800x518_Hand_Drawn_Graphs__Charts_Preview3You didn’t think twice when your teacher wrote, Create a pie chart & graph with the information we learned today, on the board for homework. All that mattered to you was which colors you were going to use, or just getting the assignment over with. But even as a twelve year old trying to avoid homework, you were displaying data–creating a Dashboard, if I may.

Dashboards help to aggregate data from various sources and display that data in a visual format. They prove the significance of communicating  the message behind the numbers in a way that’s visually appealing and, more importantly, easier to understand. Dashboards encourage action on the information that is presented. They make the insane amount of data that is generated in organizations today seem less mind-boggling. But even then, that information can’t always be communicated in an understandable way or it’s stored in multiple different data systems. By putting all of your jumbled data into a colorful pie chart or graph, you can quickly analyze and make a change.

To make the most of your organization and benefit best from your business intelligence tools and the information they give you, BI is beneficial when it can be visual. A visual dashboard creates graphics and charts that make numbers even easier to understand, study and use to your advantage. Even better, when you use a dashboarding tool you don’t even need to create the chart yourself. Instead of the tedious, dreaded, homework feeling, all of the work is done for you. All YOU have to do is look at the graphics and use them to help your business grow. You can thank your 6th grade math teacher now!