Want an inexpensive, reliable, efficient, and easy-on-the-eye data presentation - don't look any further: choose iDashboards!
September 10, 2014

Want an inexpensive, reliable, efficient, and easy-on-the-eye data presentation - don't look any further: choose iDashboards!

Henry Codjoe | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with iDashboards

iDashboards replaced the annual manual Fact Book development process with an automated dashboard that draws data directly from the student information system and delivers information on demand through an online interface.
  • Efficiency and time-saving
  • Data on demand and current
  • Online tool for monitoring higher education key performance indicators
  • Affordability
  • More ready-made graphic templates
  • A one-page sheet for important functions and uses
  • More attention to higher education key indicators
Looked at the various dashboard products available for the higher education market. There were many to choose from, but most were far beyond the college's limited budget. Knowing there was no way the college could spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, the college settled on iDashboards as an efficient tool for monitoring higher education key performance indicators such as enrollment, accreditation, effectiveness, institutional research, financials and departmental metrics.
We wanted something that would be faster and more efficient. Also, iDashboards keeps improving, adding very useful and graphic features, and ongoing tech support. Also, when you sign on with the company, you have an option to "buy" in advance the annual maintenance fee - which will not go up. I believe we signed for 5 years - which means tremendous savings.
iDashboards is now the official gateway to information about the College. It is available on the Institutional Research website and accessible to all internal and external stakeholders. It is therefore an institutional and public/community-wide source of information. As mentioned, it has replaced the annual and manually produced Fact Book, which took months to produce.
Although iDashboards draws data directly from the student information system, the Office of Institutional Research has to produce additional data for dashboards since those type of data is not available in the BANNER system. Good examples include data on faculty and results on general education assessment. These have to be separately produced in Excel spreadsheet. But iDashboards is efficient in merging data from various sources in real-time. The only drawback is getting all the data ready and available in the Excel spreadsheets in the beginning. From there, you just add new info to the already created excel spreadsheets.
As the number of information requests continued to grow, iDashboards has been instrumental in the ease of sharing data across the campus and externally. With assistance from the Colleges's computing department, safeguards are built for security. The Institutional Research office manages the access control capabilities - removing any misuse of data.
iDashboards provides perhaps the best visual presentation of data in the form of charts and graphs. The software has a ton of ready-made graphs and many charts to choose from to suit all kinds of information requests and needs. Senior administrators, especially the president find these data presentations very useful. They don't have to read and look at all types of dry statistical data/information. It's true that a picture is worth a thousand words.
iDashboards is well suited for an office environment or organization with fewer personnel and resources. Its efficiency allows for less "man" hours. In terms of selection, the primary key question during process was cost, great tech support service, and efficiency. About where it may be less appropriate, it will be an office where information production, consumption, and dissemination is not a priority.