Geckoboard Dashboard

In this dashboard example post, we look at the realtime business analytics dashboard called Geckoboard. It just officially launched, but we’ve been watching this widget-driven dashboard closely it while it’s been in beta.

Businesses these days have quite an extraordinary amount of data to look at. Most companies track web analytics, marketing metrics, e-mail statistics, customer support numbers, project management issues and much much more. And that’s just the marketing department!

Geckoboard Dashboard

Now that dashboards are popular, management is finding that they have multiple dashboards to log into and monitor. This can make dashboard adoption slowdown and companies are looking for dashboard consolidation techniques.

This particular dashboard example features a drag-and-drop interface and allows business owners a real-time view of their entire operation. Take a look at the screenshot and you’ll see that it’s largely text driven with key metrics highlighted via the sizing of the font and color indicating alert status.

This dashboard is customizable and is comprised of collection of widgets. Each widget represents data from possibly different data sources. Much of the metrics is website analytic centric with sources such as Google analytics, social media tracking, project information from base camp and similar, and other popular web analytics tools.

As this is a flash-free application it works on the iPad and iPhone here is a very cool product shot which stresses the point.

geckoboard ipad iphone dashboard

Interestingly the software has a “large screen mode” which makes it suitable for displaying on a large TV screen such as you would use in the lobby area of a company. As dashboards by readers know, I’ve highlighted a number of ways that companies broadcast their management transparency by encouraging consumption of enterprise dashboard data by everybody.

There is an interesting conversation going on about the pricing model of this dashboard. Take a look at this link, but it appears that right now the pricing model is based on a per device usage model. The company seems to be open to conversation about the pricing model so take a look at the discussion.

Geckoboard Pricing Model Discussion

Info on Launch of Real-time Business Metrics Dashboard – Geckoboard

SAS Graph iPhone Dashboard

A lot of Dashboard Spy readers have Apple iPhones on their brains these days. With the release of the new iPhone models (3G S) and the price drop of the older 8 gb iPhone to $99, there’s a lot of buzz right now. Personally, I’ve been having an adventure with a “detected but not identified” message when I connect my own iPhone to my Dell laptop but now I’m digressing (see comments below for the work-around that solves it).

Long time Dashboard Spy reader and SAS/GRAPH guru Robert Allison has developed a nifty iPhone dashboard. Take a look at this screenshot:

SAS Graph dashboard for iphone

He was sparked by an image of a dashboard that appeared on this blog, but I’ll let Robert tell the story.

A while back, the “DashboardSpy” posted up a mock-up of a dashboard
for an iPhone.  He got it from BonaVista Systems (it was a graphic they had
used for a contest), and I checked with Andreas Lipphardt of BonaVista Systems
and he says the iPhone dashboard is a “screen mockup”.

I decided to try to create the _real_ thing, using SAS/Graph! 🙂

How did I create it?

First, I found that the screen dimensions of an iPhone are 320×480 pixels.
Therefore, I set my xpixels and ypixels to those values.

Then, to create the dashboard, I started with a “gplot”, but I only
used it for the haxis and to give me a coordinate system to work with.
I pretty much annotated everything except for the numbers on the haxis.

The names of the “Key Figures” along the left are actually outside of
the gplot axes, and everything to the right of that text is ‘inside’
of the plot axes.  I used a large “offset” value in my haxis to allow
room for me to annotate the red dots, the sparklines, the CV, and
the bar values to the left of the 0% axis value.  I use an angled
title on the left of the graph to guarantee that I have room on that
side to annotate the text for the “Key Figure” names.

For the sparklines, I put 12 variables in my dataset (line1-line12),
and connect them with annotate move/draw.

For the bullet graphs, I annotate a ‘bar’ for each of the 3 shaded
sections behind them, and I annotate a move/draw line segment (with
a wide thickness) for the ‘bar’.

Notice that some of the lines of data have all-missing numerical values.
These are the ones for the section labels, etc.

I tried to write it somewhat generalized, so that you can have a different
number of lines of data, etc.

You can find the full write-up and SAS code for this dashboard here:

Robert Allison’s SAS GRAPH iPhone Dashboard

Here are some images from Robert:

The “mockup” of an iPhone dashboard:

iphone dashboard mockup

A real iPhone Dashboard created with SAS/GRAPH:

real iphone dashboard with sas graph

About to zoom in on the iPhone dashboard:

SAS iphone dashboards

The enlarged view of the SAS iPhone Dashboard:

sas graph dashboard on the iphone 3g

And here is a view of the rotated dashboard:

iphone dashboards for sas

As always, Robert Allison has done a great job with the dashboard. Check out his other sample dashboards at Robert Allison’s SAS/Graph Samples.

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