PowerPoint Dashboards: Conversation with Kurt Dupont

Created: Monday, March 26, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am



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Kurt Dupont
 
Kurt Dupont is a solution provider who would go out of his way just to ensure he brings out the best when it comes to issues that has to deal with data-driven presentations, data visualization, and digital signage software. He started by working at airports worldwide to set up airport databases and flight information screens. This evolved to became the basis for PresentationPoint.

In this conversation, Kurt talks about the use of PowerPoint-based dashboards.

Geetesh: Kurt, you create DataPoint, an add-in that makes creating PowerPoint dashboards so easy. But I am curious—what types of dashboards are people creating in PowerPoint? Can you share some insights?

Kurt: Thanks, Geetesh. I find it quite intriguing to discuss on this. It is interesting to state that most of our customers build great dashboard presentations with real-time data. For that, they use our DataPoint add-on for PowerPoint to get information from some 25 different data providers ranging from Excel, worksheets to enterprise databases.

From the slide, we can see the effect of one hot or crucial value. This could be presented in a silly text box, but sometimes people are more creative. Hence they use an illustration like a thermometer to show the value, a dynamic needle, or a dashboard of a car. Look at this real-life example from a client of us. Honestly, would you expect this to be created in PowerPoint? Or that it would update automatically in real-time?

Dashboard PresentationPoint 20180116-1

In rare scenarios, we also see a kind of floor plan of a building or factory to show data and KPI values. This can be done by scanning an existing floor plan and inserting the scan as the slide’s background picture. Another option is to use PowerPoint shapes to build the floor plan from scratch, and then make a connection to a data source and start displaying data on the floor plan. You can’t get a better visual representation of what is happening at your factory.

I can categorically say that these data-driven presentations will update content when you open the presentation, and it will continuously update during the slideshow. You will never have to look at old data from an older presentation again.

Geetesh: Dashboards are big indeed these days, and while many options are available to create them, PowerPoint’s simplicity and familiarity seem to tilt the scales in its favor. Is this true? What are your thoughts?

Kurt: It has been observed professionally that there are some graphical applications on the market that you open and have no clue on what to do first. They are just too complex. PowerPoint is a simple but perfect tool to design dashboard presentations yourself, without using those complex design applications. With PowerPoint, you can insert slides and add text boxes, pictures, charts and more. Also, you can add nice transitions and animations to make it look more attractive. And then you are ready to show.

Furthermore, with our DataPoint add-on, you can make it even more unique with data-driven presentations. Hence PowerPoint makes it easy to create, and even easier to maintain.

It can be observed that the importance of this product can never be over-emphasized. Hence it is advised that these facilities be used to its fullest. Thanks.


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