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I agree, there are lots of cool and very creative dashboards on the viz of the day site, but at first glance not so much on the business oriented side of the realm. There's two parts of that statement that I'll unpack. The first, is I think there's actually quite a bit out there that is for the business/finance/tech space, but it doesn't fit the mold of what your organization needs. When I've looked for inspiration before, it can be very easy to dismiss dashboards that don't have the key metrics my organization needs. However, the way one dashboard displays customer acquisitions could be a inspiration for how I could display a retention metric. The second reason I think there aren't a ton of business sided dashboards is they are very specific to an organization and can't be shared without too much extra work. (Lame second answer, but it's why I don't publish things I'm proud of...)
Since the metrics and trends that organizations require are dependent on internal factors and leadership decisions, I'd suggest checking out these sites for ideas and concepts and see how the metrics you need to display could fit in. I realize these sites aren't aimed towards business/finance/tech, but they contain great foundation design principles and examples.
Thank you for your thoughts and the links. Yeah, I figured the lack of business dashboards was because people are unable to share sensitive information. I however figured people would use dummy data to show business dashboards though.
I liked the "Steal like an Artist" suggestion in one of the links. I guess I could get visualization ideas from non-business related dashboards and apply them at work.
I had never heard of The Big Book of Dashboards. I will definitely have to look into that one.
Thanks for everything.
Not sure if you've seen them yet, but the Tableau website has several dashboard examples that cross industries and solution requirements. Much of Tableau's functionality can be used in multiple scenarios, so your idea of looking for inspiration in unlikely places is a good one.
I second the Big Book of Dashboards recommendation; it's a terrific resource and I use it in my own work.
I have built a financial dashboard, however had to SQL data in a format that could easily be visualized in Tableau.
The link below provides a example of dashboard however once downloaded look at "full data" to give you an idea the formatting required to do really good visual analytics, including tabular setup of P&L and B/S.
if you need help send me your email and I will share some insights with you.