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6 big data visualization project ideas and tools Posted on Nov 03 - 2018

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These data visualization project examples and tools illustrate how enterprises are expanding the use of "data viz" tools to get a better look at big data.

Enterprise analytics and data visualization has traditionally been performed by data analysts to get insights into sales, efficiency, operations or to improve customer behavior. These tools have been adapted for use by more types of people who have found new uses for data visualization.

These six big data visualization project examples and tools illustrate how enterprises are starting to expand the use of these tools to get a better look at the data they collect.

1. Bring big data visualization up front

Enterprises are finding ways to create data visualization front ends that can be explored by front-line workers.

"We've seen interesting examples of enterprise employees creating long-form data stories with rich narratives and interactive visualizations that guide their stakeholders toward insights that support high-impact business decisions," said Nick Mihailovski, lead product manager for Data Studio at Google.

Rather than have developers create a purpose-built app, enterprises can wire up Google's Data Studio to their data sources, then create and style a simple UI with Analytics Canvas.

Another exciting area is the intersection of self-service and enterprise BI. Traditionally, central teams control BI usage, but increasingly, companies are enabling entry-level users who are closer to business problems to use BI tools on their own. Using enterprise-level auditing, central teams can scale globally while ensuring the proper governance and security is in place, Mihailovski said.

2. Connect time and space

Another promising data visualization project with big data analytics is location intelligence, which makes sense of patterns that span time, space, and customer behavior.

"Location intelligence is more than visualizing information on a map," said Nima Negahban, CTO and co-founder of Kinetica, a big data analytics provider. "It allows businesses to drill down and analyze location and time data together to better understand the entity that is most valuable to them." View More

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