November 13, 2012

The future of dashboards, if any

Business intelligence dashboards are frequently bashed. I slammed them back in 2006 and 2007. Mark Smith dropped the hammer last August. EIS, the most dashboard-like pre-1990s analytic technology, was also the most reviled. There are reasons for this disdain, but even so dashboards shouldn’t be dismissed entirely.

In essence, I’d say:

In particular:

I’d further note that:

And so my tentative view of dashboards’ future boils down to:


One Response to “The future of dashboards, if any”

  1. Sid Probstein on November 14th, 2012 4:22 pm

    Great post, Curt! I agree mobile drives many solutions towards single-chart, but the underlying need to pivot from one concern to the next is still there. So mobile will be a window to the dashboard, and navigation will account for that. Deep integration of search such that it drives the dashboard plus deals with text data (way) more flexibly than mining should help dashboards stay relevant.

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