I’ve seen hundreds of business dashboards in my career. Everywhere I look there are dashboards. Social media, businesses, my car, you name it – there are dashboards everywhere on everything. We track everything from global warming to Airline on-time-flight arrival, customer service to customer satisfaction, our children's height/weight against age, and more.
And when I’m online, even my social media has dashboards to shame me into getting new friends, and everywhere you click you see advertisements for dashboard and business intelligence (BI) software.
In the last decade there has been an explosion of data and now we sit front seat to the explosion of analytics. What a great innovation to improve our ability to drive business growth and efficiencies. However, like all good things, there is a tendency to believe that this is the silver bullet, the magic elixir, a cure for all ills in business. The advertisements promise data from all platforms and entries on one dashboard at your fingertips – easy! While it’s intoxicating to have high expectations of your new technology tools and terabytes of data diligently waiting on hard drives… wake up before you experience a hangover.