executive dashboard

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Dashboard development and data visualization tools for effective BI

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 last updated in June 2006

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That's a good definition of a poorly defined subject. I would also like to add "ability to quickly share" as a key feature, since having the executive share or report his insights easily to his peers is the key last step to react properly to changing data. If you are looking for an easy to use tool to set up executive dashboards try Leftronic It's connected to a lot of data sources out of the box, and has a lot of custom visualizations that helps you communicate your KPIs.


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