Switching Dashboards

The title of today’s Dashboards By Example post, “Switching Dashboards” has a double meaning. It’s true that many business intelligence users are switching to desktop dashboards because of the benefits of the “immediacy” of data when it’s on your personal desktop. I’ve posted in the past about the use of the desktop dashboard by Allan Wille and his team of dashboarding gurus at Klipfolio, Inc as an “unavoidable dashboard” device (see item #3 in 5 Hot Dashboard Topics of 2009).

The other, more literal, meaning of the phrase switching dashboards arose in a discussion I had with a Dashboard Spy reader over how to design a “switching mechanism” for users to toggle between different dashboards. I’ve personally used the old dropdown selector and the subnav styling (Dashboard 1 | Dashboard 2 | Dashboard 3) as switches between dashboards. The reader wanted a more novel approach and, again, the Klipfolio Dashboard came to mind. Specifically, the Dashboard Demo Assistant that comes with the Klipfolio demo download.

What do I mean? If you’ve tried the latest version of the Klipfolio Dashboard 5.1 software, you’ll know that there are several different dashboards that come with the download. You use the Dashboard Demo Assistant not only to control and configure each of the dashboards, but also to toggle between the dashboards. Download and install the demo to see how it works.

It’s a very cool solution to switching dashboards. I created a Dashboard Spy video of my adventures with the Klipfolio demo.

A reader wrote recently asking why I haven’t produced any Dashboard Spy videos as of late, so here you go. And, yes, of course I included the Dashboard Spy theme song.

Watch for how the Dashboard Demo Assistant is used to load the different dashboards. Also, if you haven’t tried Klipfolio lately, this new version is simply awesome. Make sure to take a look at the new sparkline charting capability. I’ll post more in upcoming posts about Klipfolio. It’s grown into quite a compelling dashboard platform. Meanwhile, enjoy this video:

Regards Hubert Lee, The Dashboard Spy

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Tags: Klipfolio 5.1, Dashboard Design, Klipfolio Dashboard, Klipfolio Demo, sparklines, desktop dashboards, dashboard spy videos, klipfolio dashboards