Microsoft's Version of the Dashboard
What's been interesting to watch during 2001 is the continued development of dashboards for tracking key performance indicators throughout companies. Mercury Interactive has done an outstanding job of doing this, as have many other analytics vendors. Microsoft's objective is creating the Content Connector was to provide the necessary foundation for creating their dashboard, which is called Commerce Server Business Desk. From the demos viewed, the Business Desk is ideal for system administrators and I.T. staff who know exactly what they are looking for. Figure 3 shows an example of the Business Desk in Commerce Server being used for creating personalization on a Web site.
Figure 3 Creating personalization in Business Desk.