The Dashboard Spy

March 3, 2010

Excel Dashboards for Information Visualization

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — Tags: , , , , — dashboardspy @ 11:20 am

Really excellent examples of Excel Dashboards continue to come from Chandoo, author of Excel Forumla Helper.

Take a look at this infographic-style Excel dashboard. It’s made with Excel 2010 (now with sparklines!).

You can download this excel dashboard from Chandoo’s post: An Excel Info-graphic Poster.

Excel Dashboard

Hubert Lee
The Dashboard Spy

January 22, 2010

Dashboards Blogging Community Launches

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — Tags: , , — dashboardspy @ 6:21 am

The Dashboard Spy is proud to announce the opening of the Dashboards .ORG business intelligence community.

Dashboard design, enterprise dashboards, scorecards, kpi metrics, enterprise reporting – these are just some of the topics to be found at http://dashboards.org

Regards Hubert Lee
The Dashboard Spy

November 13, 2007

More Recent Posts from Dashboards By Example

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — Tags: , — dashboardspy @ 3:39 pm

All Dashboard Spy readers should update their bookmarks and RSS feeds. The main Dashboard Spy site is located at http://dashboardspy.com. The Dashboards by Example Blog is located at http://www.enterprise-dashboard.com where you’ll find listings of the dashboard examples.

Here are some recent dashboard examples that you may have missed:

Oracle Portal Dashboards

Oracle Portal Document Library 

Sparklines with Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager

Micosoft Business Scorecard Manager with Sparklines

Incident and Threat Management Dashboard

Incident Management Dashboard

Tags: Recap of Dashboards at Dashboards By Example blog.

July 31, 2006

Enterprise Dashboards for Agriculture – Hog production executive dashboard

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — Tags: , — dashboardspy @ 9:55 am

Dashboard Software Focus: Agricultural Dashboards

We’ve all heard about the demise of the family farm and the shift towards farming as big business. Did you know that half of hog production (traditionally dominated by small operators) is from large scale, multiple-site operations of over 50,000 head? The impact of this for us enterprise dashboard types is the growing need to manage agriculture via business intelligence tools.

Let’s take a look at dashboard software. Here is an enterprise dashboard from a hog production concern. The underlying dashboard product is the Farm SERVey Executive Dashboard by Farm Business Software Systems, Inc. They sell quite a few pig production software packages with great names like PigChamp, PigWings, and my favorite moniker, PigFlow/CashFlow.

The enterprise dashboard screenshot shows hog production KPIs such as Sales Trends, Percent Sold, Costs, Projections, Pigs Weaned per Week: 

Hog Production Enterprise Dashboard

The graph that catches my eye is this “upside down” one. It’s unusual to see such a graph. I’m no pig farmer, so I don’t know if it indicates losses per load, but does the lack of a positive portion of the graph mean that it never is a positive number? Here is a detail screenshot:

Agriculture KPI Dashboard

Here is a look at typical hog production details:

Pig Weaning Enterprise Dashboard

Homework: If you are looking to learn more about the business of farming, start with these books on agricultural business practices.

Tags: Dashboard Software, Farming Dashboards, 

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.

July 24, 2006

Dashboard Software: Terrorism Incident Dashboards – Tracking incidents, fatalities, injuries with a knowledge base

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — Tags: , — dashboardspy @ 9:52 am

Dashboard Software Topic: Using dashboards as a front-end to a world-wide terrorist incident tracking database.

Here’s a very nicely designed front-end to an interesting database. I particularly like the incident analysis wizard where you choose the visualization you want.

Unfortunately, terrorism has not gone away. A comprehensive terrorism activity database with data reaching back as far as 1968 is available at http://www.tkb.org/AnalyticalTools.jsp The database is presented via a dashboard-type interface as the following screenshots show. One can only hope, that in some way, our advances in Knowledge Management, Business Intelligence and Enterprise Dashboards can contribute to the fight against this terrible activity.

Terrorism Incident Dashboard

Query Dashboard

Incident Dashboard

Tags: Dashboard Software, Dashboards 

Homework: Read up on terrorism here: books on terrorism

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.

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