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Ariella
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Ariella,
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7/13/2015 | 11:15:27 AM
Re: data stories
@jagibbon Definitely, that's a must for all forms of communication. 
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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7/13/2015 | 11:14:26 AM
Re: data stories
Infographics are great when they are done well. I've seen some that don't tell the story very well. I've even seen some that are really telling a different story than what the author intended. If you're going to rely on infographics to tell the IT story inside your company, make sure you have good communications resources to help craft the right messages.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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7/13/2015 | 11:10:42 AM
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@jagibbons  I couldn't agree more. That's why I much prefer infographics to videos. You have to sit through several minutes of narration in video to get the points you can take in within seconds by looking at the graphics.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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7/13/2015 | 10:46:52 AM
Re: data stories
Great point about context. Visuals often aren't enough by themselves. Most IT pros I know use too much language, though. If you can use visuals to accurately present in one page what might take four or five text-heavy pages, that's a good thing.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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7/13/2015 | 10:44:46 AM
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@jagibbons I like some visuals that let me know a lot at a glance. But I am always a bit wary of context. For example, someone I know leaves her money with some investment service that sought to prove she was doing well by showing return for 3 months. That makes me wonder what are they hiding because a typical benchmark is a year or even longer -- like the lifetime of the investment. Typically 3 month results are only shown as quarterly reports, not as the actual measure of performance overall. 
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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7/13/2015 | 10:24:35 AM
Re: data stories
Interesting question about a narrative. Narrative's are helpful, but for my stakeholders and business unit lead peers, pictures really are worth thousands of words. They want to see information visualized. Having the data and making sense of it in graphic form are two very different things, and often there is a huge chasm between the two. Tools that help take the many data points available and generate visuals to tell the story are game-changers for me.
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jagibbons,
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7/13/2015 | 10:22:47 AM
Re: data stories
I'm all for liberation as long as it doesn't introduct signficant security risks or function in a silo that can't be plugged into other parts of the business technology landscape. If IT is involved in the decision and implementation and then is able to let the non-IT folks use the tool, that is nearly the perfect situation in my opinion.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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7/11/2015 | 1:35:50 PM
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Any tool that liberates a user from dependence on IT I'm all for.

This is a great exmaple of that. Users don't like to depend on IT. And IT doesn't neccesarily want to hand-hold.

This is a good story that shows users are increasingly capable of using complex tools as long as IT gives them reign. 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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7/10/2015 | 12:10:35 PM
data stories
From the title I thought it was an application like Narrative Science, which renders data into textual accounts that can be made into reports, blogs, presentations, etc. Here it seems to be more about data visualization with different types of graphs and charts. Does it also provide narrative?


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