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Data Fluency

By : Zach Gemignani, Chris Gemignani, Richard Galentino, Patrick Schuermann, Nathan Yau‚ÄØ
Book Image

Data Fluency

By: Zach Gemignani, Chris Gemignani, Richard Galentino, Patrick Schuermann, Nathan Yau‚ÄØ

Overview of this book

Analytical data is a powerful tool for growing companies, but what good is it if it hides in the shadows? Bring your data to the forefront with effective visualization and communication approaches and let?Data Fluency:?Empowering Your Organization with Effective Communication?show you the best tools and strategies for getting the job done right. Learn the best practices of data presentation and the ways that reporting and dashboards can help organizations effectively gauge performance, identify areas for improvement, and communicate results. Topics covered in the book include data reporting and communication, audience and user needs, data presentation tools, layout and styling, and common design failures. Those responsible for analytics, reporting, or BI implementation will find a refreshing take on data and visualization in this resource, as will report, data visualization, and dashboard designers.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Free Chapter
1
Foreword
12
Titlepage
13
Copyright
14
Dedication
15
About the Authors
16
Credits
17
Acknowledgments
18
End-User License Agreement

Turning Data into Action

I was presenting to an audience about the untapped value of data when I saw a hand shoot up in the back of the room. It belonged to a serial entrepreneur who I had known for years. He commented to the crowd, “Data isn’t valuable. In fact, it is costly. Think about all the money that goes into gathering, storage, management, and software. The insights that can be found in the data, isn’t that what’s valuable?” He offered a valuable distinction. But maybe we should go further. It is only through actions taken that true value that can be unleashed from data.

The data industrial complex—big business intelligence providers like IBM, MicroStrategy, and SAP—have plenty of incentive to make you believe that gathering more data is a source of value. More data needs more powerful tools with complex feature sets. Bigger data is better data.

Don’t buy it.

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