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Introduction to dashboards

Introduction to dashboards
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In this video, you will find answers to some questions such as, what is a dashboard? How should I use a dashboard? What are the categories of dashboards I should be aware of? With business intelligence hitting the markets and more data sources opening up, the need to have a dashboard has become more crucial. Here are a few examples of a working dashboard; a sample dashboard in Excel, in Tableau, and in Salesforce.
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Dashboards help to present information in the form of visualisation along with some analytical features. In many high performing organisations, dashboards are often used across the organisation to identify and correct negative trends, make informed decisions, align strategies and goals, increase productivity, eliminates the need for duplication of reports, allow more time to analyze data. Nowadays, the use of dashboards is an important part of business performance management. Three different categories of dashboards are used; strategic, operational, and analytical. These are used by different people within the organisation, since dashboards should always be designed with the audience who will have varying needs and requirements in mind.

The use of dashboards continues to increase due to due benefits such as data transparency, access to data, better decision making, accountability, interactivity, and gamification of key metrics.

Share your thoughts (and experience)

Have you worked with dashboards previously? If so, what was your experience like with them and what sorts of dashboards were they? Whether you’ve worked with them previously or not, how do you plan to use dashboards in the future?

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