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The Performance Perspectives Blog: Dashboards are the supermodels of business intelligence
Delaney Turner 270002T14M firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  dashboards cognos business_intelligence
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Dashboards are the supermodels of business intelligence.
Dashboards? They're "sexy."
If you attended our TechTalk Web seminar on Wednesday or watched the on-demand version you would have seen Andrew Popp demonstrate some of the "sexy" new features we've added to our dashboards. You'll also remember that making BI fit the "lifestyle" of most users was the biggest challenge for most attendees. It 's understandable - dashboards are often a business user's first and most common foray into BI and increasingly, they're asking for something that's informative as well as nice to look at.
Hence the "sexy."
Andrew walked through a demo of a possible deployment in a police department. On the left is a historical view of crime in a city. On the right, a predictive view:
Below these graphs is additional detail: on the left historical data of all crimes within the time frame and on the right predictive data in a pareto chart that isolates the precincts most likely to see crime in that period:
Here, the previous days' crimes can be isolated and examined in more detail using a box drawing tool, which automatically pulls a listing of all the crimes within the selected area:
We see one felonious assault and drill through to the detailed arrest report:
From here, one click brings up the perpetrator's identity. In this scenario, the police pass the information to the District Attorney's office.
If you missed Andrew's Web seminar, the on-demand replay will be up in a few days. In either case, you'll also most likely be interested in The Principles of Effective Dashboards, the new white paper that we've produced. We're just putting the finishing touches on it, but I can give you a sneak peek here.
From the Overview: "Dashboards mean different things to different people. Not all dashboards are created equally. Color, shading, the use of white space and animated graphics can provide significant benefits by enabling individuals to quickly grasp the information presented in a dashboard."
From the "Business drivers" section, which outlines the criteria for a successful deployment: "There is no one size fits all and no single definition that applies across the board. To some, a dashboard could mean a flashy, interactive technology that promotes high levels of user involvement."
From the "Solution" section: "IBM Cognos 8 BI securely enables the road warrior checking supply chain performance from a mobile device to have just as much flexibility as the senior executive reviewing organizational performance for the most recent quarter from his laptop."
I'll post the link to the paper and the on-demand Web seminar over the next few days. In the meantime, you can visit our Dashboarding page for more info.
March 22 update: The on-demand version is now available.