I design and build clean, stylish dashboards that answer three simple questions you have about your business.

  1. How are things going?
  2. What do I need to pay attention to?
  3. Where can I dig in?

Most BI dashboards are a chaotic mess.
They bury you under piles of irrelevant data.
And more data just makes things worse.

You want to focus on relevant data, not all the data. And you need to know where to dig into the detail that matters.

Here are a few examples of how simple it can be.

This dashboard tracks billable hours.

  1. How are things going? Not bad overall. The line on top shows us that billable hours are increasing over time.
  2. What do I need to pay attention to? Those lines labeled "Weird" are key. Any day's value that is over one of those lines is very unusual. You should look into those weird values.
  3. Where can I dig in? The detail on the bottom half of the graph gives you all the information you need. It breaks data out by date, client, and type of work.

This dashboard analyzes accounts payable invoices for payment errors and fraud.

  1. How are things going? Not great. We have 59 suspicious invoices.
  2. What do I need to pay attention to? You should look at those invoices and determine whether they are errors or fraud attempts.
  3. Where can I dig in? The invoice detail screen is full of info on the suspicious invoices. From there, you can dismiss each one or mark it for investigation.

This dashboard reports on data quality for a marketing database. The lines represent data flows from source to destination. The width of the lines indicates relative data volume between the two systems.

  1. How are things going? All those green lines mean that things are mostly good. But a couple minor feeds on the bottom are red, indicating data quality issues.
  2. What do I need to pay attention to? Those red lines need your attention.
  3. Where can I dig in? The data quality issues are detailed below the graph.

Follow through is everything. A clean, simple data presentation deserves a clean, simple way to engage with the data.

These two apps are as simple and clean as the dashboards themselves. Data Service Desk helps you reach out for support. And Data Comment lets you leave comments and questions on any dashboard.

If you're interested in talking to me about dashboard development, design, or anything else, reach out at [email protected] or send a request through DataServiceDesk.com.