Those of you that know me or read my blog know that I am a strong advocate of visualization in Business Intelligence. I honestly belief that using images, charts, or other visual stimuli greatly helps users of a BI environment to quickly understand the data presented and work with it. I also think that great looking reports, dashboards or other BI products will be much more quickly accepted by business users if they just look nice. I often call this (within our Capgemini practice): It has to look super fancy sexy.Stephen Few is somebody who understand this and has written some great books about this as well (see http://www.perceptualedge.com/). Another believer is Hans Rosling with his Gapminder explorations (http://www.gapminder.org/). More recently I came across this website: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/. This is a nice website where you will soon discover that data-journalist Davic McCandless take data visualization serious. His Tetris like animation comparing the financial crisis with let’s say the fight against hunger in Africa is brilliant.Definitely something to check out if you have a couple of minutes. I strongly urge all BI professionals to work on a visual intelligence strategy and framework.
Posted January 7, 2011 8:11 AM
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