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Develop Custom App Dashboard Design using Kendo UI

20 May 2015

Mobile dashboards help to serve as a great tool for making effective decisions in the enterprise. The dashboards have changed how organizations monitor their KPIs (key performance indicators). Gartner Technology Research has shared that one-third of enterprise users are taking business decisions with the help of mobile dashboards. Clearly, this trend is catching on and is being used in ways that the business intelligence community has been predicting for years now. This article describes how you can create mobile dashboards with Kendo UI framework.


Simplify Mobile Dashboard Design with Kendo UI


The challenge of designing a dashboard for mobile users is to provide relevant content that can be easily processed on a mobile device. In order to accelerate this design process, enterprises use various Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools like Telerik. Kendo UI Framework are added to the Telerik RAD stack for developing HTML5, jQuery, and CSS3 based cross-browser applications.


Developing HTML5 applications using Kendo UI is a straightforward approach, as the setup requires only referencing jQuery and CSS files on your HTML page.

The Kendo UI Framework can be broadly classified into:

  • Kendo UI Widgets
  • Kendo UI Framework elements


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The Kendo widgets use HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery to build powerful web applications without using multiple third-party frameworks and plugins, as is the case with few of the other HTML5/jQuery frameworks.


Kendo UI widgets such as the buttons, drop-down list, and tree view are the UI elements that we really “see” once the application is developed. Framework elements are the invisible entities such as DataSource, Templates, and Model View View Model (MVVM), which help in integrating the data with the widgets. For simplicity, if we consider an application built using Kendo UI , the UI widgets are the bricks and the Framework elements are the cement that keep the bricks together.

Kendo UI widgets can be classified into three groups:

  • Kendo UI Web: Used for touch-enabled desktop development
  • Kendo UI DataViz: Used for desktop and mobile data visualizations
  • Kendo UI Mobile: Used for mobile application development

Key Elements of Kendo UI Architecture

What about Server Wrappers?

If you are a server-side ASP.NET MVC developer, or an expert programmer in JSP/PHP then Kendo UI has server wrappers available which automatically generate the necessary HTML and JavaScript to configure, render, and initialize your Kendo UI widgets (Web and Mobile) and charts (DataViz). The server wrappers emit Kendo UI JavaScript and provide full access to the Kendo UI client-side API so that the UI can be manipulated from the client-side too once the web page is rendered.


Are you looking to develop a mobile dashboard or are facing challenges in optimization ? Do you want to solve those in a limited budget and time-frame?

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Develop dynamic and sleek mobile dashboards with Kendo UI.