Various methods of creating Digital Dashboards – Part 3

Read about the Type 2 Approach

Type 3: This category involves the use of some big vendor BI tool. These BI tools are quite comprehensive and come with tons of options to choose from. They provide ad-hoc reporting and easy dashboard creation options. Once installed and configured, there is often a need to define data layer and presentation layers within the tool and end users can themselves create reports and embed the reports into Dashboards.

Typical skillset needed

* Extensive training for the complete BI tool


  • Provides standardize procedure for creating reports and dashboards
  • Comprehensive reporting options
  • Ease of creating dashboards


  • Significantly Expensive
  • Need special training
  • Need consultants to train and help build the infrastructure and getting started with the reporting strategy
  • Cost prohibitive

Examples: Cognos, Oracle’s OBIEE tool

This completes identifying the three types of dashboard building approaches.

We will also discuss the most popular but the least favourable approach of building dashboards using Excel.

Continue reading about the Excel approach of building dashboards

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