Dashboards, also commonly referred to as information delivery portals, are web pages that provide a user with a single point of access to various types of data, including reports, analytics, and other business intelligence (BI) content. The information contained within dashboards is displayed in a highly organized fashion, can be presented in graphical format (i.e. metrics, key performance indicators, or data visualizations), and can come from a multitude of systems and sources, both internal and external.
Dashboards are very beneficial for stakeholders of all types - from analysts and power users to business users - because they provide an intuitive, convenient, and simple way to access and review mission-critical information. They eliminate hours spent sifting through mountains of information, so users can quickly uncover what's important and make fast, effective decisions. With dashboards in place, executives can achieve an "at-a-glance" view of the business, while functional and frontline workers can stay on top of key business processes and vital operational trends. Everyone from the CEO and CFO to sales managers, HR and accounting staff, and manufacturing personnel will have all the information they need, right at their fingertips.
Dashboards also help companies to better communicate with suppliers and other third-party business partners. Supply chain data and other information can be seamlessly shared through dashboards in real-time, to build stronger, more collaborative relationships. Many companies have even rolled out customer-facing BI dashboards, fostering greater levels of loyalty and retention by opening up new support channels and giving clients self-service access to information, without the need for separate licenses or specialized software.
The WebFOCUS BI Dashboard is a robust solution that provides a cohesive, unified, user friendly interface for any BI content. Users have the ability to fully personalize their dashboard, determining precisely how they view, store, and retrieve enterprise data based on their specific role and unique information needs. They can choose what information they see and how they see it, or select analytic tools for creating reports, charts, and graphs. They'll also have access to features such as matrix reporting, ranking, color-coding, drill-down, and font customization, and can even utilize an intuitive search function based on key words and phrases, to rapidly locate the information they need.
A WebFOCUS dashboard can be deployed in any format – including inline HTML, Adobe PDF, Flash, and Microsoft Excel – and can be accessed on any device, from desktops and laptops to smartphones and tablets. It can also be distributed dynamically via e-mail, or to printers, web portals, wireless devices, or report archives at schedule-driven intervals or when critical business events occur. More than one dashboard can be assembled into the WebFOCUS BI Portal, and even linked together for a dynamic BI experience.
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