Dashboard for non-trending data?

16 Dec 2008 - 10:09am
5 years ago
1 reply
578 reads
Adem
2008

I've been tasked with designing an interface for an application that reports on SQL and Sharepoint data. I'd like the default home page of the application to present some sort of summary information, and I thought a dashboard would not only jazz things up a bit (I've also been asked to try to make reporting 'sexy' - not an easy feat!), but also provide an entry point for newer users.

However, dashboards tend to lend themselves to trend-type data, or reports that generate simple numerical results such as 'number of databases: 24'. The main focus of our reports is on permissions, and so doesn't quite lend itself to these types of results. I'm wondering if any of you can suggest relevant home page content for these types of reports? I thought about listing some of the most recently used reports, but I'm trying to present this information in an engaging and even 'sexy' way :)

Comments

18 Dec 2008 - 1:49pm
kimbieler
2007

Adem,

Stephen Few defines a dashboard as: "a visual display of the most
important information needed to achieve one or more objectives;
consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be
monitored at a glance." ("Information Dashboard Design," O'Reilly:
2006.)

The key idea here is "objectives." If you can identify what your users
would like to do with dashboard data, then you'll know how to design
it. Is there snapshot or overview that users will find helpful? Key
performance indicators that need to be monitored? What I find sexy in
an application is when it behaves the way I expect it to and surprises
me by anticipating my needs.

Hmm. Actually, I find that attractive in people, too. :-)

On Dec 16, 2008, at 10:09 AM, Adem Hamidovic wrote:

> I've been tasked with designing an interface for an application that
> reports on SQL and Sharepoint data. I'd like the default home page
> of the application to present some sort of summary information, and
> I thought a dashboard would not only jazz things up a bit (I've also
> been asked to try to make reporting 'sexy' - not an easy feat!), but
> also provide an entry point for newer users.
>
> However, dashboards tend to lend themselves to trend-type data, or
> reports that generate simple numerical results such as 'number of
> databases: 24'. The main focus of our reports is on permissions,
> and so doesn't quite lend itself to these types of results. I'm
> wondering if any of you can suggest relevant home page content for
> these types of reports? I thought about listing some of the most
> recently used reports, but I'm trying to present this information in
> an engaging and even 'sexy' way :)

-- Kim

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
www.kbgd.com
twitter: @feadog
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

Syndicate content Get the feed