Differences between Dashboards and Reports

Today’s tutorial is about the key differences between dashboards and reports. You’ll learn how to use them and which one should you use and when. It is time to clear up the differences.

What is the difference between a dashboard and a report?

  • The report can be a more pages layout of the task that makes it necessary. In summary, the report comprised of background data. A report is primarily a text or tablet-based tool that supports the work of co-workers within an organization or a company. Seldom contains visual elements. We make it randomly, but usually, we distribute them by regular scheduling (daily, weekly, or monthly).
  • Dashboards are the opposite of reports. Its primary objective is to display the key performance indicators on one-page that is crucial for making important decisions. It is not to introduce details by default, but in some cases, we are using the drill-down method. All dashboards should answer a question.

The biggest mistake we can make is to use reports and dashboards as the synonyms of each other! No, they are not at all alike!

Which one should I choose?

If we want to know where the data comes from, we can find out from the reports. The correctly chosen key performance indicators easily decidable if things are on the right course or not. So, which one should I choose and when?

The ideal case is when we have a dashboard that only shows the essentials. If we would like to get into the details and would like to look behind the scenes, then the perfect tool is the reports. Based on a dashboard, a business decision can be made immediately, while the report supplies the background information.

If we would like to utilize both to the max, we recommend creating and publishing them in pairs. Whoever wants to see the essence looks at the dashboard, and if one wants to know the source of the data can read through the longer reports.

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