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September 9, 2010

Corda Sales Dashboard

I received the September 2010 email newsletter from Dashboard Insight today and the sponsor for the month is Corda. Corda provides data visualization software, one of their specialties being dashboard development with the tool CenterView.

I was looking at their demo dashboards and ran across this one (click on the image to go to the source).

Does it look familiar? It's indentical to the sample sales dashboard Stephen Few presents in his book Information Dashboard Design (see Figure 8.1 on page 177).

When I read Stephen's book I wondered which tool he produced the dashboard from. Now I know, at least I hope it's from Corda, otherwise it's a complete ripoff. I suspect it's the former. Nice work!


  1. Well, when I checked Corda 3 years ago, I don't recall seeing anything near this example, but I could be mistaken.

  2. Jacques, that's very interesting. Maybe they did plagiarize it after all. I sure hope not.

  3. Hi Andy

    Maybe "plagiarize" is too strong a word. Take Tableau, for example, which many people love; they very heavily borrowed from Stephen (I think he was even involved somehow in the creation of the tool), which is after all expected when such a strong thinker finally is listened too! We are all better off then.

  4. There's an interview with Mr. Stephen Few, which may clear some points. Here's the link:

  5. Yuri,

    Thanks for sharing and clarifying! I'll check out the video.