What are the Different Types of Dashboards?
The usage scenario of dashboard application dictates its type. Answering these questions can help pinpoint the type:
- Who are the primary consumers for the dashboard?
- What data is necessary and how many data sources are connected?
- How many dashboards will satisfy different audiences?
- What usage pattern do the different user groups have?
What is a KPI dashboard?
A KPI dashboard focuses on Key Performance Indicators with a high level summary. Because executives and managers depend on multiple KPIs, KPIs should be presented with minimum visual interference. For example, labels should be shown via mouse-overs so that the gauge or chart is easily read. However, interaction and drilldown must be enabled so that the users can easily dig deeper and learn the details.
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What is a Monitoring Dashboard?
A monitoring dashboard is most often a live dashboard. Sometimes, such a live dashboard is displayed on large monitors, sometimes called TV dashboards. Besides live data updates, multiple monitoring dashboards are often shown in a loop when visual real estate is limited. Stakeholders also need to have the ability to access the monitoring dashboards from various devices such as mobile phone and desktops. When issues are indicated, responsible parties need to be able to interact and drilldown to address the anomalies.
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What is an Analytic Dashboard?
An analytic dashboard focuses on rich interactive functions. For example, a time-based comparison such as this year vs previous year is a common and simple analytic function. Furthermore, it is critical for an analytic dashboard to allow access to lower data layers so that ad hoc data analysis is possible.
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What is an Operational Dashboard?
An operational dashboard replaces many traditional reporting functions. It's often utilized by a wide range of frontline business users in their daily operation. Detail level data access is crucial for an operational dashboard. For example, a marketing associate can use an operational dashboard to prioritize daily leads to follow-up with.
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