How To Make Custom Dashboards For Powerful Business Insights

By Maryna Cherednychenko

The development and design of a dashboard is a critical task today. Business wants to get a screen that contains all the information, showing trends, risks, and promising areas. It needs a dynamically updated vision that points the way to a bright financial future. A properly designed dashboard helps quickly assess the company’s state and points out cases worth paying attention to. It helps understand the app structure and gives the user an idea of where to go next.

This post will explain what precisely the dashboards are, how to get the most value of them, and what components to include. Also, it will share the examples of custom admin panels we made for our recent projects.

What Is Dashboard?

The admin panel dashboard is a kind of space or object with information that visually presents data from one or more sources. Each source is a component of a dashboard. Analyzing data from such a component helps people draw conclusions and make decisions that affect future actions in business or daily life.

To be more specific, let’s define a dashboard as a diagram, table, or graph (or all together) that shows analytical data took from different sources but related to each other. Typically, this data is presented as an interactive digital field and used to analyze current business indicators.

Dashboard Benefits

Accessibility. It displays all things in a single window. Users don’t need to switch from one interface to another to reach necessary data.

Interactivity. Users can adjust data visualization as per their needs. For example, choose a period, filter partners, or select a specific location.

Awareness. Users quickly identify problems that might remain out of sight of management.

Data completeness. Dashboards provide comprehensive information, allowing users to see the complete business state in a matter of seconds.

Usability. If designed correctly, dashboards are very easy to use. They give all the necessary tools for quick data access and management.

Dashboard benefits

Who Uses Dashboards?

Marketing Experts

Dashboard for marketers from our project Sphera

SEO Specialists

Source: octoboard.com

DevOps

Source: slideteam.net

HRs

Source: qlik.com

Owners

Source: rentalready.io

How To Make an Excellent Dashboard?

1.Decide On Dashboard Type

  • The operational dashboard aims to display essential business metrics in real-time mode.
  • The analytical dashboard shows data of the current period in comparison with previous periods.
  • The strategic dashboard shows how certain metrics are progressing and how quickly set goals are being met.
Dashboard types

2.Define End-User

3.Place Only Valuable Information

Dashboard example from our Botnet project

4.Make It Responsive

5.Emphasize Key Data

Best Tools For Data Visualisation

Plotly is a handy tool to create detailed charts, presentations, and dashboards. You can perform analysis using JavaScript, Python, R, Matlab, Jupyter, or Excel. There are also several options for importing data. The visualization library and online diagramming tool allow making stunning graphs with no much effort.

Chart.js is a perfect instrument for small projects. The program offers only six types of diagrams and a free Chart.js library. It uses HTML5 Canvas to build charts and creates a simple design that is easy to adapt to changing business demands.

FusionCharts is a comprehensive solution for a wide variety of needs. It offers over 90 charts and layouts, 965 data maps, pre-built business dashboards, and demos. The JavaScript API makes it easy to integrate the plugin into an AJAX application or JavaScript framework. Charts, maps, and dashboards are incredibly interactive, easy to customize, and work across all devices and platforms.

Google Charts is a very flexible tool with a variety of instruments for developers. It is highly beneficial when creating specialized visualizations such as geoschemes. Google Charts offer built-in controls for animation and user interaction.

Google Analytics is a traditional choice of developers looking to integrate user-friendly analytics into their software. It helps create custom dashboards, interactive reports, and convenient diagrams using various built-in widgets and schemes.

IBM Watson Analytics is an excellent tool for big enterprises. It offers AI-powered mechanisms to analyze data and further introduce it to users in an informative format. IBM Analytics serves different business areas from banking to education and may be applied to building different dashboard types.

Conclusion

This article was originally published at Softensy.

Softensy specializes in fintech development and enterprise-level apps. Our team helps companies automate business processes by developing software solutions.