Matthew Rhodes | 13 January 2018
Dashboards can be a highly effective tool to sell-in the data that backs your proposal, deflects the naysayers and gets key decision makers on your side.
You work with data. You present it simply, with clarity and hey presto – you can react to events as they happen. If something is working well, you will have the proof you need to warrant investing further time in it. You will also be able to recognise problems and solve them as they happen.
This is what good dashboards help you to do. But to our mind, it’s also the very least they should be doing — because dashboards can have a much wider impact on your business.
Take the influence dashboards can have on leaders and their receptiveness to innovation. Have you ever presented a great idea only to see it fall flat? Dashboards can be a highly effective tool to sell-in the data that backs your proposal, deflects the naysayers and gets key decision makers on your side. When you’re trying to get a new, game-changing, but perhaps controversial initiative off the ground, you can’t put a price on that kind of thing.
As well as the ability to react and get buy-in, dashboards drive accountability. They enable the success of an initiative to be accurately measured. Too often in business, initiatives are planned out in minute detail, only to be launched, not measured properly and then abandoned. Dashboards enable any initiative to be accurately measured and judged, increasing the likelihood of its success. After all, if something can’t be measured, it can’t be improved.
Real time dashboards can also be useful for driving employee motivation and compliance. Knowing you are being measured properly and fairly, and that good performance is being noticed, helps reinforce and encourage greater productivity.
Lastly and most simply, having all your KPIs in one dashboard saves logging into multiple unconnected systems and saves time. You would be amazed at what links and patterns can be spotted when everything is in one place.
At Jarmany we build and host dashboards to visualise the key metrics and information important to your stakeholders. We are platform agnostic, so can use your in-house software or hardware, or recommend the most appropriate solutions. But most importantly, we see the real value that dashboards can bring to a business and can help you do the same. See our services for more detail.