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15 tips on how to get more from Business Intelligence data

Peter Hopwood | July 6, 2012
IT industry is awash with talk of Big Data and in-memory engines.

- Bar charts are applicable for category comparisons

Depending on the problem, there are some less well known techniques:

- Bullet charts are good for a compact comparison between actual figures and targets

- Spark lines are appropriate for providing an overview of a trend

- For more complex problems, tree maps, heat maps and bubble charts can be effective

These techniques for visualising data are based on the methodologies of industry gurus such as Stephen Few, a thought-leader, writer, lecturer and researcher in Data Visualisation.

With this approach some of our own customers have reported:

- Improvements in user adoption

For example, a Property company developed HR and safety dashboards which proved a great success story of global take-up.

- Clearer presentation of data

One Higher Education institution was able to show 10,000 data points in one Executive Dashboard that was clear, uncluttered and action-oriented.

- Successful Trend identification

A manager of a number of shopping centres was able to discover new trends in the performance of individual retailers over time.


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