Business intelligence dashboards and performance scorecards

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  • data point

    A data point is a discrete unit of information. In a general sense, any single fact is a data point. 

  • heat map (heatmap or tree map)

    A heat map is a two-dimensional representation of data in which values are represented by colors. Heat maps allow users to understand and analyze complex data sets. 

  • business intelligence dashboard

    A business intelligence dashboard is a graphical interface that displays the current status of metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) for an enterprise. 

  • OLAP dashboard

    The “OLAP” designation indicates that one or more of the graphs or reports (sometimes referred to as “panes,” in the dashboard) are based on an OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) data source.  

  • sparkline

    A sparkline is a small embedded line graph that illustrates a single trend. Sparklines do not include axes or labels; context comes from the related content. 

  • ad hoc analysis

    Ad hoc analysis is the term commonly used in businesses to describe a product (analytical report, statistical analysis or model, or other report or summary of data) produced one time to answer a single, specific business question.  

  • performance scorecard

    A performance scorecard is a graphic or an application that depicts the progress over time of some entity, such as an enterprise, an employee or a business unit, toward some type of goal. 

About Business intelligence dashboards and performance scorecards

Designing or updating executive dashboards, business dashboards, performance scorecards or management scorecards? The business benefits of providing digital executive dashboards and performance scorecards are discussed far more often than the complexities of how to create these visual data displays designed for management. Learn how to plan, evaluate, design, create, deploy and update strategic business intelligence dashboards and performance scorecards -- whether you're using the full balanced scorecard methodology, just tracking a few key performance indicators (KPIs) or using an operational dashboard to manage projects or quality improvements. Check out exclusive executive dashboard and performance scorecard case studies for best practices, expert advice and inspiration.