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Can you visualise your data?


Nowadays, you can’t imagine taking a business decision without reviewing all the relevant data in the process. However, it’s more easily said than done. While more and more companies are looking at ways to access industry-related data, but only a small portion knows how actually to look at their data. Indeed, as more often than not the decision makers are not the data collectors or data analysts within the business, it’s essential to find ways to make the information understandable and readable. You’ll be surprised to know that it’s precisely the visualisation step that most Millennial employees struggle with, despite existing in a digital data environment. So how can you best see your data?

Yes, I’ve got the data, but I can’t do anything with it

There is no denying that the devil is in the data. Consequently, it’s the role of the data scientist to represent the relevant information visually so that the audience knows and understands what it means. However, a data scientist is the kind of role you would only find in large companies. Small and medium businesses, unfortunately, need to entrust this difficult task to their in-house experts who are not data-trained. While everyone agrees on the importance of data in every business process, not many people know how to manage the flow of information and how to make sense of it.

You don’t understand what you can’t see

Ultimately, statistics and figures are meaningful if the eyes can’t see the picture. Of course, you could write a report or draw a table, but your audience is more likely to get the message if they can see the picture. As John Tukey used to say, the picture is valuable in the sense that it only forces you to notice what you never expected to see. For instance, if you’re looking to improve your office structure, you will need to explore the benefits of scan to BIM model as this process dresses a 3D picture in depth without interfering with the building. A simple report of internal measurements wouldn’t have sufficed. At any business or personal level, a picture speaks a thousand data reports.

You’ve got tools available

What is more surprising about the fact that not many people can visualise data is that most tools are readily available in the workplace. Pivot tables, for instance, offer an in-depth data comparison of complex tables and can be used to present effective charts. But, Millennials don’t feel comfortable manipulating data. In fact, even though they use data constantly online, Millennials barely know how to create graphs in Excel. The days where people would train themselves to spreadsheets and word processing interfaces are long gone, yet the youngest workforce generation has no experience in such tools. As a result, they find it even more difficult than their predecessors to make sense out of data.

Make a visual strategy

However, people are not without visualisation competences. The use of presentations at work has proven that most employees can make the most of the imagery available to introduce a strategic concept. Ultimately, people are better at putting in the picture something that doesn’t exist yet than creating a graph from real data.

From giving meaning to inspiration, the ability to bring data into the picture can facilitate business processes. However, there’s a need to teach the digital-data generation the secret of effective visualisation.

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