We are inundated and surrounded by Big Data. So much so, that it is very difficult to wrap your mind around how to use all the information that pelts us from all directions every day. Understanding how to use Big Data is becoming imperative for organizations and data visualization is the method to turn data into understandable information. In Phil Simon’s latest book, The Visual Organization, he uses easy-to-understand explanations and real-world examples from a variety of organizations to help you visualize (pun intended) how your organization could use data visualization. Starting with an example of how a data visualization company made it big, Phil shows how the rapid innovation and quickly changing industry of d.v. has opportunities for big disruptions in every field. Organizations of every kind and size would find this book a helpful primer and resource on the way to becoming a visual organization.
Why & How to Use Data Visualization
Divided into four sections, The Visual Organization is a pleasant and interesting read straight-through, but also allows more experienced individuals to skip to the most important sections. You will get an understanding of what data visualization (d.v.) is, why you should care, why some level of d.v. is vital for every organization and how higher levels of d.v. can improve your business strategy by better informing key decisions. One size does not fit every organization, especially for tools. Phil discusses a variety of data visualization tools from large enterprise vendors, open source tools and design firms.
What is a Visual Organization?
Key to becoming a visual organization is understanding what one actually looks like, beyond just concepts and tools to making d.v. an integral part of how the company operates. Phil uses real organizations in his case studies, which include large companies, small companies, non-profits and show many different ways to leverage d.v. to improve how the organizations operate.
Become a Visual Organization
Becoming a visual organization goes beyond just purchasing some d.v. tools, and Phil discusses steps, strategies, tips and insights to help you put d.v. into practice with a 4 level framework. Understanding what a visual organization would do when making business decisions is key to properly implement data visualization and Phil will help you navigate mistakes, myths and challenges in a real world execution.
Data Visualization Tools
As more data visualization tools come to market, the ability to analyze the wealth of information organizations collect will not only become easier, it will be vital to staying competitive. The easier it becomes to get good information from so much data, the more companies will start to leverage data visualization. Get ahead of the curve by reading Phil’s book to understand the how, what, and why of using data visualization for your organization.
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