(this is a repost from http://tableau7.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/tableau-reader/ )
March 31, 2012
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Here is an example of the Motion Chart, done in Tableau, similar to famous Hans Rosling’s presentation of Gapminder’s Motion Chart (an you need the free Tableau Reader or license to Tableau Desktop to see the automatic motion of the 6-dimensional dataset with all colored bubbles, resizing over time):
Please note that the same Motion Chart using Google Spreadsheets will run in browser just fine (I guess because Google “bought” Gapminder and kept its code intact):
March 20, 2012
In unusual, interesting (what it means? is it promising or what?) move the two Data Visualization leaders (Panopticon and Qliktech) partners today, see
“to offer enhanced, real-time visualization capabilities for the QlikView Business Discovery platform”.
Panopticon’s press-release looks overly submissive to me:
“As a member of QlikTech’s Qonnect Partner Program for Technology Partners, Panopticon supports QlikView desktop, web, and mobile interactive dashboards and allows users to filter and interact directly with real-time data. By integrating Panopticon into their systems, QlikView users can:
Federate reference and real-time streaming data as well as conflated time series data sets;
Connect to virtually any relational or column-oriented database, including tick databases;
Connect to real-time message queues;
Connect to Complex Event Processing (CEP) engines; and
Make full use of Panopticon’s library of visualizations designed specifically to analyze financial data.
The combined Panopticon-QlikView platform is now available for immediate installation.”
Qliktech is trying to be politically correct and its Michael Saliter, Senior Director Global Market Development – Financial Services at QlikTech said, “Our partnership with Panopticon allows us to incorporate leading real-time visualization capabilities into our QlikView implementations. We recognize the importance of providing our clients with truly up-to-date information, and this new approach supports that initiative. Our teams share a common philosophy about proper data visualization design. This made it easy to develop a unified approach to the presentation of real-time, time series, and static data in ways that people can understand in seconds.”
While I like when competitors are cooperating (it benefits users and hopefully improve sales for both vendors), I still have a question: Qliktech got a lot of money from IPO, had a lot of sales and hired a lot of people lately; why they (Qlikview Developers) was not able to develop real-time functionality themselves?
Hugh Heinsohn, VP of Panopticon, said to me: “we (Panopticon) don’t see ourselves as competitors – and neither do they (Qliktech). When you get into the details, we do different things and we’re working together closely now”
Another indirect sign of relationship between Panopticon and Qliktech is the recent inclusion of Måns Hultman, former CEO of QlikTech into the list of advisors for Panopticon’s Board of Directors.
Other questions are rising too: if Qliktech suddenly is open to integration with Panopticon, why not to integrate with Quantrix and R Library (I proposed integration with R a while ago). Similar questions applicable to Tableau Software…
March 11, 2012
I was silent for a while for a reason: I owe myself to read a big pile of books, articles and blog posts by many authors – I have to read it before I can write something myself. List is huge and it goes many weeks back! I will sample a sublist here with some relatively fresh reading materials in no particular order:
1. Excellent “Clearly and Simply” blog by Robert Mundigl, here are just 2 samples:
2. Interesting site dedicated to The Traveling Salesman Problem:
3. Excellent QV Design blog by Matthew Crowther, here are a few examples:
4. Good article by James Cheshire here:
5. Interesting blog by Josh Tapley: http://data-ink.com/
6. A must read blog of Stephen Wolfram, just take a look on his 2 last posts:
7. Nice post by my friend John Callan: http://community.qlikview.com/blogs/theqlikviewblog/2012/03/09/why-discovery-really-matters
8. I am trying to follow David Raab as much as I can:
9. As always, interesting articles from Timo Elliott: