise of the next generation of rich user interface dashboards is that with zero training a dashboard user can intuitively perform deep analysis across various dimensions. The data sets will be huge, but the performance will be fast and the user interface feedback will be instant. Too much to hope for? No, the future is now with the latest rich UI techniques such as Flash, Flex, AJAX, Xcelsius and the upcoming new Excel 2007. The dashboarding gurus at brightpoint have just released their latest data dashboard on their dashboard gallery. This Flex-based dashboard is quite impressive

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CFO/Controller dashboard - Finance user role view of the Wholesale Distribution Dashboard

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To complete the set from http://www.netsuite.com/portal/resource/interactive_dash_main.shtml, here is the CFO or Controller role's view of the Wholesale Distribution enterprise dashboard. Obviously, the focus is now on the financial data. In the KPI portlet, we now have indicators such as Check Promised, Overdue Invoices, Income, Expenses, Profit, Total Bank Balance, Receivables, Payable. And if you look at the Tasks portlet of the enterprise dashboard, you'll see financial staff tasks such as Create Estimate, New Contracts, Special Orders, etc. Homework: If you are on an enterprise dashboa

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Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Hard to Skin?

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SharePoint Dashboard designers used to struggle quite a bit when using the earlier versions of Microsoft Sharepoint for their projects. While SharePoint offered collaboration and document management functionality quite easily, it was not a simple matter to customize the look and feel. It was hoped that the latest version SharePoint 2007 would be much easier to customize in terms of the design. In speaking with a Dashboard Spy about the matter, I was pointed to two very interesting posts that all dashboard designers interested in Microsoft Sharepoint should study. The blogger is Cameron Moll

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Excel Dashboard Tutorial

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This step-by-step Excel Dashboard Tutorial shows you how to design and implement an excel dashboard. Using a real-life case study, Chandoo walks you through the business requirement, data analysis, dashboard design and layout, pivot table construction and other aspects of the construction of this excel dashboard. Click on this dashboard image to enlarge it: Do yourself a favor and check out this lesson on constructing an excel dashboard: Excel Dashboard Lesson Pay particular attention to Chandoo's thinking about the design and layout of the excel dashboard. Also, listen for the advice he

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Criminal tracking dashboard used by Tom Cruise in Minority Report

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Speaking of real-life, physical executive dashboards and scorecards, there's, of course, the famous "floating interface" used by Tom Cruise in Minority Report. He uses a glove contol to whiz through various dashboards to track down crimes that will occur in the future. Below is a scene from this must-see movie. The gorgeous painting below is by artist Dale Rutter. For a funny cartoon that points out that cool interfaces don't mean productive work sessions, please see this strip from movie-comics.com. If you haven't seen this movie, order it here. And if you are really into the idea of this

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Rapid Response Executive Dashboards - ala F1 performance dashboard

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Enterprise dashboard programmers sometimes deal with issues involving how best to portray real-time data. Most often, dashboards display information that is read from data warehouses that are refreshed during a nightly batch process. Transactional data that is presented in real time raises the complexity of the system. Here is a look at the ultimate real-time reporting of metrics. Literally, this is a real-time performance dashboard. Us enterprise dashboard implementation types are visually-oriented people, right? Ok, then here is a little executive dashboard game the Dashboard Spy would

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USA Immigration Infographic

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USA Immigration Infographic

A Dashboard Spy reader was working on the creation of an infographic and called me for help. He's not ready to show his work on this blog yet, but I wanted to share some inspiration I shared with him. He was looking to do something cool with a bar chart and I showed him this example. It shows United States immigration statistics in a cool layout. The bar chart is done in the shape of the U.S. flag. It's a few years old, but definitely worth studying as an example. Take a look: You'll definitely want to see the original here in its full size. Click on this link to view a larger versio

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Carbon Footprint Dashboard

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When Dashboard Spy reader Jonathan Nell said that the dashboard screenshot he just sent over was really "cool", I didn't think he meant it literally. Well, he did. The Carbon Footprint Calculator is a data visualization example featured at CoolCalifornia.org, the portal for a consortium of California agencies and organizations. The California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, Next 10, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab have partnered to provide the technology to enable Californian individuals and

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Cellular Telephone Service Management Dashboard - tracking local number portability service level agreements

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Here is a glimpse at a major cellular company's enterprise dashboard for tracking business service levels. Thanks to the Dashboard Spy who sent me the screen. The top section of this screenshot shows the previous day's availability figures for network data, voice and service. The lower portion of this enterprise dashboard features provisioning statistics. I'm a little leery of what I see in this section. Note that the red indications all happen to be OLO (other local operator) SLA alerts. The green service levels happen to be this carrier's numbers. Coincidence or is it really

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Digital Dashboard Leads Way to Cyber Security Readiness

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Digital dashboard designers today take a lot for granted. By that I mean they assume that their users have access to broadband speeds as well as modern browsers. Remember when such assumptions certainly could NOT be made? Back in the day, website designers offered text versions of even simple web pages. Have you ever heard of offerring both a full (rich interface) and text version of a digital dashboard? That brings us to today's digital dashboard example. Did you know that in the U.S., all 50 states and the District of Columbia jointly run a collaborative dashboard that tracks the nation'

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Performance Maps - size matters in showing KPIs with heat map enterprise dashboards

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Here's a look at how the ProClarity product (an enterprise business intelligence suite acquired by Microsoft) uses the "heat map" style of visualization to show relative importance to certain KPIs. The enterprise dashboard screenshot below shows what they call "performance maps". You can quickly see the relevance of large quantities of data through relative sizing and colors (the basic idea of heat map visualization technology). Based on parameters you define, the performance map allows you to easily compare two measures at one time. Bigger shapes mean bigger impacts and different colors in

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Conditional Formatting in Excel

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Conditional Formatting in Excel

I was working in Microsoft Excel and got a bit stuck on an issue with a formula, so I immediately went in search of the answer from my favorite Excel teaching resource, chandoo.org. I did find the answer, but while I was there, a very helpful article caught my eye so I thought I'd pass it along. Conditional formatting in Excel is one of those foundational techniques that you must employ when creating business intelligence dashboards with excel. I'm talking about coloring certain cells a different color depending upon the value of that cell value. For example: Click here to read ex

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Excel Dashboard Classes in Australia

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Calling all Dashboard Spy readers in Australia: Chandoo, master excel dashboarder and guru, will be conducting a series of Advanced Excel Dashboard Masterclasses in Australia this coming May and June. If you are close to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra or Perth, take this chance to brush up on your dashboard skills. Info here: Australian Excel Dashboard Master Classes by Chandoo The two day masterclass is aimed at managers, analysts, reporting professionals, executives in sales, marketing, customer service or anyone who wants to learn about Excel Dashboards. In this mas

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Manufacturing Dashboard using SAS/GRAPH

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"SAS/GRAPH for great dashboards - Can SAS really do that?" Yes. If you license BASE SAS and SAS/GRAPH, you may already own the most powerful dashboard software in the world. You would never know it from the examples published by the SAS Institute, but SAS/GRAPH can render virtually any graphical display with high resolution and great fidelity to the design. That's the provocative start to a great post by Dashboard Spy reader, Neil Dulohery of Whitmarsh Associates as part of his blog, AutomateBI. We've seen some wonderful examples of SAS/GRAPH dashboards by long-time Dashboard Spy contributo

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Analysis Dashboard for the State of the Union Address

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New information visualization techniques tend to be adopted slowly. When something innovative hits the mainstream, it is most certainly worth noting, because, sooner or later, your dashboard users are going to say to you, "How about that information gadget I saw in the New York Times?". Today, let's all go and try out an interactive application on the New York Times site: An Analysis of the 34,000 Words in the State of the Union Address. Here is a screenshot of this incredible application. Note the use of the heat-map style where the size of the graphic denotes the relative weight of the occ

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Don't Eat the Dashboard Pie Chart

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A dashboard means graphs. And, of course, graphs mean pie charts. Therefore dashboard means pie charts, doesn't it? We all know and love the simple pie chart. Or do we? Is the pie chart really the best graph to place on our dashboards? Dashboarding veteran Stephen Few issues some great warnings against using dashboard pie charts in his latest newsletter. The feature article entitled Save the Pies for Dessert explains why we dashboarders should not eat the pie. Take a look at this excerpt. There is a great analysis of why line graphs are better than pie charts when comparing relative quantiti

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175 Top Data Visualization Resources

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Update: The Dashboard Spy's Big List of Dashboard Experts is now live! Be sure to visit if you like these sorts of resource listings. Dashboard Spy readers are constantly sending me links to their favorite dashboarding, business intelligence and data visualization resources. I've been meaning to compile a Dashboard Spy Favorites List of these valuable sites, but have been holding off until I accumulate a large enough list. Imagine my delight when I came across the post 175+ Data and Information Visualization Examples and Resources. Talk about the ultimate list of info viz sites.   (click t

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Taking Data Chart Minimalism Too Far

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Show the data and nothing but the data, right? We've all seen the trend towards minimalism in our charts and graphs. Sometimes this results in business dashboards populated by mysterious and tiny scratchings that only a true data visualization expert can understand. In the recent issue of his Visual Business Intelligence Newsletter: Sometimes We Must Raise Our Voices, Stephen Few explains what he calls a "rare disagreement" with the principles of graph design as espoused by Edward Tufte (See The Visual Display of Quantitative Information ). Few begins with an explanation of the title of this

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Go Back to School for Excel

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Dashboard Topic: Excel School The dirty little secret in business intelligence dashboards is that sometimes (and actually more often than you think!), Microsoft Excel is a perfectly fine choice of platform for a business dashboard. And the even dirtier secret is that we business intelligence gurus are less adept at Excel than we should be. Is it time to go back to school for Excel? It certainly is if the Pointy Haired Dilbert of Chandoo.org is the professor! Yes, finally, there is a comprehensive "school for excel" - taught by a real Microsoft Excel expert! Go to http://budurl.com/excelt

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