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One Big Message

Dashboards may be one of the oldest data products around, however they still play an integral role in an organisation’s data ecosystem

[00:27] Review of a statement form the eBook ‘Dashboards are Dead’

[01:35] The purpose of a dashboard

[02:18] How a dashboard works within the data ecosystem of an organisation

[04:00] Looking at a Harvard study on dashboards and descriptive analytics

[05:00] Real-life examples of dashboards and their efficacy


Is the dashboard dead?

The dashboard has played a historically important role in data. Charts, graphs, and other visuals help you see your data in a new way. They make it possible to quickly identify patterns and trends. However, there’s a question on the minds of many business users: is the dashboard dying? 

With self-service analytics and data discovery tools, do we even need dashboards anymore? 

The short answer is yes. 

Dashboards are still used by many businesses to quickly convey large amounts of complex information in an intuitive and insightful way, making it easier for both data analysts and non-data experts to make data-driven decisions.


Dashboards as a part of descriptive analytics

Dashboards play an important role when it comes to descriptive analytics by providing a snapshot of the current state of performance across different aspects of the business. In addition, they can help identify key trends and patterns that need further investigation. By incorporating data visualisations into your dashboard, they can be made even more insightful and actionable.


Why dashboards are still an integral part of data

Though big data and data analytics have taken the business world by storm, dashboards remain an integral part of data visualisation. In fact, dashboards are still one of the most popular data visualisation tools because they are easy to use and provide a high-level view of performance metrics.


To summarise

While they may come across as a bit dated, the humble data dashboard is still one of the most reliable and insightful data products an organisation can have in their data ecosystem. 

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