BI Dashboards Best Practices

Learn common best practices for designing business intelligence dashboards to support your organization’s decision-making.

Designing a great business intelligence dashboard can massively improve the value your organization gets from data. However, this might be a bit more complicated then plugging your sources into data visualization tools, selecting a chart and hoping for the best.

Becoming familiar with some of the commonly accepted standards and best practices for data visualization and dashboard design can make a world of difference, and will allow you to create dashboards that:

  • Simplify complexity into a story that the relevant stakeholders or business units can understand
  • Provide the necessary details and drill-down capabilities, according to the dashboard’s intended use (analytical or operational)
  • Place the data in its proper context in the business’s operations by providing only the information needed to make decisions, and making it easily accessible

In many cases dashboards are only the final stage of what is often a much larger analytical process – which could include connecting to data sources, modeling the data and more. However, if the dashboard itself fails to convey the needed information, the entire process could be rendered moot.

On this page you will find a collection of resources which you can use to start building better dashboards today, so be sure to check them out!

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Dashboard Design Toolkit:

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