The Dashboard Spy

March 10, 2006

Storage Area Network performance monitoring dashboard

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 10:25 pm

Presented at http://www.networktesttools.com/finisar/netwisdom.html is a java-based dashboard which provides a snapshot view of entire SAN fabric performance at a glance. I don’t see many straight java dashboards.

Storage Area Network Dashboards

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 send an email to info _at_ dashboardspy.com. Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books.

Flash vs. AJAX Dashboards – Goowy, a Flash-based Web OS Dashboard

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 7:31 pm

Interesting post at http://harshdeep.wordpress.com/2006/03/09/goowy-the-web-os-showing-off-the-power-of-flash/ where there is a discussion of Flash versus AJAX for powering rich client interactivity. Now I know that the screenshot below is not an executive dashboard, but rather an OS widget thingy dashboard, but i’m going to post it on this blog anyway.

In fact, I’ve been under pressure as to why I’m not including those kinds of dashboards since from a User Interface design perspective, there is much value in studing dashboards of any nature. I’ve been trying to focus on business dashboards, but since the mac os dashboard appeared, there’s been floods of those kinds of dashboards images. I’ll probably create a new category on this blog called OS Dashboards.

Anyway back to Flash vs. AJAX. See my previous posts on the power of flash-based dashboards at

https://dashboardspy.wordpress.com/2006/03/02/sales-dashboard-from-solverusacom/ 
https://dashboardspy.wordpress.com/2006/03/03/banking-dashboard-profitability/
https://dashboardspy.wordpress.com/2006/03/03/department-dashboard-another-flash-based-dashboard-neat-animation-of-gauge/

Flash OS 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 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 send an email to info _at_ dashboardspy.com. Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books.

The NASDAQ MarketSite Dashboard – It’s giant!

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 6:09 pm

DM Review published an article a while back called “Dashboard Design: Why Design is Important” at http://www.dmreview.com/editorial/dmreview/print_action.cfm?articleId=1011285. They featured the giant dashboard at NASDAQ. As they explained: “Consider NASDAQ’s unique situation. The exchange needed to communicate to the average investor what was happening in the stock market each and every day. However, as NASDAQ is a purely electronic stock exchange, there was no physical trading floor to take a television camera and no one to interview. The solution was ingenious: NASDAQ created MarketSite at Times Square in New York City, which provides a 6×20 video wall with real-time graphic displays on the current state of the market. The result: networks such as CNN and CNBC, now broadcast more than 150 stories each day from this location.

Would NASDAQ have been as successful using standard bar charts? NASDAQ’s unique, clear graphics are critical for a broad audience to quickly assess the market information, thereby successfully communicating information to business professionals and consumers, and adds value to both the networks and NASDAQ’s brand.”

Giant 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 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 send an email to info _at_ dashboardspy.com. Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books.

The Ambient Executive Dashboard – a physical analog gauge that you can hook up to your digital dashboard

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 3:37 pm

How cool is this? A bunch of actual analog dial gauges that you hook up wirelessly to your system? http://www.ambientdevices.com/cat/dashboard/ shows this device. Has anyone heard about it? I’m thinking of wiring it up to my dashboard demos to really knock the socks off of users in my presentations!

Ambient Executive Dashboard Dials

Real life analog gauge

Ambient Executive Dashboard Dials

Swappable faces 

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 send an email to info _at_ dashboardspy.com. Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books.

Personal and Team Software Process Dashboard

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 3:21 pm

The Personal Software Process, created by Watts Humphrey of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, is described in the book A Discipline for Software Engineering. An open source project, The Software Process Dashboard Initiative, has created a dashboard tool product for support of the methodology.

As they state on their page, “Engineers using the PSP to develop software follow defined processes and collect detailed metrics on the time required to produce a product, the defects that were injected and removed at various stages in development, and the size of the finished product. These metrics are then analyzed using statistical methods, enabling engineers to produce highly accurate estimates based on historical data, track progress and quality of a project in progress, predict schedule impacts, and predict the quality of a finished software product. The PSP encourages engineers to quantitatively determine ways to improve their process.”

Here is the dashboard from http://processdash.sourceforge.net/index.html. Note how small it is. It’s basically a quick-link type of display. They state:

“The main dashboard window is designed to be as small as possible, so it can coexist with IDEs and other developer tools.  Here is a screen shot (actual size):”

PSP Dashboard 

This then leads to screens such as:

PSP Data Analysis Screens 

PSP Chart View

PSP Chart Stats 

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 send an email to info _at_ dashboardspy.com. Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books.

A Project Manager Dashboard

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 12:09 pm

Posted on http://www.autotask.com/solutions/for_internal_service_organizations.htm is this project management dashboard. From the site: “It’s your single access point to manage people, projects time and costs.Account information, project schedules, status & assignments, service desk tickets, time & expenses and performance against budget — all rolled up on your personal dashboard.”

Note the red/green/yellow workload report.

Project manager 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 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 send an email to info _at_ dashboardspy.com. Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books.

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