Are Dashboards required to be clean ?

Business Intelligence and the role it plays for Business, Healthcare and various other fields is known to all.

Dashboards form a very important part of BI applications as they usually present the related data in graphical and easily comparable forms, vis-a-vis each other.

Even if you are using any spreadsheet and using Graphs to represent any form of work and progress related data, you are actually creating and using Dashboards for your business.

One of the common factors I notice about several Dashboard’s though is the fact that they are trying to pass on too much data and form a cluster of sorts within a single view. This just makes me wonder as to why cleanliness and blank spaces are not considered when preparing these designs.

BI helps plan, evaluate and improve upon existing business and trends. In such a scenario having clustered dashboards can lead to several unwanted situations.

One of the best approach is to create a dashboard with proper demarcation and areas properly charted out that allow easy flow of the data as well as form a soft of sequence in which data is read / evaluated.

So while BI is already playing its role in your organization, planning good and well designed dashboards may just help better.