the deficiencies of using dashboards
The aim of this assignment is to provide the learners with the opportunity to research current and emerging influential trends in the responsibilities of the lead Business and IT executive. It addresses IT topics such as Alignment, Strategy, Governance, Value, Processes, Outsourcing, Organization, and managing emerging technologies. Learners will be required to seek out and review current seminal research that defines the job of the CIO and the IT organization as it strives to align with the business.

1. SELECT THE SUBJECT:
The deficiencies of using dashboards.
2. IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM
The main problem with using dashboards is not getting the desired result out of it since most of them provide a poor presentation of data. Instead of focusing in providing the most number of info in a clear and understandable way, developers are going for the flashy colorful dashboards that make no sense to the user. Stephen Few, notes in his article “Why Most Dashboards Fail” that “The fundamental challenge of dashboard design is to display all the required information on a single screen: clearly and without distraction in a manner that can be quickly examined and understood”
3. WHY DO YOU THINK THIS IS A PROBLEM
Dashboards are an effective way for businesses to monitor and analyze their performance but only when they are built right,they are not useful when difficult to understand and the user has to spend days to configure the results. So there needs to be an alternate way where dashboards can serve the user needs in a clear and understandable way and really benefit the business with the right outcomes.
4. IDENTIFY YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION (HYPOTHESIS):
1- How can vendors make dashboards more effective and easier to understand for the user?
2- How can the visual designs be transformed to be more effective for the user?
5. IDENTIFY YOUR RESEARCH METHODOLOGY INCLUDINGWHAT DATA, HOW TO GATHER IT, HOW TO ANALYZE IT?
The data we are gathering are based on dashboards performance in regard to its visual design and how it present its results, so we are going to interview a representative from IBM and get their perspective about dashboards and how much they are beneficial to a company. We are hoping to get some data that shows the percentage of success that dashboards provide to a company and the percentage of failure and then we can build our research based on the results. We are also going to interview companies that uses dashboards and get their opinion on how much results they are generating from the software and what they suggest to be improved within the visual designs of dashboards.

Based on all these data, we are going to find the areas of problem and find a solution to enhance these designs in order to serve the user better.
6. CONCLUSION
Since dashboards are very powerful tools that gives so much advantage to its users, we hope in this research that we can bring attention to the problem with the visual designs of dashboards and find a solution to improve it by interviewing vendors and businesses that use dashboards and get their feedbacks.

ITM Assignment 3 – Group Project
The aim of this assignment is to provide the learners with the opportunity to research current and emerging influential trends in the responsibilities of the lead Business and IT executive. It addresses IT topics such as Alignment, Strategy, Governance, Value, Processes, Outsourcing, Organization, and managing emerging technologies. Learners will be required to seek out and review current seminal research that defines the job of the CIO and the IT organization as it strives to align with the business.

Select a topic – applicable to our organizations locally or regionally – wherea business issueis developed through IT.
Suggested Topics – or otherwise contact me:
1. Smart government/E- Government/E- transformation
2. Cloud computing (SAS, IAS)
3. E-business (e-business , e-commerce, e-learning , e-banking, etc.)
4. Business-IT alignment
5. IT based Business process reengineering
6. IT project management
7. Enterprise applications (ERP, CRM, SCM) and implementation
8. Information Systemsstrategic planning
9. IT reliability, availability and/or security
10. Managing IT outsourcing
11. Electronic Document management systems
12. Knowledge management and knowledge based systems
13. New trends in IT (any related subjects)
Remarks:
The above are wide subjects, in your research topic be specific – take part of it, avoid going wide
Have your subject augmented by case studies.

Proposed but not mandatory structure:

2- How things are implemented in reality, any gap, lessons learned. (5 marks)
3-Conclusions, recommendations, lessons learned, or your perspectives (5 marks)
4- Structure, flow, logic & reasoning (5 marks)
5- presentation style and richness (5 marks)
6- discussions and defense (5 marks)

Doctor’s assessment and marking criteria
Point poor Avg good V good Excellent Assignment Mark
1-Theoritical understanding depth. (5 marks) *

2- How things are implemented in reality, any gap, lessons learned. (5 marks) *
3- Conclusions, recommendations, lessons learned, or your perspectives (5 marks) *
4- Structure, flow, logic & reasoning (5 marks) *
5- presentation style and richness (5 marks) *
6- discussions and defense (5 marks) *
Other remarks:

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