Using BI Data for Creative and Effective Dashboards

Innovative, interactive, and data-driven dashboard tools have helped forward-thinking businesses gain the knowledge they need to keep ahead of any upcoming curves. Dashboards are also present in many web and mobile apps we use daily. So how do you create these dashboards to only show relevant information and pertinent data? Here are our top thoughts on creative and effective dashboards.

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Keep Your Dashboard To One Page

Dashboards should show critical, pertinent data at a glance. The first step is to know your audience and what they expect from a dashboard, but it’s also essential that the Dashboard can complete its job while using a single screen to provide at-a-glance results. Be sure to group all the metrics onto one page. This tactic will achieve better engagement with the Dashboard because employees or users won’t have to sort through multiple pages. 

Use A Responsive Design

Using a responsive design allows the employee or user to decide which data they want to focus on. Your design should be clear and easily understood so the user can control which information they want to see. Data visualization can be overwhelming and even create more work for the user. So, to be effective, make sure your design has flexibility.

Show Key Data First and Offer Different Views

The best dashboards communicate with confidence and decisiveness. The main view should be as clean and straightforward as possible and offer the employee or user the ability to filter options. They should cut out any clutter and have substantial numbers in a clean design. The user needs to see what is essential immediately and then use different views for more details. 

Chose the Best Design For Your Data 

Start by choosing the type of Dashboard you need. Here are three main types of dashboard designs – Operational, Analytical, and Strategic.

Operational Dashboards are the most common type and provide a comprehensive snapshot of your business performance. Incorporating large amounts of detail without using too many drill-downs makes them ideal for monitoring and managing businesses. 

Analytical Dashboards use data from the past to identify trends.  Users can interact with the data on an analytical dashboard,  influence future decision-making, and show analytical parallels between management and customer satisfaction.

Strategic Dashboards track performance concerning crucial performance indicators or KPIs. They display for businesses how to better align actions with strategy. 

We create dashboards using relevant information and pertinent data to provide our customers with the best fit for their needs. Contact us at 502-907.6593 for more details on how we can help you.

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