Business Objects Dashboard
A business objects dashboard is a collection of charts and reports formatted in a dashboard style for the purpose of providing reporting and charting to managers through the use of a business intelligence system. A business objects dashboard is simply a dashboard that has been implemented using business objects software, in the same way that a cognos dashboard would be one created with cognos. While business objects dashboard are heavily used in enterprise organizations, over the past few years new business intelligence software alternatives have come to market that are better suited for modern implementations.
Challenges of the Business Objects Dashboard
While the business objects dashboard has been very successful in the enterprise community, over the past few year choice have become available that have made the business objects dashboard obsolete. Among the challenges presented by the business objects dashboard the single largest one is cost of ownership. The business objects dashboard is in fact a misnomer since the business objects dashboard is created through a collection of software components, some server based, some client based, that used together can deploy the business objects dashboard.
Other Problems of the Business Objects Dashboard
Beyond the cost of maintenance and the difficulty in installing the system, a business objects dashboard also requires significantly more training due to the complexity of the system and does not provide robust built-in security models, making it difficult to deploy a business objects dashboard in environments where the data security must be maintained within the business intelligence software. A business objects dashboard also can be challenging from a standpoint of data since any business objects dashboard requires an expensive and difficult to maintain data warehouse to operate.
New Alternatives to the Business Objects Dashboard
There are, however, new alternatives to the business objects dashboard. Unlike the business objects dashboard these new platforms are designed to provide a faster installation path, an easier maintenance model and the ability for administrators to control the flow of data in ways that enables organizations to attach dashboards to the corporate back-end systems. These new alternatives to the business objects dashboard also have pioneered new ways of delivering the dashboards to the users in a way that makes it easier for IT to manage and for users to learn.
The Future of the Business Objects Dashboard
While there are significantly easier and more robust alternatives to the business objects dashboard, the business objects dashboard is not likely to disappear any time soon. Beyond the simple market share that the business objects dashboard owns is the fact that the business objects dashboard is now owned by SAP, one of the largest software companies in the world and an organization that is likely to continue changing the business objects dashboard in an effort to catch up with the competition.