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Analytics: Meaning different things to different people

"Analytics is often held up as a killer app for allowing data to be used and visualised by everyone.'
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"Modern data analytics platforms act like a prism, separating a constant stream of data into different colours or views."
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"You may want to analyse and visualise the same data from a number of different perspectives e.g. security, IT, customer, mobile, process."
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"The underlying data is often the same but you need to look at it through a modern data platform to see all the facets of that data and hence extract the maximum value for your business."
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"It often abstracts underlying complexity into data visualisation and analytics."

#DataVisualisation #Analytics

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Salesforce to unleash Wave - The Analytics Cloud

For all of you who were wondering if Salesforce was going to be left out of the "big data boom", Marc Benioff, a Salesforce co-founder and the company’s chief executive, has been tweeting about Wave. Here's more details from NYTimes (excerpt):

Wave is intended to create sales, service and marketing analytics, either in packaged or custom forms, which can be read on desktop and mobile devices. It is meant to stress the data within Salesforce products, but it is also possible to import third-party information from companies like Microsoft, SAP and Informatica, as well as machine-generated data.
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Right now, Tableau is one of the few notable companies making it easier to visualize data. Given the millions of customers using Salesforce, in other words, it is the kind of thing that could attract independent software developers to build products on it.
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"It’s been quite a while since we announced a new market this big,” Mr. Dayon [Alex Dayon, the president of products at Salesforce] said. “Analytics is a $42 billion industry, and people need a new cloud-based platform for it.”

#BigData   #Sales   #Analytics   #Cloud   #DataVisualisation   #GrowIncome  

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How to Tell Stories with Data (Really)

Here's an interesting talk by Edward Segel at the January 2012 KDMC digital storytelling workshop. He shares insights from his paper (written in collaboration with Jeffrey Heer) entitled Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data. See here: http://vis.stanford.edu/papers/narrative

He begins by explaining the growth of data and how no one knows what to do with it all because it's simply too much. Data visualisation is said to make patterns in the data "perceptively digestible." He mentions four motivations behind the creation of "interactive visualisations": 1) for displaying an extensive analysis; 2) for personalisation to increase user's emotional engagement with a data set; 3) for showing a wide array of social responses and opinions; 4) for storytelling that guides users through the data in ways he fully describes in his talk. He then delves into the findings of his paper.

#DataVisualisation   #Storytelling   #Analysts   #Social  

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Data visualisation success hinges on solid storytelling skills

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Data by itself is fairly useless without solid storytelling and narrative skills, according to Jock Mackinlay. Mackinlay is director of visual analysis at Tableau. He's an alumnus of UC Berkeley and Stanford University and a veteran of Xerox PARC. He is also known for coining the term "information visualization" in his 1999 book Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think.

Accessible Storytelling
"Once you have some understanding of your data you have to tell another human. First there is analysis and then there is storytelling. And they blend back together. The classic way of doing this is traditional business intelligence (BI), but that is slow for organisations to do. There is the whole chain of data warehousing [and] getting IT to build reports. Business users should not have to find a statistician or programmer when data is becoming democratised within organisations -- who are increasingly encouraging employees at all levels to use and interpret data."
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"Data scientists are valuable but if you become dependent, then it is like being dependent on IT again. Our focus is on the data enthusiast, partly because of the nature of our technology. We want to empower the data enthusiasts so they can get along by themselves."

#Storytelling   #DataVisualisation     #SelfService     #BusinessIntelligence   #DataWarehouse   #InformationTechnology    

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'Data+Design': free ebook released for data visualisation
Check it out -> http://infoactive.co/data-design

Citation: More than 50 volunteers worked on a free ebook to explain visualising and working with data to those with no specialised training.

Trina Chiasson, co-founder and CEO of crowdfunded data visualisation start-up Infoactive, started work on Data + Design after receiving a request for data tutorials from a contributor. The ebook was also made available as an open source project on GitHub.

"One of our goals for the book was to make it easier for people that are more design-oriented," Chiasson told Journalism.co.uk, "or communications-oriented, or don't have that background in statistics, to be able to make sense of data and understand what they need to know, because a lot of text books about data are written by technical people and never edited for non-technical audiences.

"So a big part of this for us was making a guide that's very conversational and very friendly, something that designers would want to read rather than something that designers look at and they say 'oh you know this is a lot of maths talk, this isn't for me'."

#DataVisualisation // #crowdfunding #ebooks #design

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Cool interactive infographic: tracking the UK’s international students

This interactive British Council tool shows the changes in student immigration and emigration over the past 18 years.

#DataVisualisation   #UK   #Education   #Demographics  

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Operational Resilience through Managing External Dependencies

Citation: These days, organizations are rarely self-contained. Businesses collaborate through partnerships and close links with suppliers and customers. Outsourcing services and business processes, including into Cloud Computing, means that key operations that an organization depends on are often fulfilled outside their control.

The challenge here is how to manage the dependencies your operations have on factors that are outside your control. The goal is to perform your risk management so it optimizes your operational success through being resilient against external dependencies.
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The Open Group’s Dependency Modeling (O-DM) helps you to plan for success through operational resilience, assured business continuity, and effective new controls and contingencies, enabling you to:

- Cut costs without losing capability
- Make the most of tight budgets
- Build a resilient supply chain
 - Lead programs and projects to success
- Measure, understand and manage risk from outsourcing relationships and supply chains
- Deliver complex event analysis

#SupplyChain   #Managers   #BuildResilience   #SaveMoney   #Partnerships    #Cloud  

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Swim with the tides of change to visualize data -- and decisions

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Completing a three-part series on his blue ocean strategy for decision visualization, Lee Feinberg explains how you can take decision making to the next level by giving more people access to business intelligence and data visualization capabilities. / #DecisionMaking    #DataVisualisation   #BusinessIntelligence   
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Have you heard of democratization of data, a trending term in business intelligence? To someone outside your company, it would seem unbelievable that data is being held captive by a central governing body. However, most organizations do, in fact, control the flow of data and provide access to it on a need-to-know basis only. But doesn't everyone in the company need to know about the business? / #Collaboration  
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Data openness is really about democratization of decision making. By allowing more people to have better and faster access to data, you foster better and faster decisions by more people -- a powerful concept that will transform organizations. A common argument against this idea is that people don't know how to use the data properly. If that's really the case, the organization needs to make significant investments to ensure that everyone properly understands their jobs and the business. / #BuildResilience  
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Training is another key aspect of support. You might create an amazing dashboard, but don't assume that your customers will know how to use it to analyze data. It's likely that many of them have never done a true analysis; most are used to looking at a mix of charts and hoping an insight appears. Some training ideas: Make a video walking through an example analysis from the view of different users, hold lunch-and-learn sessions (everyone loves a free meal), form internal user groups. / #HumanResources  
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It's better to start with a simple set of requirements and build iteratively. By using Agile development techniques to rapidly create a product people can use to analyze and visualize data, new ideas will surface about what's most important to do next. And, by not going too far or deep with detailed specifications, it's much easier to move in a different direction and not have to defend a big investment. / #DriveInnovation   #SaveMoney

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A Periodic Table of Visualisation Methods
Great resource. #DataVisualisation  on the left: charts, scatterplot, line charts, histogram, pie charts, etc...

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Control your business with your mind?

#BusinessIntelligence   #DriveInnovation   #DataVisualisation

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MindRDR: A Google Glass app that taps into your Brainwaves

By connecting Google Glass with the head-mounted Neurosky EEG biosensor and you get a communication loop between your brainwaves and a visual meter that is superimposed on the camera view in Google Glass. The more you “focus” your mind, the higher the meter rises, and the so-called MindRDR app takes a photograph of what you are seeing in front of you and potentially posts it to Twitter if you continue to focus intently. Not exactly "mind reading", but the developers at The Place in London see it as a minimum viable product for future developments that “train” people to concentrate better, or respond to the user's brainwaves.

#GoogleGlass   #FutureTechnologies   #Brainwaves   #Attention  
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