Here's a screenshot from the Microsoft Office product – Small Business Accounting 2006. As described, "Small Business Accounting has a dashboard for viewing the overall status of the business. Reports for the dashboard include: alerts and reminders, cash-flow graph, vendors to pay, spotlights, overdue customer accounts list, and a bank account summary. The product also has five different "roles" that can be configured to control access to information throughout the system."
Note the Outlook feel to this business dashboard. It is indeed integrated with Outlook and can pull contact information right into the 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 enterprise dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books (or even screenshots of real business dashboards) 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 a digital 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.