BI Greatly Informs Decision-Making

A very interesting article written by Roman Vladimirov (originally published by SmartDataCollective) that touches on how SMB’s can benefit from BI and how companies are getting a complete view of their business by integrating data from many departments into their analytics. In the operations of every successful business, regardless of size or industry, all the pieces matter. Everything from the most minute details of daily IT processes to the larger… 

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Big Data Visualization: 3 Errors To Avoid

Here is a great article by Noah Iliinsky (originally published on information week) Avoid common visualization mistakes. Here’s advice on how to clarify goals and get better results. There has been a lot of talk about data visualization lately — almost as much as there has been about big data. We’re told that visualization is the best way (or the only way) to understand data, and that if we’re not… 

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Finally—some clear thinking about proper uses of data visualization.

At AVS, we frequently struggle with the steady stream of unqualified “expert” opinions about best practices in data visualization that litter the blogosphere and misinform those new to the practice area.  How refreshing to come across the excellent post by Anna Li (originally posted at http://www.poynter.org/uncategorized/224413/why-rainbow-colors-arent-always-the-best-options-for-data-visualizations/) that underscores the importance of color selection and strategy in application design.  The OpenViz API makes each point discussed by Anna a fundamental capability… 

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Is SMB ready for Big Data? Probably not…

How small data can also be big data

Mark van Rijmenam, founder of BigDataStartups.com nails it in this Smart Data Collective piece (via http://smartdatacollective.com/bigdatastartups/142421/how-small-data-can-also-be-big-data) How Small Data Can Also Be Big Data Gartner’s definition of big data dates back from 2001, when Doug Laneydefined big data as increasing volume (amount of data), velocity (speed of data in and out), and variety (range of data types and sources). Since then the term big data has been redefined many times by many… 

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