How can I build a useful Executive Dashboard? - Netwoven

How can I build a useful Executive Dashboard?

By Niraj Tenany  |  Published on July 12, 2012

Netwoven Blog

The design of executive dashboards varies depending upon the needs of the executives for which they are designed. However, well-designed executive dashboards commonly have the following characteristics:

  • Highly graphical in nature and enables the executives to read and understand the key metrics in very little time.
  • Tailored to the needs of the executive who uses them. The VP of Sales probably doesn’t need to see the total inventory turns or human resource information.
  • Starts with a high level view and, by clicking on the relevant graph or map, the user can drill down into more detail. Navigation is easy and intuitive.
  • Automatically updated with the latest available data so you’re not making decisions based on old information.

One needs to ensure that the dashboard adheres to the following rules of usability:

  • Relevance – Ensure that only the relevant information is presented at the top level
  • Clarity – Ensure that the data and information are assimilated well and presented in an easy to use way
  • Hierarchy – Ensure that the users of the dashboard are easily able to navigate from high level metrics to the details

By Niraj Tenany

Niraj is Chief Executive Officer and a Co-founder of Netwoven, responsible for the strategic vision and direction. Niraj has been working with Fortune 500 companies to implement large-scale enterprise systems for the past 25 years. Prior to founding Netwoven, Niraj led a profitable Enterprise Applications Consulting Practice at Microsoft. His team implemented large scale deployments of enterprise applications like Siebel, Ariba, and SAP with Fortune 500 customers. Niraj’s team also led the design and implementation of OLAP solutions based on the Microsoft platform. Prior to joining Microsoft, Niraj led a profitable Business Intelligence Consulting practice with Oracle Consulting Services. Niraj has also worked with startup organizations in senior management positions. Niraj was the Director of Consulting Services at Zaplet, a Kleiner Perkins funded company. Niraj holds a BS in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology, India, an MS in Computer Science from State University of New York (SUNY), and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina.


    1. Hi Charles, we have internal demos / screen shots that we would be happy to share on a web meeting or in-person meeting

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