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Monthly Archives: February 2008

Indeed, the car dashboard analogy is used extensively in the business performance dashboard business. In my quest to create meaningful, valuable dashboards, I must always keep an open mind. While I thought the business tachometer is a good idea, and maybe it is ok, I must take heed of Dr. Nicholas Bissantz’s critique of the car metaphor. http://blog.bissantz.com/tachometer

Dr. Bissantz’s work is extraordinary. I will be adding sparklines to my list of graphs to work on. http://www.bissantz.com/sparklines/index.asp

Because the car dashboard metaphor is still ubiquitous in the business performance dashboard world, dials and guages will for the time being will remain as a dashboard component widget just as pie charts and bar charts are still used. However, killer business performance dashboards must adopt sparklines. 

Why do things break down? Are there predictable patterns in malfunctions that can be expressed in terms of mercury retrograde? My personal experience says yes. So do the headlines.

http://www.astrologyweekly.com/astrology-articles/mercury-retrograde.php

http://www.itsecurity.com/features/cable-cut-conspiracy-020708/

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/02/08/internet.outage/

http://ca.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idCAN1114968920080211

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=3052158