Higher Education

Some of iDashboards Higher Education customers have taken advantage of their web-based platform to keep employees informed across various campuses. One customer is using iDashboards to communicate with all of their campuses (nearly 100). The old way of having IT develop reports in Excel was proving to be a waste of time every week. The man hours lost building these charts every week and then sending out static data was becoming more and more archaic, especially since the school had prided itself on the fact they were on the cutting edge of technology. iDashboards connected directly to their database and used their right-click technology to make it easy for the users to create dashboards. Once the school had built the dashboards, they put it on their intranet for all campus employees to access.

Another university is using iDashboards as a scorecard to track different metrics for an upcoming certification. In similar fashion to the last university, iDashboards provided the real-time tool to keep all of the administrators across campus updated. The tool they were previously using wasn’t Excel, but an add-on dashboard module from one of the big business intelligence (BI) stacks. When speaking to the CIO about the module, he commented on how they originally felt very comfortable with the add-on because it was offered by the BI ERP company. Unfortunately, the problems started piling up when they wanted to get the dashboards implemented quickly and realized the amount of programming required just to see one chart in a dashboard. The IT team didn’t have resources available to put an employee on this module full time, so the end result was having somewhat, but barely functional static dashboards that were usually delivered late. Not only was it taxing on IT, but it also made them look bad in front of the VPs and Directors of the university. Why would anyone want to continue practicing this?

The more success iDashboards has in the Higher Education space, the more we see common heartburns for any university, small or big, relieved. It’s pretty simple – iDashboards gives institutions a solution to implement a best-of-breed dashboard that is dynamic and easy to use. No more paying for two months of services to see an inkling of a dashboard. No more waiting six months for programmers to be available to come onsite. No more ugly, static charts. The ease of use with iDashboards software continues to shock and impress every university we work with.

Jon Salmon, iDashboards