This is the first post in our Lego series, a 10 part mini-bonanza on augmenting your existing BI investment with Plotly’s online, collaborative, and exploratory visual analytics platform.
Our first post is on Dashboards: The communications currency of the business intelligence world.
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Dashboards are one of Plotly’s most popular features. With nothing to download or install, you can start creating Plotly dashboards online in seconds. If you’re a developer, it’s easy to get under-the-hood and automate your dashboards through R, Python, or Plotly’s open REST API.
If you already have Tableau or another dashboards solution, there are still many reasons to add Plotly dashboards to the mix:
1… Web Authoring.
Plotly is 100% web technology, which makes Plotly dashboards lightweight but powerful. It takes only a few minutes to create and share a dashboard online. Plotly dashboards are ideal for agile and collaborative data science teams.
2… Connect to New Databases.
Plotly dashboards can connect to some advanced data sources that Tableau does not support, such as Elasticsearch and Apache Drill. You can also contact us to request a custom data source connector, or contribute your own on GitHub.
3… 100% Hackable.
Plotly dashboards are easy to script and automate with R and Python. Data science languages like R and Python have become popular for wrangling unstructured data, performing statistical analysis, and automating routine tasks. Furthermore, every action in Plotly is programmable through Plotly’s open REST API. For the ultimate customized solution, developers can get under-the-hood and build their own dashboard creations on top of this API.
4… Maps, Advanced Charts, and Style 😎
Plotly dashboards use D3.js, the gold standard of interactive web graphics. You can style Plotly dashboards to match your brand perfectly (see examples below). Plotly has many 3d charts, advanced statistical charts, and maps that do not come with Tableau.
Here are 10 dashboards created by Plotly BI users to help you get started:
1. THE ANIMATED DASHBOARD
Add animated charts to your dashboards to show complex changes over time.
View the live dashboard: https://plot.ly/dashboard/jackp:17192/present
2. THE LEGO SPACESHIP DASHBOARD
This dashboard features a 3d rotating map of earth and an interactive bubble chart.
View the live dashboard: https://plot.ly/dashboard/jackp:17186/present
3. THE FINANCIAL DASHBOARD
This is the classic “financial dashboard.” It features interactive line charts, choropleth maps, and gauge charts.
View the live dashboard: https://plot.ly/dashboard/jackluo:529/present
4. THE SATELLITE MAP DASHBOARD
Add Plotly’s satellite maps to your dashboards to drill down from country-level to neighborhood-level.
View the live dashboard: https://plot.ly/dashboard/jackluo:430/present
5. THE FULLY BRanDED DASHBOARD
Add logos to your dashboard and tweak the colors to match your company brand perfectly. This makes you look extra professional when presenting dashboards to your clients, team, or boss.
View the live dashboard: https://plot.ly/dashboard/jackp:16820/present
6. THE LIVE FEED DASHBOARD
You can stream live data to Plotly dashboards every second using Plotly’s streaming API for Python, Node, R, or MATLAB.
View the live dashboard: https://plot.ly/dashboard/jackp:16821/present
7. THE EXECUTIVE SALES DASHBOARD
Even after you’ve shared a dashboard like this one, you can always go back to rearrange it and update the charts.
View the live dashboard: https://plot.ly/dashboard/verazab:67/present
8. THE MARKETING DASHBOARD
This dashboard features social media marketing data.
View the live dashboard: https://plot.ly/dashboard/jackp:16823/present
9. THE ECONOMIST THEMED DASHBOARD
Like we said, you can style your dashboard to match any customer or company brand. This dashboard is styled after the London-based magazine the Economist.
View the live dashboard: https://plot.ly/dashboard/Dreamshot:8376/present
10. THE BREXIT DASHBOARD 🇬🇧
Continuing with the London theme, this dashboard profiles Twitter sentiments of Bremainers vs Brexiteers.
You don’t have to make dashboards only for work – make them on issues you care about and share them online.
View the live dashboard: https://plot.ly/dashboard/pollstr:19/present