Dashboards, the trendiest thing in data

A picture tells a thousand words, just as dashboard answers a million questions. You can customize and adapt different businesses to meet organizational requirements, to provide context and simplifies millions of pieces of data. 

Dashboards originate from automobile dashboards and have similar characteristics. Data is complex and has multiple processes and data sets. Automotive dashboards allow you to get a whole sense of what's happening in your car in an instance. That's what data can do for you.

Have you ever heard that the past repeats itself? Data can help us predict, and has been doing so for recent years. A recent article in The Economist talked about Moore's Law theory about to be proven wrong because technology is moving faster than ever before and 'debunking' what has existed to be true until the present time. 

Thank you, Cloud, for giving us real time information. Now we, as people who have to make decisions, can be backed up. Data always brings value, and just as you trust your dashboard (unless it's broke in some capacity).

What do you find in a good Dashboard?  


  • graphs

  • Gauge, like your automobile dashboard
  • tables

  • What I like to call, the classic excel sheet, where you see data in columns and rows. Simple data has fewer rows and columns; complex data has a myriad of them. 
  • Charts (Bar, column, and line) 

  • Bar and column show comparisons, line charts reveal trends. 

The 101 to dashboards is one can either be operational and analytical, based on the type of data available, and the business questions you are trying to answer (what do you define as success), and who is viewing the dashboard? 

Thank you Ryerson University, Data Visualization Course 2015 for the following the following chart:

So, the only dashboard software you want is one that is in the cloud and you can use on other devices.