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How tableau improves the dashboard building process?

How tableau improves the dashboard building process

An essential element of Tableau’s value is delivered through dashboards. Allowing the audience to interact with a dashboard and change the details being displayed provides a means to shift context—leading to new and potentially important discoveries. A good dashboard design can delight information consumers.

Only three things really matter when it comes to business information, they are: speed, accuracy, and the ability to make a new inquiry. Tableau administers all the above three.

Three distinct advantages over traditional data analysis tools:

  • Reduced dashboards development time
  • Reduced technical resources involvement
  • Better visual analytics

Tableau reduces the need for technical staff in the dashboard development process by providing a user-friendly environment that doesn’t  require knowledge of the database schema, SQL-scripting, or programming. Creating dashboards with tableau is primarily a drag and drop operation. When individual  chart panes are placed into the dashboard workspace, filtering and highlighting between panes is also accomplished with point and click efficiency.

Publishing your dashboards for consumption on personal computers, tablets, or the internet requires no technical programming skills either. After learning a few basic principals, you will be creating compelling  visual analytics in dashboards more quickly than it was ever possible with older tools. Something magical happens the first time people use tableau and gain a new insight. They begin to understand the potential unlocked when the tool disappears and the information becomes the center of attention.

In this post you’ll learn field-tested techniques that will help you to build dashboards that can effectively communicate with your audience by by spreading knowledge across:

  • Recommended best practices for building dashboards with tableau
  • The mechanics of the dashboards shelves and design objects
  • Using actions to filter, highlight, and embed web pages
  • Publishing dashboards via the desktop and tableau server
  • Performance of turning dashboards for fast load and query times

You will learn these techniques by building a dashboard that adheres to best practices by using sample data included with your tableau desktop software. But, before building this example, let’s discuss the wrong and right ways to build a dashboard using tableau.

What Type of Dashboard Should I Create?

This is a crucial and often forgotten question to ask at the beginning of the design process. Here is a rundown of the three main dashboard types:

Strategic Dashboard

This is a CEO/Executive overview of the business and should focus on high level measures of performance. A good strategic dashboard will draw the eyes to where the decision maker needs to pay attention (i.e., where things are going wrong).

Operational Dashboard

This type is much more dynamic and immediate in nature. Most views are based on day-to-day fluctuations and provide real-time monitoring. 

Analytical Dashboard

These often require additional context, such as comparisons, history, evaluations, etc. It is a highly interactive experience and will necessitate the use of filters and dynamic content that the user can adjust. This would be a view fit for business analysts and people in certain management positions who need to understand the metrics and compare data.


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