Dashboard Example: KPI Reports
The difference between the stack of regular reports you receive, and KPI reports, is that the latter actually measure something important and on which you can actually affect change. Put those KPI reports on a digital dashboard and you really have a powerful business tool.
Let’s have a “behind the scenes” look at a dashboard.
It is always great to see how dashboards get configured – both from the point of view of what visual styles to show and what levels trigger the alarms. There is a walkthrough of an enterprise dashboard at http://www.iolap.com/products/dashboard.htm that gives a look at the administration screenshots. This material is good to study for administration ideas – whether you use an out-of-the-box dashboard package or you are building a custom dashboard application yourself, you need to deal with configuration and user preferences. I assume that the choice of visual styles is an admin function, but do you think that setting alarm levels (see screen below) is done by each individual user? If so, that's a nice way to let the user customize their own dashboard.
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 to find how popular it has become. If you have a nice screenshot of an enterprise dashboard, balanced scorecard, or any business intelligence graphic to share, please send an email to info _at_ dashboardspy.com. Also check out The Dashboard Spy's favorite books.