As business intelligence (BI) continues to earn a high level of corporate investment, executive dashboards are becoming the most visible component of an organization's overall enterprise data warehouse strategy.

Like instruments in an airplane cockpit, dashboards help executives see the direction they are heading, gain critical insights before serious problems occur and receive proactive warning signals for real-time decision-making. Effective dashboards display the current status of critical business performance indicators, viewed in context alongside historical results and strategic goals. As a result, decision-makers see flare-ups that demand immediate attention as well as organizational trends that deserve long-term course correction.

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