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The past is our future for information dashboards

Back in the early 1990's, I created one of the first metric dashboards for the telecommunications company I had just joined to help improve business processes.  My goal was simple:  build a web-based dashboard that let management view charts showing the performance of key processes.  Sounds pretty simple, right?  Today it would be, but 20 years ago creating "business intelligence dashboards" was a convoluted process at best.  

Here's what the workflow looked like back then.  First, I created the intranet site that would serve as the holder for the dashboard charts.  It was pure Microsoft FrontPage with a black background, animated GIFs, and crazy colors...