The Dashboard Spy

March 4, 2006

Great book on implementing dashboards

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 3:58 am

The best book out right now on implementing dashboards is definitely Enterprise Dashboards: Design and Best Practices for IT . Right now, it’s the only book out there dealing with issues of implementing dashboards.

As the author, Shadan Malik, states: “As of the writing of this book (2005), I have found no book on the subject of enterprise dashboards. The only available insight into the world of dashboards at this time is confined to the manuals of the software.”

He goes on to state the 3 goals of the book:

1) To serve as a reference and best practices guide to business leaders considering dashboards for their information needs

2) To serve as an implementation handbook for IT managers, analysts, and consultants delegated with the task of implementing dashboards.

3) To shed light on the popular topic of dashboards for teachers and students of information systems and management.

The book is divided into 4 parts: 1) Dashboard execution, 2) Dashboard types, 3) Dashboard software assessment, and 4) Case studies.

It’s a must read for anyone interested in dashboards. Use the link to get a great price (substantial discount) from Amazon: Enterprise Dashboards: Design and Best Practices for IT

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 business dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books 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 to share, please leave a comment or send an email to info _at_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books.

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