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New article “Creating interactive digital dashboards from scratch” by Tim Loginov

October 29th, 2007 by Anton Baranchuk

Like the instrument panel in a car, the computer version-dashboard displays critical info in easy-to-read graphics, assembled from data pulled in real time from corporate software programs. Dashboards deliver the detailed information needed by everyone for day-to-day decision-making. Simple yet powerful analysis allows any user to discover vital trends in business performance and continuously monitor the performance of your organization at all levels and in real time.

Dashboards provide your business with real-time business intelligence across all areas of your company – from accounting and sales, to fulfillment and support. The Dashboard offers instant snapshots of your designated key performance indicators (KPIs), and provides real-time trend graphs and ad hoc reports appropriate for each role in your business. With direct drill-down capability, you can move from a summary level directly to greater detail, and you can see real-time information to proactively manage for better results.

While most enterprise dashboards in production are probably still custom built, we provide you a new way of dashboard creation – using AnyChart Flash Component Dashboard mode. Since all charts created by AnyChart Flash Chart Component are rendered using a single swf file it is very easy to place such swf file to your web-site and provide it with an XML configuration file that configures a dashboard.

In this article we will create step-by-step a sample dashboard, at first – we will make a static one – that can be used for presentation purposes, and then – we will add interactivity, which makes dashboard a really useful and modern tool of business data analytics. We’ll go thought all steps from “paper-design” created by hand to the interactive Flash dashboard.

paper-design result

Read it here

This article was written by Tim Loginov as part of AnyChart Documentation.

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