Dynamic dashboards are a powerful tool to monitor business performance. They can help you identify trends, analyze issues and exceptions, and take action quickly. While you’ve probably heard of dynamic dashboards before, you might be wondering exactly what makes them different from standard dashboards and how you can use them.
What is a dynamic dashboard?
A dynamic dashboard is a type of data dashboard that updates automatically in real-time. You might also hear them referred to as interactive dashboards, since the reports can be changed, reorganized, and manipulated. That's different from a static dashboard, which only displays a fixed set of data.
Most of the time when we use the word ‘dashboards’, what we’re really talking about is dynamic dashboards. Below, let’s take a look at a few ways you might use dynamic dashboards to explore your EHS data.
1. Analyze data in real-time
As we said before, dynamic dashboards update automatically to show your data as it is collected. Information captured across your company on mobile devices and through automated systems integrations shows up in your dashboards almost immediately.
If you use a continuous emissions monitoring system, for example, you can view emissions data as it is collected. Using interactive dashboards, you can analyze trends, drill down on details by location, measure actuals versus permit limits, and monitor emissions performance related to production throughput. That means you can get insights as soon as information is entered into your system and react without delay.
2. Drill down for deeper insights
Unlike static charts and graphs, dynamic dashboards allow users to interact with their data. You can drill down — or see more specific data — on a particular element or KPI until you find the level of detail you require.
Let’s say you want to see more detailed information about your CO2 emissions. By clicking on that particular report, you can access additional layers of data. In that way, dynamic dashboards enable you to dive deeper into your data without cluttering the main data view.
3. Drag-and-drop to build custom data views
Another advantage of dynamic dashboards is that you can control the information that is displayed. You can drag-and-drop to add or remove reports from your dashboard. You can also change the date range, chart type, size, and placement of reports to draw people’s attention to the most important metrics. In that way, dynamic dashboards allow you to visualize your data exactly how you want to.
4. Tailor dashboards to specific users
With dynamic dashboards, you can publish different dashboards for different groups of users. So you could build an executive dashboard for senior leaders. Or, you could create a dashboard specifically for plant managers. This solves the problem of having to create a different dashboard for each individual, or forcing hundreds of employees to share a single static dashboard view.
Dynamic dashboards also allow you to control access to sensitive information. A plant manager should only see data for the facility they oversee, while an executive should see data for the entire company. With dynamic dashboards, you can set permissions so that users will only see data that is relevant to their role and that they are allowed to access.
Now that you’ve seen the different ways you can use dynamic dashboards, you might want to check out these five examples of EHS dashboards that will make your life easier.
Of course, the best way to understand what dynamic dashboards can actually do is to see them in action. Click here to request a live custom demo.