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Dashboards training essentials

Recently, interactive dashboards made their way into most households as we saw the pandemic evolve around the world. This worldwide crisis made us realize how key up-to-date data is to making informed decisions. It’s possible to report all kinds of location-related information using an ArcGIS Dashboard. In this blog post, we’ve collected several use cases showing configuration examples from various industries and provided a summary of the training resources that are essential for learning how to make a great dashboard.

Dashboards are a must these days. They can summarize survey or questionnaire results, bring current situation status to decision makers, provide multi-jurisdiction emergency teams the information they need in one place and more. Dashboards are interactive and are updated as soon as new data is available, whether in real-time or when connectivity allows for syncing to be completed.

Good news! ArcGIS Dashboards is an app template included with your ArcGIS Online organizational account or with your ArcGIS Enterprise license. “Creator” or “level 2” users have access to the template, which allows them to configure their own dashboards. Once a dashboard is ready to be shared, other users can visualize and navigate the interactive content, but you control who you share it with. Depending on your current licensing and the target audience for your dashboard, you might already have everything you need, or you might need to purchase some new user types.

When reporting information in a dashboard, there are many ways it can be displayed. Here are a few examples of what dashboards can report and what your own version could look like:

Esri Canada COVID-19 Health Dashboard

ArcGIS Business Continuity Solution, Facilities Status Dashboard

Arkansas Speed-Related Crashes Dashboard

Saratoga Springs Building Permits Dashboard

Training resources available

Instructor-led training course:

 I’d like to announce the launch of a brand-new instructor-led course on configuring dashboards for your own business needs. This one-day course will walk you through best practices and tips and tricks to make your dashboard the best it can be.

ArcGIS Dashboards Essentials

If you want an introduction to ArcGIS Dashboards and want to practice some configurations at your own pace, the following resources are available at no extra cost for all customers with qualifying licenses whose users have the required permission.

Self-paced training material from the Esri Academy

Esri Canada blog post: Dashboard tips that will make you say, “I didn’t know I could do that!”

Esri Canada video: Make your dashboards mobile-friendly

Don’t hesitate to let us know if you want some extra assistance. Our professional services team will make sure to help you create the dashboard you want. Get in touch if time is of the essence or if the training resources aren’t getting you far enough to configure your dashboard to meet your needs.

About the Author

Carole Arseneau is a Sales Representative at Esri Canada. She advises customers from all industries on how to use GIS technology to be more efficient in their daily workflows. Carole holds a GIS certificate from Florida State College in Jacksonville and a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology from Laval University in Québec City. Being by the water has always made her feel at home and has given her inspiration to keep a positive outlook in life.

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