At first glance, all modern dashboards are dazzlers, regardless of the underlying technology and the people who built them. If you explore beyond the facade, significant differences in capabilities emerge. The many deployment platforms in the marketplace of the best dashboard software each have strengths and weakness. Very few are great all-around performers. As well, a rich feature set is not sufficient. If engineers and analysts cannot create or maintain dashboard applications rapidly and efficiently, the platform will deliver inferior business value.