Dashboards are widely used for providing at-a-glance views of key performance indicators that are relevant to either some business process or particular objective. Term "dashboard" is known to be having another name for either "report" or "progress report."
The term "dashboard" can be often displayed on a web page. Such web page may be linked to a database. Such database may allow the report to be constantly updated. A manufacturing dashboard may show different numbers that are related to productivity (e.g., number of failed quality inspections per hour, number of parts manufactured, etc.), a human resources’ one may show different numbers that are related to retention, composition and staff recruitment, such as average days or cost per recruitment and number of open positions.
The term “dashboard” itself is known to be originating from the automobile dashboard giving the drivers an opportunity to monitor the major functions at a glance by using the instrument cluster. The so-called “Meter Dashboard” is known to be consisting of the graphic Quantitative Indicators illustrating the needed data in a way of such design objects as Meters, Bullets, Sliders and Gauges.
The Meter Dashboard solution is the one that can be used while working in the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and drawing software providing all the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM users with the needed tools for creating their drawings. Thus, there are a few examples that can be used as drafts and so to be edited any time it is needed.
The Meter Dashboard solution may be useful for many business owners, businessmen and other people who are involved in measuring their success by using the progressive tools.
The samples you see on this page were obtained by connecting a sample data source to templates from the Meter Dashboard solution, to demonstrate some of the solution's capabilities and the results you can achieve.
These documents are vector graphic documents, created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM using ConceptDraw Live Objects technology. They are available for modifying, reviewing and/or converting to many different formats, such as MS PowerPoint, PDF file, MS Visio, and many other graphic ones from the ConceptDraw Solution Park or ConceptDraw STORE. The Meter Dashboard solution is available to all ConceptDraw DIAGRAM users to get installed and used while working in the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and drawing software.
You can download sample data sources for all dashboards to see how changes made to data effect dashboard appearance.
Example 1: Meter Dashboard — Sale Dashboard
This sample was created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM using the Meter Dashboard solution, and demonstrates the solution's capabilities and the results you can achieve using this solution. All the charts on this page change automatically when the data source changes.
This sale dashboard contains different performance meter indicators: two radial gauges, one dial, one vertical slider, two bullets and three level meters. The meter indicators in the left half of the dashboard show business measures: average order size, new customers, sales of three products. The meter indicators in the right half of the dashboard show key performance indicators (KPIs): customer churn rate, costs per lead, sale and download.
Both ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and drawing software and the Meter Dashboard solution can help creating the visual dashboard you need. The Meter Dashboard solution can be found in the Dashboards area of ConceptDraw STORE application that can be downloaded from this site. Make sure that both ConceptDraw DIAGRAM and ConceptDraw STORE applications are installed on your computer before you get started.
How to install
After ConceptDraw STORE and ConceptDraw DIAGRAM are downloaded and installed, you can install the Meter Dashboard solution from the ConceptDraw STORE.
To make sure that you are doing it all right, use the pre-designed symbols from the stencil libraries from the solution to make your drawings look smart and professional. Also, the pre-made examples from this solution can be used as drafts so your own drawings can be based on them. Using the samples, you can always change their structures, colors and data.
Meter Dashboard consists of graphic Quantitative Indicators such as
Why use it?
Meter Dashboards help you to show actual values of KPIs, Business Metrics or technical measurementsfor making reasonable decisions and taking urgent actions.
Meter Dashboard for Business Performance Management
You can use Meter Dashboard to illustrate KPIs and Business Metrics which provides people in your company with a standard to improve. Business Metrics can include any quantitative performance measurements:
Return on investment (ROI)
Employee or customer churn rates, etc.
They can illustrate compound data:
Actual value versus standard
Current value compared to thresholds
Deviation from an expected trend
Direction and magnitude relative to a benchmark value
Linear Gauges and Meters
Use Linear Gauges and Meters to display the most info per unit of dashboard space, especially on space limited or information rich dashboards.
Use the simplest Bullet Indicators which show only value and scale to communicate only the actual value of a displayed metric
Use Bullet Indicators which also have color zones to display threshold levels
Arrange compact Bullet Indicators as a stack to compare related metrics “at-a-glance”
Use numerical labels only if you really need to show the exact value of each displayed metric
Directional Bullet Indicators
Use the Directional Bullet Indicators (Plus/Minus Indicators) to show not only magnitude, but also direction of displayed metrics. Use color zones to show threshold levels for quick evaluation of metric values.
Use Sliders, which show the numeric value in a box positioned along the scale depending on the value, if you need to show the exact metric value.
Eye-catching Radial Gauges (Dials or Speedometers) show the actual metric value using a needle. Color zones show threshold levels.
Radial Gauges require more space than Linear Meters, so on a space-limited dashboard use Bullets instead of Dials.