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bpierce

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For the October/November/December 2014 Visual Business Intelligence Newsletter article, titled Display Platforms for Quantitative Information, Stephen describes the six purposes for which data displays are typically used and categorizes eight display platforms based on these purposes, examining how they're alike and how they differ across several characteristics.

What are your thoughts about the article? We invite you to post your comments here.

-Bryan
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It seems to be a good categorisation. I haven't fully digested it yet so for now, related to Urgency of Response, I just have an initial thought on a point that immediately stands out to me. We often use Analytical Applications or Exploratory Data Analysis Tools to assist in problem solving and the urgency is very much High rather than Low. Perhaps it's not a general case
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Peter,

There are many specific circumstances that will stand out as exceptions to these general categories. While it is true that a sense of urgency can fuel data analysis, this sense of urgency is not usually as great or in need of as immediate a response as it is in a monitoring situation. In fact, when data analysis is fueled by an extreme sense of urgency, it is usually triggered by information that was presented by a monitoring display.

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Hi Stephen, yes, agreed. Thanks
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Hi Stephen,

I've been following you and your team's work for about 8 years and evangelize it regularly.  I work in an Analytics COE in a corporation with 90k employees.  I'm exposed to a lot of analytics content.  I find that a great deal of the applications I see are:

  • Dashboard on page 1 (monitoring at a glance)
  • Guided analysis pages on page 2-x
  • Dashboard on page 1 has links to guided analysis pages 2-x so folks can drill into why there is an exception(s) on page 1
What are your thoughts on what to call this combination as I think it can be useful to have a common description across our corporation?   Here are some of my ideas
  • Monitoring and Analytical Application (mouthful)
  • Dashboard and Analytical Application (mouthful)
  • Analytical Application (happens to have a Dashboard in it, violates current definition in this pdf but short)
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rgroening,

This is a fairly typical arrangement: a dashboard (monitoring display) complemented by analytical applications that are needed when particular conditions arise. As you're finding, trying to come up with good names for combinations such as this can be challenging. I typically refer to this as a "monitoring application" or "monitoring system." All dashboards are complemented by at least one other form of display. Other dashboards, lookup reports, and analytical applications are typically needed to build a complete monitoring system. Your term "Monitoring and Analytical Application" describes it clearly, but is a bit of a mouthful, as you pointed out, but it's not so much of a mouthful that anyone will choke on it. Within your own organization, I wouldn't stress too much over naming this. What matters is that, when you give it a name, introduce it with a clear description and then use this name consistently.

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