IDashboards is adding multiple customers every day, and the iDashboards “veterans” are becoming more and more valuable to our organization. That is why we are live at #iDashboards16 Conference with three of our Most Valuable Players, teaching us how to be successful with iDashboards. The team took the stage to share best practices, creating teamwork between departments, and how to get informational, relevant, and consistently used dashboards.
Jennifer Quack, Midwest Manager of Program Support & Performance Reporting at CNSI, stated, “The path to success is paved with scary realities, no priorities, and power struggles.” What she meant was, don’t be scared of data transparency, and embracing accountability and uniformity. Furthermore, dashboards are not a race. Every dashboard is meaningful and needs a good amount of time and careful consideration to make sure you get maximum use out of it. Finally, you have to be mindful of power struggles. One department should not take precedence over another. Incorporating a timeline in which dashboards will be executed will eliminate interdepartmental struggles and creating an equity playing field.
Jennifer showed her colorful dashboards with the crowd.
Yvette Williams, Director of Enterprise Tools, Technology & Infrastructure with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD), took the stage to share how they become the powerhouse iDashboards customer they grew to be. Yvette mentioned that time was a huge factor in determining iDashboards was a great choice for them. Before iDashboards, UWMD only had time to simply give results to the board and other team members. They didn’t have time to forecast, show metrics and build trends, and everything became static. “We were only able to show a small fragment of our data and depended way too heavily on our IT team.” Yvette added. Since, with the help of iDashboards, UWMD has been able to deliver key data quickly, and find patterns and connections to give the data real meaning. When they noticed these correlations, it spread through the organization and made them a data-driven company.
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Yvette showed her unique dashboards with the crowd.
Lastly, Anthony Gomez and Robin Rehder from Tennessee Valley Healthcare System took the stage to share their experience with using data to drive innovation. “We faced a huge dilemma where there was no standardization and everyone was pulling reports their own way. We are so data rich but I felt that we were poor in the way we reported.” Anthony shared. He went on to explain that when we all did reporting the same way, equity began to form, and everyone become more accountable.Once we all began #reporting the same way, equity began to form. Click To Tweet
So what are some of the big takeaways from today? Everyone faces roadblocks, obstacles, and see data in a different way. Getting all hands on deck and gaining feedback is the key to being successful with any dashboards. These dashboards create culture and unity, so it is important to get everyone on board and excited. Dashboards can fit both the right and left brain thinkers. You just have to be mindful that there could be a better chart type or better way to show your data. Utilize your account manager for a visual audit so the iDashboards team can share best practices and take your dashboards to the next level.
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