Anybody out there got a dashboard in their pocket? Some enterprise dashboard enthusiasts and I were talking about the dearth of mobile applications in the business dashboard space. Where are all the business dashboards on people’s phones and PDAs? I checked my collection of executive dashboard screenshots and really could not come up with compelling examples of mobile business dashboards. Here is a screenshot of a pocket pc application from 2003 that really never took off. A framework was created for a business dashboard application called ExecutiveAware. It ran on Microsoft’s Pocket PC platform. The client handled the UI and all that was streamed down to the device was the raw data. The dashboard chart shown here running on the iPAQ looks slick, but how come it didn’t catch on? Anybody else have screenshots of this or any other enterprise dashboard app?
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