Data visualization is the graphical translation and representation of information into a visual context. Using techniques such as charts, graphs and maps, it enables visual communication and exploration of qualitative and quantitative data by highlighting key changes, patterns and trends that make it easier for people to identify relevant insights and make informed decisions.
As a core business intelligence and data analytics capability today, data visualization is typically used to measure business performance and provide a visual overview of large data-sets that can be more efficiently analyzed than data in its raw form. Examples of visualizations include bar, flow, line and pie charts, heat and tree maps, histograms, infographics and scatter plots.
Benefits of Data Visualization for ISV and Enterprise
Data visualization improves the accessibility and value of data within a business by allowing non-statistically trained users to rapidly gain insights about key decisions, and enhances the analysis of experienced data analysts and scientists by visualizing complex metrics or numerical outputs into quick and efficient visual information. When used correctly, it effectively transforms organizational data into easily digestible and actionable business communications for everyone.
- It makes the distribution of critical information and sharing of insights much easier for everyone involved
- Help tell a story that transforms content into something more immersive, helping boost user adoption and buy-in of analytics
- Provides a visual way to explore changes and trends and communicates the next steps to improve performance in a more interactive manner
- Visual overviews of large data-sets allow users to identify key information much faster, improve their ability to glean relevant insights and act
Data Visualization: Best Practices and Tips
The rise and prevalence of big data today has made data visualization more important than before, as the sheer volume of incoming data requires a way to sort through complex information and cleanly present the most critical areas for stakeholders to glean insights fast. To better understand why you need data visualization, watch our webinar to learn how to choose, design and deliver the best visualizations to effectively communicate the significance of your metrics and trends.
Data Visualization in action: Yellowfin Interactive Dashboard Gallery
Data visualization capabilities differs from platform to platform. To see the rich data storytelling and visualization features of Yellowfin BI for yourself, we recommend visiting our interactive dashboard gallery.