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This is the first post in our series ‘Principles of Data Visualization’ #PoDV How often have you bolted on a dashboard to an almost finished product, and promptly shipped it? How often have you built a business dashboard using the most convenient chart type you could get your hands on in five minutes? How often… Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s data digest post is chock full of the best news and updates on data visualization. This first post gets right to the heart of what data visualization is all about. It’s a compilation of views from four different experts in the field, who offer unique, and valuable insights from their experience. Here’s the video… Read the rest of this entry »

So your CEO read about data-driven decisions as the in-thing and realized that the information dashboard is the Holy Grail he was looking for to improve the engagement quotient of his product. You have been given the mandate to create that masterpiece. But hey, wait! before you set on your expedition, here are our ten… Read the rest of this entry »

"FusionCharts mocks open source but uses it extensively," ran a headline on our Twitter feed yesterday. Curtis Poe, a freelance Perl developer and consultant from France, had written a blog post arguing that when we said “hobby projects don't cut it for enterprise-grade applications” and called ourselves “JavaScript Charts for the grown-ups” on our homepage… Read the rest of this entry »

The President's State of the Union address generates a lot of tweets and is a great candidate for visualization. That's just what Twitter did this year in their #SOTU2014 visualization. In this post, we take a look at what the visualization gets right, and what it could have done better. Edward Tufte, a data visualization… Read the rest of this entry »

One of the earliest applications of real-time analytics was in manufacturing plants to monitor the performance and health of their systems in real-time. Data like temperature, weight, and volume were monitored by sensors embedded at strategic points in a manufacturing system. These sensors would update monitoring dashboards in real-time, giving visibility and control over the performance, and output. Not just in systems, but RFID technology and surveillance cameras drastically increased the applications of real-time analytics in security, and human resource allocation in these manufacturing plants. It would be only a matter of time till this kind of recording of real world information was made possible outside the manufacturing, and industrial sectors.

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.

In businesses globally, perhaps the first and most important use of real-time analytics is seen in the IT department. Keeping all servers, and applications up and running at all times is no mean task. IT professionals rely on real-time dashboards day in and day out to help them with their time-sensitive, critical, and complex job of managing a business’s IT infrastructure.