What is a dashboard?
A business dashboard is a set of charts relating to an objective, department, or business process. Let's explore dashboard examples!
What is a dashboard?
A dashboard is a collection of charts, graphs, and other information relating to a certain process.
When to use a dashboard?
Companies use dashboards to track key metrics and make data-informed decisions.
How to build a dashboard?
Alluxo makes building dashboards seamless. We handle integrations, formatting, publishing, and more.
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What is a dashboard?
A business dashboard is a set of charts relating to a certain objective, department, or business process. Dashboards can be used for a specific project, client, or team. On the other hand, dashboards can also be broad enough to cover an entire department or company.
Dashboards are powerful tools for team leaders and management because they provide a single place of reference for all types of data. Data on dashboards can relate to finances, project status, customer support, engineering progress, and much more. The key is to understand the specific goal for your dashboard and to keep things on topic.
Furthermore, dashboards support multiple visualization options. We think of a dashboard as a series of individual charts, each serving a very specific purpose. Popular chart types include:
- Vertical bar charts
- Horizontal bar charts
- Line charts
- Area charts
- Pie charts
- Donut charts
- Radar charts
In this guide, we are going to answer basic questions about dashboards as they relate to businesses. That said, dashboards are also a useful solution for schools, non-profits, and government agencies looking to increase collaboration and communication.
When to use business dashboards?
If you find yourself buried under a mountain of data, then it is time to consider a dashboard. It is common for people to feel that they are constantly falling behind – not being able to stay up-to-date with all of their systems, teams, and tasks.
A business dashboard cuts through the noise and provides a practical way to keep the most important business metrics at your fingertips. For example, business leaders find it valuable to create an executive dashboard that features a view into revenues, expenses, gross profit, net profit, and cash balance.
Similarly, a small team would find it valuable to track key performance indicators for their project. This specific dashboard would include details about project status, deadlines, and feedback from key stakeholder.
As you can see, a business dashboard can be general (for management, executives, and boards of directors) or specific, drilling down into the details. The key is to think carefully about the audience of the dashboard, which will dictate what data to use and how to visualize it.
Creating dashboards in Alluxo
Most people believe that it is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive to create a dashboard. This may be true if you are trying to do everything yourself. Thankfully, Alluxo is here!
At Alluxo, our sole mission is to turn your data into actionable insights. We do this a simple way: By making it so anyone on your team, technical or non-technical, can build charts and dashboards.
Let's start with the current problems. First, your business data lives in a lot of different places. It is common for small businesses to have dozens of software systems, and enterprise customers to have more than 1,000! Moreover, when people today think about "dashboards" or "reporting", they immediately turn to CSV exports and spreadsheets to build one-off presentations.
Alluxo does things differently. We integrate with popular software products, like QuickBooks Online, and create a secure connection. Once this connection is made, we help you build charts and dashboards without ever having to deal with exports! This means your data automatically updates and always stays in sync.
The result is that we save businesses time, money, and effort. Integrate once, set up the charts and dashboards you want, and they will always be there – with the latest, accurate data.
Example business dashboards
There are as many dashboard types as there are teams.
Here's a quick list of considerations as you look to build your own dashboard:
- Pick a specific audience and decide what is valauble to them
- Find the smallest number of charts that convey the full picture (we recommend 3-10)
- Provide a clear title and description to remove any ambiguity
- Share this dashboard with all key stakeholders for input and discussion
Sharing dashboards with others
Teams of all sizes have problem sharing information. This problem manifests in a number of ways – problems communicating internally, problems communicating with external stakeholders, having too much information to wade through, and being unable to find the information you need when you need it.
Alluxo can help with the sharing of information as well. When you create a chart, that chart lives within Alluxo and can be viewed at any time from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Moreover, multiple charts can be combined to create a dashboard. And, importantly, this dashboard is published to a URL.
A URL – also known as a hyperlink – provides the opportunity to share dashboards with colleagues, coworkers, bosses, customers, investors, and more. A URL can be bookmarked, emailed, and shared in your favorite chat app.
You can go from zero to a published dashboard in 5 minutes with Alluxo. That's right, Alluxo makes it possible to create and publish business dashboards in minutes – not days or weeks.