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Blog Posts

24
May
2017
New Feature Embed Web Content into a Target Dashboard
New Feature Announcement: See how to embed web content of varying types in your dashboard (from Target Dashboard), including Google Slides, iframes, web apps like Todoist, company news, weather and more! [Read More]
 
 
4
May
2017
SmartBox Makes Any HDTV a Dashboard Display
Turn any HDTV into a wall-mounted TV dashboard, complete with business intelligence, leaderboards, analytics and much more. [Read More]
 
 
22
February
2017
5 Financial Reporting Rules to Live By
Improve your financial reporting by following 5 simple rules. [Read More]
 
 
20
February
2017
Achieving Targets Through Accountability in 6 Steps
Get started building a high performing team, with accountability as the foundation. [Read More]
 
 
12
January
2017
How to Calculate Monthly Sales Targets Based on Prior Performance
Learn how to calculate individual monthly sales targets. [Read More]
 
 
6
January
2017
How to Graph Sales Performance Figures
How to communicate sales performance visually. [Read More]
 
 
6
January
2017
Re-Factor Weekly Sales Targets to Slash Wasted Management Time
Stop using weekly sales targets, now, and start saving time, effort and frustration when preparing monthly and quarterly reports. [Read More]
 
 
6
January
2017
Use Leaderboards to Drive Competition and Recognition
Leaderboards are now available for your departmental dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
5
January
2017
32 Reasons to Embrace SMarketing for Accelerated Sales Growth
See how Sales and Marketing teams create 32% faster growth when working together. [Read More]
 
 
21
December
2016
How to Reset Your Target Dashboard Password
Easily reset your Target Dashboard password. [Read More]
 
 
5
December
2016
14 Signs You're a Sales Manager Who's a Slave to Excel
See whether or not you're a slave to Excel. [Read More]
 
 
22
November
2016
How to Set Up a Leaderboard
How to set up a leaderboard. [Read More]
 
 
31
October
2016
Cool Feature: Lookup Tables to Connect Related Details
Target Dashboard Text Lookup function can links tables for easy categorisation, grouping, sorting, filtering and more. [Read More]
 
 
27
October
2016
Donuts are Better for Breakfast than Dashboard Charts
When donut charts outperform pie charts and the many reasons to avoid donuts (except at breakfast). [Read More]
 
 
5
October
2016
New Feature - Leaderboard - Now Live
The new sales leaderboard feature shows head to head comparison of sales team performance. [Read More]
 
 
21
September
2016
New Feature - Visual Data Explorer
Visually explore and analyse data using drill-down techniques within charts. [Read More]
 
 
9
September
2016
14 Ways to Impress and Inform Your Board
Modern take on the use of dashboard software to enhance Board Reporting. [Read More]
 
 
7
September
2016
TV's That Motivate Sales Staff?
How to use wall-mounted television dashboards to inspire and motivate sales staff. [Read More]
 
 
8
March
2016
5 Steps to Better KPI Graphs
How to build better KPI charts in your management reports and dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
4
February
2015
Three new Target Dashboard features to check out in February
Three new Target Dashboard features to check out in February [Read More]
 
 
21
November
2014
Using report date to make your dashboards more flexible
Using report date to make your dashboards more flexible [Read More]
 
 
11
November
2014
Use formulae in Target Dashboard to do more with your data
Use formulae in Target Dashboard to do more with your data [Read More]
 
 
21
October
2014
3 useful dashboard tips for October
Learn about hiding future dates when editing data, about dashboard groups and about drilldowns that you can export to excel. [Read More]
 
 
20
October
2014
Change Log
Continuously updated change log for Target Dashboard [Read More]
 
 
7
October
2014
Use big screen dashboards to put your performance in focus
Use big screen dashboards to put your performance in focus [Read More]
 
 
23
September
2014
4 useful dashboard tips for September
4 useful dashboard tips for September [Read More]
 
 
23
July
2014
Using Exception Alerts to Track Anomalies in Your Data
Using Exception Alerts to Track Anomalies in Your Data [Read More]
 
 
7
July
2014
The Benefit of Adding Targets to Your KPIs
The Benefit of Adding Targets to Your KPIs [Read More]
 
 
13
June
2014
Forecast Your Year-End Figures with New Custom Scorecards
Learn how to create custom scorecards for your management dashboards in Target Dashboard. [Read More]
 
 
9
May
2014
How to Analyse Surveys for KPI data
Organisations often use surveys to collect crucial KPI information, such as customer satisfaction. However, the resulting data can be difficult to analyze and spot trends from, as the responses have to be organized in an understandable way. This article will show you how to use dashboard software to quickly get useful information from surveys. [Read More]
 
 
7
May
2014
A Quick Guide to Building KPI Dashboards
It is often difficult and time consuming for business managers to build their own KPI dashboards. In this quick guide, you will learn the 8 basic steps to consider when building KPI dashboards for your data. [Read More]
 
 
15
April
2014
Target Dashboard and Heartbleed
Target Dashboard is not affected by Heartbleed [Read More]
 
 
26
February
2014
Upcoming Features and Roadmap Update
As you may remember, we outlined a roadmap for 2014 in early January, and we thought that it was time now to provide you with an update on the features we have planned. [Read More]
 
 
26
February
2014
How to Use Google Analytics Data in Dashboard Reports
Google Analytics is an incredibly useful app for monitoring data about your website. However, if you want to analyse your web data against other KPIs, online dashboards let you analyse your data in more versatile, actionable ways.This article will give you tips on how to define KPIs from the mountain of data GA provides, and how external dashboards can increase the visibility of your information. [Read More]
 
 
26
February
2014
What is new in Target Dashboard in February
2014 has come off to a great start, and we already have some great new features available in the application for you to try out and use on your own dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
24
February
2014
Motivate Staff and Monitor Targets with a Big Screen KPI Display
Have you ever wanted to make it easier for managers to collaborate using KPIs, or motivate your salesforce by letting them see sales figures as they happen? Using a Big Screen KPI Display, you can do this easily. However, displaying KPIs on a large screen isn't the same as on a dashboard, as their purposes are different. This article will give you some great tips on displaying your data on a big screen, as well as a few inventive ideas for using big screen dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
11
February
2014
How to Report on the NHS Friends and Family Test
In the past few weeks, I've had quite a few questions about the NHS Friends and Family Test (FFT), and how the data collected from this can be used for reporting. This article provides a brief overview of the FFT, and how Target Dashboard can deal with and report on this important data to help decision-making in your healthcare organisation. [Read More]
 
 
21
January
2014
See More Detail in Your KPIs with Statistical Lines
Statistical Analysis is incredibly useful for KPI management, but it can be very hard to implement as you need knowledge and mathematical skills, which not everybody has. However, you can now instantly create statistical lines on your charts in Target Dashboard to get information quickly. This article will show you some useful statistics to implement, including averages and standard deviation. [Read More]
 
 
17
November
2013
5 Essential charts for Maintenance-Free Executive Reports
A great KPI dashboard offers information at a glance, but a lot of time is often needed to create and maintain dashboards to keep them fresh and meaningful. However, there are some charts which let you get actionable info from any kind of data, in many situations. This guide will show you 5 of the best charts for create maintenance-free dashboards [Read More]
 
 
28
October
2013
Automate your Data Analysis Now!
While Dashboarding Software makes data management easier, people still need to monitor and update data every so often to ensure that information remains current and useful. However, dashboard providers are coming up with ways to automate dashboards and data for people. Here are a few things you should look out for when considering dashboards for your company. [Read More]
 
 
18
October
2013
SMEs: Make Use of Your Business Data in Just One Hour a Week
As more businesses are realizing the potential of data in decision making, you might be forgiven for thinking that this is only the domain of large companies with the time and resources to process and analyze their business data. However, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are more than capable to taking advantage of the data; All you need is a little time a month and a plan of action. This article will show you how to do this. [Read More]
 
 
10
October
2013
Sharing Updates in Target Dashboard
One important aspect of a KPI dashboard is the ability to share it with management, colleagues, stakeholders and clients. It needs to be easy to share, and it needs to look good. [Read More]
 
 
3
October
2013
Getting Data into Target Dashboard
How to get your data into Target Dashboard. [Read More]
 
 
27
September
2013
Turning a Great Dashboard into a Greater Presentation
While having a well-designed business dashboard helps you find important information to make decisions, a great presentation lets you communicate this information to others. However, you don't have to create both from scratch, as a dashboard can be turned into a captivating presentation with little effort. This article will show you how. [Read More]
 
 
25
September
2013
What Can I Do with My Finance Data?
The accounting finance information which you are required to collect and submit can be invaluable in deciding on the next move in your business! By putting your numerical data into charts, a stream of numbers becomes a useful visual tool which you can use to spot important trends. Here are four types of charts which you can use to analyze your finance data. [Read More]
 
 
30
August
2013
A Guide to the Yearly Comparison Chart
A yearly comparison chart lets managers predict what will happen in future, by comparing KPI data at the same point over a number of years. Creating a comparison chart in Target Dashboard is as easy as just a few clicks. Let us show you how. [Read More]
 
 
27
August
2013
Sales Dashboard Case Study How to Improve Performance
A sales dashboard can be a great tool for managing your sales KPIs, but only if it is designed with a specific purpose in mind. Sales metrics are more complex than ever before, and a great dashboard needs to display them in away which is actually useful to managers. This article will analyze an example of a well-designed sales dashboard, and show you why it can help improve performance. [Read More]
 
 
23
August
2013
Using Percentages as KPIs in Dashboards and Reports
Percentages are often measured as KPIs, such as with Conversion Rates and Percentage Profit. However, there are some common mistakes when doing this that result in data being wrong, particularly when percentages are added together. Read on to learn how Target Dashboard makes it so that you'll never have to worry about this. [Read More]
 
 
21
August
2013
How to Set Up a Scorecard for Your Sales Team
Busy sales executives often do not have the time to analyse sales reports for their decision making. In this case, a sales scorecard is a great alternative, as it lets users take in a lot of information at a glance. Building one in Target Dashboard couldn't be easier, and this article will show you how! [Read More]
 
 
8
August
2013
Improved Dropbox Integration and Many More New Features
Since the beginning of August, the team here at Target Dashboard has been working hard on improving, updating and making Target Dashboard a great user experience. [Read More]
 
 
23
July
2013
Service Dashboards – 5 Dashboard Features You Should Have
Do you run an online business service which gives clients access to data, such as a marketing or finance software? To show this data in a meaningful way, online services are increasingly outsourcing KPI data visualization to external providers. However, to ensure your clients have an excellent user experience, your choice of dashboard software should have 5 essential features. This article will show you what they are. [Read More]
 
 
16
July
2013
Visual Aids: Make Your Dashboards Easier to Use for Viewers
When designing a KPI dashboard, it makes sense to consider the end user, and their need for actionable information at a glance. To ensure that your dashboard is effective for users, visual aids such as legends, colors and additional numbers can make your data much clearer to see and easier to absorb. This article will show you how. [Read More]
 
 
9
July
2013
Including Descriptive Data in your KPI Dashboards
KPI Dashboards are designed to be understandable at a glance, using high-level data. However, many companies still make decisions using descriptive data, such as customer lists or project notes, which are not straightforward to chart. This article will show you 3 great ways to use descriptive and individual-level information in your dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
25
June
2013
Create Interactive Dashboards for More Efficient Decision Making
While KPI Dashboards allow you to manage your data effectively, they still need users to edit them to get different perspectives on their data. This delays analysis and decision-making. By introducing interactive elements to dashboards, users can instantly find the information they need. This article will show you 3 ways to create interactive dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
19
June
2013
Case Study of a Marketing Dashboard
Measuring Marketing Success and ROI can be very hard - there can be many factors which contribute to a campaign's effectiveness which you can't control. However, using KPI reporting software, you can analyse the data you collect from your marketing efforts, helping you improve your marketing. This case study of a marketing dashboard will give you a starting point for finding the information you need. [Read More]
 
 
17
June
2013
Stop, Get Ready, Go! Create Actionable Project Management Dashboards with RAG Charts
KPI Dashboards are brilliant tools for Project Managers - Metrics can be monitored from multiple projects, and decisions can be made quickly. But given the scope of the manager's duties, dashboards need to communicate important information as quickly as possible. Using red-amber=green indicators in your project management dashboard can do just this, and this article will show you how! [Read More]
 
 
12
June
2013
Why you should use Dashboard software over Excel Dashboards
Excel is great tool for managing your numerical data. But, when you need to visualize this data for decision making, it can be hard to get what you need with Excel. Using specialist dashboard software makes data visualization instead of excel saves you time and effort , and is a this article will show you why. [Read More]
 
 
7
June
2013
Build great client KPI reports to communicate your value!
Building a great report for your clients is essential. The way which you present your work to clients is as important as the work itself - if your clients don't understand what you've done, all your work becomes near-useless. This article will show you how you can create great client reports which show your value to your clients. [Read More]
 
 
4
June
2013
Feature Spotlight: Colour Coded Table Summaries
A feature in Target Dashboard that is often overlooked is the Table Summary. We wanted to change this, and decided to give it an upgrade that would allow it to come into its full potential. [Read More]
 
 
3
June
2013
Trouble managing your KPI Targets? Use these 4 useful visualizations
Are you having trouble keeping track of your KPI targets as a business? Instead of viewing them as numbers, you can visualise them to immediately see their status, and make quicker decisions. This post will show you how. [Read More]
 
 
30
May
2013
Gauges – You Don’t Have to Choose between Snapshot and Trend
You CAN keep your cake and eat it too when it comes to gauges. Keep reading to find out how to successfully combine the snapshot of the gauge with the context and trend analysis of a traditional chart. [Read More]
 
 
9
May
2013
Create the Perfect Executive Dashboard with these tips
KPI dashboards are used by all levels of employees in a company, including executives at the highest level of authority/ Executives have specific needs which they require from dashboards, and require quite complex information to do their jobs properly.This article gives you some great tips of designing a dashboard for executives, and how you can use them to create focused, impressive business tools. [Read More]
 
 
6
May
2013
The Next Big Thing: 4 Data Visualisation Examples with Better Alternatives
There are many weird and wonderful charts which people use to visualise data - not all of them are well suited to visualising important business data. [Read More]
 
 
30
April
2013
How to avoid problems with date standards in KPI management
In KPI management, knowing when you measured your data is crucial to analysing it correctly. But even if you think you've measured the right date, your company's date system could mean that you compare the wrong values together. Read this post to learn what you need to know about three different business date standards, and how to avoid using the wrong data! [Read More]
 
 
24
April
2013
3D or not 3D: when to add a 3rd dimension to your KPI charts
Making your KPI charts 3d has long been seen as an easy method to make your data look great. However, 3d charts aren't necessarily better at actually showing useful information, and can hinder your presentation if used without thought. This article will show you why 3d shouldn't be used recklessly, and when you should use it in your dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
19
April
2013
How to group and display your KPIs by category
By splitting your KPI data into categories, you can see how your data is made up, and spot otherwise hidden trends. This article will show you how you can categorise your data and display it in an understandable and meaningful way. [Read More]
 
 
12
April
2013
How to Analyse Surveys for KPI data– Part 2
In the previous part of my guide on analysing surveys for KPI information, I showed you how to prepare your questionnaires so that computers could easily read them, and taught you the Customer Satisfaction Index. This post will show you how to calculate the Net Promoter Score for your customers, and visualise your KPI information in a dashboard using filters. [Read More]
 
 
5
April
2013
How to Analyse Surveys for KPI data– Part 1
Surveys are often used by companies to get useful KPI information. This response data is difficult to analyze and spot trends from, as the responses have to organized in an understandable way. This article is the first part of a guide to analyzing KPI surveys, and will show you how to use dashboard software to quickly get useful information from responses. [Read More]
 
 
20
March
2013
A Quick Guide to Building a KPI Dashboard: Part 3
In the final part of this quick guide, you will learn how to refine and add to your KPI dashboard to make it an effective decision making tool. This third installment will focus on refining your KPI charts and customising your dashboard for you users. [Read More]
 
 
12
March
2013
A Quick Guide for Building KPI Dashboards: Part 2
In the first part of this guide to building a KPI dashboard, we concentrated on choosing KPIs and deciding on the layout of your dashboard. In this second part, I will give tips on choosing the right charts to visualise your KPIs, and fill this dashboard with meaningful information. [Read More]
 
 
8
March
2013
A Quick Guide for Building KPI Dashboards: Part 1
It is often difficult and time consuming for business managers to build their own KPI dashboards. In the first of a three part guide, you will learn how to build your own KPI dashboards in 10 simple steps! [Read More]
 
 
18
February
2013
Departmental Dashboards: Great Tips to Make Yours More Effective
Creating Dashboards is not simply a case of finding 'one size fits all'. Different Business functions measure different KPIs, and so they need dashboards suited to their department goals. This article will give you some useful tips for constructing dashboards for Sales, Human Resources and Marketing Departments. [Read More]
 
 
15
February
2013
5 Inventive ways to use column charts in your KPI dashboard
Column charts not only show KPI performance data accurately, but also allow managers to easily spot trends. However, a dashboard full of column charts can result in crucial data being overlooked. This post will show you 5 ways that column charts can be used to add not only clarity, but also variety to your management dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
12
February
2013
Pie Charts Revisited: The Pie Chart’s place in KPI Dashboards.
Pie charts are one of, if not the most well-known and widespread of all charts. There is a tendency for pie charts to be used in dashboards not due to usefulness, but for familiarity and visual stimulation. This article will show you when to use a pie chart, and what they can do for your KPI dashboard. [Read More]
 
 
11
February
2013
A guide to Applying Filters in Target Dashboard
If you have data that contains a "categorised" text based column then you can apply filters to the data. This can be particularly powerful. Let’s take a look. [Read More]
 
 
4
February
2013
Using the right KPIs in your Management Software
Being able to find trends in your Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data with KPI Management Software is all well and good, but doing so is only meaningful when you have the right KPIs. This article revisits the definition of KPIs, and gives tips on how to find the right KPIs for your company. [Read More]
 
 
1
February
2013
How to take back control of your KPI dashboards
While KPI dashboards have been criticised for a lack of substance, and reduced decision-making power,these problems stem from the lack of control managers have over their KPI dashboards. Emerging technologies can allow this control to be handed back, and this blog post will show you how they do this. [Read More]
 
 
30
January
2013
The Misunderstood Dashboard
I recently read a very informative article by American writer Alan R. Earls. Earls' article shows the opinions of various professionals regarding the problems of using business dashboards. However, I believe that these problems are largely due to misconceptions of their use. This post will therefore show you some ways which dashboard software can reduce these misconceptions. [Read More]
 
 
25
January
2013
3 Ways to use Raw Data in your KPI Dashboard
Dashboards usually contain mostly graphs, gauges and charts. These can be a little hard to get information from quickly by themselves, however. Adding numerical data to your charts can illuminate your dashboards to readers, and this post is here to show you three ways of doing this. [Read More]
 
 
23
January
2013
Dashboard Tips: Spotting Overlooked KPI Trends
With the amount of KPI data that is collected, Managers can find it hard to spot meaningful trends which require action. Trends can also be spotted too late, resulting in missed opportunities. In this post, I will show you four tips for making your dashboard charts easier to understand. [Read More]
 
 
17
January
2013
The importance of multiple outputs in KPI dashboards
With recent technological advances, business people need quick, convenient access to their KPIs. Dashboarding software such as Target Dashboard can achieve this need by outputting to multiple formats, but which do business people use? This post discusses three crucial business platforms, and why dashboard software must be accessible on them. [Read More]
 
 
14
January
2013
New Scorecard Features
We recently made some updates to our scorecards, which we're sure you'll find really useful! [Read More]
 
 
14
January
2013
Upgraded Table Summary Options
We've upgraded our Table Summary options, and just want to let you know how they can help to improve your dashboards! [Read More]
 
 
11
January
2013
Ways to effectively implement Gauges in your Dashboard
The use of Gauges in KPI dashboard has often had a stigma of 'style over substance' attached to it. However gauges have unique attributes which can bring lot to the table. This post discusses the way different gauge types can be used to improve dashboards, with the correct use of course! [Read More]
 
 
9
January
2013
The Best Charts for showing Measures and Trends
When using dashboards, companies commonly gather numerical measurements, which are more often than not analysed to find trends. However, while one type of chart may clearly show trends, it may not be as effective at showing measures, and vice versa. This article will discuss which charts are best for showing measures and trends individually. [Read More]
 
 
7
December
2012
Why Two Dashboard Charts are Better than One
Most people will take some data and build a single chart from this data. There are many time when this just not deliver what is required and is therefore ineffective. In this post I explain a simple technique that will make your dashboards more effective. [Read More]
 
 
6
November
2012
KPI, BI & Dashboard Glossary of Terms
A useful glossary of terms for all KPI, BI and dashboard phrases [Read More]
 
30
October
2012
The Manager’s Essential Guide to Filters, Pivoting and Totals
Getting a KPI dashboard that displays key information to the right people makes an incredible difference to the operating efficiency of any business. However before getting to a great dashboard you need to have your data in shape, and then know what you can do with it. [Read More]
 Related Posts: How to Pivot your Data |
 
28
October
2012
Importing percentages from Excel
We have made some important changes to the data importer that will help you import percentages from Excel and map your column types. [Read More]
 
 
26
October
2012
Top 5 Reasons Busy Execs Choose Online Dashboards
As online security standards have increased, businesses are increasingly moving their software into the cloud and therefore reducing their costs, maintenance and becoming more dynamic and quicker to react to change. Most in-house dashboard solutions are a complete management nightmare..... [Read More]
 
 
19
October
2012
How to Build the Perfect Scorecard
Scorecards are a very popular and powerful way to visualise the numerical values of your metrics. In this post I'm going to look at how to make, what I believe is, a perfect scorecard to fit onto your dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
18
October
2012
How to Use Percentages in Your KPI's and Why You Can't Average Percentage
Percentages are great, they allow us to turn a meaningless figure into something useful that we can compare against other values or metrics. In online KPI dashboards people often like to display their metrics in the percentage form. If you are using a balanced scorecard approach then almost all your metrics will be percentages. [Read More]
 
 
12
October
2012
Why Experts say: Don't' Use Gauges on KPI Dashboards
Adding a gauge to your KPI dashboards is a very contentious thing to do. Gauges are loved by people building dashboards but disliked by many performance consultants. [Read More]
 
 
11
October
2012
A Guide to Dashboard Charts and Graphs Design
When placing a chart or graph onto a dashboard of KPI's it is quite normal to be focused on the data, but the way it that you present your chart can have a significant impact on how well your dashboard communicates information. [Read More]
 
 
9
October
2012
New Gauge Style Added to Target Dashboard
We have added a brand new gauge style that we hope that you will like. It's very similar to the information presented in a score card but provides a large bold display taking up all of a dashboard items space. [Read More]
 
 
5
October
2012
Pivot table tutorial
Pivoting data is one of the most feared data analysis techniques by many corporate managers.In this post I'm going to try to explain the benefits of pivot tables and how easy it is to make them. [Read More]
 
3
October
2012
How to Make Better Pie Charts
looking pie chart is easy but producing a pie chart that clearly communicates your data is a completely different matter. In this post I hope to help you build better pie charts for your KPI dashboards. [Read More]
 
2
October
2012
Ultimate Reference to Using Dashboard Charts: Pros and Cons
10's of charts examples and their pros and cons when used in a KPI dashboard [Read More]
 
 
1
October
2012
Before you build a KPI dashboard read this first
Some key thoughts and ideas on how to build your KPI Dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
28
September
2012
Dashboard Software: Online or offline - Which is best?
Online dashboard software has risen rapidly and put, normally out of reach, Enterprise tools into the hands of smaller businesses. But which is best: the online dashboard software or a more traditional offline Enterprise application? [Read More]
 
19
September
2012
How to Build a KPI Dashboard in 4 Steps
Building a KPI Dashboard for a business or department is often a task where managers are unsure where they should start. They often jump straight into the visuals without considering some more important aspects and as result end up wasting a lot of time and having unsuccessful corporate dashboards. [Read More]
 
17
September
2012
Can Your Dashboarding Software Do This?
Dashboard reporting software ranges from simple Excel based systems to large and expensive enterprise systems. Most dashboarding software has at its core the ability to produce charts and other visual indicators which aim to communicate your numerical data in a clearer way. However, there are a several features that you should look out for over and above the basics which will, in time, make your implementation more successful. [Read More]
 
13
September
2012
5 Awful Dashboard Mistakes to Avoid
Find out how to avoid these 5 KPI dashboard mistakes by learning to create actionable management reports which inform and impress. [Read More]
 
20
July
2012
Why A Bar Chart is Better Than a Pie Chart
Pie charts are loved by people across the world. Along with a column chart they are the de facto standard chart for using in management reports and dashboards. But the truth is that pie charts and not very good at communicating the message that you want and there are better visualisation options. [Read More]
 
10
July
2012
How to see trends more easily
If you have fluctuating data with large ranges then it can sometimes be hard to spot the underlying trend. Using a rolling average is a simple way of solving this. A rolling or moving average shows a figure that is an average of several of the previous values. [Read More]
 
 
6
July
2012
The benefits of using a scorecard
A scorecard is probably the best way to summarise KPIs from different areas and provided there is a target, you can get traffic light style colouring. [Read More]
 
 
21
June
2012
The Best Way to Create a Pie Chart for Your KPI Dashboard
Putting pie charts on your dashboard is really good way to show the % share of the elements of your KPI. [Read More]
 
 
19
June
2012
8 Tips For Building a KPI Dashboard
8 important tips to make sure you setup an effective KPI Dashboard [Read More]
 
 
8
May
2012
Why You Should Avoid Line Charts!
When plotting KPIs the standard chart most managers tend to use is a line chart. Often their KPI reports stay with this chart simply because it was the default option. Yes a line chart works fine and plots the values that you ask, but if you consider it in the context of a busy day when managers are scanning large amounts of information quickly then smaller trends become very easy to miss. [Read More]
 
 
9
December
2011
How to Pivot your Data
Pivoting your data allows you to spot trends over time. [Read More]
 
 
21
October
2011
How to show a second Y-axis
Sometimes when you create a chart with 2 KPI columns you find that the size of the values of the columns is very different the consequence of which is that the chart is hard to interpret. If this happens, you might find it useful to add a second Y axis to your chart. [Read More]
 
 
17
October
2011
How to add a Target to any of your data in 3 steps.
Using a target on your tables will help you monitor the progress towards your organisation’s goals. On Target Dashboard, target columns result in colour changes in your scorecards, bar indicators and on gauges. [Read More]
 
 
22
September
2011
Create Slide Shows in 2 minutes
We have just launched our brand new slideshow /presentation module. This module allows you to take your performance charts and graphs and create an annotated slide show. This slide show can be automatic and self running or can be manually advanced. [Read More]
 
 
20
September
2011
Charting Key Performance Indicators
Sometimes what you think you want to chart isn’t actually what you should chart. [Read More]
 
 
26
July
2011
KPI reporting for smaller organisations
At what point is an organisation large enough to warrant the purchase of a reporting tool or small enough not to need one? [Read More]
 
 
8
July
2011
Measures v Targets
Is a measure the same thing as a target? [Read More]
 
 
19
April
2011
Performance Statistics - Identify trends, take action!
You’ve decided what KPIs you want to measure, you’ve got buy in from around the organisation. What’s next? A presentation method AKA, a performance analysis tool. [Read More]
 
 
31
March
2011
Measuring corporate performance
Successful companies make good decisions by measuring and then analysing key statistics about their organisation. [Read More]
 
 
22
February
2011
HR KPIs - what is this?
Do you keep hearing the term HR KPI or even just KPI? Here’s my 3 minute explanation. [Read More]
 
 
21
February
2011
Where do I start with HR KPI reporting?
So many measures, so many ways to do it, where do you begin? [Read More]