Find below a useful table (click image to enlarge) detailing the fundamental differences between dashboards for performance monitoring and analytical applications. Most business intelligence (BI) vendors blur their offerings between both categories of BI, often leaving buyers dissatisfied with the solution following installation. The ongoing tensions between information technology (IT) managers and business analysts exacerbate this confusion as IT managers tend to select dashboard monitoring solutions while business analysts often prefer stand-alone analytical applications. The differences between performance monitoring and analytics are instructive.
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Source: Dashboard for Monitoring Performance vs Analytic Application (2010, April 14), On Target.