So Where are the Excel 2007 Dashboards?

Are less dashboards being built using Excel 2007 than I thought? The recent post about customizing the Ribbon navigation panel elements for Excel 2007 dashboards brought out a couple of comments from Dashboard Spy readers that basically said that Office 2007 upgrades were not yet in sight for them. Yes, it’s true that there’s a buzz out there about the dashboard-friendy functionality found in the Excel 2007 version and that we finally have a good Excel dashboarding book (see Excel 2007 Dashboards & Reports For Dummies), but Office 2007 is not yet commonly available in many enterprises.

I thought I’d look at the adoption rate of Excel 2007 in this post.

A great “in-the-trenches” look at whether people are using Excel 2007 yet comes from Charley Kyd of in his Excel 2007 Market Share survey. Since the release of Office 2007, he has been running a poll of what version Excel his site visitors have been using.

BTW, if you want an easy, low cost way to produce magazine-quality Excel dashboards, take a look at Charley’s Plug and Play Excel Dashboard Templates. Just point them to your data, and you have some great looking excel dashboard reports.

Here’s a screengrab from his site:

Excel version survey results

Click on the more link for more on this Excel version survey.

According to the results from the first 5 months of the year, about 50% of excel users are using the Excel 2007 version. However, most users are also still using the “classic” version.

Hmm. Interesting. I’d like to see what the users of the “new excel” are producing in terms of dashboards. I’ll beat the bushes for some Excel 2007 dashboards and report back so stay tuned.

Tags: Excel 2007 Adoption, Excel Dashboards

2 thoughts on “So Where are the Excel 2007 Dashboards?

  1. I’m using both 2007 and XP (2002).

    I’ve not yet produced any 2007 dashboards because most other people seem not to be using 2007 yet – a geek site may not be the best place to conduct such a poll as geeks tend to be early adopters.

    I also have reservations because of the bling in 2007, the likely quirks / effort involved in rebuilding my 2002 work and the supreme usefulness of microcharts in the 2002 version, which really swings the cost/benefit balance against moving for the time being.

    Once more people move to it, then the rebuild will begin to make more sense.

  2. I use both. My frustration with the new version, is that things that used to work in the old version (look-ups to a spreadsheet with updated 2011 holidays listed for a networkdays calculation) have issues when I try to do search and replace functions. Incredibly frustrating!

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