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An executive dashboard is a computer interface that displays the vital information corporate officers need to help them effectively run an enterprise... (Continued)

An executive dashboard is a computer interface that displays the key performance indicators (KPIs) that corporate officers need to effectively run an enterprise.

In information technology, the term dashboard refers to a graphical user interface (GUI) that organizes and presents information in a format that is easy to read and interpret.  An effective executive dashboard serves as a starting point from which a corporate executive can get a sense of the big picture before digging deeper into data.

Features of an effective executive dashboard include:

  • An intuitive graphical display that is thoughtfully laid-out and easy to navigate.
  • A logical structure behind the dashboard that makes accessing current data easy and fast.
  • Displays that can be customized and categorized to meet a user’s specific needs.
  • Information from multiple sources, departments or markets.

See also: business intelligence, OLAP dashboard, sparkline, ad hoc analysis, deep analytics

This was first published in June 2006

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