Five web-based business dashboard apps


In this era of big data, companies are gathering tons of information. But much of that data is stored in ways that make it difficult for employees and managers to access it. One solution has been to write reports to share critical information. However, reports usually tell only one story or display just one piece of information.

Enter dashboards. Dashboards provide one spot to display key pieces of information at the same time to a common group of information consumers. Creating dashboards can be a cumbersome task, but luckily, there are tools that make it easier and deliver great results.

Let's take a look at five web-based dashboard apps that connect to a variety of data sources and offer a variety of "look and feel" choices to suit your needs.

Note: This gallery is also available as an article.

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