Getting started with dashboards
A dashboard is a related group of interactive scorecard and report views that are organized together in a SharePoint or Web-hosted site. A dashboard might resemble the following image:
SharePoint Server enables you to create and use dashboards that provide up-to-date information in a centrally managed, easily accessed location. You can use SharePoint Server tools to create and use dashboards that are suitable for an individual, team, group, or the entire organization.
What do you want to do?
Learn how to use a dashboard
Dashboards vary in design and complexity, but most dashboards tend to be highly interactive and enable you to explore data in individual reports and scorecards. You can start by viewing the information that is displayed in your dashboard, and then click on various items in the dashboard to apply filters or view higher or lower levels of information.
Use the following resources to learn how to use a dashboard:
Create a dashboard
Using Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, you have several tools available to create dashboards. For example, you can create dashboards by using PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer, or by using SharePoint Server to create a Web Part page.
The tool that you select depends on several factors, such as user needs. For example, if you want to create a simple dashboard for an individual or a small group, you might want to create a Web Part page and add status indicators and a Chart Web Part to it. Or, if you want to create a robust dashboard that contains multiple scorecards, reports, and filters, you might want to create a PerformancePoint dashboard.
Use the following table to select the dashboard creation tool that meets your business needs: