What is a dashboard
A data dashboard is an information management tool that visually tracks, analyzes, and displays key performance indicators (KPI), metrics, and key data points in an interactive, intuitive, and visual way.
Dashboards are customizable to meet the specific needs of a company, so they can provide a centralized, interactive means of monitoring, measuring, analyzing, and extracting relevant business insights from different datasets in key areas.
The dashboard displays all this data in the form of tables, line charts, bar charts, and gauges. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Behind the scenes, the dashboard is connected with all files, attachments, services, and APIs; it's a central location for businesses to monitor and analyze performance.
Without the existence of dashboards and dashboard reporting practices, businesses would need to sift through colossal stacks of unstructured data, which is both inefficient and time-consuming.
Benefits of using data dashboards:
- Important data first
Dashboards filter colossal amounts of data, bringing the most important data to the top. This allows the user to better measure efficiencies/inefficiencies, and to make more informed decisions based on collected business intelligence.
- Bird's eye view
Dashboards provide an overall view of all the content, reports, and other data. Through dashboards, the user gains total visibility of all systems instantly (affected by the user account permissions).
Dashboard functions as a summary, providing a visual presentation of performance measures.
- Saves time
Time-saving is one of the most important perks of dashboards. Filtering the important data saves time. Having data reporting consolidated into one location saves time compared to running multiple reports.
- Productivity boost
Another important benefit of using dashboards is its effect on productivity. Along with the aforementioned ability to measure efficiencies/inefficiencies, or the ability to make more informed decisions based on collected business intelligence, using data dashboards provide the ability to generate detailed reports showing new trends, or the ability to identify and correct negative trends. By analyzing and comparing data, the user can align strategies and set organizational goals.
Dashboards in ReadyCMS
To help users better understand the content, activities, and other important data, the ReadyCMS dashboard incorporates these sections: