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Choosing a real-time charting solution can be confusing with the plethora of options available. There are many different approaches, technologies, tools, and terms to keep in mind. However, before we discuss choosing a visualization tool, it’s important to understand of how visualization fits into the larger system it’s part of.

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.