Flash-powered dashboards continue to accelerate in their adoption. By the way, I use the term “Flash-based Dashboards” to include all swf-based dashboard technologies such as Adobe FLEX, Business Objects Crystal Xcelsius, etc – anything that requires Flash formats such as swf/flv. Flash technology has made big inroads in video media delivery and is building huge momemtum in the information visualization space. In fact, Information Builder’s introduction of their latest product, WebFOCUS Flex Enable, is being accompanied by a marketing push of the phrase “flashboards”:
The fusion of RIA with BI data and analytic capabilities creates a new generation of dashboards or “flashboards,” where animation and transition effects focus the user’s attention while custom interaction guides the user through the iterative analytic process. Flashboards make multi-dimensional applications simple and intuitive so that any user, not only experts in complex statistical and OLAP software, can easily gain insight into any dimension of the business.
Like it or not, “flashiness” is not only here to stay, but will be increasingly seen in the world of business dashboards – making for business intelligence applications that move, glow, rotate, spin, and otherwise distract. This makes the major challenge of the dashboard designer, once again, to balance the need for clarity against the want for eye candy.
Thanks to Dashboard Spy reader, Daryl Buss, we have a look at an information visualization by ft.com that shows Oil Production Statistics. Check out the visualization for yourself at that link.
I really enjoy your blog. I came across this oil production report by the Financial Times and thought your readers would enjoy this flash-based data visualization. Thanks again for your continued postings, and also for pointing us to your colleagues who also have valuable input. Keep up the good work!
For those that don’t have flash, don’t care to register at the financial times website, or just want a quick peek at the visualization, I’ve grabbed some footage of the Financial Times Oil Dashboard that you can view right here:
If you want to see a larger version, you can click on the following graphic and hit the green plus sign on the video on the next page.
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