Benefits of Dashboards

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Reaping the Benefits of Next Generation Dashboards is a free white paper from SAP that talks about the benefits of making analytics more visual through using business intelligence dashboards.

I have seen dashboards take a life of their own for developers.  To those that want to start with the basic metrics to those that want to see every metric within an organization.  Dashboards are only a part of the business intelligence storytelling, and for the most part they are the cover of the story.  I always suggest to my developers to make the dashboard the 30,000 foot view, not the detail level view.  If a user wants that, have them be linked to a report that gives that detail.