Dashboarding and Reporting

Dashboards often make or break a data project. Create a dashboard that contains pertinent information that is easy to understand and your project will have excellent levels of adoption by users. Dashboards that are thrown together without any significant thought about usability and design can sink projects that have the best data systems behind them. Dashboards are the final mile, where the rubber hits the road.

Motus understands that dashboards and reports are where technology meets humanity and a good portion of both must be included into the creation process. The science and art of dashboarding and reports has come a long way in recent years. What was once state of the art is now clunky by comparison to current reporting. Representing numbers in a tabular format is no longer enough. You've got to lead your users to insight.

Everything you need to know. Nothing you don't. Sounds easy enough but sometimes dashboard and report consumers aren't sure of what they need. The methodology Motus uses to elicit from users what will be useful to them tracks through requirements from both the business and technology perspectives. Most discussions about business reporting start out as discussions related to strategy. What needs to be known about elements internal and external to the organization? How do we honestly define success? What indicators show us that our compass is pointing in the direction of success? What are opportunities and threats that lay ahead?

The technology is almost always the easier part. Once users have defined a genuine understanding of what they need from a dashboard or report then building it becomes a more straight forward technical matter. Data to answer a particular question is available or it isn't. Data can be combined from different streams or it can't. The BI and reporting environment has seen an explosion of reporting and analysis tools. There is nearly something to fit every design need and budget. Motus brings expertise on the pros and cons of many systems and recommend what system or combination of systems will most rapidly and competently address an organization's needs.