Archive for the ‘Dashboard’ Category

Be Your Own Expert

Trefis graphically presents its analysis and invites you to tweak it

Trefis graphically presents the components of its forecast, showing how they add up. Clicking on a component drills down to display the assumptions. That alone would be noteworthy, but Trefis goes one step further: the various trend lines are easily adjustable, allowing the viewer to both enter their own expectations and explore different scenarios. Instead of taking a forecast at face value, this permits every customer to dig deeper into the analysis and to develop their own personal forecast, based on their understanding and beliefs.


Presenting the Big Picture

ForSee presents the highs, the lows, the ups, & the downs in a 4-way spread

KPIs are important, but understanding KPIs is even more important. This 4-way spread focuses very effectively on the best and worst performers in both absolute numbers and their rate of change.

Banks Go Graphic

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Banks, jockeying for competitive advantage, are turning to graphical dashboards to give customers a birds-eye view of their financial situation.

U.S. Bank ScoreBoard

U.S. Bank is introducing an online, graphical dashboard to give business clients a clearer look at their credit card transactions. The U.S. Bank ScoreBoard presents charts and graphs that reveal different aspects of customers’ credit card transactions. The goal is to give customers the ability to monitor spending and gain insights into how their sales trends compare to similar merchants.

PNC Bank Virtual Wallet

Virtual Wallet is PNC’s bid to provide “comprehensive money management and online banking solution for the next generation of banking customers, Generation Y.”


Many long-established businesses are becoming increasingly aware that their customer’s age distribution skews to the aged. Future prospects are not good unless new customers are found to replace existing customers moving to retirement. To attract younger new customers, these companies are increasingly turning to displaying data as graphic visualizations.

Visualizing Multiple Statistics

MIT Media Lab & Northwestern U explore Human Development

The Human Development Index was designed to focus attention on human well-being by combining metrics on health, education, and income into a single number between zero and one.

Some critics complained that important aspects of well being were left out. Others complained that a single number obscured important differences in the component parts: “a country whose population was lavishly wealthy but completely illiterate could look identical to a hyper-educated nation of homeless people.”

Graphics to the rescue, students at the MIT Media Lab and Northeastern University created a graphic that could quickly comminicate the multiple components and the relationship among them: The HDI Tree. Using an arrangement of color blocks the graphic quickly communicates the index (height of the tree) and its component parts (size of the blocks).

Financial Times’ iPad Dashboard looks and acts like an iPad app, but it is actually an HTML5 web page.

The advantage for the publisher is not having to endure Apple’s approval process, not having to pay Apple a 30% commission, and the ability to market content outside of Apple’s overcrowded App Store.

It is also much less costly to develop a Web page than to program a complicated app from scratch.

HTML5 Web pages also have the potential for reaching a wider audience. An app will be tied to a single type of tablet computer. An HTML5 Web page will be instantly viewable on any device that supports the new HTML5 standard.

Thanks to the capabilities of the new HTML5 standard, FT’s presentation can be made with few compromises. A large amount of critical and almost up to date (delayed 20-minutes) data is made available in a single convenient dashboard.

This page of Market Data is navigated using standard iPad finger gestures. The various information panels are interactive, enabling the reader to scroll through the data, focusing on what interests them.