Monday, October 6, 2014

Map Visualizations

I have read a number of posts related to effective visualizations and one stat that is repeated over and over again is...
The human brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than it does text

If that is true then why do we continue to produce reports that have a geographic dimension in a tabular format? Why not include that data on a map?

In 2011 I read the article Putting Business Intelligence on the Map by Mark Rittman, this article motivated me to learn more about Spatial Analytics.

In OBIEE Analysis Results there is a Map View and in the OBI Sample App available from OTN there are numerous examples of Map Views.  I enjoy working with map views in OBIEE, however they can be a bit intimidating for some people and often difficult to find a starting point.

In the posts to follow I will focus on how to get started with Map Views.  My posts will cover the following and as each post becomes available these bullets will become links.  

Of course I may deviate from this list a bit and post on other topics but this list will help keep me focused.


The idea of a blog related to my work has been in the back of my mind for quite some time. 

Then somewhere else in my mind I get these thoughts:
  • What am I going to write about?
  • Do I have something to share that has not already been blogged about by someone else?
  • How do I differentiate myself from the rest of the pack?
  • and many more
As illustrated above I prefer to work in bullets and pictures rather than paragraphs when I write. 

So how can I make this blog work in my preferred style of conveying an idea...

I prefer to read blogs that show how to solve a problem or illustrate a unique approach to technical challenge.  So most of my posts will focus on providing an illustrated step by step approach to solving a problem or technical challenge.

My posts will center around the Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite (BIFS) and the supporting software.

I look forward to any feedback related to my posts.