Operational dashboards that provide real-time data are commonly built using the PI System. These dashboards normally alert operational personnel to changing situations and provide meaningful predictions and analytics that lead to informed decision making. A great dashboard is simple, usable, and will lead the user to action. It looks nice, has enough information to provide insight, but not so much data that it confuses users.
Creating a good dashboard can be tricky: How much data do you show? How do you represent information in a clear manner? What information should be included? All these things and more need to be considered. The good news is that designing a decent dashboard is something anyone can learn. By following some fundamental techniques, your dashboards will look better, be meaningful, and help your organization make better decisions.
This talk will cover key design considerations, such as what is the goal of performance monitoring, why situation awareness is important, how humans visualize and process information, and effective graphics. Designing dashboards is a learned skill that everyone can become experts at! Attend this talk to get fresh ideas on how to approach dashboard design."
Lonnie A. Bowling is an associate director at DST Controls in Benicia, California. He has wide knowledge and experience in multiple industries, using a variety of software development environments associated with real-time data. Bowling leads a team of software developers to create real time data collection and visualization systems. His focus is helping clients bring value to their companies by better accessing and using the data they collect.