Originally a board used to stop mud from being dashed inside a vehicle, the word dashboard has evolved to mean a user interface that organizes and presents information in a way that is easy to read. Your Blogger Dashboard is your control panel, your main editing interface to Blogger.
The goal of the dashboard is to automatically show a user useful files and other objects as he goes about his day. While you read email, browse the web, write a document, or talk to your friends on IM, the dashboard does its best to proactively find objects that are relevant to your current activity, and to display them in a friendly way, saving you from digging around through your stuff like a disorganized filing clerk. Dashboards have emerged as the fashionable term for easy-to-digest, customised views of BI software applications that aggregate and analyse data from disparate corporate sources. Yet a standard definition has yet to gel among the user community and vendors.
Michael Smith, senior product marketing manager for Cognos, sees the dashboard as "a compound visual report that elevates the nitty-gritty of business reporting to a graphical level."Chris Caren, VP of corporate marketing at Business Objects, argues that dashboards represent a new paradigm for getting data out of BI systems that radically differs from traditional BI reporting. "Dashboards are a strong indication that BI is now evolving towards a metrics-driven style of management," he says.Meanwhile, Eugene Blaine, managing director of Atlantic Global, sees dashboards as a relationship enabler: "If a dashboard is deployed and used properly it's a powerful way to demonstrate that users are listening to the organisation and influencing it."