A dashboard, also called management information systems, is an easy to read, real-time user interface, showing a graphical presentation of the current status and historical trends of an organization’s key performance indicators, which enable instantaneous and informed decisions to be made at a glance. A dashboard” is another name for “progress report.” Often, it is displayed on a web page that is linked to a database which allows the report to be constantly updated.
Types of Dashboards
Digital dashboards may be laid out to track the flows inherent in the business processes. Enterprise users may see the high-level processes and then drill down into low level data. Three main types of digital dashboard dominate the market today: stand alone software applications, web-browser based applications, and desktop applications also known as widgets.
Examples include human resources, sales, operations, information technology, project management, and customer relationship management. For instance, a manufacturing dashboard may show numbers related to productivity. A human resources dashboard may show numbers related to staff recruitment, composition and retention. The success of digital dashboard projects often depends on the metrics that were chosen for monitoring.
Interface Design Styles
Like a car’s dashboard, a software control panel provides decision makers with the input necessary to drive the business. Therefore, a graphical user interface would be designed to display summary graphics such as bar charts, pie charts, bullet graphs, etc. to highlight important information.
BENEFITS OF DASHBOARD
- Gain total visibility of overall systems
- Generate detailed reports showing new trends
- Identification of data correlations and outliers
- Measure efficiencies and inefficiencies
- Identify and correct negative trends
- Visual presentation of performance measures
- Align organizational and strategies goals
- Saves time compared to running multiple reports