By Alison Focht
Consider how much of your time is spent reading emails in line for coffee, or food, or at the bar for happy hour (we all do it). How many times have you answered calls from coworkers and business associates on the way to and from meetings? Think how often you’ve had to say “I’ll have to check when I get back to the office” or “I’ll look into that when I’m next to my computer.” I don’t know about you, but I find it really annoying that I’ve already spent the amount of time telling someone why I can’t get the information they need as it would take to actually get the information if I was at my desk. Also from the point of view of the person asking for info, you not having access to information right now is basically a wordy ‘I don’t know’ – which doesn’t inspire great confidence.
So what if I didn’t have to call or email people in the office to get the information I need while juggling my coffee and pastries? What if I could avoid any spills and just sit my coffee down on one of those weirdly small side tables at Starbucks, sink into a cushy chair, and look at a graph on my phone that shows me where I stand with deliverables as of 8:05 AM Tuesday? Well that’s the thing, I can – and so can you.
If you can determine the basic information that you need most often, you can create an effective data visualization environment that will allow you to run your business or department more efficiently from anywhere, at any time. What this means is, depending on what type or phone or tablet you’re on, you can look at a graphical representation or overview of your data while quickly responding to an email, text or talking to a client or coworker. No ‘let me get back to you later’, no calling the front office, and no glares from your friends while trying to arrange other people to pull information for you during afternoon cocktails.
In order to decide what type of mobile business dashboards would most benefit you, consider the following:
- Try noting the times in which you receive a phone call, text or email while out of the office and the type of information you would need to answer any questions immediately.
- Make a list of the information you need to plan for your day. Using dashboards, you can have this information literally at the tips of your fingers and get a game plan together for the day over your morning cup of joe.
- At the end of the week review what information you needed most often in order to begin your dashboard development strategically.
By utilizing dashboards to make the most of your time, you can focus on the more important things in life – like checking sports scores, spending quality time with friends and family, or just enjoying your cup of coffee.
If you’re interested in looking into a dashboard solution, check out our Planning Your Dashboard Project Whitepaper to see exactly what you need and can expect for your dashboard implementation.
Alison Focht is a part of the marketing team. Over her three years at iDashboards, Alison has developed a passion for data and drinking…coffee.