Designing Dashboards

The Path to Better Embedded Analytics: New Lessons to Improve Your BI

By Michelle Gardner
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“Analytics solutions need to be used in order to deliver a positive ROI.”
Anne Moxie, Nucleus Research, “Augmenting Intelligence with Embedded Analytics

No one sets out to build analytics tools that have terrible user adoption. But the fact is, not all embedded BI dashboards and reports succeed.

Why not? Maybe the overall user experience is lacking. Maybe the capabilities you’re providing simply aren’t what users want or need. Or perhaps you simply chose the wrong charts and graphs to showcase the information.

Understanding where you’ve gone wrong is the first step to solving your problem. Ask yourself these questions to find out where you may need to level-up your embedded analytics—then check out four new webinar sessions that will help remedy the issues.

Do your customers complain about dashboards that look terrible or don’t clearly show the information they need?

You might need to rethink your analytics tool’s UI/UX. Great embedded BI dashboards mean richer user experiences and significant return on investment (ROI), while poorly designed dashboards distract users, suppress adoption, and can even tarnish your project or brand. If your embedded dashboards are poorly designed or not constructed intuitively, they may become more trouble than they’re worth to customers—who may stop using the application altogether.

Fix it with UI and UX tips from our upcoming webinar:

UX and Design Tips for Better Dashboards with Product Manager Laura Klein

Product manager and UX designer Laura Klein wrote the book on improving UI and UX of applications (literally—she’s the author of “Build Better Products: A Modern Approach to Building Successful User-Centered Products”). Join Laura as she runs through a set of prescriptive advice you can apply to your application, plus new ways to approach empathetic design.

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Are your end users demanding new features and capabilities that you just can’t keep up with?

Your embedded BI solution may be woefully out of date. Application teams have access to dozens—maybe hundreds—of new business intelligence capabilities for their applications. But that doesn’t mean that all of these features will improve customer retention, win new customers, or drive revenue.

Find out what capabilities will make a difference in two upcoming webinars:

The 5 Most-Requested Analytics Features: An Engineer’s POV

Modern BI capabilities like predictive analytics and scheduled reports give application teams new ways to engage users with the latest dashboards, reports, and embedded analytics. Find out which 5 features will actually set your product apart, drive revenue, and thrill customers.

Date: Wednesday, September 27

The Analytics Maturity Model: 5 Levels of BI Capabilities

New analytics capabilities are emerging almost constantly—and bare-minimum analytics are no longer enough to satisfy savvy customers. Learn how BI features have changed over the years and which sophisticated capabilities will future-proof your application in the new Analytics Maturity Model.

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Do end users regularly come back to your team for answers to their data questions, even when you thought you were providing the information they need?

You might have chosen the wrong data visualizations for your specific datasets. If your embedded dashboards are cluttered with unnecessary information or if the visual hierarchy isn’t telling a clear story, end users may get frustrated and jump out of the application rather than fight to find the answers they need.

Fix it by following the best practices of successful—and extremely usable—dashboards as shown in the new webinar:

Dashboard Show & Tell: Data Visualizations that Work

What are the most important elements of creating a useful embedded dashboard? Join one of our Logi dashboarding experts as he dissects 3 of our most stunning dashboards and walks you through every decision—from the KPIs to the visualizations to each design and styling choice.

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017



Originally published August 15, 2017; updated on July 23rd, 2018

About the Author

Michelle Gardner is the Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications at Logi Analytics. She has over a decade of experience writing and editing content, with a specialty in software and technology.