Here is a sales dashboard presented by Solver, Inc., a company specializing in Business Performance Measurement. This screenshot is captured from an xcelsius dashboard demo at http://www.solverusa.com/im/Sales%20Dashboard.swf Of note is the sales revenue simulation section. It's a tree structure that leads to a total revenue number, but the real neat thing is that you can drag the bubbles around to change the inputs. A must try! A nice win for flash-based technology (xcelsius/flex) in the "battle" against AJAX?
Homework: Crystal Xcelsius is a hot new technology for creating interactive presentations from excel spreadsheets. Not at all sure what Xcelsius dashboards are? Then, you must start with this Xcelsius for Dummies book. As the book review for this title states:
- As the fastest growing dashboarding solution on the market, Xcelsius is an intuitive stand-alone Windows application that enables Excel users to transform the contents of an ordinary Excel spreadsheet into an engaging, interactive Flash-based dashboard
- Offers step-by-step instruction on the wide array of functionality that Xcelsius has to offer so that readers can complete mini-dashboards of increasing complexity with each chapter
- Addresses how to prepare Excel spreadsheets for use with Xcelsius dashboards and then use basic components of Xcelsius (charts, buttons, labels)
- Shows ways to add advanced functionality to dashboards (gauges, sliders, maps) and create interactive business calculators with Xcelsius
- Discusses integrating Xcelsius reports into PowerPoint slides, Web pages, and e-mail
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.