Data Visualization Technologies
Enterprises today gather an unprecedented amount of data every single day. This could be data from productivity tools, project management tools, application performance reports, data from the Continuous Deployment(CD) pipeline, and a multitude of other sources. Every department and level of your enterprise can take well-informed, data-driven decisions when this is presented in visual, easily understandable, interactive formats.
Data visualization leads an analyst from one question to the next and helps in exploratory analysis of past data for business performance. Data visualization is also very effective while doing diagnostic analytics and answering “why” you are faced with certain business scenarios. A quick scatter plot, time series forecast, and cluster analysis can unfold many interesting stories that lead the analyst to further questions and statistical testing.
Additionally, over the years, technological innovations have brought down the cost associated with storing, managing and processing the data and enterprises are exploiting this fact by increasing investments in data visualization and analytics technology to get the competitive advantage by using data based decision making.
At Srijan, we are experienced at working with several open-source and licensed data visualization tools, and implementing them for enterprises. These allow business users to collect, clean, transform and organize data to yield meaningful cause-and-effect relationships. You can organize the data visually to answer key business questions, and slice and dice the data as required. These also aid in scenario building, and spotting trends and relationships between different variables.
Here are some of the popular data visualization tools we have experience with:
Tableau is one the leading data visualization and BI tools available, featured in the Gartner’s magic quadrant as a leader in the category for five straight years. It is being used in a wide range of industries such as banking, healthcare, education, and entertainment. It can work with different kinds of data environments like Excel, Hadoop, SQL, SAS, and SAP. The ability of Tableau to create data visualizations without having to write any code is one of its most appealing features. It means that once your data is organized, the actual creation of a visualization dashboard is not a very time consuming process.
We’ve worked with some large data sets on Tableau to create a few experimental data stories. It gives you a great way to create interactive dashboards, and stories that can visualize the impact of changing variables on a data set.
Spotfire is a licensed business intelligence tool that can be leveraged to perform content analytics in addition to data visualization, data augmentation, and real-time analytics. Like Tableau, it can pull data from many kinds of sources(data environments), and can be implemented across a wide range of industries. The Enterprise Analytics platform in Spotfire enables every employee to discover new insights from the data and information generated everyday.
PowerBI is a licensed data visualization tool by Microsoft that provides interactive dashboards. Its drag-drop canvas enables you to create a broad range of real-time data visualization experiences, without having to depend on a technical or database team.
However, the benefits of PowerBI are best leveraged when it has been properly deployed on your enterprise architecture. Srijan’s team can assist in implementing PowerBI for your enterprise by following industry best practices, ensuring a scalable and easy-to-maintain system.
One of the key features of Highcharts is that under any of the licenses, free or not, you can download the source code and make your own edits. However, building visualizations with code requires a specific skill set, and Srijan has the requisite expertise. We have successfully created and implemented Highchart visualization on several projects, and are also adept at integrating the Highcharts API with Drupal.
However, once again, D3.js is truly leveraged only with the help of an expert team at your disposal. Srijan teams are capable of combining your data visualization requirements with their technical expertise to create highly interactive dashboards that serve your business needs.
If your enterprise is ready to take a data-driven approach to decision making, data visualization is the way to go. And irrespective of the tool you choose, Srijan’s data visualization teams are ready to assist. Let’s start a conversation on how we can help.