Building Key Performance Indicator (KPI) visualizations in Power BI is a breeze. KPI visualizations allow you to view a specific measure against a target. The target might be last year’s totals or it could be your goal for this year. The easiest way to accomplish these in Tableau is using a bullet cart which is a very effective way of looking at the data but falls short when your audience just wants to see the numbers big and clear. Let’s look at some out of the box visualization types in Power BI.
Neuroscientists from MIT discovered that the human brain can process entire images seen in as little as 13 milliseconds. Data visualizations can instantly communicate complex information and ideas, but that doesn't mean dashboards don't require some explanation.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop called Storytelling with Data by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic. Instead of focusing on data analytics tools, the workshop focused on using data as part of the storytelling process. We reviewed the fundamentals of data visualization and how to communicate effectively with data.
There is a lot of value in combining data from one business area with data from another business area. Similar to a jigsaw puzzle, when we combine data sets and put the pieces together, we get a complete picture of customers, events, and activities. But how do you know what data to combine?
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Combining or blending data happens when you connect two or more different data sources. Combining sources from multiple data sources reminds me of one of my son’s favorite shows, Power Rangers. While each one is committed to fighting evil, each Ranger has a unique skill and weapon. When their enemy is too great to handle individually, they combine their unique powers to create a Megazord. A well designed data mart is the ultimate Megazord that can battle the evilness of fragmented information.
I recently went onsite to a client’s headquarters to facilitate a Strategy & Discovery session - the first step in a data analytics journey. With this client and many others, I've noticed some common issues with their current state that prompted them to invest in data analytics. Here are three symptoms of an association that could benefit from data analytics. Anything sound familiar?
Did you know that approximately 70% of the body’s sense receptors reside in the eye? Of all 5 senses, vision stands out dramatically as our primary and most powerful channel of input from the world around us! Not only that, but apparently, “the eye and visual cortex of the brain form a massively parallel processor that provides the highest-bandwidth channel into human cognitive centers.”* I envision a super highway from the eye to the brain. This helps explain why data visualization is so powerful.
Tableau 9.3 was released last week and has several exciting new features. These are a few of my favorites.
When I get the opportunity to develop visualizations for a client, I feel it's a little like Christmas. A present has been handed to me.