Dashboard, Not Dash-bored

Posted by Reza Tavassoli on 21-Feb-2020 12:17:15 PM
Reza Tavassoli
Dynamic dashboard


Pretty much any modern software will have some kind of dashboard functionality, a way to visually present data that have been deemed relevant for you… by them! They typically also give you some means to filter and sort what you see. This is where SM2 is leaps and bounds ahead of the other guys.

Imagine you could pick whatever data you wanted in a software platform, view it in whatever form you want, and have it as a panel in whatever dashboard you put together. Not only that, but wouldn’t it be cool to take action on the items you are viewing right from the dashboard panel, or have one click on a dashboard panel affect what you see in another panel? Well, imagine no more!

In SM2, you can have dashboards set up to show any data from any software module, presented any way you like: pie charts, bar charts, lines, etc.

Here is a dashboard for different fuel tanks out there:

sm2 fuel management dynamic dashboard-fuel tank inventory management


Here’s another for various KPI’s:

sm2 fuel management dynamic dashboard-vehicle kpi


To show how dashboards work, let’s have a look at this one depicting consumption of a single fluid over the past 10 years or so. One panel shows total annual quantities, the next panel depicts monthly consumption, and the last one presents a line graph of the consumption over the course of a month.

Let’s say you are in charge of fuel, and you notice that 2013 was particularly expensive in terms of fuel. Click on that year:


sm2 fuel management dynamic dashboard-year selected


Now the year you selected is highlighted in green, and the monthly panel has changed to show consumption for each month of the year, in this case 2013. If you click on a specific month and hit yes on the third panel…


sm2 fuel management dynamic dashboard-month selected

You now see a consumption curve for the selected month. Dynamic Dashboards indeed!

SM2 acquires data in real time, which is transferred to the different modules and can be obtained by executing different views (e.g. daily fueling transactions). While SM2 is designed to offer user-friendly navigation throughout the modules, when managing a fleet, a countless amount of data is being registered each day. This is why Coencorp designed the Dynamic Dashboards module. The flexibility and immense potential of the dashboards cannot be emphasized enough. In maximizing the dashboards, you could potentially view all the information pertaining to anyone’s specific job requirements. For example, a fleet manager will want to know which vehicles are due for maintenance, while an inventory manager will want to see tank levels, and the company’s CEO will want to see everything in a clear and effective manner. The Dynamic Dashboards module can do all of this and so much more. Think of this as a way to visualize your data, where, not only can you choose how this data will be shown (pie chart, bar chart, table, curve, KPI box, etc.) but you can have these dashboards interact with each other. Yearly summaries can be broken-down to monthly reports that can be broken-down to weekly reports and daily reports can provide a list of each transaction.


  • Create dashboards by turning any view within SM2 into panels
  • View data as pie charts, bar charts, tables, curves, and KPI boxes
  • Real-time data is captured by each dashboard
  • Clicking an item in one panel will update one or more other dashboard panels

Go beyond raw data: dashboard panels can take you from high level, aggregate data all the way down to individual records. Items, such as work orders and equipment profiles, can be opened, modified, and updated without the need to ever leave the dashboard.

Dashboards should be way more than simple data visualization arbitrarily designed by a developer. With SM2, you can not only make your dashboards exactly what they need to be, but also do everything you need to do without ever leaving the eye pleasing confines of your dashboard panels.