Now that we have the model in place and some data added we can build a dashboard to share insight with our key stakeholders.

Pro tip: Check out this article on how to create a dashboard and see how you can get a high-level overview of your data.

From Business Questions to Ardoq Model - Dashboard

The business questions we want to answer in our use case are:

What are the most critical capabilities and the supporting applications?
What is the overall cost of the application portfolio and what applications are missing a business owner?

Here is an example dashboard answering these questions in Ardoq:

Ardoq critical capabilities dashboard

In order to create this dashboard we need to build surveys, advanced searches, or graph searches - and then create dashboard widgets.

To answer our business questions we created two workspaces, applications, and capabilities. We want to create two searches capturing all components in these workspaces. Below the example for "all applications".

To answer the business questions related to high criticality applications, we created a separate search. Notice that there is an additional rule in this search on "Criticality" equal to "high".

To answer the question related to applications realizing high criticality capabilities, we must use graph search. The graph search below is built up like this: First I want to find all capabilities. Then I limit the search to capabilities with high criticality. Lastly, I want the search to return the applications which have a relation to these capabilities.

Ardoq graph search

Building the dashboard widgets

Once the searches are created and saved, these can be added as dashboard widgets. Either you can add it directly from the search engine ("Add to dashboard" next to the search button)...

...Or in the dashboard using the plus icon.

When creating the widget you must decide which search to use as a source, a widget title, a field, and a chart type. In the example below, we have created a pie chart showing business owners.

Ardoq pie chart

In this example, we have listed just a total of all capabilities. Notice that we have not selected a field in this widget.

Ardoq total capabilities

The last widget example is using a graph search as the source. In this particular example, we want to see the cost of applications that are realizing high criticality capabilities, visualized as a timeline.

Ardoq dashboard graph search

If you follow these steps you can create your own dashboard answering the business questions of interest. All done, ready to share! 🚀

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