There are several variants for the definition of dashboards, but I would like to start with the one proposed by Stephen Few some time ago:"A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives, consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance."1

Information in a dashboard is presented using familiar images and concepts, such as stoplights, charts and dials, that give meaning and context to the underlying data (Are we on, above or below our sales targets? How fast is revenue growing?).

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