[White Paper] Best Practices in Data Visualization

Effective Dashboard Concepts and Designs

Dashboards are an effective communication tool for presenting information across the organization.

While there are several definitions, as shown in the examples below, the common theme is monitoring business activities to ensure successful execution of initiatives that propel the business forward.

The most important defining characteristic of a dashboard, when compared to other means of presenting information, is that it is used for monitoring.

A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives, consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance.

A performance dashboard is a multi-layered application built on a business intelligence and
data integration infrastructure that enables organizations to measure, monitor, and manage business performance more effectively.

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