I am a relatively green UX designer for a SaaS company. My company is looking to build a portal/dashboard (yes, they're getting treated like they're the same thing, but that's far from out biggest problem) for a web-based application. This application is pretty robust and has many levels of different users, each of which have different jobs to do in the application and different information needs.
The approach that seems to be sticking with product management is to just create a library of little individual data widgets (think one table or bar chart per widget) and to have users basically lay out their own dashboards. This seems like a really bad idea to me. I have argued for for dashboards tailored to specific user types, sets of data visualizations organized around primary tasks, customization based on scope, filters, etc. but it seems to be falling of deaf ears. The problem seems to be that any attempt to restrict what can be customized in the dashboard is being perceived as reducing the usefulness or functionality of the final product.
Am I wrong to think this is such a bad idea?
If not, any advice on how to steer this project away from this approach?