Data without visualization is boring. Imagine the era of traditional business intelligence solution where Strategy Setters had to dig into spreadsheets, export the data, spending huge amounts of time struggling to comprehend charts and graphs and then draw out some insights. Time, being a constraint, the C-suite cannot excavate the data, just to draw a meaningful information.

There are several different types of dashboards that the top management would want to look at: key performance indicator (KPI) dashboards, analytic dashboards, business intelligence (BI) dashboards, and productized application dashboards. The important thing to remember while selecting a type of dashboard is to identify upfront personas and organizes your information architecture tasks and wireframes around them.

A true dashboard-driven value proposition to a company is not in their data, itself, but rather in their ability to offer the "Explanatory and Exploratory" data in a way that a user can digest the data at a glance. Designed correctly, a dashboard doesn't only decrease the learning curve of new users—it increases productivity for avid users.

The following 5 key trends need to be taken care of while designing your next generation dashboards: