Example: CIO

The CIO dashboard is from a design by field expert Stephen Few in his book “Information Dashboard Design”, which is essential reading for the thought processes and guidelines of effective dashboard design. Stephen identified some of the key areas of operational interest for a typical CIO, and brought the information together clearly and concisely on one page.

This version is implemented with Excel and XLCubed's in-cell Charting.

The report makes extensive use of Edward Tufte’s Sparklines, for trending and Stephen Few’s Bullet Graphs for performance versus target, both implemented through in-cell Charting. It also makes good use of box plots to show a comparison of response times and their variability across the different categories of systems being monitored.