How Education Geographics re-built their dashboard using Squirrel365

by | Jun 6, 2023

Education Geographics is an organisation that provides demographic analysis to help schools to plan, manage and market themselves.

The tool that Education Geographics used previously was nearing its end-of-life. They needed to find an alternative solution quickly to ensure stability of their service. At the same time their dashboard needed an upgrade in terms of design.

It was not acceptable for the end users to be dependent on their own capabilities to select the correct analysis options. Tools such as PowerBI and Tableau were quickly ruled out, due to the potential learning curve for their users. The Education Geographics team planned to build the solution themselves. A flexible, no-code software tool was essential to minimise overall cost and time.

On top of this, the dashboard was over 7 years old and looked very dated. Over time, the user experience had also become sub-optimal and user engagement had dropped as a result.

Squirrel365 is the perfect solution!

After researching various other tools and set-ups, it became clear that Squirrel365 and its flexible, no-code capabilities would be the perfect tool for the build of their new dashboard. They combined this with InfoBurst with its secure and sophisticated data connection layer.

They created a new flagship demographic app comprised of six main modules including powerful ESRI based mapping. Users can drill into detail sections within the modules, accessing a client-specific mini-census of some 800 demographic variables, and a collection of census-based time series charts going back ten years.

“Squirrel is no code, affordable, and triggered a total makeover of our niche dashboard product – our clients love it. With an above and beyond approach to support and innovation, the Squirrel365 team is more of a business partner than a service provider”.
Reg Kernke – CEO Education Geographics

Improving the design and UX

Education Geographics used the Squirrel Design Service and a comprehensive design review was undertaken early in the project. Several improvements to the navigation and overall user experience were recommended and implemented, as well as a revamp of the visual styling and layout.

 

Education Geographics screenshots

“The most effective assistance was paying for 10 hours of Squirrel365 support and using all of it on a design review.”
Reg Kernke – CEO Education Geographics

Education Geographics have spent a few months re-creating its new & improved dashboard solution.

After implementing everything on time, within budget, and with no major issues, they have successfully removed any dependency on the previous dashboarding tool. The new dashboard is faster, more process efficient, and is getting much better engagement from its users.

Download the Education Geographics Case Study PDF

 

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