People asked me why I am not blogging on so called big events like recent Microstrategy World 2011 and SAP’s release of BO4. I tried to avoid the answer, but here it is: I think that blogging about the Dimensionality of Charts is more important topic for Data Visualization and this is what I will do soon (done!). Update: I posted on this blog about Dimensionality of Visible Data and added a new page about Dimensionality of Charts in 2011.

I observed a huge spike of startup activity in Greater Boston area in 2011 and some startups show me their desperate need for Data Visualization. I had approximately the same discussion with them:

  • they generate huge datasets, like application and user logs or network traffic, online and streaming advertisements impressions etc.
  • what advise I can give  can them, so they can choose between development of own visualization “platform” or they will partner with DV Leaders?

My answer depends on situation but I noticed that in most cases I came up with the same advise:

do not re-invent the wheel and use existing tools (for time-to-market) instead of creating own “intellectual property”. Funny that most choose to develop own DV tools, because they think they can do it cheaper and better then Spotfire, Qlikview or Tableau.

That stupidity prompted me to accelerate the writing for DV Architecture and DV Development pages, which was under constructions for a few months.

I guess these pages will be published soon (hopefully in 2011, I am so busy, that I do not have enough free time for my own blog) – I want to clarify my arguments and help to prevent the waste of time and money for multiple companies.

The picture below is not from my neighborhood but rather from my dream about Spring, since awful Winter 2010-2011 (I got 7+ feet of snow to remove from my driveway during last 4 months, see the 2nd picture from the top of this page) hopefully will end soon and to celebrate that I am planning to blog about Vizubi (done!),

upcoming new release of Omniscope (it took Visokio more then a year from 2.5 to 2.6!). and as I promised above (still working on it, it turned out to be the time-consuming topics) – about DV Architecture and DV Development

as well as about big differences between Data Visualization and Infographics (a.k.a Data Representation or Data Slides

Rephrasing the Beatles: all we need is time:

Meanwhile, New York City prices up by 14% since last year.

Workstation for DV

It turned out that (as of 8/14/2011) HP beats Dell, Lenovo and other producers of Mobile Workstations, suitable for Data Visualization products: you can get HP dv7t Quadro Edition with i& quadcore, 16GB RAM, 750GB Hard disk, Full HD Display, Blue-Ray Disk reader/DVD writer, 802.11n WLAN, USB3, Bluetooth, HDMI, VGA, WiDi, Webcam, microphone and speakers for $1759…

Color and Price
dark umber, $1,758.99 total
Weight and Size 6.72lb, 16.38″W, 10.83″D, 1.24″(min H)/1.42″(max H)
Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS and recovery media System Recovery DVD with Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor 2nd generation Intel(R) Quad Core(TM) i7-2630QM (2.0 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) w/Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz
Graphics card 1GB GDDR5 Radeon(TM) HD 6490M Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
Memory 16GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive FREE Upgrade to 750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
Office software No Additional Office Software
Security software No additional security software
Primary battery 30% OFF! High Capacity 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (standard) – Up to 5.5 hours of battery life +++
Display 17.3″ diagonal Full HD HP Anti-glare LED Display (1920 x 1080)
Primary optical drive FREE Upgrade to Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
Personalization HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone and HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
Networking Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) with Wireless Display Support
Keyboard Standard Keyboard with numeric keypad

What A Wonderful World

Below is Design (named “Thanks Steve”, of course) by Jonathan Mak.



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