It is always good when other people independently come to the same conclusions as you! This is why I liked Ryan Dunn’s Medium post Dash-bored so much.
Regular readers of this blog will know that we have been passionate about interactive dashboards (now known as Dashboard Apps) for a long time. So, reading Ryan’s post and his conclusions was music to our ears.
With the current buzz in the market you could be forgiven for thinking that the only things you need to consider to plan your information strategy are machine learning and artificial intelligence. Yes, these are areas that will become important for all organizations. But, narrowing your focus to them alone will impair your ability to do business today.
Reports and dashboards. They are 2 different ways to transform data into information and share with people across your organization.
Modern reporting tools include charts as well as tables to help people visualize data, but they are still rooted in the old paper-based world. They tend to be paginated and can be large and cumbersome to navigate. They are often delivered in PDF format.
Dashboard apps (sometimes called information apps) are the latest evolution of business dashboards. They allow you to present business information in a highly visual form that frontline workers can readily understand. But, what sets a dashboard app apart is that it guides people through the information displayed, allowing them to hone in on areas of interest, and then leading them to the detailed transactional data they need to take action.
Although business intelligence technology is constantly evolving and analysts have more tools and features to work with than ever before, very often non-analyst business users still struggle to get the information they need in a timely and efficient manner.
Remote workers (e.g. sales people, field engineers, vendor managers), alongside other frontline workers in an organization, make decisions throughout the day which taken in total determine the success of a business. So, if you have remote workers in your organization, the chances are that they rely on access to high quality business information to get answers to questions that enable them to better perform their jobs . Continue reading →
Over the past 20 years or so, when it comes to deciding the best way to ensure business people have fingertip access to the information they need to make decisions, the pendulum has swung repeatedly between 2 extremes.
On the one hand, you have what you might call do-it-yourself, self-service BI and, on the one hand, centrally produced reports and dashboards. And, whilst the technology has moved on and undoubtedly improved, still neither approach has been successful in reaching the full, diverse set of decision makers within our organizations. Continue reading →
We talk a lot in this blog about information applications and why they are the ideal way for the majority of business people in our organizations to consume information.
We explain why they should be task-focused, require no training to use and yet provide the flexibility to answer multiple business questions. And, we give examples from the consumer world of the types of interface we should be aiming for with our information applications. Continue reading →
During the past 10 years dashboards have evolved as business-users have become more sophisticated in their needs. We’ve witnessed a trend away from old-fashioned static at-a-glance dashboards towards interactive dashboards that are really more like BI applications. Users want answers to their immediate and follow-up questions and they want that information now. They want it through an intuitive, no-training-required interface and interactive dashboards do a great job of meeting this requirement.
So you could be excused for thinking that wall-mounted dashboards are a little old-fashioned and not relevant in today’s business world – after all they are up on the wall and they are hardly interactive. Well, not quite…