I just came across this data visualization contest held by the U.S. Department of Transportation. I missed the whole thing. Did any of you hear about this? The idea was very interesting. Too bad it didn’t receive more publicity.
Dashboard designers and anyone who is mocking up business intelligence dashboards should avail themselves of the many free chart and graph icons that exist. Take a look at this screenshot and I think you’ll agree that these icons would work well for business intelligence applications.
You can download these icons and more at this link:
Available as a free download for a limited time, the “Inspire” Backend Admin Template is presented as a PSD (photoshop) file. Even if you can’t personally open a PSD file, you should download this very helpful template for your development team or user interface designer. They’ll love you for it.
Dashboard Spy readers are always interested in knowing how their salaries stack up against others. How much does their knowledge of business intelligence and enterprise dashboards translate to in terms of a salary difference?
Here’s a direct link to the 2012 annual Salary Guide for IT professionals from Robert Half Technology.
While the report won’t tell you exactly how much your dashboarding skills will bring, it does mention that the focus of Business Intelligence was rated as one of the top technical skills in demand according to the 1600 CIOs surveyed for the poll.
What exactly is data governance and why should you care?
Here are some characteristics of data governance programs. Data governance has a purpose, is cross-functional, requires resources (and hence project and program management requirements) and has multiple entry points.
Take a look at this excellent video to learn more:
And nor is this about the history of the pie chart. See The First Pie Chart (yes, you can see the very first pie chart!).
What I’m aiming at in this particular post is that what makes a pie chart compelling is simply the data itself. Data visualization is about telling a story. Yes, it’s got to be dramatic, compelling, obvious, and, of course, truthful.
I’m saying this because I came across a pie chart diagram in my email. It was from September 21, 2010 when the firm Canaccord first released a “buy” recommendation on Apple stock (then trading at $356 a share – now at $629, nearly a doubling of the price in less than 2 years). Here it is:
Wow – is that data compelling or what? Look at the incredible profitability relative to the market share.