The Dashboard Spy

September 1, 2006

ERP Dashboard for Sales – enterprise dashboards as front ends for ERP systems

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 5:09 am

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages are quite ambitious. Basically they contain the entire data model for the company. The weak points have been the tremendous effort it takes to match the data model with the business processes (some companies find it easier to change their processes to match the package’s data models!) and the front ends. As of late, dashboards have become the favorite way for users to access their ERP data.

This sample sales dashboard comes from the Enterprise 21 ERP software package. The idea is that all the data captured by the ERP package can be translated into these types of charts. Each user can configure charts and set up their pages to contain the charts they want. Here we see a sales dashboard view with KPI metrics such as sales, gross margins, and product comparisons. The technology looks a little dated (client/server app, clunky graphics), but I bet the users still love it.

Sales Dashboard ERP Package

Homework: Joining an ERP project? Check out books on ERP packages. And if you are on an enterprise dashboard project, do yourself a favor and take a look at Enterprise Dashboards: Design and Best Practices for IT, the only book on actually implementing enterprise 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 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 on business dashboards.

2 Comments »

  1. Maybe I’m being a little picky, but these 3d charts sure are hard to read!🙂 I think 2d would show the values in a way that’s much easier to compare the values.

    And also I would think it would be desireable to have the same colors consistently represent the same items in the top/left and top/right charts (for example, lawn care is Yellow in the top/left and Blue in the top/right chart).

    Comment by Robert Allison — September 5, 2006 @ 10:09 am

  2. One can select their own views of the data, including 2D charts rather than 3D charts, on a user-by-user basis.

    Comment by Dave Litzenberg — October 23, 2006 @ 7:44 am


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