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1 Angela Douglas - CIS 2010 Summer 2008 Information Visualization for Business Giving your boss the BIG picture.

2 Business Dashboards Dashboards are web based reporting tools. Dashboards are web based reporting tools. Designed to be easy to read and provide quick vital business information much like the dashboard in your automobile Designed to be easy to read and provide quick vital business information much like the dashboard in your automobile Software is used to extract information from your companys system from one or multiple applications and present it in report form as if it all came from one source Software is used to extract information from your companys system from one or multiple applications and present it in report form as if it all came from one source

3 from the Dashboard of Sustainability software

4 How do dashboards work? Basic computer hardware needs: Basic computer hardware needs: 1.Input data-entry device, this allows the exec. To enter verify and update data immediately 1.Input data-entry device, this allows the exec. To enter verify and update data immediately 2. CPU –which controls the other computer system components 2. CPU –which controls the other computer system components 3. Data storage files. Executives use this part to save useful business information & also search historical information easily. 3. Data storage files. Executives use this part to save useful business information & also search historical information easily. Basic software needs: Basic software needs: 1. Text base software. 1. Text base software. 2. Database. Heterogeneous databases residing on a range of vendor-specific and open computer platforms help executives access both internal and external data. 2. Database. Heterogeneous databases residing on a range of vendor-specific and open computer platforms help executives access both internal and external data. 3.Graphic base. This helps turn volumes of text and statistics into visual information. 3.Graphic base. This helps turn volumes of text and statistics into visual information. 4. Model base. Contain routine and special statistical, financial and other quantitative analysis 4. Model base. Contain routine and special statistical, financial and other quantitative analysis

5 Whats on your Digital Dashboard ? CEO DirectorPresidentCFO

6 How was data previously gathered and analyzed? Prior to the start of the Information Age, businesses collected data from non-automated sources. There was a lack of computing resources necessary to properly analyze the data, and as a result, business decisions were made off of intuition. Prior to the start of the Information Age, businesses collected data from non-automated sources. There was a lack of computing resources necessary to properly analyze the data, and as a result, business decisions were made off of intuition. As businesses automated systems the amount of data increased but collection remained difficult, due to the inability of information to be moved between or within systems. As businesses automated systems the amount of data increased but collection remained difficult, due to the inability of information to be moved between or within systems.

7 History of Digital Dashboards The idea and foundation of digital dashboards has been around since the late 1970s, with the academic field of decision support systems aka DSS. DSS introduced that computer systems could be used to aid the process of decision making. DSS allowed the end user to analyze multiple pieces of data for future planning and decision modeling. The idea and foundation of digital dashboards has been around since the late 1970s, with the academic field of decision support systems aka DSS. DSS introduced that computer systems could be used to aid the process of decision making. DSS allowed the end user to analyze multiple pieces of data for future planning and decision modeling. The concept of DSS derived from two main areas of research: the theoretical studies of organizational decision making done at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the technical work on interactive computer systems done by MIT. The concept of DSS derived from two main areas of research: the theoretical studies of organizational decision making done at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the technical work on interactive computer systems done by MIT. Early efforts came up short. The technology proved to be too costly. Each dashboard had to be customized for the client. Early efforts came up short. The technology proved to be too costly. Each dashboard had to be customized for the client.

8 Dashboards of the 80s & 90s In the 1980s EIS (Executive Information System) was introduced. Its purpose was intended to facilitate and support the information and decision making needs of Sr. exec.s by providing easy access to both internal and external information. Its emphasis was on graphical displays and easy to use user interfaces. In the 1980s EIS (Executive Information System) was introduced. Its purpose was intended to facilitate and support the information and decision making needs of Sr. exec.s by providing easy access to both internal and external information. Its emphasis was on graphical displays and easy to use user interfaces. Not until the late 1990s as the internet linked up computers that companies began building the dashboards of today. Data warehousing and online analytical processing began to broadening the realm of DSS. With the turn of the millennium, new web-based applications were introduced. Not until the late 1990s as the internet linked up computers that companies began building the dashboards of today. Data warehousing and online analytical processing began to broadening the realm of DSS. With the turn of the millennium, new web-based applications were introduced.

9 Dashboards of the Present EIS looses popularity to Business Intelligence; whose purpose is to provide better decision making by using historical, current and predictive views of business operations. EIS looses popularity to Business Intelligence; whose purpose is to provide better decision making by using historical, current and predictive views of business operations. The software elements support the use of this information by assisting in the extraction, analysis and reporting of information. The software elements support the use of this information by assisting in the extraction, analysis and reporting of information. Applications tackle sales, production, financial, and many other sources of business data for purposes that include, notably, business performance management. Applications tackle sales, production, financial, and many other sources of business data for purposes that include, notably, business performance management. Information may be gathered on comparable companies to produce benchmarks. Information may be gathered on comparable companies to produce benchmarks.

10 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of Dashboards Easy to use, modify & create reports Easy to use, modify & create reports Data,meshups can condense or link many reports into one Data,meshups can condense or link many reports into one Extensive computer experience is not required in operations. Extensive computer experience is not required in operations. Information provided is easily understood. Information provided is easily understood. Offers efficiency to decision makers Offers efficiency to decision makers You may encounter information overload, therefore missing the Big Picture You may encounter information overload, therefore missing the Big Picture May lead to less reliable and insecure data May lead to less reliable and insecure data Small companies may encounter excessive costs for implementation. Small companies may encounter excessive costs for implementation.

11 Software Providers/Their Clients& how they are using their dashboards

12 The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission PTAGIS monitors fish migrations through the Federal Columbia River Power System recording large volumes of data which provides valuable research information to help ensure the restoration of declining salmon and steelhead populations. PTAGIS monitors fish migrations through the Federal Columbia River Power System recording large volumes of data which provides valuable research information to help ensure the restoration of declining salmon and steelhead populations. Through Style Reports easy-to-use, zero-client web-based reporting platform, PTAGIS users can now log in to their data collection systems to access vital information or run reports, whether in their office or in the field. They have been able to monitor migration and other trends in near real-time to help detect migration issues, tagging inconsistencies, and fish health anomalies -- with drill down to specific species, hatcheries, dates, times and more. Through Style Reports easy-to-use, zero-client web-based reporting platform, PTAGIS users can now log in to their data collection systems to access vital information or run reports, whether in their office or in the field. They have been able to monitor migration and other trends in near real-time to help detect migration issues, tagging inconsistencies, and fish health anomalies -- with drill down to specific species, hatcheries, dates, times and more.

13 Data Solutions Inc. (DSI, Inc.) Data Solutions Inc. (DSI), a premier provider of technology and services for Human Resource organizations, provides a wide range of solutions that include employee surveys, multi-rater assessment programs and enterprise-wide talent management systems.InetSofts innovative, high-performance reporting platform delivers a competitive edge for Data Solutions by aligning closely with their business processes. Style Report software provides the extensibility to easily extract data in real-time from multiple sources and platforms. It offers the flexibility to design custom reports that match the look and feel required for each customer, without lengthy development cycles. More importantly from their customers perspective, reports now run in an average of twenty seconds each as opposed to two minutes, considerably enhancing the end-user experience -- while at the same time reducing the resource load in producing reports and greatly increasing throughput. Data Solutions Inc. (DSI), a premier provider of technology and services for Human Resource organizations, provides a wide range of solutions that include employee surveys, multi-rater assessment programs and enterprise-wide talent management systems.InetSofts innovative, high-performance reporting platform delivers a competitive edge for Data Solutions by aligning closely with their business processes. Style Report software provides the extensibility to easily extract data in real-time from multiple sources and platforms. It offers the flexibility to design custom reports that match the look and feel required for each customer, without lengthy development cycles. More importantly from their customers perspective, reports now run in an average of twenty seconds each as opposed to two minutes, considerably enhancing the end-user experience -- while at the same time reducing the resource load in producing reports and greatly increasing throughput.

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