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What is a Dashboard

Dashboard Spy Post: Business Dashboard Definition

Yes, it’s a basic question but let’s answer the fundamental question of “What is a Dashboard?”.

Better yet, let’s have Stephen Few, author of Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data, answer the question.

He has a one line definition that just about sums it up:

A dashboard is 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.

This comes from the “Dashboard Confusion” issue of the Stephen Few newsletter available at this link:

Stephen Few on Dashboard Confusion (PDF link)

Check it out for a couple of excellent foundational thoughts on what a business intelligence dashboard should be.

Here are some additional “Introduction to Business Dashboards” type of resources:

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