Interactive dashboards in data visualisation toolsPatterns, trends and correlations that might go undetected in text-based data can be exposed and recognised easier with data visualisation software. Today’s data visualisation tools go beyond the standard charts and graphs used in Excel spreadsheets; displaying data in more sophisticated ways such as dashboards, dials and gauges, geographic maps, sparklines, heat maps, and detailed bar, pie and fever charts. Taking the concept further, the dashboards include interactive capabilities, enabling users to manipulate them or drill into the data for querying and analysis, quickly changing what data is presented and how it’s processed. Indicators can also be included, which are designed to alert users when data has been updated or predefined conditions occur.
The benefits of data visualisationWhether you need to predict sales volumes, understand which factors influence customer behaviour or identify areas of the business that need attention – data visualisation will assist. The key benefits are:
- Understand information quickly; its much faster to analyse information in graphical format
- Competitive advantage; discovering trends within the business and the market will help give you the edge on the competition
- Improve strategy and forecasting; because data can be combined from a variety of sources that previously existed in silos, you can identify new relationships of strategic importance
- Communicate the story to others; once your dashboards are set up, you can easily share them or embed them within your applications
- Any time, any device; Since data visualisation tools like Power BI are cloud based, you will always have the latest information at your fingertips