14 February 2014 – Everyone is talking about data visualization. Business users, analysts, lawyers. Data analytics and visualization are not new. For decades, businesses have collected data, analyzed it using a variety of BI tools, and generated reports. The process may take weeks or months, but eventually a few highly trained data analysts are able to pull the necessary figures from their dashboards and issue static, rearview reports to executives and other employees.
But businesses are finding that this traditional reporting process does not work nearly as well for big data, and certainly is not sufficient to capture the potential value that big data represents.
So everyone is increasingly turning to visualization-based data discovery tools that promote business intelligence to enable a multitude of users to easily integrate or “mash up” data from a wide range of sources — databases, clickstreams, social media, log files, videos, and more. With the aid of high-powered desktops and mobile computing devices users can perform real-time, predictive analyses, and showcase the results, to immediately and visually communicate information.
But it is hard to … Read more