Archive for March, 2010

The Vicious Cycle of Data Impoverishment

Monday, March 29th, 2010

It is not difficult to present data in clear, accurate, and meaningful ways. The skills that are required to do this can be easily learned. They involve simple principles, most of which have been taught for many years. So why are most data displays so impoverished?
One reason is that we live in a time when [...]

Tableau Public – A Powerful New Tool for Democratizing Data

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

In the January 2010 issue of the Visual Business Intelligence Newsletter I redesigned a display of health care costs that appears on GE’s website. I did this using Tableau and provided a link in the article to a live version of the interactive display on the Web. You might have wondered what I did to [...]

Big BI is Stuck: Illustrated by SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The software vendors that have dominated the business intelligence market for the last 15 years or so have hit the wall and they haven’t a clue how to scale it. They’re stuck because they insist on applying the skills and methods that helped them successfully build data warehouses and production reporting systems to a radically [...]