As if our data didn’t have enough problems

The assessment of worldwide threats issued yesterday by director of national intelligence James Clapper has one more topic for panel discussions at data-industry events. The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community says the Ruskies, Chinese, and others will “almost certainly” try to do more with our data than to steal it. Future cyber… Continue Reading

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Alteryx and Tableau, yin and yang

Many of those who watch the amazing acrobatics in Tableau or other visualization tool find there’s one more spectacle to come: setting up the data — cleaning it, fixing incomplete sets, combining sources, and so on. Only when that’s over can real analysis be done. Many advanced users still prefer to use a specialized tool… Continue Reading

Tableau’s storytelling, conversation, and journalism

I imagine the Tableau marketers sitting down over the coming year’s menu of trends. “What, storytelling again?” one says as if dreading the taste of dim sum for the hundredth time. Storytelling was a staple there at the trendy headquarters. The research department had not too long ago lured Robert Kosara away from an academic… Continue Reading

The best data passes right under our noses in conversation

How would a prospective exhibitor or attendee at a TDWI conference know whether time spent there would be worthwhile? If we took the business intelligence industry’s premise seriously, if we ate our own dog food, the data would dictate. But can data really tell the whole story? To start, I counted a mere 18 booths… Continue Reading

Data storytelling: promoted but barely researched

Data storytelling struck a chord with the data industry when Tom Davenport, of Competing on Analytics fame, gave it his blessing two years ago. Storytelling was a data scientist’s most important function, he said. Enthusiasts responded with columns, papers, and blog posts — but most of it did little more than echo Tom. Fine, we… Continue Reading

Google guys come to shake up BI with natural language

Kindergarten may have taught you all you need to know about life. But you may need to watch “Mr. Peabody and His Boy Sherman,” an animated, 1960s-era TV series for kids, to truly appreciate an interesting new natural-language product called ThoughtSpot. ThoughtSpot’s natural-language querying represents a new stage of maturity for casual BI users —… Continue Reading

Lending a hand to would-be storytellers

Advocating data storytelling is easy. But actually making a data story out of data is something else. As much as storytelling could help to deliver meaning, says one consultant who works up close to the action, many data analysts just don’t even know where to start. “If no one teaches you how to tell a… Continue Reading