jonrh Dashboard Consulting

Dashboard Consulting

I help companies create bespoke dashboards their customers want to use

Over the years I’ve specialised in designing and constructing front end applications, that is websites and mobile apps for iPhone and Android. More specifically the type of apps that I’ve specialised in are bespoke dashboards that add insights and convenience for the customers & employees of a company.

What is a dashboard? Think of a dashboard in a car, except for the operation of your business or product. To take an analogy here are few example indicators:

  • Car dashboard: speedometer, fuel gauge, check engine light
  • Business dashboard: quarterly profit, conversion rate, cash burn rate
  • Product dashboard: current hardware readings, utilisation, uptime

An ideal dashboard consists of 1 - 3 indicators providing an at a glance view of the current status. However often dashboards need to provide more insights than that, for example to identify a potential problem.

My value proposition is that I take care of the dashboard frontend so you don't have to invest your employee resources in mastering a frontend tech that may become obsolete after a few years or months. Focus your effort on your customers, product, data and a backend that will outlast multiple frontends.

We will be a good fit if you:

  • Are a small to medium sized business.
  • Require a branded & tailor made dashboard for yourself or your customers.
  • Have in-house backend expertise to serve your data through an API.
  • Have a good idea of what your most important indicators are and what to filter by.
  • Want to entirely offload the frontend work & responsibilities.

Let's work together!

Tap into my dashboard expertise and let's make an awesome dashboard together. If you think I would be a great fit to help you bring added value to your customers, I'd love to hear from you. Please don't hesitate to get in touch at hi@jonrh.is.

#Previous Work

The bulk of my professional work on dashboards has been done for the company Vaki Aquaculture Systems Ltd., the industry leader in fish counting and size estimation of live fish. Vaki offers a variety of solutions but the one I worked on was theBiomass Daily system. The gist of it is this: you are a company that operates fish farms. On each farm there are multiple sea cages with salmon. You rent hardware frames from Vaki and lower them into the sea cages. As the salmon swim through the frames their weight is estimated. This data is then aggregated and analysed in various dashboards.

Biomass Daily frames

#iPhone App: BD Monitor

This project was about creating an auxiliary mobile app to monitor the status of the hardware frames that run 24/7 capturing size estimations. Before this app, customers would check the current hardware status on a PC. With an app the process became significantly more convenient for the site managers, who are often on the move.

Early mockups demonstrating bottom navigation and History view

Main features:

  • Dashboard of current operational status of hardware in the field.
  • Trend analysis of weight data to see how population is progressing.
  • Distribution analysis to observe weight distribution and health of population.
  • Administration section to manage users and privileges.
  • Secure Login with username and email.
  • Multiple languages: English, Spanish, Norwegian & Icelandic.

Technical implementation:

  • Single page application web site. Written in JavaScript (version ES5)  and structured in the React library. User interface structure provided by Bootstrap. More technical details can be found in my blog post: Retrospective on React.
  • Backend provides all data through a web service API and JSON. Written and maintained by Vaki in C# and Microsoft SQL Server database.
BD Monitor login and home screenBD Monitor Summary & SettingsBD Monitor HistoryBD Monitor UtilisationBD Monitor sea cage detail view

#Web Dashboard: biomassdaily.com

Access is restricted to users of the Biomass Daily system. The system has been in daily active use by Vaki's customers and employees since its launch in 2015.

Main features:

  • Dashboard of current operational status of hardware in the field.
  • Trend analysis of weight data to see how population is progressing.
  • Distribution analysis to observe weight distribution and health of population.
  • Administration section to manage users and privileges.
  • Secure Login with username and email.
  • Multiple languages: English, Spanish, Norwegian & Icelandic.

Technical implementation:

  • Single page application web site. Written in JavaScript (version ES5)  and structured in the React library. User interface structure provided by Bootstrap. More technical details can be found in my blog post: Retrospective on React.
  • Backend provides all data through a web service API and JSON. Written and maintained by Vaki in C# and Microsoft SQL Server database.
Biomass Daily sea cages dashboardBiomass Daily weight trendgraphBiomass Daily weight distributionBiomass Daily Feed Conversion RatioBiomass Daily Login

#Já.is Gadget/Widget

This was the project that sparked my interest and lead me to where I am today. A very small 1-2 week project I worked on back in 2010 for Já.is, the official phonebook registry of Iceland. Super simple OSX Widget and Windows Gadget dashboard tools, obsolete today as operating systems have dropped support. You would start typing some name and it would drop down an autocomplete menu of possible results. Once enter was pressed it would redirect to the ja.is website.

Screenshot of the Já.is OSX Widget and Windows Gadget

This was one of the most fun projects I worked on. I didn't know it at the time but this project planted a seed that would eventually lead me to specialising in dashboards as a career.

Let's work together!

Tap into my dashboard expertise and let's make an awesome dashboard together. If you think I would be a great fit to help you bring added value to your customers, I'd love to hear from you. Please don't hesitate to get in touch at hi@jonrh.is


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