Why should you care about dashboards? Dashboards are a powerful way to create advanced illustrations that extract valuable insights for Business Intelligence. What’s more, the dashboard platform dually serves as a presentation tool to share with others. Visart’s user friendly and super intuitive interface enables people to create professional-quality dashboards to share them with a target audience.

For this reason, you will likely want a dashboard that is engaging and easy-to-read in order to fully get the message across. Insights are valuable; but presentation can make or break the effectiveness of your findings.

Wondering if your insights are engaging enough? Check out Visart’s Dashboard Checklist to be sure yours is at optimum engagement:

FILTERS

Is Your Dashboard 1Organization is the key to managing data files. Filters provide that organizational support; enabling users to interact with their data. Even more, filters are essential for their ability to dive further into data sets. The function works by allowing users to choose from a range of grouping options that best support the data set.

Users can specify how to group the variables in their data set and how that grouping can be selected. To do this, just add the desired filter groups to the dashboard (i.e. Filter by Name, Color, Age, etc.) and choose the input controls (i.e. List box, Combo box, Radio box) to gain a deeper understanding of the dataset.

CHARTS

Co-created meaning is a critical element of presentation. Whether it be your data presenting insights to you, or you to an audience – a message without a collective understanding is pointless gab. A chart is a more visual way of representing the message that a data set aims to communicate.

Any data uploaded into Visart can be represented with one of the many charts provided– bar, pie, line, area, scatter, etc. – that help dashboard designers convey powerful messages. Don’t forget, by using the Visart platform charts also include customizable labels and titles that explain what each chart represents.

PIVOT TABLES

We are all familiar with pivot tables in Excel. In fact, that’s where data visualization all
Is Your Dashboard 2started. While they are not as visual as charts in determining trends, pivot tables are still powerful tools for your dashboards.

Some data sets are just far too large to comprehend. For big data sets, you’ll likely want to use this method to crunch your data into a compressed, grid-like structure. Pivot Tables are designed to summarize data by aggregating over numeric data fields (measures) and group them by other non-numeric fields (dimensions). Use this method when you need to look across entire data files while bypassing the minutiae of each data set.

INSTRUCTIONS AND TEXT

The more self-explanatory the better. Don’t forget to include some information and instructions in your dashboard using Text windows. It is very important to describe what the dashboard represents and how the audience can use the information provided.

Visart now has the capability to overlap text objects with other objects using z-index. With this feature in mind, designers are encouraged to create compact visualizations that combine visualization and text objects that will help create a perfect report.

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MAPS

Speaking visually, maps are a great way to associate a universally familiar visual with your data. Using the Map feature, an audience can associate a geographic location with an insight pulled from configuring a data set into the dashboard.

Be sure to use Visart Maps and Google Maps (an extension feature) when your data includes geographic data fields. For example, fields like country, state, county can all be mapped whith this feature.

EXTENSIONS

Extensions are third-party modules that can be used with your dashboard. Typically, these extensions (i.e. Google Maps and Twitter) require proper licensing for personal or professional use. With Visart software, dashboard designers can make use of these extension features by simply entering the third-party license into Visart’s software (at no additional cost) to enable the module as an additional visualization feature.

Think of it as a really exclusive V(iz)IP pass to the data club. Each month, we will release new features that allow more advanced capabilities and intelligence; providing a richer experience to the Visart community. Always be on the lookout for updates – because they are frequent.

 

So there you have it! You are now well equipped to design a compelling dashboard that is sure to engage your intended audience. Check out our official Wiki page for a more in-depth look at Visart functions – and to be on the lookout for new features coming your way!

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Tyler Curry in an Inside Sales Associate and Online Community Manager at Pagos, Inc. Contact her at tcurry@pagos.com for more information on how you can join the Visart community.