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Our Software Arm: Performance Dashboard®Version 2.0

Buy The Performance Dashboard®

The Performance Dashboard® allows you quickly to keep an eye on all your performance measures at various levels with a summary of each SPC control chart either in a dial or as a MicroChart.

Performance Dashboard

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Please click on this image of a dashboard to show a sample dashboard web page, with resize buttons resizer in the top-left corner. Information explaining the dials and their relationship to a control chart can be shown by clicking on the hyperlink in the centre. Click on a dial to open the underlying control chart. Note that the dials can also be links to other file types (Word documents, Excel workbooks, folders, etc).

 

Up to about 20 dials can sensibly be shown at once on a dashboard, by default being displayed in an ellipse to try to avoid a "top dials are most important" mentality. Additionally, for some people, viewing a dial can be less intimidating than viewing a control chart, making this a good for those who might be “SPC-averse”.

MicroCharts

Customer feedback implied that some people were happy with dials on a dashboard, but others wanted to see small summary charts. We have the answer - MicroCharts!

micro chart

(When the dashboard is showing, click on the View menu and select "View MicroCharts".)

To see a sample dashboard showing MicroCharts please click here.

 

Export to Microsoft Word - to create impressive local or corporate reports

(When the dashboard is showing, click on the File menu and select "Export Display".)
Create a report once, add text or titles and just open to refresh for the next report!

export to Word

Exported MicroCharts (or full SPC charts) retain full functionality allowing users to click on a chart of interest to see the full SPC detail. Once a report is finalised then disabling the links before final publication delivers ease of creation along with appropriate version control.

How can the images in dashboard and/or a Word document automatically update when the source data is changed? Please click here to view a short presentation which illustrates how simple it is!

 

Improved Graphical Display and Other Features

One of the main reservations people had with the previous Performance Dashboard display was that the graphical quality of its dials needed improving. Compare the results!

graphical display

(The other reservation was that showing an 'up' or 'down' triangle could be misleading, as if any movement up or down was significant. As can be seen above, this has been rectified, the symbols now only highlighting significant points.)

Other Main Improvements

  • A dashboard can now be made directly from the external data sources. (See the “Multimake Dicing & Slicing” presentation from WinChart’s Help menu for more information.)
  • The default set of colours and fonts has been changed to those shown in the sample dashboard here, making a pleasant dashboard easier to make. 
  • The dial names are now placed automatically on the dashboard to produce an approximate "best fit" - this can save a lot of time! (See the Dials menu for options; the names can also be positioned manually if required.)
  • When working on a dashboard, constantly checking for newer data can take time. While it is possible to turn off reading from external data sources, you may not wish to have to remember to turn it back on again! We have found a half-way solution: you can now set a delay in checking for updated external data. This means that a dashboard can be worked on in the knowledge that it will be as up-to-date as required (e.g. up-to-date to the nearest 15 minutes, or hour, etc). This can speed up creation of web pages also. (See the “External Data” information in the status bar at the bottom.)
  • Files (and folders!) can now properly be 'dragged and dropped' from Windows Explorer. Drag the selected files to the dashboard program bar at the bottom, and then into the required objective file box. For example, in Windows Explorer you can search for files within various subfolders, and then drag them into a dashboard, thereby making the creation of dashboards with files form different locations easier.
  • Software documentation and 'how to' presentations are also quickly accessible via Help menus.

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