The Dashboard Spy

August 23, 2006

Dot-Com Flight Simulator Dashboard – a blast from the dot-com past

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 7:33 am

The dot-com boom didn’t make me rich, but then again, the dot-com bust didn’t make me poor either. I do have an interesting remnant from those days though. Did you ever hear of an enterprise dashboard from Accenture called the Dot-Com Flight Simulator Dashboard? It was a tool used during outrageously priced consulting gigs back then to determine how much “value” a start up would generate. I’m sure that this little dashboard did its share in fueling the hype and hopes of the era. Read up on this Accenture methodology and take a look at this screen. The underlying concept was based on the value of the “network effect”. The graphics aren’t much to look at, but remember, this was in the era of cocktail napkin business plans.

Enterprise Dot-com flight simulator dashboard

Tags: Early Enterprise Dashboards, Mock-ups

What really happened during the dot-com era? Check it out with these books on the dot-com boom and bust.

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 on business dashboards.

PS: If you find yourself part of an enterprise dashboard effort, you must study Enterprise Dashboards: Design and Best Practices for IT, the only book on actually implementing enterprise dashboards.


  1. Dear Spy,

    Always enjoy your posts, but never more than when recalling the dot com glory days. Yes, how I miss being able to buy VC-subsidized products. anyone?

    Michael Krigsman

    Comment by Michael Krigsman — August 24, 2006 @ 7:59 am

  2. Hello Dashboard Spy. I enjoy your blog about enterprise dashboards. It is good to see such information. I have been studying this topic for many months now and am glad to see so many examples. I will visit your site often.

    I was very interested in seeing your post about “KPI Requirements for Dashboard Projects – Using the KPI enterprise dashboards”. Thank you for the information about this dashboard topic. There is a dashboard project at work about this subject.

    The enterprise dashboards graphic is very nice. I like the colors and the questions are very interesting – What Question? Who’s Asking, Why is it Important, etc. I think it is very good. I also like the layout of the screen. I have a question about the boxes on the right side. Is the user supposed to type the answers to the questions into the boxes?

    Comment by saibaba — November 22, 2007 @ 2:23 am

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