The Dashboard Spy

October 31, 2006

Drug Supply Dashboard – Using Executive Dashboards in AIDS Treatment & Research in Rwanda

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 10:18 am

The Republic of Rwanda is a small east-central African nation with around 8 million people. Unfortunately, it is best known for its problems such as the genocide of a million Tutsis by militant Hutu groups.  Today, AIDS is a major problem. It is being addressed via a rapidly expanding anti retroviral care and treatment program. 10,000 Rwandan adults are receiving treatment, and the government plans to expand coverage to as many as 101,000 adults and children by 2007.  The program is supported by the Ministry of Health and the Treatment Research and AIDS Centre (TRAC) through an IT project named TRACnet.  It is an enterprise dashboard type of solution that collects, stores, and displays program, drug and patient information related to HIV/AIDS care and treatment. The web-based system is accessed in a variety of health care settings. It was deployed nationwide and connects every facility dispensing care (94 of them). The support network is considerable, with telephone operators speaking both French and English. The system allowed the shift from paper-based reporting to dashboard-style access and is credited with incredible increased efficiencies.

This enterprise dashboard system includes data and metrics such as  Program Indicators, Drug inventory information from point of care, Patient registry, Lab results, Group and individual communications, geographic display, charting and role-based Management Dashboards.  The dashboard screenshot shows, among other key indicators, the weekly drug supply status, new patient statistics and a map of facilities offering treatment.

Drug Supply Dashboard

Homework: Public health management is a noble and challenging pursuit. For background start by flipping through the previews of these books on public health management.

Note: Hey, Dashboard Spies!: Do you know how smart you are getting by reading The Dashboard Spy? From AIDS treatment, pig production to airplane crew size optimization to monitoring presidential campaigns, we’ve studied enterprise dashboards from all aspects of business. I’ll keep spying for those elusive dashboard screenshots that keep this growing dashboard screenshot collection interesting.

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.

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October 30, 2006

Hospital Performance Scorecard – using enterprise dashboards to track health care KPIs

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — Tags: , , — dashboardspy @ 10:12 pm

Digital Dashboards

A fair number of Dashboard Spy readers are interested in enterprise dashboard techniques for tracking hospital and other health care facility metrics. I’m always glad to accomodate business dashboard and scorecard requests and have a couple of hospital performance scorecards to show you today. These digital dashboards are from the Hospital Report Research Collaborative based at the University of Toronto. These scorecards serve to rank the hospital’s departments both internally and against peer facilities. These digital dashboards use technology from govmetrics3d.com.

This first digital dashboard screenshot shows the hospital’s organizations and their clinical performance KPI figures:

Hospital Unit Performance Snapshot Dashboard

This second screenshot shows the performance scorecard. The Scorecard tab on the left is active. Other available tabs are Strategy Map, Initiatives/Actions and Commentary.

Hospital Performance Scorecard Screenshot

This last screen shows a split view of performance metric and report.

Hospital Performance KPI Metrics

Tags: Digital Dashboard for Hospital Performace Scorecarding

Homework: Do you understand the fundamentals of measuring hospital performance? Take a quick look at these books on hospital performance. When dealing with healthcare financial management, how do we juggle compassion and respect for our fellow humans with the realities of corporate management? Learn more about this rigorous field with these healthcare financial management books.
So who is the Dashboard Spy? No one really knows, but his growing collection of enterprise dashboard screenshots has captured the imagination of the executive dashboarding community. From excel dashboards and custom-built business scorecards, to xcelsius and flex-based visualizations, the dashboard screenshots at dashboardspy.com serve both as nuggets of inspiration and warnings of what not to do on an enterprise dashboard. These hits and misses will enlighten and entertain. Technology-neutral, and always business-driven, the Dashboard Spy website is the place to go to learn about the latest enterprise dashboard packages. Check out the Dashboard Spy’s latest recommended book, Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data.

October 27, 2006

Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Dashboards – Scorecards, Analytics and Planning with an Excel Dashboard as the Front End

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 12:29 pm

If you haven’t heard about the upcoming Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server product, it represents Microsoft’s latest Business Intelligence solution.  Meant to power performance tracking and analysis, the product’s integration with the Office stack is its main edge.  This performance management product includes functionality from (and supercedes) the Business Scorecard Manager 2005 product and the ProClarity acquisition. The frontend of the product will be the new version of Excel.

I spotted some executive dashboard and business scorecard screenshots from this business intelligence blogger’s post on his viewing of a PerformancePoint presentation. Check out the post for a more detailed write-up. I grabbed a couple of highlights for posting here on the Dashboard Spy.

The first two screenshots show excel dashboards. The first one shows the new conditional cell background graphics. The second has columns marked in yellow to denote forecasts. The third dashboard is a balanced scorecard.

Update: As per Charlie (the source who did the hard work of capturing the screens out of the powerpoint), PerformancePoint does not rely on having Excel 12. The Office 2003 version will work fine. Thanks for the comment, Charlie.

Excel Dashboard

Excel Dashboards

Balanced Scorecard Dashboard

The rest of the dashboards show peeks at the PerformancePoint Server functionality. Note the presense of the PerformancePoint Addin tab at the top of the excel spreadsheet. The last dashboard shows the business modeler screen.

PerformancePoint Excel Dashboard

PerformancePoint Dashboard

Business Modeler Dashboard

Homework: Time to start studying up on the new version of Excel. There are now finally a bunch of books on Excel 2007 released.

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.

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.

October 26, 2006

Celtics Stadium Ticket Sales Dashboard – optimizing group sales through enterprise dashboards

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 10:09 am

The ticket sales staff for the Boston Celtics has grown to over 20 something people from just 4 three years ago.  This with the team’s performance staying mediocre during this time. What gives? Take a look at the executive dashboard screenshot below. Sorry about the fuzziness, but it’s the best I can do. The original is shown in the front office of the Boston Celtics organization on a 40 inch plasma TV.  While I do my best at being a good Dashboard Spy, I couldn’t quite grab a screenshot from the computer monitors of the Celtics IT department. (I did once have free rein of the computers at Target Center in the Timberwolves office once, but there was a WWF event and I got chased off by a really huge guy with a shiny belt!)

Anyway, we have a really interesting dashboard today, as unclear as the screenshot is. The marketing department commissioned a ticket sales dashboard that shows in real time the seats sold for each game. They had wanted to do extensive analysis of ticket sales data, but their ticketing vendor, Ticketmaster, did not have a way to give the Celtics a real time view of which seats were filled.  Data was available only through excel spreadsheets with the usual delays. This hampered the sales effort. The marketing department wanted a way to enable the sales team to see in real time the ticket availability so that they could call back group ticket sales inquiries.  The ticketing sales dashboard was a big success. In the 2005 season, with performance of the team rather uneven, ticket sales were up 10%. The sales group was able to instantly service group ticket requests and proactively marketing games with low ticket sales. The underlying package for this enterprise dashboard is StratBridge.

Ticket Sales Dashboard

Homework: If you loves sports and IT, your idea of heaven is working on a system for the NBA. Send them your resume. I’m being told that this Boston Celtics tickets application was a trial and because it was so successful, it is being rolled out to the other teams. I’ll try to find out more. Better brush up on sports finance KPIs with these book on sports finance.

So who is the Dashboard Spy? No one really knows, but his growing collection of enterprise dashboard screenshots has captured the imagination of the executive dashboarding community. From excel dashboards and custom-built business scorecards, to xcelsius and flex-based visualizations, the dashboard screenshots at dashboardspy.com serve both as nuggets of inspiration and warnings of what not to do on an enterprise dashboard. These hits and misses will enlighten and entertain. Technology-neutral, and always business-driven, the Dashboard Spy website is the place to go to learn about the latest enterprise dashboard packages. Check out the Dashboard Spy’s latest recommended book, Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data.

October 25, 2006

Company Info Resource Dashboard – Information On Demand (IOD) Center Dashboards Provide News, Research Reports, Events

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 2:34 pm

Thanks to Sarah, a well-placed Dashboard Spy at Periscope Solutions, we have these enterprise dashboards to study. These screenshots show the IOD – Information On Demand Center, an enterprise dashboard solution that marshalls a company’s various information resources.  Users get one-point access to items such as corporate news, analyst reports, research reports, subscriptions, key documents and events info.

The first dashboard shows a user’s main dashboard with personalized portlets containing user views, topics, upcoming events, resources, recent records and recent notes.

Information On Demand Enterprise Dashboard

The next dashboard screenshot show the profile tab with a user’s subscribed content categories.

Personalized Content Dashboard

This dashboard screenshot focuses on news and reports.

News Clips Dashboard

Homework: 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 who is the Dashboard Spy? No one really knows, but his growing collection of enterprise dashboard screenshots has captured the imagination of the executive dashboarding community. From excel dashboards and custom-built business scorecards, to xcelsius and flex-based visualizations, the dashboard screenshots at dashboardspy.com serve both as nuggets of inspiration and warnings of what not to do on an enterprise dashboard. These hits and misses will enlighten and entertain. Technology-neutral, and always business-driven, the Dashboard Spy website is the place to go to learn about the latest enterprise dashboard packages. Check out the Dashboard Spy’s latest recommended book, Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data.

October 24, 2006

Backdoor Access to Enterprise Dashboard Screenshots – The Enterprise Dashboard Screenshot Collection Volume 1

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 4:10 pm

Some Dashboard Spy readers have asked me to accelerate the posting schedule of my extensive collection of business dashboard screenshots. They are unhappy with the pace of my blog and website. When I replied that I’ve been writing commentary for each of the dashboard samples, and that it takes time, they said that they don’t need the explanations and that they just want to see the screenshots.

To keep those Dashboard Spy super users out there happy, I’ve started to dump my dashboard screenshots out onto a blog. The Enterprise Dashboard Screenshot Collection Volume 1 will contain the first 1000 screenshots. Stay tuned for where volume 2 will show up.

BTW, I do believe that I have the world’s largest collection of executive dashboards, KPIs, metrics, business scorecards, enterprise dashboards, digital dashboards – all the various names of at-a-glance business intelligence applications.  If only by default – is there anyone else out there who collects these screenshots?  Am I just a nut? Is all this effort helping anyone out there with their executive dashboard projects? Please let me know by visiting my dashboard site. Meanwhile, here is a screenshot of the screenshot gallery:

Dashboard Spy Gallery

Executive Dashboard Screenshot Collection

Tags: Enterprise Dashboard Screenshot Collection Volume 1

October 23, 2006

Mobile Enterprise Dashboard – Delivering reports and KPIs via blackberry

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 9:07 am

A couple of posts ago, we talked about the lack of enterprise dashboards for the mobile worker. I’ll rephrase that – after all, aren’t we all mobile workers, now? – executive dashboards that we can access through our mobile devices. The technical challenges seem to still be high and we haven’t seen many dashboard screenshot submissions from our Dashboard Spy readers. One Dashboard Spy, who was taking in the IBM Information On Demand trade show, did send us these screenshots of a mobile dashboard that is in beta. Offered by a company called Webalo, it is a hosted service that delivers reports and KPIs to RIM BlackBerry, Microsoft Windows Mobile, Palm Treo and Java smart phone devices.

The 2 screenshots that were sent to me show text-based KPI displays. Seems promising. Anyone else out there with mobile dashboard screenshots?

BlackBerry Mobile Enterprise Dashboard            Executive Dashboard Mobile Device

Note: Hey, Dashboard Spies!: Do you know how smart you are getting by reading The Dashboard Spy? From pig production to airplane crew size optimization to monitoring presidential campaigns, we’ve examined enterprise dashboards from all aspects of business. I’ll do my share to keep snooping around for those elusive dashboard screenshots that keep this dashboard screenshot collection interesting.

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.

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.

October 20, 2006

Estimates, Jobs & Invoices Dashboard – Optimizing small business workflows

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 9:45 am

I’ve been spying on the progress of a small business dashboard being done by a designer in Wales. Take a look at his first post about the need for a better way to track the workflow and metrics surrounding project estimation, billing and job status for his design practice. After getting a sense of his requirements, take a look at this update where he posts his progress. I grabbed for you the dashboard screenshots shown here. There are 4 tabs: dashboard, jobs, estimates and invoices. I’ll only show a screenshot or two for each tab, but you can go to the links above to see (and read about) the lower level pages such as the edit pages and generated bills and estimates. A nicely designed solution to a common need for small businesses to track the job process from estimation to invoicing.

job invoices estimates dashboard

Project Listing Dashboard

Estimation Dashboard

Client Estimate

Invoices Dashboard

Homework: Need a handle on handling the finances and accounting for your small design business? Here’s a list of books about small business finances

Tags: Executive Dashboard, Enterprise Dashboards, Business Dashboard, Financial Dashboard, Dashboard Design

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.

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.

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