I’ll Take Some Science with My Art

April 8, 2014

We’ve kicked off some amazing new content around Pentaho’s data visualization and dashboard capabilities that you won’t want to miss.

For those of you who don’t know, we have a team of in-house data design experts who specialize in creating 100% tailored analytics experiences for organizations with unique visualization and user interface needs. The team creates Pentaho platform solutions to business problems presented in a visual, elegant and intuitive fashion. And now, we’ve taken the opportunity to share that process with you in The Fine Art of Business Intelligence.

FineArt_Before

from ‘back of the napkin’…

FineArt_After

…to stellar visualization

What’s so special about this content is that it starts with sketches and business objectives (the kind our team receives all the time) – and provides visual design proposals and recommendations to satisfy those needs. We see too often in the BI marketplace an emphasis on ‘pretty pictures’ without consideration for guiding goals and strategy.  As you might expect, we at Pentaho believe that beautiful visuals can (and must) solve business challenges before all else – hence the ‘Fine’ in ‘Fine Art’.

There’s also a little something for everyone on the Fine Art of BI pages – with examples addressing real needs in social media marketing, finance and investing, telecom, and healthcare.

Additionally, in conjunction with this project, we’ve  collected visualization and dashboard best practices from our in-house design experts and shared them in this quick project guide. It’s definitely worth a read if you are struggling with how to begin your project, which visualizations you should consider, or what dashboard layout makes sense. The guide (and the Fine Art of BI samples) highlight a few key themes that are broadly applicable:

  • You need to have a plan before anything else: This includes considering the high-level organizational goals, analytics user needs, relevant and measurable KPIs, as well as data readiness. If your visualizations and dashboards are to be effectively utilized, they must align with the right user and business objectives.
  • Less tends to be more: Don’t put too many charts in your dashboard, don’t insert complex overlays on your location visualizations, and don’t discount a simple yet elegant bar chart (it may be the best way to convey information).
  • Engagement drives adoption: Whether in the form of interactive hover and drill-down features, eye-catching theming and branding, or embedding analytics into existing applications – the more effectively you can engage your users, the more likely they will be to continue to use your analytics.

In case you missed it before, here’s another link to the Fine Art of BI. We’d also recommend this Visualization Paper from TDWI for further reading.

Finally, here is a link to more information regarding our Custom Visualization and UI Design services offerings.

Ben Hopkins
Product Marketing Manager
Pentaho

Webdetails and the art of the possible

April 22, 2013

wd_pentaho_horizontalIn business analytics, we hear so much these days about the growing role that data scientists play in helping organizations tap into big data to reach their goals. However, in certain scenarios, from hospitals to hospitality, information also needs to be designed with a combination of style, accessibility and consistency. In these cases, sometimes you may also need a data artist!

With that, I am very pleased to announce today that Webdetails, an exceptionally talented team of ‘data artists’ based in Portugal, have joined the Pentaho family through acquisition. Webdetails’ team of 20 will join our global development team, adding advanced capabilities in high-end, user interface design. Many of our customers and users reading this will already be familiar with Webdetails’ popular CTools plug-ins for creating dashboards and reports.

For several years now, Webdetails has been serving Pentaho customers including 4SightBI, St. Antonius Hospital, and our award-winning customer Stonegate Senior Living, showing them ‘the art of the possible’ when it comes to visually presenting their data. With its expertise in custom visual interfaces, if a customer can imagine it, Webdetails can create it using its CTools plugins and Pentaho’s extensible platform.

Finally, I am delighted that Webdetails’ Founder Pedro Alves, a respected, active member of the Pentaho open source community, will take on the new role of Senior VP, Community for Pentaho, as well as continue in his role as General Manager of Webdetails. Pedro is ideal for this role, having recently collaborated with us to launch the Pentaho Marketplace, where developers can share, install and load cool plug-ins.

So dare to dream! If you want to create interfaces that dazzle and delight your users, visit Pentaho.com and let us show you the art of the possible.

Quentin


Pentaho Olympic Analytics: Flat File to Analytics in Olympic Speed

August 20, 2012

We were big fans of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games and enjoyed analyzing all of the data associated with the event. You may have seen the many Olympics dashboards we shared over the past couple weeks on our Facebook page here, here and here. Wayne Johnson, Senior Sales Engineer at Pentaho put together a behind the scenes video to demonstrate how easy it was to create the Olympic dashboards and reports using Pentaho. Check it out:


Olympic Analysis Using Pentaho

July 30, 2012

In honor of the Olympics…here is an Analytical Dashboard I created to compare and contrast the medaling countries from 1976 to 2008. Enjoy.

Wayne Johnson
Senior Sales Engineer

This blog was originally posted Wayne’s blog, Business Intelligence in Real Life


Part 3: Easily prototyping your data

July 29, 2010


Prototyping as defined in information systems is:

The process of building an example or model of the actual proposed system. It is an iterative process that is part of the analysis phase of the development life cycle.

In Part 3 of this tutorial series I will show you how you can easily “prototype” your data within the Pentaho User Console by using the Dashboard Designer and its Data Access component. Part 3 picks up after we have configured our server side Pentaho Data Connections to connect to Oracle and MS SQL Server. In this tutorial I will also cover the Pentaho BI Server start up procedures on both the Linux and Windows operating systems.

You are able to download the video or view it in high quality directly from this blog. Click ‘share’ in the video window to see the available options.

Mike Tarallo
Pre-Sales Director
Pentaho


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