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Dashboard Theory

Pentaho dashboards provide immediate insight into individual, departmental, or enterprise-wide performance by incorporating key metrics, reports, Analyzer reports, and/or custom content in a cohesive, visually rich interface. Dashboards are useful for providing quick, at-a-glance key performance indicators (KPIs). Stoplight indicators are a staple of traditional dashboards; they indicate the status of a major KPI in terms of colors, or a dial on an analog gauge. Simple and colorful charts are just as useful for quick KPI analysis in dashboards. Typically you wouldn't provide a high level of detail in a dashboard -- that's what reports are for -- and even if some of your dashboard content is drillable, you probably wouldn't replace a good, detailed, drillable Analyzer report with a dashboard.