Some users may prefer personalized views instead of pre-defined dashboard pages. As a designer, you can make your dashboard solution more flexible by implementing dashblocks. A dashblock is a dashboard fragment that can be combined with other dashblocks to assemble personalized views. You implement a dashblock the same way you implement a dashboard, except that a dashblock is smaller and typically contains a single visualization to reduce its space requirements.
Figure 7. End users can create mashups by combining dashblocks.
Once dashblocks are in place, end users can create mashups by adding dashblocks to a mashup page. This resembles creating and customizing SharePoint pages consisting of web parts. Figure 7 shows a sample mashup. Each time the user double-clicks a dashblock from the ribbon at the bottom of the page, the mashup page automatically resizes its dashblocks to free up space.
In today’s fast-paced competitive economy, many organizations use digital dashboards to gauge business performance. A well-designed dashboard could help decision makers to confront the adage “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”. When evaluating dashboarding tools, Dundas Dashboard should be on the top of your list, especially if your solution must run outside a SharePoint environment. Packed with features, Dundas Dashboard excels in the following areas:
- Stunning visualization capabilities powered by Microsoft Silverlight
- Open and extensible architecture that supports events and scripting
- Intuitive and flexible design environment for rapid implementation of professional-looking dashboard pages
- Interactive features that redefine digital dashboards and blur the distinction between web and dashboard development
- Mashups that promote self-service business intelligence by letting end users assemble personalized views
About the author:
Teo Lachev (MVP, MCSD, MCT) is a consultant, author, and mentor, with a focus on Microsoft Business Intelligence. Teo has more than 15 years of industry experience and has a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His Atlanta-based company “Prologika” helps organizations make sense of data by effectively applying Microsoft Business Intelligence technologies for reporting, multidimensional analysis, and data mining across a broad industry spectrum including finance, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, human resources, and marketing. Teo has authored and co-authored several SQL Server Business Intelligence books on Microsoft Reporting Services and Analysis Services. He speaks frequently at industry conferences and leads the Microsoft Business Intelligence Special Interest Group in Atlanta. Microsoft has recognized Teo's experience in Business Intelligence and contributions to the technical community by awarding him the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status for six years.
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pravin patkar said:
This could have been a great article if it was an unbiased and there was summary level side by side comparison.
Mark Wevers said:
A side-by-side would have been nice b/c most of the images are of Dundas, but after working extensively with PerformancePoint and Dundas Dashboard I think the arguments are well made.
K Wymore said:
I have to agree with Mark on this. After using Performance Point for almost a year, we are now looking at new tools because Performance Point is lacking in many ways. Dundas is more flexible and more visually appealing than Performance Point and it doesn't require SharePoint integration to function. A side by side comparison would have been nice. Maybe someone else will do another review describing building a dashboard in each tool and the pros/cons of each product?
Jon Hazell said:
Great idea K Wymore, any takers for that side-by-side comparison?
Slemo Warigon said:
Maybe it would be more helpful if someone can describe how this tool can be readily used in public/government organizations that don't do sales by defined zones.