Archive for February, 2007

Bling your Graph–Is Swivel Serious?

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

When I first discovered Swivel.com, I was encouraged that a website was providing a venue for the presenting, discussing, and collaborating around important data, despite its problems. When the folks there responded positively to my recommendations, I was hopeful that the site might evolve into something useful. One of the latest features, which they proudly […]

BI Desktop—Widgets for people who would rather play than work

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

I discovered today, thanks to the blogger at Serious about Consulting, that Business Objects is working on a new product called BI Desktop. In a recent conversation with the folks at Business Objects Labs, I was encouraged when they said that they are taking data visualization seriously and are working on some new products that […]

Redundantly encoding time-series data in sight and sound does not speed up perception

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Bissantz and Company, one of two German software vendors that makes an Excel add-in for producing sparklines (BonaVista Systems is the other), has added a new feature to their product that you should avoid. In addition to looking at a simple sparkline to see how a series of values has changed through time, you can […]

MicroStrategy 8.1 dashboards: state of the art perhaps, but definitely not state of the science

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

MicroStrategy recently announced the release of version 8.1, which supposedly features the “state of the art in business dashboards.” Much like most of the other big business intelligence software vendors, however, MicroStrategy seems to think that the essence of data visualization is flash and dazzle. Here’s how they describe it: With advanced visualizations that produce […]

Pat Hanrahan — Exceedingly talented and a nice guy to boot

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Everyone interested in information visualization should read the interview of Pat Hanrahan—Tableau Software CTO and Stanford Univerisity computer science professor—that appears in the February 2007 issue of DM Review. Recently, at InfoVis, the premier conference of the information visualization research community, Pat received a lifetime achievement award, and he still has many, many years to add to […]