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Dashboards & Challenges in Implementation – A Practitioners Guide

Dashboards are necessary for business decision support and has to provide required inputs for the management to be able to take decisions that are:

  1. Accurate
  2. Informed
  3. Insightful &
  4. Timely

Why do we need Technically Superior Dashboards instead of traditional MIS Reporting

  1. Eliminate Human Intervention
  2. Keep Data safe, secure & internal
  3. Inefficiency & Inaccuracies in manual effort
  4. Excel though very easy is highly unreliable & complex
  5. Powerpoint is time-consuming

Hence today’s management team require an upgraded and updated management system that can enable quicker decisions with the lowest cost & highest efficiency.

For successful execution of a business dashboarding initiative, the following are key:

  1. Technology Framework
  2. Data Availability
  3. Data Cleanliness
  4. Business Knowledge
  5. Requirements Understanding
  6. Performance Measurement Concepts
  7. Eye to Visualization
  8. Efficient Query Building
  9. Project Management

Strategic Conceptualization of Dashboards Project & Individual Dashboard is very Key:

  1. Who is going to see the Dashboards
  2. What decisions will be taken from Dashboards
  3. What Measures & Metrics are relevant to enable the Decisions
  4. How frequently the Information / Insight is necessary
  5. What level of View (Birds Eye to Detail) is required for the Metric
  6. Who should have What access on Dashboards
  7. Availability of Data, its Cleansing & Storage
  8. Dataware house Designing to ensure comprehensive coverage
  9. Smart query building to ensure response time & accuracy

Some of the key Features technically Dashboards should have are:

  1. Integration with Data Source
  2. Quick Response
  3. Drill Down & Filter Features
  4. Rich & Insightful Graphic Features
  5. Cloud Hosted & Web Interface
  6. Automated Alerts through Email & SMS

Key Team members required to implement a successful project are:

  1. Business Requirements Strategist
  2. Project Manager
  3. Conceptualizers of Dashboard – Visualizations & Graphics
  4. Developer / Query Builder / Dashboarding Team
  5. Datawarehouse Designers
  6. Data Integration Team – ETL Specialists
  7. Data Accuracy Verification Testers (Functional)
  8. Trainers to Coach Usage

Technology is just 10% in a Dashboarding Project.

Many projects of Dashboards fail because of too much reliance and important to sophisticated technology that specific business use case. The general feedback from management team the reason for Dashboard engagements do not take off nor get finished successfully are as under:

  1. We have invested in BI tools but we do not have expertise to implement
  2. The resources for implementation are prohibitively expensive
  3. The dashboard designs are not intuitive, Interactive & lose relevance
  4. It is too much data and we are having our own Excels Sheets to process
  5. Do not have the right, accurate data and many processes are not automated
  6. There is too much data in the back-end database tables & it is complex
  7. We are happy with our Excel Reporting & processing capabilities, hence feel in control

Successful execution of the project is possible, provided business managers contribute significant amount of time to its development apart from technical platform & implementation expertise which are very expensive, scarce and highly unaffordable.

How are we different:

There are many steps in implementing a dashboard project or initiative in your company or department that are grouped in the following broad phases:

  1. Business & Decision Requirement Assessment
  2. Business Performance Metrics (KPI) identification & formulas
  3. Data Availability Audit & Gap
  4. Dashboard Prototype Visualizations
  5. Data Warehouse Design & Integration
  6. Dashboard Building
  7. Accuracy Testing (parallel test)
  8. Dashboard Access Rules & Assignment
  9. Training & Coaching

Our Delivery Scorecard to be able to accomplish your Dashboarding Objectives:

  1. Technological Platform – 8 out of 10
  2. Management & Conceptualization Skills – 9 out of 10
  3. Project Management Expertise – 9 out of 10
  4. Implementation Expertise – 9 out of 10
  5. Resource Pool – 10 out of 10
  6. Business Intelligence Expertise – 10 out of 10
  7. Cost Affordability & Total Cost of Ownership – 10 out of 10

We bring to you not a Software Product but a Complete Solution. We take ownership to execute your Dashboard initiative successfully. Start to Finish.