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5 Easy-To-Use Websites For Infographics

5 Easy-To-Use Websites For Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Communicating effectively in our era of information overload means moving beyond static words and numbers. Images and graphics carry meaning in a way that cuts through verbal clutter. That’s why infographics have become such powerful tools, used by companies large and small to communicate with employees, customers and the broader public.

Traditionally, creating infographics has required the services of a skilled design professional and a sizable budget for expert time and talent. With a range of new web services, the cost and complexity of creating infographics has fallen dramatically.

Infographics can be useful for explaining business processes and logistics, or for explaining the size, scope, scale or nuance of a project or service. Here are five of the best tools for putting together your own business infographics.

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Data Visualization: Communication & Creativity

Data Visualization: Communication & Creativity | visual data | Scoop.it

Visual communication skills are alien to some in the research industry, but they needn’t be. Data visualisation can become part of the research process through smart hiring, skills training and expert partnerships.


Data visualisation should not be regarded as an end in itself; the real point to data visualisation - the value that it brings to research buyers and suppliers - is as an aid to storytelling. It’s about seeing the patterns in the data that flush out a story and then help you to start telling that story. Only by doing that can you move data off the spreadsheet and out into the real world of consumer behaviour and preferences.

The best analogy and the one used frequently, is with journalism. It’s no surprise either that many great examples of data visualisation come from the publishing and media sectors. Journalists face the same challenge that we do of sifting large amounts of often conflicting data to arrive at a truth or an insight...

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An interesting look at the current role of data visualization and data journalism in the advancement of research, communication, and brand development.

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Scott Turner's curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:31 AM

An interesting look at the current role of data visualization and data journalism in the advancement of research, communication, and brand development.

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Big Data: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Big Data: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words | visual data | Scoop.it

Big data: So if a “picture is worth a thousand words,” then why not make data discovery visual for business users so they can easily analyze and assimilate information?


A lot of ink has been spilled relating to big data; countless articles, blog posts and discussions are about how data is growing by leaps and bounds and how companies need the ability to store and manage peta bytes and zeta bytes of data. Unless a decision maker can access and analyze this data effectively, it isn’t worth much. If you are serious about managing big data, it’s time to truly visualize it to become a better decision-maker.

Sixty-five percent of business decision makers face a shrinking “decision window.” So if a “picture is worth a thousand words,” then why not make data discovery visual for business users so they can easily analyze and assimilate information? Visualization provides rapid access to data in a format that’s easy for business users to digest and use.

According to research, managers that make use of visual discovery tools are 10 percent more likely than their peers to access the information they need in the time necessary to impact decision making. This also impacts IT, as it frees up critical resources to support users more effectively...

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The Art & Science of Infographic Design

The Art & Science of Infographic Design | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics. They suddenly seem to be everywhere but are they actually able to increase outcomes are are they yet another fad?

As a social media management firm, infographics are gaining a lot of attention from business owners seeking for new and exciting ways to reach consumers and clients but from the questions and comments we receive, it is apparent that there is also a great deal of confusion surrounding their proper use.

Today we are going to shed some light on the art and science of infographic design. Are they worth the additional cost? When will they most benefit a company? Do they increase sales and which companies should avoid them at all cost? Keep reading to learn the answer to these and many other fascinating facts about infographics...

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Big data analytics on your iPad? There's an app for that...

Big data analytics on your iPad? There's an app for that... | visual data | Scoop.it
Through its new "Visual Analytics" offering, SAS seeks to deliver high-power data crunching through less-expensive hardware. That information then cab be shared through an iPad app.

Big data analytics on your iPad?

Yes, thanks to what SAS calls "Visual Analytics."

Leave it to the business intelligence gurus at SAS - an acknowledged global leader with a swelling customer base and sales now well over $2 billion annually - to make number crunching not only a graphic but simpler and faster with software that can run on less expensive hardware.

"Visually explore data at the speed of sight," SAS says in its announcement.

And to share the knowledge, enterprise users can keep employees in the loop with their iPads thanks to a specially designed app.

What's the need for SAS' latest offering?

As companies deal with more and more data in a variety of forms from an increasing number of sources (thus "big data") such as social media, mobile shopping and ecommerce, figuring out what to do with the information is becoming more daunting...

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Bloomberg And Frog Turn Raw Data Into Branding

Bloomberg And Frog Turn Raw Data Into Branding | visual data | Scoop.it

Tasked with creating a corporate page for Bloomberg, frog had to figure out the central theme of all its myriad businesses: Data, which they then used as a clever bit of branding.

The idea is that Bloomberg, in all of its businesses, provides data and information. So why not use that data as the actual branding itself..?

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Resume Infographics, A Passing Trend of the Future?

Resume Infographics, A Passing Trend of the Future? | visual data | Scoop.it
Are resume infographics a passing trend or the future? How did they evolve? And how can we take advantage of them right now?

When it comes to infographic resumes, the critics haven’t entirely weighed in yet. Commenters on posts predicting infographics as the resumes of the future point out the difficulty of reading some infographics. Not to mention the fact that certain industries, like accounting and business, may not appreciate the creativity preferring the straight up, cut-to-the-chase resume. So, what are the latest thoughts on the infographic resume, and how can you adapt them to your needs?

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Big data equals big opportunities for businesses [Infographic]

Big data equals big opportunities for businesses [Infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it
Research from the University of Texas at Austin argues that companies are not leveraging the data to draw insights that could help improve their businesses.
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Harness the Power of Data Visualization to Transform Your Business - InformationWeek

Harness the Power of Data Visualization to Transform Your BusinessInformationWeekThis white paper explains how "business visualization" (dynamic interactive reporting using multi-dimensional graphics) can dramatically improve everyday processes and...
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[INFOGRAPHIC] BIG DATA: What Your IT Team Wants You To Know

[INFOGRAPHIC] BIG DATA: What Your IT Team Wants You To Know | visual data | Scoop.it

The purpose of Big Data is to supply companies with actionable information on any variety of aspects. But this is proving to be far more difficult than it looks with over half of Big Data projects left uncompleted.


Two of the most often reported reasons for project failures are a lack of expertise in data analysis. Reports show that data processing, management and analysis are all difficult in any phase of the project, with IT teams citing each of those reasons more than 40% of the time.

However, failures in Big Data projects may not solely lie on faulty project management. In a recent survey, a staggering 80% of Big Data’s biggest challenges are from a lack of appropriate talent. The field’s relative infancy is making it hard to find the necessary staff to see projects through, resulting in underutilized data and missed project goals.

IT teams are quickly recognizing a chasm between executives and frontline staffers whose job it is to apply findings from Big Data. In the end,it may not be the anticipated cure-all for 21st century business management. It is only as good as good as the system that runs it.


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Olivier Vandelaer's curator insight, January 30, 2013 2:45 AM

Looking at the infographic, it clearly reminds me about the start of "Enterprise Data Warehouse": failures by "Innacurate scope", "Technical Roadblocks" & "Siloed data and no collaboration". It looks so familiar.

Tony Agresta's curator insight, January 30, 2013 10:15 AM

Very interesting infographic.  Why do they fail?  For all of the reasons above and then some...    Over 80% of the data being collected today is unstructured and not readily stored in relational database technology burdened by complex extract, transform and load.  There's also pre-existing data, sometimes referred to as "dark data" that includes documents which need to be included and made discoverable for a host of reasons - compliance and regulatory issues are one.   Log activity and e-mail traffic used to detect cyber threats and mitigate risk through analysis of file transfers is yet another set of data that requires immediate attention.

 

Social and mobile are clearly channels that need to be addressed as organizations continue to mine data from the open web in support of CRM, product alerts, real time advertising options and more.  

 

To accomplish all of this, organizations need a platform with enterprise hardened technology that can ingest all of these forms of data in real time, without having to write complex schemas.   Getting back to the point - What do most projects fail?   If companies attempt to do this with technology that is not reliable, not durable and does not leverage the skills of their existing development organization, the project will fail.  

 

We have seen this time and time again.   MarkLogic to the rescue.   With over 350 customers and 500 big data applications, our Enterprise NoSQL approach mitigates the risk.  Why?  Our technology stack includes connectors to Hadoop, integration with leading analytics tools using SQL, Java and Rest APIs, JSON support, real time data ingestion, the ability to handle any form of data, alerting, in database analytics functions, high availability, replication, security and a lot more.  

 

When you match this technology with a world-class services organization with proven implementation skills, we can guarantee your next Big Data project will work.  We have done it hundreds of times with the largest companies in the world and very, very big data.

 

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Adrian Carr's curator insight, January 30, 2013 10:27 AM

This is a great infographic - it shows that whilst everyone is doing it (it being "Big Data" - whatever that is...), talent is rare, technology is hard to find and the projects never end.  A far cry from the speed with which companies such as the BBC deployed MarkLogic to serve all data for the sport websites through the Olympics.  Now that was big data, delivered by a talented team in a short space of time.

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Big Data Right Now: 5 Open Source Technologies

Big Data Right Now: 5 Open Source Technologies | visual data | Scoop.it

Big Data is on every CIO’s mind this quarter, and for good reason. Companies will have spent $4.3 billion on Big Data technologies by the end of 2012.
But here’s where it gets interesting.

Those initial investments will in turn trigger a domino effect of upgrades and new initiatives that are valued at $34 billion for 2013- over a 5 year period, spend is estimated at $232 billion. What we’re seeing right now is only the tip of a gigantic iceberg.


Read the original article for a closer 'look at five new technologies that are shaking things up in Big Data- the newest class of tools that you can’t afford to overlook...'

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Branding with Infographics: How to Build a Visual Language for Your Company

Branding with Infographics: How to Build a Visual Language for Your Company | visual data | Scoop.it
We have entered an age where visual communication is essential for any company. The need to tell complex stories quickly, effectively, and in a way that engages people is not just prevalent, it is universal. Brands that learn and utilize visual communication as a tool to distribute their message and inspire audiences will run circles around those who struggle to find their voice in the medium. Beyond the necessity to embrace information design, infographics also present an incredible opportunity to strengthen your existing branding efforts by developing a unique graphic style to be implemented throughout the company. Consistently creating arresting infographics that can easily be identified with your brand provides an incredible advantage in ensuring that the content your company produces, whether for marketing, customer education, or sales collateral, is both familiar and well received.

How do you get started in building a visual language? Read the complete article for five key considerations to ensure your approach is holistic and successful..

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Big Data Management for Marketing Effectiveness

Big Data Management for Marketing Effectiveness | visual data | Scoop.it

Big data in marketing world is also on the rise. Consider these stats: 4.8 trillion online ad impressions in 2011 and the predicted online ad spending of $83.2 billion for 2012. With the growth of unstructured data reach the 80 percent mark – also with the fact that there are 2.5 exabytes of data created on daily basis – those figures will only mean that big data is, indeed, big opportunities for businesses that are able to make the most of them.

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3 Ways to Utilize Infographics for Your Business

3 Ways to Utilize Infographics for Your Business | visual data | Scoop.it

1. Instead of a sea of text talking about how your company helps clients, create a visual representation of such facts. In other words −show don’t tell− the reader why your company is the best choice for their needs.
2. Use an infographic to label and explain the benefits of a particular type of machinery or product. The graphic could not only explain the product, but also include key information on how each piece efficiently works to save the client time, money and resources. Research shows that customers choose and even stay loyal to companies who make their lives easier.
3. Create a typographic and chart-based infographic to display the results of company research, case studies or successful sales statistics. Check out the article and infographics for more information...

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Infographic Of The Day: Bloomberg & Frog Turn Raw Data Into Branding

Infographic Of The Day: Bloomberg & Frog Turn Raw Data Into Branding | visual data | Scoop.it

Tasked with creating a corporate page for Bloomberg, frog had to figure out the central theme of all its myriad businesses: Data, which they then used as a clever bit of branding.

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5 reasons to use an infographic as a press release

5 reasons to use an infographic as a press release | visual data | Scoop.it
Not only will it communicate your client’s message more effectively, but also it help your message stand out among a crowded field of pitches.

 

Why are infographics so effective? And why should you consider doing a press release in infographic style? Here are five reasons...

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The Potential Of Big Data

The Potential Of Big Data | visual data | Scoop.it

The amount of digital data in our world has been exponentially groaning in just a few short years. This infographic done in collaboration with Get Satisfaction, looks at how big data has the potential to become the next frontier for innovation, competition and profit.

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