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When Data Visualization Works — And When It Doesn't

When Data Visualization Works — And When It Doesn't | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it

 

I am uncomfortable with the growing emphasis on big data and its stylist, visualization. Don't get me wrong — I love infographic representations of large data sets. The value of representing information concisely and effectively dates back to Florence Nightingale, when she developed a new type of pie chart to clearly show that more soldiers were dying from preventable illnesses than from their wounds. On the other hand, I see beautiful exercises in special effects that show off statistical and technical skills, but do not clearly serve an informing purpose. That's what makes me squirm.

Ultimately, data visualization is about communicating an idea that will drive action. Understanding the criteria for information to provide valuable insights and the reasoning behind constructing data visualizations will help you do that with efficiency and impact.

For information to provide valuable insights, it must be interpretable, relevant, and novel. With so much unstructured data today, it is critical that the data being analyzed generate interpretable information. Collecting lots of data without the associated metadata — such as what is it, where was it collected, when, how and by whom — reduces the opportunity to play with, interpret, and gain insights from the data. It must also be relevant to the persons who are looking to gain insights, and to the purpose for which the information is being examined. Finally, it must be original, or shed new light on an area. If the information fails any one of these criteria, then no visualization can make it valuable. That means that only a tiny slice of the data we can bring to life visually will actually be worth the effort.

Once we've narrowed the universe of data down to those that satisfy these three requirements, we must also understand the legitimate reasons to construct data visualizations, and recognize what factors affect the quality of data visualizations. There are three broad reasons for visualizing data:

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Presentation: Service Infrastructure and Server Virtualization

Presentation: Service Infrastructure and Server Virtualization | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Jian Zhong and Eric Cole present the infrastructure virtualization, SOA and Agile development methodology used by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). By Jian Zhong, Eric Cole
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EMC and VMware’s Pivotal Moment

EMC and VMware’s Pivotal Moment | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
EMC and VMware’s pivotal moment has officially spun off and the Pivotal Initiative, a big data and cloud platform company is slated to go public according to EMC CEO Joe Tucci while speaking with investors at an event in New York.
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VMware Fleshes Out SDN Strategy with NSX

VMware Fleshes Out SDN Strategy with NSX | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
VMware has added some significant meat to the bones of its Software Defined Data Center Strategy with the announcement of the VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform.
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VMware Announces New Hybrid Cloud Service | Forrester Blogs

VMware Announces New Hybrid Cloud Service | Forrester Blogs | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it

So VMware is not afraid of the public cloud after all. With the announcement of a forthcoming (later in 2013) VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, the virtualization leader reboots its cloud message for the enterprise. VMware will offer its own public cloud infrastructure service built on the same technology stack it offers to vCloud Datacenter service provider partners. That includes the vSphere foundation and the vCloud Director (with vCloud Connector) multi-tenancy and on-boarding tools, plus vCloud Networking and Security. VMware will add on a new public-focused portal and additional provisioning tools, and promises to share those capabilities with service providers as well, but it's not yet clear how and where VMware will differentiate and compete. If VMware offers better access controls and financial management tools, for example, than its partners, on the same platform, why would the partners not look to an open source alternative? That’s certainly a risk.

But it’s a risk VMware is willing to take to reclaim its credibility as a cloud (not just data center) infrastructure management leader. The company is betting on a shift in who buys cloud services and what those new buyers want – and wants to both enable and accelerate that shift. Most public cloud buying in the enterprise has been driven by business-aligned development teams who use public clouds like Amazon AWS to build quickly, test, and deploy new web-centric apps. Once cloud apps are in production, however, someone’s got to operate them. That’s where VMware’s traditional buyer, the I&O professional, comes in. I&O buyers want to use the tools they know and love to provision, maintain, secure, optimize, and control cloud apps, and for many that means VMware VMs and management tools.

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VMware CMO Rick Jackson On His Way Out, Transitioned To SVP Role

VMware CMO Rick Jackson On His Way Out, Transitioned To SVP Role | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
More changing of the guard among the leadership ranks at VMware. CMO Rick Jackson is on his way out of the enterprise software company. He’s stepping down as CMO moving into SVP role, although he’ll remain CMO until a replacement is found.
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The VMware Community Has the Innovator’s Dilemma | Forrester Blogs

The VMware Community Has the Innovator’s Dilemma | Forrester Blogs | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it

This week at the VMware Partner ExchangeCEO Pat Gelsinger and his executive staff decided todemonize Amazon Web Services and their public cloud brethren in a very short sighted defensive move that frankly betrays the fact that they don’t understand the disruption they are facing. Pat, you and your market have the Innovator’s Dilemma and the enemy isn’t public cloud but private clouds.

According to CRN’s article on the event, Gelsinger was quoted as saying, “"We want to own corporate workloads. We all lose if they end up in these commodity public clouds. We want to extend our franchise from the private cloud into the public cloud and uniquely enable our customers with the benefits of both. Own the corporate workload now and forever."

Forgive my frankness, Mr. Gelsinger, but you just don’t get it. Public clouds are not your enemy. And the disruption they are causing to your forward revenues are not their capture of enterprise workloads. The battle lines you should be focusing on are between advanced virtualization and true cloud services and the future placement of Systems of Engagement versus Systems of Record.

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2013 Server Virtualization Predictions: Driving Value Above And Beyond The Hypervisor | Forrester Blogs

2013 Server Virtualization Predictions: Driving Value Above And Beyond The Hypervisor | Forrester Blogs | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
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Software Defined Networking Creates a New Approach to Delivering Business Agility

Software Defined Networking Creates a New Approach to Delivering Business Agility | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Software defined networking (SDN) is creating a lot of excitement in data centers, but current technology is still relatively immature. In the new research note
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Pivotal Spin-Off a “Brilliant” Move for EMC + VMware. Profits Ahead

Pivotal Spin-Off a “Brilliant” Move for EMC + VMware. Profits Ahead | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Interlaced data center giants EMC and VMware have teamed up on a fresh initiative that’s boldly positioning them on innovation and monetization.
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EMC, VMware Define Strategy for Pivotal Moment

EMC, VMware Define Strategy for Pivotal Moment | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
EMC and VMware are facing a pivotal year in more than one way writes Wikibon Analyst Stuart Miniman in “The Pivotal Move for EMC and VMware”.
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VMware Takes the Cover Off Its Public Cloud | Forrester Blogs

VMware Takes the Cover Off Its Public Cloud | Forrester Blogs | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it

Sometimes you can only coax a reluctant partner and I&O customer community for so long before you feel you have to take matters into your own hands. That is exactly what VMware has decided to do, to become relevant in the cloud platforms space. The hypervisor pioneer unveiled vCloud Hybrid Service to investors today in what is more a statement of intention than a true unveiling.

VMware's public cloud service - yep, a full public IaaS cloud meant to compete with Amazon Web Service, IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, HP Cloud, Rackspace and others - won't be fully unveiled until Q2 2013, so much of the details about the service remain under wraps. VMware hired the former president for Savvis Cloud, Bill Fathers, to run this new offering and said it was a top three initiative for the company and thus would be getting, "the level of investment appropriate to that priority and to capitalize on a $14B market opportunity," according to Matthew Lodge, VP of Cloud Services Product Marketing and Management for VMware who spoke to us Tuesday about the pending announcement. 

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Newvem Launches Heat Map For CIOs, CTOs, And DevOps To Visualize AWS Cloud Usage

Newvem Launches Heat Map For CIOs, CTOs, And DevOps To Visualize AWS Cloud Usage | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
Newvem has launched a heat map that visualizes customers’ usage of Amazon Web Services (AWS). The service is designed to replace the primitive tools that AWS provides and gives customers an alternative to tracking spreadsheets.
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Weekly IT Highlights on Virtualization, Analysts, DevOps, and trends for Cloud and More

Weekly IT Highlights on Virtualization, Analysts, DevOps, and  trends for Cloud and More | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff from our blog on Virtualization, Analysts, DevOps and trends for cloud and any other topics that we found interesting and shared over the week.
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Horizon Suite: VMware Inches Towards The Virtual Workspace

Horizon Suite: VMware Inches Towards The Virtual Workspace | I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. | Scoop.it
VMware took one small step towards the realization of its desktop strategy with the launch of Horizon Suite yesterday, but failed to to make a giant leap.Related Posts:A Look At The HorizonVMware’s Roadmap to the post-PC FutureNews: VMware Welcomes...
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