Dashboard Types refer to a classification of software dashboards into a number of groups by certain characteristics that define what information to include in a given dashboard and how to display it. The idea behind this classification is that a company gets a specific control panel at every management level, so that decisions are made more effectively, resources are utilized with minimized waste, and most faults are avoided.
Software dashboards are distinguished by three common types, as follows:
- Strategic. Strategic dashboard includes strategy-specific data, for example strategic goals and business expectations of a company. It displays enterprise-wide information about overall progress of strategic activities and objectives.
- Tactical. Tactical dashboard displays detailed information about certain objects (e.g. projects, processes, meetings, etc.) to let managers monitor performance of current activities. It is a tool for measuring effectiveness of department-level decisions.
- Operational. Operational dashboard represents precise and accurate data about some operations in a business area. It is mainly used by employees to monitor status of their ongoing tasks and plan their individual activities.