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October 28, 2010

IT project management dashboard

IT project management dashboard

With this featured dashboard see various data for a typical IT project such as % overdue incidents per project and average time to repair per project. Explore visualizations such as the grid, the pie chart, the bullet chart and the bar chart.

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October 18, 2010

Next-gen BI, SaaS and cloud based platforms included in Top 15 Technology Trends EA Should Watch by Forrester

Forrester's Gene Leganza compiled a list of the hottest trends enterprise architects and IT managers need to watch over the next two to three years. Forrester began summarizing technology trends last year to help enterprise architects create their organizations' technology watch lists, and this year have identified 15 technology trends for enterprise architects to watch.

What were this year's categories? "Empowered" technologies, process-centric data and intelligence, agile and fit-to-purpose applications, and smart technology management.

This first item on the list was business intelligence, as it increasingly combines real-time access with pervasiveness, agility, and self-service: "Firms will increase their use of analytics to improve their speed of response to changing market conditions... IT needs to enable successful end user BI self-service to keep runaway BI costs in check." (Forrester, 2010).

Third on the list was the standard adoption of SaaS and cloud-based platforms: "Even if IT mostly uses IaaS and PaaS options, the business will benefit from rapid deployment... IT execs must triage where they invest their resources as well adopt new application support practices for SaaS, while completely re-evaluating capacity issues as well as architecture standards for applications developed or hosted in the cloud." (Forrester, 2010).

Another interesting technology identified in the list was the targeting of text and social networks with web analytics: "These new technologies bring powerful analytics to bear on rich areas as yet untapped for intelligence about customers and products... They will provide a challenge for information architects and tax the semantic capabilities of existing investments." (Forrester, 2010).

Other trends in the top 10 included: business rules processing and policy-based SOA moving to mainstream adoption, system management enabling continued virtualization, collaboration platforms becoming people-centric, and integration of customer continuity platforms with business apps.

Gene Leganza states on his blog the reason behind the annual publishing of The Top 15 Technology Trends EA Should Watch: "You need a technology watch list. You need to know what's coming, what's beginning to be adopted, what's reaching the mainstream now. And more than a watch list, you need a process for regularly evaluating the capabilities of emerging technology and mapping them to the needs of your organization."

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October 12, 2010

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

Here is the Periodic Table of Visualization Methods from KPI Library. Click on the image below to access the interactive version. You can hover over each element for an example.

If we were to list the "elements" that exist in Bime that are on this chart, then they would be the following:

Tb = Table (in Bime we call this visualization 'Grid')
Pi = Pie Chart
L = Line Chart
B = Bar Chart
Ac = Area Chart
Sc = Scatterplot (we call this 'Bubble Chart')
Tp = Tree Map
R = Radar Chart Cobweb
Da = Data Map (we call it 'Heat Map')

Notice they all come from 2 groups: Data Visualization and Information Visualization.
Data Visualization is classed as "Visual representations of quantitative data in schematic form (either with or without axes)."
Information Visualization is classed as "The use of interactive visual representations of data to amplify cognition. This means that the data is transformed into an image, it is mapped to screen space. The image can be changed by users as they proceed working with it."

Bime also has other visualizations not included in this periodic table. These are:

  • Guage


  • Multi Chart


  • Bullet Chart


  • Column Chart


  • Sparkline

  • Do you know of any other interesting visualizations that are not displayed here? We would love to hear from you!

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    Hard to read dashboard? Not with Bime's color abilities

    Today we are going to let you in on one of Bime's design features you might not have noticed, but will definitely appreciate : color consistency in charts. Let me explain in more detail.

    We designed Bime to make it as easy to understand as possible. So to help you read your results quicker and more clearly, we've ensured that color is consistent across identical attributes and measures in same dashboard. For example, imagine you have an attribute named 'Australia', an attribute named 'Ireland' and an attribute named 'Czech Republic' which are blue, grey and green respectively in a pie chart you have created. Then you create a bar chart using the same data, in the same dashboard. To facilitate legibility, trend-spotting and general overall understanding, Bime automatically generates the same color scheme for the new chart. You can see what I mean below.

    Even if you execute a different query but use the same attribute or measure, the colors will stay consistent, making it much easier for you to relate a single attribute to a single color.

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    October 6, 2010

    Bime Benelux site is now live!

    One of the best things about SaaS products is that the market is global, and this is no exception for Bime. We have customers and partners from all over the world. One of our current long-standing partners, KJP Consultants based in the Netherlands, has launched a new website which provides the purchase, consulting, implementation and support for Bime. You can find it here: www.bimebenelux.nl (Dutch only)

    KJP will be helping us translate Bime into Dutch very soon.

    We are always on the lookout for potential new and interesting partnerships. If you have any ideas about how we can work together, do not hesitate to contact us at partners@wearecloud.com.

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