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Published: 19 Oct 2012

@exb Communicating metrics It doesn't matter how good your metrics are if they're inaccessible to the people who need them. Don't cut corners when planning the presentation of your data. Spend some time determining which indicators are essential to understanding your operational efficiency. Metrics like utilization and cost per gigabyte can be powerful, but must be presented carefully to avoid sending the wrong message. When designing a graphical display of your metrics (sometimes called a dashboard), pay particular attention to what the graphic itself is showing. Good designs include reference marks that show if you're hitting targets for the metric in question and allow direct visual comparison between sets. Don't let the graphics overwhelm your message. Avoid flashy 3D effects, textures, bright fill colors and other elements that may distract from the information being presented. Sometimes the simplest chart types are the most effective: columns (stacked columns are especially useful for utilization), pie charts for showing relative amounts and line ... Access >>>

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