Business Dashboards

Business dashboards are everywhere, but good ones aren't. Most dashboards use whiz-bang tools that don't help you get insight into what's going on.

A dashboard should be dead easy to understand. It should be based on principles of good visual design. And it should be easy to set up, even if you need data from multiple systems. Tableau builds dashboards like this.

Communication, not flash

Business dashboards are everywhere, but good ones aren't. Most dashboards use whiz-bang tools that don't help you get insight into what's going on.

A dashboard should be dead easy to understand. It should be based on principles of good visual design. And it should be easy to set up, even if you need data from multiple systems. Tableau builds dashboards like this.


See it in Action



business dashboards

How can you tell if a dashboard provides insight or just flash? Look for:

intelligent visual design

Each element of a dashboard should present information in the most effective way possible, based on the latest research in human perception. A dashboard should support any display type that best expresses the data—bar and line charts, maps, tables, scatter plots, and more— but should not use displays that are poorly designed or inappropriate. A good dashboard is built to inform, not impress.

the ability to draw from multiple data sources

The reality of business today is that we’re overwhelmed with data, and that data is typically from multiple systems. To get perspective, you need to make comparisons and understand relationships between data regardless of where it lives. Connecting to and including any data in a dashboard should be simple.

easy setup, customization and filtering

You shouldn’t need IT to create and maintain a dashboard. Business people need to be able to set up and change dashboards based on their specific needs and goals. And it should be as easy as drag-and-drop.

interaction & drill-down

Sometimes you need to answer additional questions within a dashboard. With Tableau, viewers can dynamically filter, highlight, and link across multiple views in one dashboard. This essentially creates an interactive visual analysis application on the fly.

seamless collaboration

A big part of making data effective is sharing it. You should be able to embed dashboards in a browser or portal like Microsoft SharePoint. And you should be able to print and save to file types that you already use.

get answers from your dashboard

Tableau was spun out of Stanford University to bring the principles of visual design to life. It’s the next generation of business intelligence software- and it works. Download our free trial and try it out.

more dashboard examples

interactive S&P returns dashboard

This data courtesy of Stephen McDaniels, Freakalytics.

interactive real estate dashboard

This data courtesy of Seattle Bubble.