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A guide to scorecards and information dashboard design

Experts share their information dashboard design tips and scorecard template how-tos in this guide of real-world dashboard and scorecard development dos and don'ts.

The words dashboards and scorecards are often used interchangeably to describe a user interface that provides critical information to an individual or group of users. The key to information dashboard design is keeping things simple, logically and visually. The process of gathering information from an ERP system, Excel spreadsheets or a SQL Server database is hidden from the user, with the information presented in an easily digestible format that caters to specific data needs.

In this guide, we have gathered multiple step-by-step scorecard template and dashboard examples, as well as key performance indicator templates and corporate performance management software options for the midmarket. You will also see IT executives' real-life dashboard design examples, including those that won't pass muster with users.

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  • What do you feel are the key points that an executive or organization should consider prior to choosing any dashboard application?

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OFFERING: Key performance indicators are the metric building blocks behind dashboard design. In this excerpt from Key Performance Indicators: Developing, Implementing and Using Winning KPIs, learn more about reporting performance measures to upper management on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, including the benefits of key performance indicator reports. Additional excerpts from this book include performance reporting measure design templates and 12 KPI scorecard and dashboard examples.

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