October 31st is all about costumes, candy, and carving pumpkins. Festivities transform into fright-filled attractions, punches turn into blood, and the steeliest of souls cower under blankets and peer through their fingers as Jack Nicholson jeers, “Heeere’s Johnny”. As the sun sets, little zombies scour the neighborhood, princesses roam the streets, and minions zig and zag, foraging for the greatest, most colossal, mouth-watering treat they can get their hands on; or is it trick
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The Waterfall Chart, popularized by consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, is a sterling way to delineate how a measure changes over a particular sequence, and how these changes impact the total. The Waterfall Chart clearly illustrates the cumulative effect of a sequence of events, or a process that has different transactions, some positive, some negative. In other words, it allows us to understand how we got from point ‘A’, to point ‘B’.
I recently had the chance to brief the Boulder Business Intelligence Brain Trust (BBBT) community on Dundas’ latest offering. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the BBBT community, it is a great assembly of independent BI analysts and experts, who are very knowledgeable of the industry and as such, are able to offer unbiased opinions of what practices really work in our industry and what products can truly make a difference. Fluff won’t fly with the BBBT community, which is a big part of why I genuinely enjoy discussions with them; it’s important to have strong arguments backed by solid proof.
Liberation from reliance on the IT department. That’s the promise of self-service analytics. Sounds nice right? Unfortunately that’s not always the case, as companies deploying self-service analytics often become overwhelmed and the chances of mismanaging data increases when the technology is simply handed over to business users. It’s becoming more and more apparent that self-service analytics do not exist to emancipate business users from their IT counterparts, but rather to create a balanced partnership, on the grounds of governance and self-service.
Sunburst Charts are beautiful and are great at both representing hierarchical data structures and increasing engagement of users. Often hidden in the simplicity of a circle, is a multitude of intriguing, distinctive qualities. What is lacked in precision, is often gained with an intuitiveness and aesthetic beauty that comes from its circular nature, which feeds our unique fascination with this shape.