Big Data Is Nothing If Not Visual
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User Rank: Author
2/18/2014 | 1:39:23 PM
Re: Non-Visual Data Worth Anything?
I'm not sure about that -- these folks were raised on Excel spreadsheets -- but I do think we will get there. Consider the graphical representations we get of personal data these days, in everything from banking to fitness. C-level execs should expect more of business data presentation.
User Rank: Strategist
2/18/2014 | 7:55:24 AM
Non-Visual Data Worth Anything?
Have we reached a point yet in which it is unacceptable to display data to a C-level individual in a non-visual way?
User Rank: Ninja
2/12/2014 | 11:13:54 AM
Re: The Visual Organization
This reminds me of an earlier conversation about the potential induction of creative folks into the data scientist roles.  Reason being, in order to make a lot of the meaningful correlations between the data points, organizations might want to look at more creative types who can find less obvious connections between data.  That being said, having a visual representation of data might make more sense since these folks, speaking as a creative, would probably have an easier time visually identifying connections than staring at databases.  After all, not too many creative folks in the data modelling field. Ofcourse, you could argue about why a good chunk of the IT folks out there are musicians...
User Rank: Moderator
2/11/2014 | 4:53:01 PM
HPCC Systems
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User Rank: Ninja
2/11/2014 | 1:22:24 PM
Re: Should designers be part of the team?
David, I'd have to agree that having someone on the team with that background would be a huge plus.
User Rank: Apprentice
2/10/2014 | 4:48:08 PM
Re: Should designers be part of the team?
Thanks for the comment, David. Designers are still important and you'll never hear me say otherwise. I argue in the book, however, that traditional silos and roles are giving way to hybrid employees. In many cases, new tools no longer require dedicated personnel with decades of expertise. 
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Author
2/10/2014 | 3:59:34 PM
Should designers be part of the team?
I'm wondering if there is a need for someone to be on the team who thinks about making these visualizations look good and communicate clearly, as opposed to relying on software tools to spit out meaningful visualizations.
Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
User Rank: Author
2/10/2014 | 1:11:23 PM
The Visual Organization
Does your company still rely on Excel for data analytics? Would data visualization tools open up conversations between business groups and help the company make better decisions? Share your thoughts below, whether you're using dataviz or not.

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