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Data Visualizations: The Tip of the Iceberg of Understanding

Erica Driver - February 24, 2013

Thanks to Tom Mackay, principal solution architect at QlikTech, I recently came upon the article “Seven Dirty Secrets of Data Visualisation,” by programmer Nate Agrin and data…

Uncategorized
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Eyewitnesses Get It Wrong: An Argument for Data-Driven Decision Making

Erica Driver - February 6, 2013

A nighttime murder took place in 1991 in Linwood, California. Half a dozen teenaged eyewitnesses picked a man out of a lineup and he was eventually convicted.…

Big Data
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The Information Is Already There—Making It Understandable Is the Hard Part

Erica Driver - January 9, 2013

The concept of information overload is familiar to anyone reading this blog. But I recently watched the December, 2012 TEDxUtrecht video, “From Information to Understanding–Solving the Small…

Business Intelligence
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Data Storytelling: More Immersive and Easier on the Brain

Erica Driver - September 25, 2012

I recently read The Art of Immersion by self-described digital anthropologist Frank Rose – a book about how the Internet is changing storytelling. I recently read The…

Best Practices
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The Right Stuff: Final Episode in the “Potholes of BI” Series

Erica Driver - September 13, 2012

Thanks to inputs from more than a dozen BI experts at QlikTech, during the last couple of weeks I’ve written several articles about potholes in the road…

Best Practices
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The Elephant and the Cheetah: Episode 2 in the “Potholes of BI” Series

Erica Driver - September 6, 2012

You don’t want to be an elephant if you’re a BI (business intelligence) project. Nothing against elephants – they are beautiful creatures, the largest land animals on…

Analytics
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Spurring Growth in the UK Economy with Data Analysis

Erica Driver - August 4, 2012

At a time when the UK is engulfed in Olympics excitement, it’s easy to overlook other items on the news agenda. But recent reports on the state…

Best Practices
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When “Little Data” Can Do the Trick

Erica Driver - June 19, 2012

Sometimes it’s good to step out of one’s normal activities just to see what ideas get sparked or unexpected connections you make. Last week I went to…

Analytics
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The Dark Matter of Data

Erica Driver - June 5, 2012

“I think there’s a sense that many of us have that the great age of exploration on earth is over. That for the next generation they’re going…

Analytics
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Decision Making Is Inherently Collaborative

Erica Driver - June 2, 2012

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) recently published the “2012 issue 1” edition of its quarterly journal, “Technology Forecast.” This issue is chock full of perspectives and case studies about…