The car I drive has over 80 warning alarms. This sounds impressive until one of these alarms sound, signaling the need to visit a Service Centre. You realize how paralyzed you are as a car owner at that point. You feverishly gear yourself for the inevitable quote to restore the system. System restore is never cheap. The whole process appears to be rigged in favor of the merchant and not the client. It is never one thing that is malfunctioning and you are at the mercy of the consultant to be honest in the assessment of the problem.
When the warning light disappears from your dashboard display, the relief is palpable. Until the next time. There is little doubt that the dashboard, with its many parameters measuring and regulating the car's performance, is vital though. Your vehicle's efficiency in terms of power output and fuel consumption, traction and break-force distribution, cooling systems, etc are directly managed via a sophisticated computer to ensure you have a pleasurable driving experience whilst giving you visual feedback in real-time. Dashboards allow you to identify and correct negative trends, improve efficiency and support decision-making with facts, measures performance and improve upon performed analysis (thanks to the visual graphics. (MAS Software Solutions,Inc: 2013)
Many successful organizations use intelligence systems to provide managers feedback on the efficiency an effectiveness of the business. Modern business intelligence systems provide critical overview inputs that allow organizations to respond to their internal an external environments with speed. In an increasingly globalized world, you cannot survive without it.
Dashboards are also valuable in schools. For the same reasons as listed in the preceding paragraphs, system dashboards are critical for school managers who seek to raise the standards of academic performance in their schools. These systems can be set up to monitor every possible indicator at school level that influences performance or academic outcomes. It allows you to have realtime "dipsticks" to gauge operational efficiencies and alter plans before any potential negative impact. Sad to say though, many school managers still do not value the need to embrace business intelligence systems. Fear of modern software systems and a lack of competence cement resistance to the assimilation of help via technology. And the more you resist, the further your school will slide backward with regard to responding to the interrelated and interdependent aspects that drive our world and the one in which our learners will interact. So, take the plunge and get business intelligence systems incorporated into the operational process at your school; better to know early that something is amiss than at a point where it doesn't matter anymore.