Dundas Dashboard: The Fab 5 of V5
Over the past few weeks, we have been writing about the exciting new features coming in Dundas Dashboard version 5. These changes include: Big Data, more customization options, HTML5 Improvements, SharePoint 2013 support, and new visualizations. This blog post is going to explore some of these changes in a bit more detail, but for a complete explanation and walkthrough of the changes, we will be providing a free webinar on October 16th at 1pm EDT. You don’t want to miss it!
Now, without further ado…
Recent improvements to parallel data processing technologies and implementations (e.g. MapReduce / Hadoop) are making it easier for businesses to make use of databases which were previously impractical or unusable due to their size. Organizations are increasingly moving to scalable, affordable processing environments that enable them to identify trends and gain valuable insights from their data.Dundas Dashboard version 5.0 includes an ODBC connector that works with Apache Hadoop and Microsoft PDW, and a brand new data connector for Amazon Redshift. Why, you ask? Because dashboards provide the final interactive layer where users can analyze the trends, patterns and insights that their big data provides. Interactive dashboards are the ‘last mile’ technology that puts actionable information in front of users, allowing them to achieve ROI from their big data stores.
Flexibility has always been a key differentiator for Dundas Dashboard, with our integrated C# scripting engine, an advanced WYSIWYG dashboard designer, and custom event-driven interactions. Changes in version 5.0 include the ability to customize your dashboard or report for printing and exporting, as well as a new parameter type that allows you to swap active metrics on a data visualization control without setting up a drill-down or using custom scripts.
If you haven’t already seen our mobile HTML5 viewer, I highly recommend you check it out. Aside from being able to render dashboards through HTML5 rather than Silverlight, our mobile viewer shows information using a sleek, tile-based layout. Users can pick and choose which tiles they want to view, and customize the order in which the information appears to best suit their needs. With version 5 the tiles can be made interactive, so users can treat them like miniature, interactive dashboards (in addition to the ability to tap on a tile to load the full dashboard). In version 5 we have also incorporated the functionality of our small multiples control directly into our HTML5 viewer, so designers can create advanced scorecards, trellis charts, and other visuals that include this control.
As a certified Microsoft Gold Partner since 2008, Dundas has a long history of providing powerful visualization options for the MSBI stack. Version 5 of Dundas Dashboard continues that legacy with support for SharePoint 2013. You can deploy your dashboards as web parts, and pull data from SharePoint lists and SharePoint’s Excel services.
A new version wouldn’t be complete without new visuals to go along with it, right? Radar charts (also known as spider web charts) are now included in Dundas Dashboard. Radar charts are used to display symmetry of values; in other words, to visualize a distribution of values among several radial axes. These types of charts are frequently used to measure strengths and weaknesses in different areas.
These are just some of the new features and functionality available in v5 that we have chosen to highlight. You can check out a full list on our support site, or feel free to join our Version 5 Webinar which takes place on October 16th at 1pm EDT.
Let us know which v5 features you’re most excited about in the comments section below.