Archive for February, 2006

Panopticon Explorer .NET — Try it out for free

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Panopticon recently gave me a preview of a new edition of their treemapping software, which was officially released today (see the press release). A learning edition of Panopticon Explorer .NET can be downloaded for free, which provides a useful means to get acquainted with treemaps for visualizing hierarchically arranged quantitative information. You have probably seen […]

Role-based dashboards

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

In one of my regular attempts to scan news articles about data visualization, on February 21 I ran across an interview with John Kopcke, the CTO of Hyperion Solutions, written by James Murray in IT Week. In response to the question “What…innovations are encouraging enterprise wide deployment of reporting tools?” Kopcke responded: “Role based dashboards […]

When expensive dashboard software doesn’t work, do it with Excel

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

One of the most prevalent problems with dashboard software is inflexible layout. Most products force you to divide the dashboard screen into a rigid grid of rectangular panels into which tables, graphs, and other display widgets are placed. It is difficult to produce a well-designed dashboard when working under these constraints. To arrange a large […]