The classic dashboards are designed to report key performance indicators (KPIs). The KPI dashboard is all about dials and numbers and work like the dashboard of a car or the cockpit of an airplane.
Typically, these dashboards are live and show the latest numbers. In a business context, they typically show trend data as well. A very simple example of a KPI Dashboard is below. Such dashboards can, of course, be huge. Huge dashboards have lots of pages crammed with numbers and charts, looking at all manner of operational and strategic data.
Below is a one-page dashboard showing stock price and Google Trends data for Microsoft. It is automatically updated every 24 hours, pulling in data from Yahoo Finance and Google Trends.
You can use this template to create your own simple KPI dashboard, using your data.