The word dashboard probably makes you think of a part in your car—you know, that space in front of the steering wheel where you can see important things like how much gas you have, how many miles you’ve driven, how fast your going, etc. It also tends to be the place where old parking receipts, pictures, and dust accumulates until you finally give up and do some deep cleaning.
Well there’s another kind of dashboard that gets neglected far too often, resulting in a clutter overload. We’re talking about business intelligence dashboards, of course.
Well-organized BI platforms can tell users exactly what they need to know to make informed business decisions by analyzing data in the blink of an eye. However, poorly designed dashboards can leave you more confused than when you started, wondering how to make sense of all the irrelevant data.
So just in time for spring cleaning, here are some strategies from Search Business Analytics on how to clean out your BI dashboard and maximize the efficiency with which you can convert meaningless data into useful information:
- Limit a single dashboard page or tab to no more than six metrics if possible. This makes the information easier to digest.
- Allow users to drill down into data three levels down at most. The volume of data required to go any deeper typically isn’t necessary for most business, and if a user does need more information, they can always go to a manager or IT for help.
- Use simple charts and tables that provide a visual picture of data, rather than complicated pie charts and fancy 3D graphics that are difficult to read and take up more space.
- Apply interactive capabilities that allow users to narrow or expand the search scope and data results to reflect their individual needs.
If you take away one thing, it should be this: less is more. When you keep your BI dashboard simple, your efficiency will naturally improve.
Cloud Computing Cleanliness
Speaking of “less is more,” another strategy that more and more businesses are embracing in order to reduce both the physical and digital clutter in the office is switching to cloud computing.
By migrating to the Cloud, you can virtually go paperless—or at least greatly reduce the amount of printed information that covers desks, fills up file cabinets, and overflows waste baskets. Among other things, cloud computing enables you to keep your office tidy, your supply costs low, and your waste baskets empty.
Talk to the cloud computing consultants at Innovative Architects to discuss how Microsoft Azure can help your business more efficiently manage your process and data.