The Dashboard Spy

April 1, 2006

The Scobleizer Dashboard – Scoble is using an MS Sharepoint Dashboard for The Scoble Meter

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 6:10 am

SharePoint Dashboard Update: This Dashboard Spy post has remained popular long past the April Fool’s Day on which it first appeared, so let me just state up front that this Robert Scoble SharePoint Dashboard does NOT actually exist. It is now a quaint reminder of those days when Scoble was the big evangelist for Microsoft. If you are looking for examples of SharePoint dashboards, you can find them on this blog on SharePoint Dashboard examples. You’ll also find a link to a great Sharepoint live demo.

Also, for those of you starting to look at MicroSoft Sharepoint, whether for collaboration or enterprise dashboards, begin with a look at the Microsoft SharePoint 2007 For Dummies book.  Don’t feel embarrassed to be labeled a sharepoint “dummy” – this resource is an excellent introduction to Microsoft Sharepoint for us executive dashboard people.

Thanks to a Dashboard Spy inside the Scoble encampment, we have this peek at the executive dashboard that Robert Scoble, famed blogger at microsoft, uses. This screenshot was grabbed from Scoble’s screen and smuggled out to us last night. It’s worth a look to see the kinds of metrics that he is tracking. Lots of gauges, scales, graphs and such. Perhaps too much? It also seems like he can use the dashboard to actually post to his blog and then monitor the buzz it creates. I’m told by a dashboard coding expert that the technology behind this enterprise dashboard is Microsoft Sharepoint Portal. There is heavy customization of the webparts. As you know, there has been some controversy about Robert Scoble and his posts lately. I think that he’s done some great work and wish him the best.

Tags: Sharepoint Dashboard, SharePoint Dashboards, Microsoft Sharepoint, Digital Dashboard

Scoble Meter Dashboard

Read Robert Scoble’s book on blogging, Naked Conversations : How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers . Also, there are tons of other blogging books.

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.

Tag: Sharepoint Dashboard

19 Comments »

  1. The Scoblemeter

    What’s on Robert Scoble’s radar? The Dashboard Spy knows. Technorati Tags: Robert Scoble

    Trackback by Micro Persuasion — March 31, 2006 @ 10:28 am

  2. Anyone notice the dates on the stories on Scoble’s “Dashboard”?

    It’s April 1 somewhere, right?🙂

    Comment by Dustin Miller — March 31, 2006 @ 11:36 am

  3. Excellent stuff. I really like this. What did base this to make?

    Comment by Chrono Cr@cker — April 1, 2006 @ 1:12 am

  4. Wow, I was reading the rest of your blog and I really like most of the stuff.

    Comment by Chrono Cr@cker — April 1, 2006 @ 1:19 am

  5. […] Gadgets on SharePoint – for real!    There are still nearly 90 minutes left (in PDT) until April Fool’s Day, but several people have already sent me the following screenshot from the DashboardSpy, which appears to be a mocked up SharePoint site with some very cool (and useful) looking Gadgets for monitoring Scoble’s KPIs. I found this very ironic and extremely coincidental because just a couple of days ago, I had the idea of running real Gadgets on a real SharePoint site, and after some help from Brandon Paddock and some tweaking of my own, I created the following (very real) SharePoint site.   (click image to enlarge)      Alas, I am not ready to reveal exactly how I was able to get Gadgets to run on SharePoint, but I promise that I will do so as soon as the Live.com folks give me the go-ahead. For now, I’d encourage you to start thinking about what kinds of Gadgets would be worthwhile to run on a SharePoint site, especially within a corporation. I’m thinking about sponsoring a Gadget Development Contest within the next few months on the newly created SharePoint Featured Group at the GotDotNet CodeGallery that will focus on Gadgets that SharePoint customers would actually want to use on their sites rather than most of the “fun and cool but not very useful” Gadgets that current exists on the Microsoft Gadgets site.     Published Friday, March 31, 2006 10:35 PM by lliu Filed Under: Portal, Blogosphere, Windows Live […]

    Pingback by Lawrence Liu's Report from the Inside : Gadgets on SharePoint - for real! — April 1, 2006 @ 1:42 am

  6. Microsoft Launches Windows Live Music (iTunes-Like)

    iTunes is not the only music downloading service in town as Microsoft has gotten ready to sideline Apple with the launch of their latest online innovative Windows Live Music (WLM). This announcement has taken the whole of the web by surprise and I don&…

    Trackback by Chrono Tron - 100% — April 1, 2006 @ 2:40 am

  7. […] Today is April Fool’s Day, so look out for some tricks. […]

    Pingback by Dave’s Wordpress Blog » Blog Archive » Scripting News for 4/1/2006 — April 1, 2006 @ 3:00 am

  8. That is pretty awesome. I am just sarting to get into dashboards for a project I might join and I really got a laugh out of this one.

    Comment by Chris Elliott — April 1, 2006 @ 6:54 am

  9. […] Someone posted a screen capture of Robert Scoble’s dashboard at the Dashboard Spy. I wish that this was real, because I would want to make one of these for my blog. I am interviewing for a position where producing dashboards in a Sharepoint environment is a common activity and it would be nice to have one running to monitor my blog while I am working. Being a dashboard neophyte I am going to have to keep my eye on this site to see what “real” dashboards are being used in industry. […]

    Pingback by chris-elliott.com» Blog Archive » I need one of these — April 1, 2006 @ 7:01 am

  10. […] Someone posted a screen capture of Robert Scoble’s dashboard at the Dashboard Spy. I wish that this was real, because I would want to make one of these for my blog. I am interviewing for a position where producing dashboards in a Sharepoint environment is a common activity and it would be nice to have one running to monitor my blog while I am working. Being a dashboard neophyte I am going to have to keep my eye on this site to see what “real” dashboards are being used in industry. […]

    Pingback by chris-elliott.com» Blog Archive » I need one of these — April 1, 2006 @ 7:01 am

  11. This is an uber-cool dashboard. Funny, too, but mostly uber-cool. I want one.

    Comment by Knobtweakers — April 1, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

  12. […] With all the April Fools jokes flying around, The Scobleizer Dashboard has got to be funniest thing I’ve seen in a while. It would be great if someone actually came up with something like this so a blogger can instantly monitor what’s being said about him all over the web. Kind of like web stats but for an individual blogger or blog; maybe I’ll call it BlogBuzz or BlogStats. BlogBoard, BlogDashboard, dont’ sound that nice. Maybe MemeBoard? That sounds better. […]

    Pingback by kerneljack’s diary » Scoble’s Dashboard Spy — April 2, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

  13. […] The Dashboard Spy has a humorous look at what Scoble’s Dashboard could look like. My favorite part of the dashboard is the “Overhype” section where only the Origami is listed. […]

    Pingback by » The Scoble Dashboard revealed — April 2, 2006 @ 5:18 pm

  14. Is that it?
    Google’s gonna pay $100,000 a year for this?

    Must talk to my personal headhunter… I’ve been getting ripped off.

    Comment by Leigh — April 3, 2006 @ 11:05 am

  15. […] Who said Dashboards couldnt be fun   Share this post: Email it! | bookmark it! | digg it! | reddit! Readability Stats: Word Count: 258; Sentence Count: 11; Grade Level: 10.7, more info… FiledUnder: Links, Asp.net, Sharepoint, Web 2.0 […]

    Pingback by Arno Nel on Web Development, Web 2.0 and Sharepoint : On the Web - Day 8 — April 4, 2006 @ 1:03 am

  16. […] Email – the problem with collaboration I have been mulling over the idea of peoples emotional connection to technology and how we  (developers) can create software that people like using, rather than technology that feels like filling in a tax form. I had an interesting moment playing with the linked in toolbar for outlook, where it did some fancy pattern recognition and told me that “I should follow up these 3 people” that had not got back to me. It was information I had forgotten, and now I find myself using the toolbar every day. Before, I would try to match up my inbox with my sent folder to try and work out which ball is in what court. It is not so much the time that was wasted, but the stress and agitation that bothers me, digging through old emails. I have decided that I hate email, in a philosophical sense. Why I hate email:It interrupts thought processes. Although I don’t get much spam (apart from “important” office administration matters), I get a lot of poorly timed email. I do want to know about “The latest book releases” at 11 am on tuesday. However, I would like to read about them at the end of the day, when my work is doneI need to use a mini search engine to find anything relevantI am always loathe to delete emailWhat I am going to do about it:Anti email awareness web bannersTeam portal technology upgrade, Woooo!  – beta consequences be damnedSelf appoint myself as collaboration nazi – “That should be an announcement on the portal” or “If you don’t need an answer in the next 20 minutes, we don’t need a meeting, just start a discussion thread on the project site, we can give input when we feel like it”Redirect my inbox to a Project Manager. If it is important, then it probably should be scheduled. If it is scheduled, they will let me knowTurn off “notification email” – or at least mark it as read, and unimportant and move it to an out of the way folder. I will go back and read it like a event log if the need arisesand most importantly of all:”No email week”. If you want an answer quickly, ask me. If you want an answer slowly, put it on the portal and I will check my “Fancy aggregating personalised site” 3 times a day for updates.I think it would be kind of like living like a tibetan monk for a year. When I return to the real world  a week later, I will have gained insightful wisdom into collaboration and become a skinny bearded guru dude. Lets leave email for what it is good for: one to one communication – a replacement for a written letter. Published Wednesday, May 03, 2006 9:49 PM by Alistair Filed Under: tech […]

    Pingback by The Alistair Speirs blog : Email - the problem with collaboration — May 3, 2006 @ 6:38 am

  17. […] Great article on why Email is the problem with collaboration. An old school friend of mine, Alistair Speirs from Data#3 (where I worked before MS) wrote a great blog entry about his thoughts on email. Strangely he didn’t mention anything about Realtime Communicators (Live Communication Server / MSN Messenger). Anyway check it out here. A few of the cool take aways are: The “LinkedIn” toolbar – “it did some fancy pattern recognition and told me that “I should follow up these 3 people” that had not got back to me. It was information I had forgotten, and now I find myself using the toolbar every day. Before, I would try to match up my inbox with my sent folder to try and work out which ball is in what court. It is not so much the time that was wasted, but the stress and agitation that bothers me, digging through old emails. I have decided that I hate email, in a philosophical sense. ” I’ve downloaded the LinkedIn toolbar and I’ll give it a whirl with Outlook 2007 Beta 1 Technical Refresh. One thing in Alistair’s post that I’m not sure about is “No Email Week” – see below. “No email week”. If you want an answer quickly, ask me. If you want an answer slowly, put it on the portal and I will check my “Fancy aggregating personalised site” 3 times a day for updates No Email Week makes me feel sick – I live on email! If I wake up in the middle of the night I check my email, when I wake up (before anything) I check my email, I “triage” emails whilst driving (or getting a coffee) on my smartphone; The only time my doesn’t get read is when I’m presenting infront of customers or on a plane (and then I get separation anxiety). […]

    Pingback by Angus Logan's Portals Blog : Great article on why Email is the problem with collaboration. — May 3, 2006 @ 7:24 am

  18. Very nice post:D I really enjoy the reading! I come here from the google while searching for some good article!Thanks

    Comment by BALLY Taion — May 10, 2011 @ 4:06 am

  19. Great article. I’m dealing with a few of these issues as well..

    Comment by cker — October 30, 2014 @ 11:33 pm


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