Dashboards can be broken down due to their role and taking into consideration whether they are analytical, operational, informational or strategic. The last-mentioned dashboards support managers within an organization, providing both quick and clear overview that they have to start monitoring both health and opportunities for their business. Dashboards of this type are known to be focusing on the high-level measures of performance.
Dashboards that are used for analytical purposes may include more context, history and comparisons than the strategic ones. Analytical dashboards usually support different interactions with the data. Dashboards that are used for monitoring different operations are often designed differently from those that support strategic decision making or data analysis. They also often require monitoring of different activities as well as the events that can be constantly changing, requiring more attention and response.
Any Comparison Dashboard is the one that integrates one screen to view the Comparison Charts as well as different Indicators in a way of the Column Charts, Horizontal Bar Charts, Line Charts, Columns Indicators, Dot Plots, Two Bubbles Indicators, Left and Right Arrows Indicators, Up and Down Arrows Indicators, Two Up Arrows Indicator, Scales Indicators, etc.
All the mentioned tools are available to be used from the Comparison Dashboard solution while working in the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and drawing software, including the pre-made examples of the dashboards, such as an “example 1: Comparison Dashboard — Support Calls by Products” and “Support calls by Products” one.
This particular sample was created by using the ConceptDraw PRO application and it demonstrates the Comparison Dashboard solution's capabilities well. All the charts can change their data automatically when its source changes. The mentioned dashboard contains four horizontal bar charts that illustrate the comparison of both closed and open support calls for five product models daily and weekly.
As a general rule, the Comparison Dashboard solution is used by such specialists as project managers, scientists, teachers, technicians and many other managers who care for their reputation as well as for a result of their work.
The samples you see on this page were obtained by connecting a sample data source to templates from the Comparison 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 PRO 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 Comparison Dashboard solution is available to all ConceptDraw PRO users to get installed and used while working in the ConceptDraw PRO 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: Comparison Dashboard — Support Calls by Products
This sample was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Comparison 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 support performance dashboard contains four horizontal bar charts. The bar charts show the comparison of open and closed support calls for five product models daily and weekly.
Both ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and drawing software and the Comparison Dashboard solution can help creating the visual dashboard you need. The Comparison 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 PRO and ConceptDraw STORE applications are installed on your computer before you get started.
How to install
After ConceptDraw STORE and ConceptDraw PRO are downloaded and installed, you can install the Comparison 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.
Comparison Dashboard integrates a single screen view of the Comparison Charts and Indicators as
Horizontal Bar Charts
Two Columns Indicator
Two Bubbles Indicator
Left and Right Arrows Indicator
Up and Down Arrows Indicator
Two Up Arrows Indicator
Why use it?
Each Comparison Chart or Indicator displays your source data, to visually communicate Item Comparison.You can include Composition Charts and Indicators into your business or technical dashboards to show the ranking of your items.
«In an item comparison, we want to compare how things rank: are they about the same, or is one more or less than the others? ...Words indicating larger than, smaller than, or equal are clues to an item comparison. Communication.»
Say It With Charts: The Executive's Guide to Visual Communication
McGraw-Hill | 2001. P. 22.
Item Comparison shows you an item’s ranking. To visualize Item Comparison you can use
Double Bar and Column Indicators
Double Bubble Indicators
Double Arrow Indicators.
What chart or indicator should you use?
Use Horizontal Bar Charts. Also, you can use Column Chart for a few data points. Avoid using the vertical category labels in Column Charts, use Horizontal Bar Charts with horizontal labels instead. Use Comparison Indicators for pairwise comparison.