Digital dashboard projects are known to be involving different business units to take the driver’s role and the information technology department — the enabler’s one. The success of digital dashboard projects is known to be depending on the metrics that should be carefully chosen for completing such process as monitoring. The appropriate content on the business dashboards may include key performance indicators, sales performance figures and balanced scorecards.
Digital dashboard technology is available from many software providers and some of the companies continue doing the so-called “in-house development” as well as the maintenance of the dashboard applications. A good design of a dashboard may influence on many aspects of business activity after, once it is created. Thus, the clear key information should be offered to the users making the supporting information both easily accessible and easily understandable.
There are four key elements to a good dashboard which include simple and easy way of communication, minimum distractions so the dashboard does not cause any confusion, support from the organized business having both useful data and the meaning clear to understand and the fact that any dashboard should apply human visual perception to visual presentation of information making it obvious that the data is represented in the right way.
Dashboards are what the series of charts, gauges, graphics and other visual indicators can be called. They all can be monitored any time when it is needed as well as interpreted taking into consideration the reason they were created for. Dashboards can be also customized the special way so it becomes possible to link their charts and graphs to the needed strategic objectives.
The Status Dashboards solution extends the functionality of the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM product offering the pre-made stencils as well as the examples and templates of the status dashboards which all can be edited when it becomes necessary in order to make the unique drawings. The graphic Status Indicators (e.g., Alerts, Progress & Rating Indicators and Traffic Lights) are the ones that can be always used by any ConceptDraw DIAGRAM user once taken from the mentioned solution.
The Status Dashboards solution can be useful for such specialists as project managers, project participants, road traffic regulators, writers, and even teachers in schools, such as driving ones, in order to explain the theory driving test.
The samples you see on this page were obtained by connecting a sample data source to templates from the Status 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 Status 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: Status Dashboard — Project Tasks
This sample was created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM using the Status 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 project management dashboard contains the project tasks table with status indicators. The indicators in the Priority column show task priorities via color and shape. The indicators in the Status column show the task statuses via color. The indicators in the Complete column show the task completion.
Both ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and drawing software and the Status Dashboard solution can help creating the visual dashboard you need. The Status 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 Status 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.
Status Dashboards use a single screen to integrate the graphic Status Indicators such as
Progress & Rating Indicators
Why use it?
Status Dashboard helps you to visualize at glance the status of your business, team, project, process or technology, and quickly estimate where your immediate decisions and actions are critical.
Status Indicator can visualize one of 2-6 information states and comes with a caption that you can show or hide.
Status Indicators allow you quickly estimate where your immediate decisions and actions are critical.
Use Status Dashboards to visualize any discrete Business Metrics, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) or technical metrics, for example:
Your strategic goals and objectives priority and achievement status
Tasks statuses, priorities and completion of your project
Personal productivity KPIs for the people in your team
Web marketing KPIs for your corporate website, etc.
Status Dashboard helps you to visualize at a glance the status of your business, team, project or process.
Status Dashboards may be used by business managers and knowledge workers, engineers and IT people, and scientist and educators, to visualize and monitor the status of performance and technological indicators.
What status indicator should you use?
Alert is a single shape that can changes its appearance (color hue or saturation, direction, shape, size, figures) according to source data. Simple Binary Alerts show you only two states of a task - important/normal, process run/stop, quality good/bad, equipment on/off, access allowed/denied, etc.
Categorical Alerts allow you to visualize one category from a set of 3-6 as poor/satisfactory/normal/good/excellent
Use Traffic Light (Racetrack Light) when the relative position of lights has its own meaning; otherwise use the Alert to save you dashboard space
Progress and Rating indicators help you to show a 5-step progress level or rating
Special Status Indicators allow you to show the status of special objects or processes, e.g. speed or light discrete levels, starting countdown