Dashboards, whether business intelligence dashboards, or software application dashboards, are best understood when experienced directly. It can be quite difficult to explain in words how certain dashboards work. That’s the challenge when writing and discussing enterprise dashboard software. Often, however, it’s not always possible for you to access the dashboards we study. That’s why The Dashboard Spy has become so popular. We’ll include detailed screenshots of the digital dashboards (as we do on Dashboards by Example), or sometimes, even video coverage of the business dashboard (see this Dashboard Spy Video).
A pet peeve of mine is when I come across literature from business intelligence vendors that discuss business dashboard technology and dashboards at length without including screenshots. I come across this quite a bit and it just irks me.
A couple of years ago, a Dashboard Spy reader pointed me to this Microsoft article about an Isreali Police Department dashboard case study and asked if I would please track down some screenshots of the dashboard.
Well, it took almost two years, but here are some screenshots of the performance dashboard used by the Isreali police to track over 100 KPIs for their 27,000 officers. The technology behind the performance dashboard is Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005.
Click on the examples to enlarge the screenshots. These digital dashboards are in Hebrew, so I can’t tell you exactly which metrics are shown on these screens.
Tags: Digital Dashboard Example, Isreali Police Dashboards
The Dashboard Spy has been posting at Dashboards by Example and The Dashboard Spy Blog for quite a while now, but many people searching for various business intelligence topics still find Dashboard Spy screenshots at this original address.
As a nod to the continuing power of this original Dashboard Spy Collection of Digital Dashboards, I thought I’d throw up a brand new post. It’s a sample of the type of content you’ll find at the new sites, so be sure to come over and join your fellow digital dashboard enthusiasts!
Dashboard Topic: The Risks and Rewards of a CIO Dashboard
In the upcoming issue of Information Week, there is a great article on CIO Dashboards called “Hunting the Elusive CIO Dashboard“. I’ll summarize some of the points in a moment, but take a look first at this great table showing pros and cons of CIO Dashboards:
As you see, there are both benefits and risks when it comes to a CIO Dashboard project. The main areas of challenge are selecting the appropriate KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and getting the data sources ready for consumption by the dashboard.
The benefits of the CIO Dashboard:
CIO Dashboard enables visibility of apps, systems and projects
Allows CIO to drive by KPI
CIO Dashboard will help lead to a lean efficient IT organization
The risks involved include:
Here are 8 Steps to Prepare for the CIO Dashboard:
A great article with content valuable to the business intelligence dashboard community. Check it out.
Tags: CIO Dashboards, CIO Dashboard Benefits and Risks, Digital Dashboard
A fair number of Dashboard Spy readers are interested in enterprise dashboard techniques for tracking hospital and other health care facility metrics. I’m always glad to accomodate business dashboard and scorecard requests and have a couple of hospital performance scorecards to show you today. These digital dashboards are from the Hospital Report Research Collaborative based at the University of Toronto. These scorecards serve to rank the hospital’s departments both internally and against peer facilities. These digital dashboards use technology from govmetrics3d.com.
This first digital dashboard screenshot shows the hospital’s organizations and their clinical performance KPI figures:
This second screenshot shows the performance scorecard. The Scorecard tab on the left is active. Other available tabs are Strategy Map, Initiatives/Actions and Commentary.
This last screen shows a split view of performance metric and report.
Tags: Digital Dashboard for Hospital Performace Scorecarding
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So who is the Dashboard Spy? No one really knows, but his growing collection of enterprise dashboard screenshots has captured the imagination of the executive dashboarding community. From excel dashboards and custom-built business scorecards, to xcelsius and flex-based visualizations, the dashboard screenshots at dashboardspy.com serve both as nuggets of inspiration and warnings of what not to do on an enterprise dashboard. These hits and misses will enlighten and entertain. Technology-neutral, and always business-driven, the Dashboard Spy website is the place to go to learn about the latest enterprise dashboard packages. Check out the Dashboard Spy’s latest recommended book, Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data.