Interactive Data Visualisation: The IT Perspective
The View from Behind the Curtain
While the most exciting aspects of interactive data visualisation may occur on the screens of users, it is always valuable to glance behind the scenes. Aberdeen surveyed 109 individuals in IT roles involved with business analytics, 49 of whom support interactive data virtualisation tools. This report offers the IT perspective on visual data discovery and highlights the differing practices and capabilities necessitated by interactivity.
The Pressures of Interactivity
As stewards of business data, IT personnel are responsible for making comprehensive and definitive information available for visual discovery. Data that paints an incomplete or skewed picture is misleading at best and potentially disastrous for interactive visualisation users.
Figure 1 shows that supporting interactive visuals and data discovery present specific pressures.
Governing Data and Managing Implementation
Figure 2 shows that while interactive visualisation is meant to help users discover new data and explore new angles towards business insight, that level of analytical freedom benefits from sound IT guidance and support.
IT departments with strong governance policies and capabilities will be more successful in getting the right information into the right hands for analysis.
If You Give IT a Cookie…
IT personnel are more than willing to take on the challenges of visual data discovery, but they may want something in return, such as data management and data quality tools.
IT Personnel using these tools to support interactive visualisation strive for the brass ring of data management: a single version of the truth. Data quality tools address the top IT pressure of incomplete or inaccurate data feeding analysis. These tools help IT spot problem data before it misinforms users.
Examining the challenges, strategies, and capabilities of interactive visualisation IT provides insights to achieve superior analytics and data management:
- IT personnel are worried about low quality data and information silos
- Interactive visualisation IT employs intelligent governance and implementation practices
- Technology begets technology
Pay attention to the people working behind the scenes, their insights can be just as valuable as the ones they help users generate.
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