Business Intelligence, Data Visualisation, Diversity, PowerBI, Tableau

Business data: 2D or 3D?

One debate in data visualisation can be found in the deployment of 2D or 3D charts. Here is an interesting assessment here, conducted by Alasdair Aitchison, and it is well worth a read.3D visualisations are good for certain types of data e.g. spatial data. One good example of 3D in Spatial analysis is given by… Continue reading Business data: 2D or 3D?

Business Intelligence, Data Visualisation, Diversity, Tableau

The UK Tableau User Group committee are delighted to announce the Keynote speaker for our next event is Stephen Few. If you would like to register for this event, please do visit the registration site here. Stephen writes the quarterly Visual Business Intelligence Newsletter, speaks and teaches internationally, and provides design consulting. In 2004 he wrote the first… Continue reading

Business Intelligence, Data Visualisation, Tableau

SQL Denali Connect Item Dashboard

Dashboards are for everyone, but it is important to provide the correct type of dashboard for the various sets of people who are consuming the data. The dashboards are both designed differently, and function differently. There are three main types of dashboard: Dashboard Type Purpose Audience Components Operational Monitor Operational DashboardScorecard Faceted Analytical Tracking Analysis… Continue reading SQL Denali Connect Item Dashboard

Business Intelligence, Data Visualisation, PowerBI, PowerPivot, Tableau

Tableau and PowerPivot – a subversive partnership?

From the Tableau perspective, why is PowerPivot a credible data source? Since PowerPivot is a 'user-oriented' tool rather than an IT-oriented tool, it is possible that its complexity and offering can be overlooked. PowerPivot fits well with Tableau, which is also aimed at the business user audience. This blog offers a preview of some of the… Continue reading Tableau and PowerPivot – a subversive partnership?

Business Intelligence, Community, Data Visualisation, Tableau, Women In Tech

Dashboard Design using Microsoft Connect item data for SQL Server Denali

I am presenting at the SQLPass '24Hop' 'Women in Technology' event on March 15th 2011. The topic is Dashboard Design and Practice using SSRS, and this blog is focused on a small part of the overall SQLPass presentation. Here, I will talk about some of the design around a dashboard which displays information about the… Continue reading Dashboard Design using Microsoft Connect item data for SQL Server Denali

Business Intelligence, Community, Data Visualisation, Tableau

SQLBits Feedback Post-Mortem

Recently, I did a presentation at on report design in SSRS at SQLBits, which is Europe's largest SQL Server community conference. If you are interested, please click here to go and view the video.The attendees are encouraged to submit session feedback. I have decided to visualise the feedback that I was given for my session… Continue reading SQLBits Feedback Post-Mortem

Business Intelligence, Tableau, Thought Leadership

Intelligent Laziness: Connecting to a GoDaddy SQL Server using SSIS and Tableau

I try to apply the principle of Intelligent Laziness to make life as straightforward as possible. It's hard to find meaning and clarity in a world that guarantees neither, and the Absurd perspective means that I do not stop trying in any case. Please note that I'm not associated with GoDaddy in any way, and I'll… Continue reading Intelligent Laziness: Connecting to a GoDaddy SQL Server using SSIS and Tableau

Data Visualisation, Tableau

World Cup Hosting Dashboard created with Tableau Software

I haven't had fun with Tableau for a little while, so now I've had some time to create my first dashboard using Tableau 6.0 Basically, this dashboard aims to display the number of times that different countries, in different FIFA zones, have hosted the Football World Cup. A few things to note:This dashboard is hosted at… Continue reading World Cup Hosting Dashboard created with Tableau Software

Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, PowerBI, SQLServerPedia Syndication, Tableau

Project Crescent in Denali: BISM Summary

There has been a lot of buzz from SQLPass and in the SQL Server community about the Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM), which will be used to 'power' access to the data for the Microsoft Business Intelligence applications such as Excel, Reporting Services (SSRS) and Sharepoint. It is also intended that Project Crescent, the new… Continue reading Project Crescent in Denali: BISM Summary

Business Intelligence, PowerBI, Tableau

Project Crescent in Denali: great news for business users, but what about Tableau?

I'm often asked, as I was yesterday by Rob Farley: do you think that Microsoft would consider purchasing Tableau? For those of you who don't know, Tableau is 'rapid-fire' self-service business intelligence, aimed at the business user masses; simple data visualisation, made easy with connections to the Microsoft DataMarket, Teradata, SQL Server, Oracle, Excel and so… Continue reading Project Crescent in Denali: great news for business users, but what about Tableau?