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10 Data Visualization Tools To Bring Analytics Into Focus

Data visualizations can help business users understand analytics insights and actually see the reasons why certain recommendations make the most sense. Traditional business intelligence and analytics vendors, as well as newer market entrants, are offering data visualization technologies and platforms. Here's a collection of 10 data visualization tools worthy of your consideration.
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Tableau Software
Tableau Software is perhaps the best known platform for data visualization across a wide array of users. Some Coursera courses dedicated to data visualization use Tableau as the underlying platform. The Seattle-based company describes its mission this way: 'We help people see and understand their data.'
This company, founded in 2003, offers a family of interactive data visualization products focused on business intelligence. The software is offered in desktop, server, and cloud versions. There's also a free public version used by bloggers, journalists, quantified-self hobbyists, sports fans, political junkies, and others.
Tableau was one of three companies featured in the Leaders square of the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms. 
(Image: Tableau Software)

Tableau Software

Tableau Software is perhaps the best known platform for data visualization across a wide array of users. Some Coursera courses dedicated to data visualization use Tableau as the underlying platform. The Seattle-based company describes its mission this way: "We help people see and understand their data."

This company, founded in 2003, offers a family of interactive data visualization products focused on business intelligence. The software is offered in desktop, server, and cloud versions. There's also a free public version used by bloggers, journalists, quantified-self hobbyists, sports fans, political junkies, and others.

Tableau was one of three companies featured in the Leaders square of the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms.

(Image: Tableau Software)

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BarryCarlson
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6/7/2016 | 7:05:26 AM
thank you, plus a few suggestions
SAP is what I would add too, but the collection is very neat nonetheless. I can agree with
Merrily as well that JavaScript charting libraries are another great point when you think
of a tool for data visualization. Wikipedia has a nice comparison of them just in case
anyone is interested - Comparison of JavaScript charting frameworks. According to this
spreadsheet, the most comprehensive JS charting libraries in terms of supported chart types
for example are amCharts, AnyChart and FusionCharts.
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6/7/2016 | 6:47:42 AM
Ideata Analytics - Self Service Data Visualization on Big Data sets powered by Apache Spark
You can also check out -Ideata Analytics (https://ideata-analytics.com). It is a self service big data analytics tool which makes it easy for end user to connect, clean, analyze and visualize disparate data. It provides an easy to use drag and drop interface to create beautiful reports and charts. You can also create fully interactive dashbiards with full drill down and drill across capabities.
ThomasA306
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6/6/2016 | 2:52:50 PM
Re: Missing key vendor
@Shanayze:

I totally agree with you.

SAP BusinessObjects Lumira should be on the list.
Shanayze
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6/1/2016 | 8:58:27 PM
Missing key vendor
Not sure why but the SAP Lumira data visualization tool was completely left out. SAP is the largest vendor in the BI space and their Lumira tool is fantastic yet it wasn't mentioned and instead replaced on the list by inferior tools. Seems like a biased article.
MerrilyatZingChart
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6/1/2016 | 4:17:25 PM
Great list!
This is an amazing collection of full service data visualization and analytics tools. One alternative option might be to build your own, if you have a tech team. It would involve designing a dashboard or two, hooking up a database, and visualizing the data using a JavaScript charting library. Just another idea to throw into the mix!
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