Executive dashboards

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Executive Dashboards

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Devereaux Milburn is the author of VTC for SharePoint 2007. As the lead SharePoint architect and developer, he serves as an advocate of solutions, tools, and techniques that promote the advancement of information systems, collaboration, and internet communications through properadoption of SharePoint technologies. His training solutions have been employed at Nike, Intel, Cisco, Medtronic and Booz Allen Hamilton to successfully on-board millions of users and accelerate adoption rates. In addition to training other SharePoint consultants and IT shops on how to implement SharePoint, his SharePoint Developers Academy is taught in multiple continents to quickly retool web teams withthe skills, discipline and theory to govern and deploy enterprise-class SharePoint portals.

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INTRODUCTION
As more organizations are storing their business information via web services, Executive Dashboards are becoming a popular way for C-Level executives to manage information and programs across an enterprise. Withits ability to instantly report data from a variety of sources, allow formatting based on business rules, and provide interactive functions Executive Dashboards are quickly becoming the an important tool for executives to obtain information and metrics on their organization. An Executive Dashboard is a customized web-interface that is accessible only by the executive that is authorized to see ormanage particular organizational data and information. Whether it is just a single page or a gateway to an entire site of reports that support the executive’s needs, these sites provide a dynamic way to see the state of an enterprise, program or department. They allow their owners immediate access to information and reports without the need to issue RFIs or visit multiple sources to obtaininformation. Executive Dashboards often function like the eyes and ears of an enterprise. They serve as a secure website of websites that is the single gateway which unifies access to all enterprise information and applications for that individual. It distills the complexity and variety of information and services available to a user into a single interface targeted to that user's needs and accessrights. Focused on delivering timely and relevant information based on business rules, Executive Dashboards are custom manifestation of an enterprise portal that has the ability to aggregate real-time data from both internal and external sources.

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IMPLEMENTATIONS & PROPERTIES OF EFFECTIVE DASHBOARDS
To report actionable data,there must first reside a structure of supporting reporting applications, tools, and sites that the enterprise uses on a recurring basis. Without this critical component, an executive dashboard becomes little more than an expensive news reader. The most valuable dashboards operate at a summit-level in an organization and often leverage enterprise-class frameworks such as SharePoint Portal Server.Deployments created by impulse often are short lived due to the lack of strategy and the integrity of their data sources. Dashboards are usually implemented in the tail end of an initiative once some level of Integrated Managed Services has been established across the enterprise. Once there is a common framework of sites and applications, and a system that treat users as first-class objects,information and data can be packaged up to a dashboard for reporting. The technology alone is not enough to produce a good executive dashboard. Many COTS products offer them as part of their product to increase their web services visibility. However, they are not usually positioned to provide

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