Data Visualization: Not Just a Pretty Picture

By: Debbie King

Data visualization, at its best, delivers important information in compelling, easy-to-read, visually appealing representations. It is a key to successful business intelligence projects and enables associations to quickly see and understand patterns that represent opportunities and challenges.

It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand numbers, and there is hard science to back this up. The human brain processes images three times faster than text, and our brains excel at the task of subtle pattern detection and interpretation of meaning. ...