Overcoming Big Data Hurdles in 3 Steps

Big data hurdles are no different from the common data issues most organizations are facing except on a larger scale.  How to jump over these big data hurdles is a different story.  With every passing year, technologies are developing and improving to help solve those issues as data sources and volumes increase.  Organizations are being…

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Modern Visualization: Sunburst Charts

For every 10 people on earth, 1 of them lives on an island1.  That person has an excuse for not knowing about modern data visualization techniques.  For the rest of us, I would like to present: the Sunburst chart! Before we start visualizing data, we need to understand data hierarchies.  We will take the simple…

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Traditional Data may Mean “Just Because”

A lesson in traditional data history… Once upon a time, we ran our businesses via mainframe computers. Essentially, these machines were a sort of massive server. Back then, traditional data meant files, lots and lots of files, because the databases we take for granted today, did not exist. These files, often referred to as data…

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Modern Visualizations: Packed Bubble vs Treemap

Modern Visualization Modern visualizations can be confusing.  There are usually multiple datapoints encoded into a single object.  In the previous post, we discussed the different type of data encoding and how we can use them to bypass the limitations of our short-term memory. I would like to demonstrate how we can make the most of data in the…

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What Are Analytics Definitions? Defining BI, EPM, and Analytics

What is an accurate analytics definition? In order to truly explain analytics, we need to first define two important, supporting subject areas - Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM).   Business Intelligence BI means different things to different people. For some people, BI is only the data warehouse. Others see BI as the dashboards or reports on…

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