Archive for December, 2006

The Crystal Xcelsius Challenge – A showcase for data visualization “Happy Meals”

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

As the end of 2006 approaches, I’ve been thinking back over the year, trying to summarize the essential progress of business intelligence (BI), especially in the realm of data visualization. Unfortunately, with the exception of a few software companies that have introduced products or upgrades that actually work and add value, 2006 has added little [...]

Swivel.com — a great idea executed poorly, unless…

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Looking for relationships in quantitative data is fun. Contrary to the reputation of quantitative analysis as deadly boring to all but the pocket protector gang, most people find it engaging when the process is made simple, the quantitative relationships are brought to life visually, and the information is interesting. When Martin Wattenberg, an exceptional talent [...]

Visual Acuity for effective dashboard design

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Not long ago I mentioned the software company Visual Engineering (makers of VisualAcuity) as one of the few companies that supports the use of Tufte’s sparklines and my bullet graphs on dashboards. As of a few days ago, the folks at Visual Engineering are featuring a sample Sales Management Dashboard on their Web site that [...]