In a recent role, I was tasked with re-imagining an existing SAAS product that was to be installed across a large number of sites with a known network setup. A 'known' network config helped us plan for both regular and advanced users and how they could interact with the various systems.
Given an impossibly small timeframe, I made the decision to keep as
much of the original structure and spice up with a more modern palette
to save having to overhaul the codebase and to invest in firming up the
flow and experience. A decision at the 11th hour from management opened
the opportunity to invest more time in overhauling the look keeping all
the gains in experience that had been established.
I would've loved to explore the initial darker feel given the intent of dashboards is a targeted overview and yet sometimes you have to cede a battle to win the war.