Operations Management Dashboards Are Being Used More and More by Businesses Looking to Drive Change
When pilots take off from an airport with a plane full of passengers, you might imagine that they simply set coordinates for their end location and count the minutes until they arrive. That could not be farther from the truth. In fact, airplanes are typically off course by as much as 10% for the majority of their flight. There are many reasons for this. Wind, other aircraft and weather all affect the flight path of a plane, meaning it has to change direction to reach its final destination. Pilots are tasked with adjusting to these changing circumstances and determining the best path forward to reach their objectives by reading the dials and information available to them through their various controls and dashboards.
Businesses are exactly the same, and business leaders are responsible for making sure that their business, and their employees, safely reach their end destination by carefully reading the signs and making sure they are on the right path towards their goals. Managing change and continually correcting course requires careful monitoring. All businesses change over time. In fact, most businesses are constantly changing from moment to moment in order to reach their true destination. This is the reason businesses need accurate operations dashboards which allow them to keep tabs on where their business is going and how it is operating on a continuous and seamless basis.
While most businesses track operations using an amalgamation of spreadsheets and documents across multiple platforms and formats, this comes with certain problems. The nature of this process makes it incredibly difficult to continually keep tabs on all elements of the business in a seamless way. It also makes it challenging to share information across teams easily in order to help make other stakeholders in the business aware of how the organization is doing as a whole.
Building one clearing house of data from around the business is, for many businesses, a huge undertaking. The data that typically goes into creating combined “operations management process” comes from various stakeholders across the organization. It is managed by multiple people and is kept in different formats. Various Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint templates are all piled together, and there is often very little communication among the various stakeholders when information is being combined and collated.
Most businesses have been looking for a solution which will help to solve this issue for a while now. They are looking for tools which help them streamline the operations management process by providing one centralized platform for managing their data and keeping everything up-to-date.
This was our reason for building the Operations Dashboard.
In developing the Operations Dashboard, we hoped to provide a platform and a framework for businesses to track operations and monitor the overall health of their organization. The Operations Dashboard template also provides a methodology for breaking down your key business metrics into categories that become actionable and measurable.
Still want to learn more? Check out upBOARD’s Operations Dashboard in the cloud.