Dashboard is an executive information system available as a user interface option in computer software of various kinds to display status information about certain objects or entities. Such a system combines a set of data monitoring tools, layouts and customizable views to help users gain insight into critical data, such as stock items, project performance, access permissions, task analytics, pending invoices, and much more.
Dashboard is a software feature that makes it easier for users to focus on decision-critical information. The purpose of this feature is to provide company-specific data on a single computer screen. It integrates information from multiple components into a single and convenient report that is used for quick data monitoring and decision making. For example, sales representatives can use the dashboard of CRM software to monitor client records, leads, current orders, payment status, credit notes, commission rates, and other customer-related information. They get a projection of sales activities for planning their further actions.
Dashboards are often customizable in a multitude of ways, so that users are allowed to select which data to include in a screen report and what panels, views and layouts to use for data integration. Customization makes it possible to create various kinds of reports (progress report, forecasts, feasibility report, etc.) in various formats (diagrams, spreadsheets, lists etc.).