The Dashboard Spy

May 2, 2006

The War Room of the Future – a giant physical dashboard for battle planning

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 8:24 pm

Ever feel that while you're in the trenches sweating it out with the actual workers in your company, your management is up in a comfy room somewhere just pointing and clicking while enjoying the gourmet coffee? Well, this war room of the future does its share in keeping the nitty gritty an arm's length away. Actually, I shouldn't joke, as the better the view from the top, the better off the ground troops are. Ordnance provider, BAE Systems, has posted this video about their war room of the future. The link brings you to a graphic of a dashboard and a link to the video. It's really big (over 60 megs) so I thought I'd grab out a bunch of screenshots for you. The basic idea is that the whole room acts as a big enterprise dashboard.

This first screenshot shows you the "before" – a hand drawn whiteboard with various KPIs.

Executive Dashboard Metrics

This series of screenshots shows the "after". Here is the door to the war room:

Entrance to war room

The bird's-eye view. Note the various monitors. Some are large screen monitors and others are smart screens with touch interactivity.

View of dashboards

This one shows more of the screens. On the left side you can see a video conferencing screen with a camera on top of the screen.


Some are TV feeds. Now it's confirmed that our war leaders get their breaking news from the same place we do – broadcast news!

Newsfeed screenshots

Other screens monitor live action. Here is a video feed of a missile launching:

Missile Strike

Some more screenshots of dashboard systems:

Dashboard Systems

Look down and you'll see the controller tablet. It controls the entire room:


Take a closer look. You'll be relieved to know that Microsoft is the wartime OS of choice:

Control Tablet Closeup

This next series of shots reveals some details of the dashboard featured in this room. I'd like to see what the icons on the last screenshot mean – but I suppose that it's top secret or something. Actually, I guess I shouldn't kid around about spies and screenshots when it comes to systems like these.

Operation Center Dashboard Screenshot

Dashboarding Process

KPI metrics

Future Enterprise Dashboard

Homework: The tools of warfare will never be the same. Information is what wins wars. Start with these books on using technology to manage battefields.

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_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy's favorite books.


  1. Prendre des risques avec une tenue chic…

    La prise de risques est une obligation pour l’entreprise, et ceux qui croient pouvoir manager et diriger les organisations sans prendre de risques n’emmènent jamais leurs entreprises au succés. D’où les faillites des plans stratégiques sans aud…

    Trackback by Zone Franche - blog de Gilles Martin — May 7, 2006 @ 3:38 am

  2. By ‘relieved to know that’ you mean ‘scared shitless to see that’… right?

    Comment by Ryan — May 9, 2006 @ 7:40 pm

  3. thank you for your work

    Comment by derebourne — June 11, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

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