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New Frontiers in Business Intelligence

Nari Kannan

Animation - Adding another dimension to BI Visualization

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Visualization of data adds a dimension that aids comprehension in Business Intelligence.

Animation of data takes it one step beyond that and helps you comprehend data over time even better.

Here is a remarkable example of what I mean (Hans Rosling's "200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes," from the BBC:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojo


Hans Rosling shows us a very good example of how animation can bring to life and convey a concept that a lot of data that was collected on 200 countries over 200 years--all in just 4 minutes!

After getting the overall picture, he also demonstrates how slicing and dicing can work in such animations. He breaks away the stats for China into those for advanced and prosperous regions of China like Shanghai and not so prosperous rural regions, and describes how they compare with developed and developing nations.

We now have the computing power to do all of these in real time and that's what adds power to Business Intelligence.

If you ever have budget difficulties for your BI efforts with your CEO or CFO, I bet a couple of these animated BI presentations showing them how they can "see" your own company's data can make the objections all go away!

Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn. - Norman McLaren.

Nari Kannan's blog explores how new approaches to business intelligence can help organizations improve the performance of business processes--whether these processes are creative or operational, internally-focused or customer-facing, intra-departmental or across functions.

Nari Kannan

Nari Kannan started and serves as the CEO of appsparq, a Mobile Applications development company based in Louisville, KY with offices in Singapore and India. Nari has over two decades of experience in computer systems development, translating product and service strategy into meaningful technology solutions, and both people and product development. Prior to this, he has served as both Chief Technology Officer and Vice President- Engineering in six successful startups, two of which he co-founded. He has proven experience in building companies, engineering teams, and software solutions from scratch in the United States and India. Prior to this, Nari started Ajira Technologies, Inc., in Pleasanton, CA, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for more than six years. While at Ajira, Nari was instrumental in developing service process management solutions that modeled, monitored, and analyzed business processes, initially targeting the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Telecom, and Banking verticals in India, and Finance, Insurance, and Healthcare verticals in the United States. Prior to this, he served as VP-Engineering at Ensenda, an ASP for local delivery services. He also served variously as Chief Technology Officer or VP-Engineering at other Bay-Area venture funded startups such as Kadiri and Ensera. He began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation as a Senior Software Engineer. Nari has a long involvement with Customer Support and other customer facing processes. At Digital Equipment Corporation he was involved with their 1800 person customer support center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was tasked with coming up with innovative tools to help customer support people do their jobs better. He holds a U.S patent for a software invention that automatically redirected email requests for customer support to the right group by digesting the contents of the request and guessing at which software or hardware support group is best equipped to handle it. At Ensera, he led a 45 person team in developing an internet based ASP service for handling auto insurance claims, coordinating information flow between end-customers, Insurance companies, Repair shops and Parts suppliers. Ensera was acquired by Mitchell Corporation in San Diego. Nari holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Loyola College, and an M.B.A degree from the University of Madras in Madras, India. He graduated with a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. Contact Information: Nari Kannan. Email: nari@appsparq.com Mobile: 925 353 0197. Website: www.appsparq.com View more .

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