November 2013

So the last time you got drunk what did you do? Danced on a table? Went ahead and asked her out? Or, simply drank and drank till the time you actually passed out? Well, we all have our share of drunk moments but we seem to be having some never-ending drunk chart moments too. So here’s our second set of drunk charts from around the world.

Today’s data digest includes some of the most talked-about, and inspiring stories on data visualization from around the web. A couple of them are about how to use visuals to tell a story with data. Fritz Kahn was a German scientist who lived during the Nazi era, and is known for his captivating illustrations of… Read the rest of this entry »

In this post we go behind the scenes with Cleartrip, one of the leading online travel companies in India and the Middle East. We look at how they use data in the daily functioning of their business, and more specifically at how they handle payment failures.

Cleartrip’s tagline is ‘Making travel simple’ which shows in visible, and sometimes subtle ways across their user interface. However, simplicity doesn’t just happen. A lot of what seems simple in Cleartrip’s UI takes some intricate design in the background. We caught up with Ravdeep Chawla Product Manager, Analytics at Cleartrip to understand the role of analytics in their business, and how it makes their booking experience stand out from the pack.

Jemstep helps individual investors manage their investments by providing guidance on what to buy, sell or hold for their retirement portfolio. Using proven portfolio modeling methods, Jemstep chalks out a plan to create the maximum return for their portfolio while keeping in mind the appropriate level of risk each user is ready to take.

The much talked about Twitter IPO is behind us, but all eyes are still on the company to see what it has in the works after going public. In this post, we’ll look at Twitter’s contribution to real-time analytics, which is not just one of the hottest topics within big data today, but one which Twitter has excelled in.

In the 2nd part of this series we are going to have a look at another finance app with an amazing dashboard—Toshl Finance. Like Money Dashboard, Toshl is a money tracker and budgeting tool which lets you manage your expenses and income using a dashboard. Where it lags behind Money Dashboard is that it does not allow automatic import of data from your bank accounts. Every income and expense data has to be entered manually. Where it wins over Money Dashboard is its multi-platform availability—in addition to a well-designed web app, it supports iOS, Android, Symbian and Windows and syncs smoothly across different devices. Without further ado let’s have a closer look at the app dashboard.

Last week, we looked at how we got from relational databases to big data and real-time analytics. This week, we’re taking a deep-dive into how a real-time business intelligence system works. If you’ve used a real-time dashboard before, or are planning on building one in future, this post can serve as a primer to help you understand what happens behind the scenes, and how the real-time data reaches your dashboard.