I’ve recorded a 10 minutes video for Adobe TV that demonstrates how to build a dashboard, connected to a PHP services in few minutes hanks to Flash Builder 4. The charting components communicate with real data stored in a MySQL database. The new Flash Builder 4 tools such as the “Test Operation” tab or the new Data-Services introspection tools help me to generate the code on the client-side to play with the data. It can also generate for you charting components (I’ll record a video to showcase this new feature ASAP).
If you want to reproduce this tutorial, you can read the article I’ve written on the ADC portal: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/articles/build_first_dashboard.html. You’ll be able to download the source code of the project, a MySQL database and a generic PHP service. The Adobe Flash Platform is used by several actors of the Business Intelligence industry (SAP Business Objects, MicroStrategy…). A lot of customers use the Flex framework to rapidly build expressive dashboards. The charting components of the Flex SDK are open source and they should answer your needs. The sample I’ve developed is quite simple, but there are more advanced components available on the market (IBM Elixir, KapIT, Axiis…).