Category Archive: Data visualisation

Big Data – Round 2

If you had told me a decade ago that big data was going to get bigger, I may not have believed you – given that most IT terms are often surrounded by so much hype, and given that growing data types and volumes is, in fact, nothing new. Many people thought this ‘fad’ would not …

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Seven Tips to Improve Data Storytelling

Data analysis and exploration can answer many of the questions that decision makers have, and even generate questions that some businesses have not yet even figured out. Of course it also sparks curiosity around the value that data brings. Data has purpose and meaning – but not all organisations understand this – which is what …

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Benefits of Data Visualisation

Data visualisation has become one of the most popular technologies today. Not only does it provide an organisation with the ability to visually present and analyse its information, but more importantly, it gives the organisation a new way of seeing and interacting with its data.

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Communication in Data Science

Data science and the outcomes it delivers can be complex and hard to explain. Presenting your approaches and findings to a non-technical audience, such as the marketing team or the C-Suite, is a crucial part of being a data scientist. You need to have the ability to interpret data, tell the stories contained therein, and …

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8 Aspects to Avoid in Visualisation

In my previous piece, I touched on the rise of data visualisation, and how it should be positioned in the organisation to achieve real insight from their data. In this piece I cover 8 aspects that should be avoided, in order to ensure that only clear and correct messages are conveyed to the business. Failing …

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The Rise of Data Visualisation

Over recent years, data visualisation has certainly made a positive impact, which is no surprise given that it can help organisations achieve real insight from data. But beyond this, it’s also a smart way for us to understand complicated information in a more user friendly way that furthers cognitive understanding. To my mind, if organisations …

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Tale from the Woods

Gather round, gather round! We hear an eerie sound… I remember the old times around the holiday campfire when smooth talking uncle Alfred with his grand imagination and picturesque speech would tell spooky ghost stories that would make the children huddle closer and closer together, and well, ensure they don’t wander off exploring in the …

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Analytics for Small Companies

Over the last few years, we have seen large organisations implement analytical technologies, like Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence (BI) and even Big Data Analytics, and we have seen some of them achieve the objective of a positive Return on Investment (ROI) on these initiatives. However, does the same reality apply to small to medium sized …

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Visualisation to spark Collaboration

Since my initial post on data visualisation (http://www.martinsights.com/?p=492), I have noticed a steady increasing interest in the topic. This is especially noticeable in the business intelligence (BI) field, as more and more organisations are realising the value of using visualisation to positively affect their day-to-day interactions with data. In this post I focus on the …

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BI tools

As this is my last blog post for the year, I thought it would be fitting to explore how the Business Intelligence (BI) landscape has changed over the years, especially regarding toolsets. Having worked in the BI sector for numerous years – in the last five years the BI toolset landscape has not only expanded, …

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