A shout-out for scattergraphs

  Scattergraphs are my favorite.   Yet, I often sense great hesitation to use this powerful visualization.  Join my crusade to make scatters realize their true potential and value!  Here are three ideas to consider… First, my kids learned scatters in 3rd grade, right after bar charts.  Now, they learned “x-y plots,” so maybe this […]

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Visualization is a strategic process

How does your organization produce visualizations today? If it’s like many others I see everyday, there is a meeting and someone shows up with a bunch of charts. Here’s the problem. There is an underlying assumption that people responsible for visually communicating information have learned proper techniques (they probably haven’t even learned improper techniques). Driving […]

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Is red a better color than green?

Once you choose the correct chart type to communicate your message, color is the next most important consideration. Color draws the viewer’s attention — and that’s good if done to support the message. Keep in mind that sometimes black and white is simply perfect. Recently, while reviewing a set of visuals with a client, they […]

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Your designs should be bold

In our everyday lives, we are surrounded by mind-blowing visual experiences on home video consoles and smartphones that cost a few hundred dollars.  As a visualization practitioner, you have hardware and software that costs at least 10x more. They why are we creating experiences that are visually unattractive, disengaging, and downright boring?  Do we need […]

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Data data everywhere…but no decisions

Wasn’t data — more data in advanced business intelligence systems — supposed to help us make better, faster decisions?  What happened to the promise of being data-driven? And these might sound familiar — “We spend too much time collecting data,” “We are drowning in data,” “We aren’t driving action from the data.” Think about this. […]

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Start your business intelligence comeback

That truly was a SUPER bowl. The 49ers were completely stuck in the first half…so they changed their game plan and made a disruptive improvement. Do you feel stuck moving your business intelligence program forward? It’s time to stop investing in incremental technology and process improvements. That game plan won’t allow you to keep pace […]

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