Learning How to Tell Compelling Data Stories: Part Two

on Oct 18, 2018 10:08:49 AM | By Pat Mitchell | Data Visualization Tableau
Bang for your BUNK
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Five Keys to Telling a Compelling Data Story

It is not breaking news that organizations are dealing with data growing at exponential rates. What the headlines fail to reveal, however, are the deeper challenges that companies face as a result of wading through this sea of data.  As data volumes grow, IT struggles to keep up, forcing business units to dig into data themselves to try to address critical questions. However, they simply do not have the time nor the resources to both process the data and craft a story around their findings.  By skipping the latter step, organizations are left with reports addressing a narrow subset of questions that fail to tell the whole story.
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How to Choose the Right Data Visualization Tools

on Jun 29, 2017 8:15:00 AM | By Clarity Insights | Data Visualization data architecture
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Data Architecture Practices: Aligning Business With Data Strategy

In our previous post we explained the need to drive greater business clarity in business data and information capabilities. Here we describe our own practices so you can see if your data architecture practice is truly business focused—or if your organization is merely creating “boxes” to put your data in.
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Visualization: Pre-Attentive Processing Emergent Features

on May 16, 2016 6:38:43 PM | By Clarity Insights | Data Visualization
The goal of data visualization is to allow decision makers to process information and analytics visually, enabling them to better grasp more complex information or identify new patterns in their data.
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How to Use Principles of Perception to Improve Communication

on Apr 25, 2016 2:54:07 PM | By Clarity Insights | Data Visualization
What differentiates a graph where you can easily learn something from one where it's hard? Knowing how the human mind processes, retains, and learns from visual information is critical to communication effectiveness. The key to doing this starts with understanding memory. There are three primary memory processes the human brain uses to process, store, and learn from visual information:
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Push Intelligence Is Not Your Mother's Minivan

on Mar 1, 2016 11:40:58 AM | By Clarity Insights | Data Visualization
In the past few weeks I have had multiple conversations about push intelligence and its place within the overall BI landscape. Notwithstanding the implied nerdiness of having multiple conversations that would somehow revolve around push intelligence (though to be fair, the other possible topics were the weather or the weather that other day), the overall thought is that what Metric Insights can bring to the table really could represent a major part of business intelligence and analytic functionality in the future. Also, in case you were interested, some of the other conclusions included “it is going to be cold next week” and “Kanye West should probably stop tweeting.”
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Data Viz: Give Your Maps Some Hex Appeal

on Feb 23, 2016 2:00:54 PM | By Clarity Insights | Data Visualization
Tiled maps come in many variations. You can do circles, squares or hexagons. Here are a few examples of why you’d want to choose a tiled map over a traditional map. FiveThirtyEight.com is a terrific site for political and sports analytics.  It is also a great source of inspiration for those who work in data visualization.  In 2015, FiveThirtyEight began using a stylized map of the United States when it presented information that was not dependent on population or location (other than a particular state).  For instance, in December 2015 it featured an interactive visualization that incorporated past voting demographics to visualize what it would take for a Democrat or Republican to win a particular state. One good thing about a tiled map is that it is different from what people expect a map of the U.S. to look like, so it captures their attention easily. It also eliminates the information about a State’s size from the visualization. As a State’s size has nothing to do with its political makeup, it should be eliminated from a visualization if possible. I am an old real time strategy game fan, so when I saw the hexagonal tile map at Sir Viz-a-Lot’s website, I knew I had to figure out how he did it. Thankfully, it wasn’t too much more difficult than creating the square tiled map.
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Data Visualization Is Improving Care in Intensive Care Units

on Feb 18, 2016 4:35:34 PM | By Clarity Insights | Healthcare Data Visualization
In the ICU, patient data is critical and dynamic action is required. However, the cognitive load on the nurses and physicians is increasing as they try to parse out what is most valuable in the increased data available to them. EMR makes more data available about the patient’s history.
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