Beyond Static Reporting: Interactive Dashboards

Written by Miroslav Koldus  | 

Beyond Static Reporting: Interactive Dashboards

In the digital era, static reports lack the flexibility to meet all the user needs. They often provide insights that are either too broad or too narrowly focused. Interactive dashboards offer a dynamic solution. They allow users to engage directly with the data through filters, drill-down capabilities, and various data highlighting techniques. This improves the user experience by supporting real-time decision-making and making the process more efficient for dashboard builders.

Why interactive dashboards matter

Interactive dashboards use dynamic elements such as filters, drills, and data highlighting techniques, to enable direct user engagement with data.

This interactivity brings significant advantages, notably time savings for dashboard creators. It allows users to explore data and find answers on their own, reducing the need for additional report requests and allowing creators to focus on more strategic tasks, like brewing coffee.

Also, this autonomy encourages the users to interact more frequently with the dashboards, improving the data product's overall usefulness and accelerating decision-making processes. It empowers users to use data effectively and quickly - all while keeping things simple and maintainable.

Key features for building interactive dashboards

Let's have a look at a sample dashboard and explore some of its interactive features. For demonstration, I've selected our standard demo workspace that you can get together with the GoodData's trial. This simplifies your own experimenting.


Cross-filtering is a powerful feature for interactive dashboard crafting, allowing for dynamic and intuitive data exploration. It connects multiple visualizations that respond to user interactions in real time, making it easy to construct highly engaging and informative interfaces.

Cross-filtering enhances the user experience by making navigation and exploration seamless and helps users efficiently uncover deeper insights from complex datasets.

As it is very popular and equally valuable, it is pre-configured by default each time you create a new dashboard.

Dependent filters

Dependent filters play a crucial role in enhancing dashboard effectiveness by ensuring that users interact with data relevant to their context during exploration. These filters establish relationships between different selection criteria, letting users adjust their queries dynamically based on previous selections.

Both builders and users benefit from dependent filters. By linking filter options logically, builders streamline the user experience, helping users efficiently navigate through complex datasets.

As a dashboard builder, you control the relationship between dashboard filters. You can link specific filters and even decide whether the relationship is one-directional or mutual.

Dependent filters guide users through data exploration, presenting only contextually relevant options. This empowers users to find deeper insights and make informed decisions. Ultimately boosting the dashboard’s effectiveness and enhancing user satisfaction and engagement, leading to a more successful data analysis experience.


When it comes to information structure, it is crucial to find the right balance between simplicity and guiding users to relevant content. Drilling options are incredibly useful for maintaining simplicity on the main dashboard while smoothly linking to more details as necessary.

Drill down features let users delve into specific layers of data detail within the same visualization for a deeper understanding of trends and easy discovery of actionable insights.

By enabling users to explore data in different granularities without overcrowding the main dashboard interface, builders can provide multiple perspectives without sacrificing the dashboard’s usability and effectiveness.

To ensure that dashboard users drill along meaningful paths, we’ve designed our drilling capability around the idea of attribute hierarchies with date hierarchies created automatically. Whether you set up a hierarchy for a specific visualization or apply it globally across all occurrences of an attribute, you can make sure the users always get relevant data.

Drill into dashboard and drill into visualization

Last but not least, you can use drill into visualization or drill into dashboard features, providing a structured way to access related or additional information.

The drilling into visualization allows you to smoothly transition from one visualization context to another within the same dashboard. While drilling into a dashboard allows users to move from one dashboard to another, usually one with a more detailed analysis than the initial one. Both features transfer essential information, like active filters, from the original dashboard, ensuring a seamless exploration even when switching to different dashboards.

Overall, drill-to-dashboard and drill-to-visualization functionalities significantly benefit both dashboard builders and users. They improve the efficiency, flexibility, and effectiveness of the data exploration process.


By strategically selecting interactivity options, builders can streamline navigation, build high-performing dashboards, and ensure users easily find the insights they need. This fosters a cohesive and intuitive data exploration experience.

We're committed to expanding our feature set, guided by your feedback! We recommend you regularly review our product documentation to get the full overview of available interactivity options. Please share your insights and dashboard examples with us via our community Slack channel.

We're also exploring enhancements in data interactivity through smart integrations and AI-powered tools, as detailed in Tom Czaban's piece on leveraging AI for data visualization.

Written by Miroslav Koldus  | 


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