I've got something of a soft spot for dashboards. That's why I was pleasantly surprised recently to discover Happy Metrix. Happy Metrix, currently in beta, is an Adobe AIR based desktop application that lets you build dashboard reports for a variety of different datasources. As an example, you can integrate with Google Analytics, Twitter, and YouTube to see how your content is performing. Here's my main dashboard (click for a larger size picture):
And here is a panel I built just for my web sites. I like that I can quickly scan the percentage values to see if I'm growing or losing traffic.
The only thing missing now are custom remote data sources. You can add custom widgets, but the data has to be hard coded. That would be fine for a presentation (or for a machine at a conference), but not for any real usage now. Happy Metrix is currently free (no idea if it will cost money) so definitely check it out.
I don't like to add stuff to a blog post after I've published, but I just found something cool and as I released this entry less than five minutes ago, I figure no one has had a chance to read it yet. There is an "Export" feature that I assumed was for settings. Actually it lets you export the charts in PDF or JPG format. Cool! For the heck of it I included a PDF of my dashboard if you want to see an example. Just download below.
This is pretty cool. I'm definitely going to take a look.