Business Intelligence Blog from arcplan
24Jan/130

Building Your BI Dashboard Foundation: A Developer’s Guide

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Over the last couple of years, the growing hype around big data analytics has rekindled interest in data visualization and a long-standing BI tool – the dashboard. BI dashboards are an avenue for presenting pertinent chunks of information at a glance, and in 2013, they can present more complex, insightful representations of data than ever before. But the key to making your dashboard usable and long-lasting is to keep it simple, organized, and intuitive.

In other words, the way to address the growing need for better analytics and visualization is not to build prettier, more animated charts. A solid foundation has to precede these bells and whistles. Here are 2 foundational dashboard elements that developers should master before moving on to the fun stuff:

1) The Path of Analysis
There are many ways to dissect and analyze data, but the first step is determining how to make the path of analysis most intuitive for users. Your options include:

  • Functional Breakdown: This is a very common way for arcplan customers to organize dashboard data. In this structure, sales reports, operations reports, or financial reports – along with their corresponding KPIs – are grouped together, providing a dedicated area for members of each department…

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28Nov/120

Scorecard & Dashboard Development: A Detailed How-To Webinar

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You’re invited to our last webinar of the year!

Scorecard & Dashboard Development: A Detailed How-To
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

You’ll come away with well-rounded, practical knowledge about how to create best-in-class BI applications that are highly adopted and provide a stellar user experience.

In this webinar, we’ll show you real customer examples that illustrate:

  • How to make your scorecards & dashboards simple, clean and effective
  • Visualization trade-offs and choices
  • Navigation as the key to success
  • Managing the path of analysis
  • Scorecards that tell a story
  • And much more

We’ll also leave time for a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Register now »


This event is a continuation of arcplan’s September webinar, Effective BI Dashboard & Scorecard Design, where we discussed the characteristics of successful dashboards. It is not a pre-requisite to have attended this webinar, but if you’d like to view the recording, you may do so here.