MicroStrategy has announced new information dashboards for business users, MicroStrategy Dynamic Enterprise Dashboards.

The software vendor has combined advanced data visualisation and animation with its industrial-strength business intelligence platform to deliver highly intuitive dashboards that yield greater business insight and are usable by more people than ever before.

Dashboards provide easy-to-use access to enterprise data and help companies track business performance and optimise decision-making. “Dashboards resonate with business users because they provide valuable at-a-glance information to effectively manage and monitor business performance,” says Wayne Eckerson, director of TDWI Research and author of Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business.

“MicroStrategy has elevated the functionality and visualisation capabilities of its dashboards to provide users with a tremendous amount of information in an easy-to-use and compelling manner, all within the context of its highly integrated BI platform.”

MicroStrategy’s Dynamic Enterprise Dashboards enable business users to intuitively flip through many different perspectives of corporate performance without ever leaving the dashboard, allowing them to quickly and easily identify problems and diagnose root causes. Dashboard designers can combine data from a variety of data sources, providing the user with multi-disciplined, multi-dimensional performance feedback on every dashboard.

By incorporating Adobe Flash, MicroStrategy dashboards offer innovative ways for users of all skill levels to derive insight from their data. The dashboards are highly responsive to users, providing a wide range of information views and increased information exploration options through the unique features of Flash. MicroStrategy 8’s Flexible Rendering Architecture lets each user determine whether a dashboard or report is best presented in thin-client AJAX mode or interactive Flash mode.

Flash rendering allows MicroStrategy users to create self-contained dashboards that include full interactivity, visualisation functionality, and data content.  Users can interact with their dashboards on planes, present their dashboards in meetings, or analyse corporate performance at any location regardless of network connection availability.

MicroStrategy 8.1 includes a new library of advanced visualisation “widgets” built using the Adobe Flex Builder 2 Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which renders in Flash Player 9.  These visualisation “widgets” enable dashboards to express data in much more meaningful ways than is possible with traditional graph types.

The rich and interactive nature of Flash can express relationships that are not possible with static graphs, such as allowing business users to view time-series data as graphical ‘movies’ that give deeper insight into business trends.  Users can rewind and fast forward through the time series and even pause the movie to drill-down to get more detail on areas of interest.

In this release, MicroStrategy delivers an extension to the Adobe Flex Builder 2 IDE, which allows MicroStrategy customers to extend their MicroStrategy visualisation library.  Using Adobe Flex Builder 2 and the MicroStrategy SDK, users can create any new Flex-based visualisation “widget” and insert it into their MicroStrategy visualisation library.  Customers can also use the Adobe Flex Builder extension to insert 3rd party Flex-based widgets into their MicroStrategy visualisation library.

MicroStrategy Dynamic Enterprise Dashboards allow business users to create their own “personal dashboards.”  Using MicroStrategy’s zero-footprint WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) Web interface, business users can create dashboards using simple drag and drop actions.  No longer does the IT department need to create all dashboards for the business; users can now build the dashboards they want, increasing the use and adoption of business intelligence systems.