It’s one of those skills that no one seems to fully appreciate and yet could solve so many problems: listening. If everyone could listen, truly listen, to each other and learn from each other just imagine what we could accomplish.

What does this have to do with a data visualization and analysis platform like VisualCue?

Plenty. Because VisualCue is a platform we are constantly shaping, changing, evolving and improving the formula to make your VisualCue experience better and provide the single best analysis tool we can.

How do we know what to change and what to improve on? Simple- we listened to you. Here are the changes you requested that you will see in VisualCue 2.7- coming June 30th.

Redesigned interface for data discovery

One of our favorite tools in the VisualCue toolbox is the ability to sort and group the data according to individual cues in the Tile. This facet search allows anyone to take even the most enormous data sets with thousands of Tiles and dozens of different metrics on each Tile and quickly pair down that world of information into just the Tiles with common characteristics you want to see.

It works the same as an online shopping search: you start off with everything in the world at your fingertips and then you narrow your search by type. In VisualCue 2.7 we’ve optimized and redesigned our interface to make it easier to narrow down mosaics by the colors of cues in the Tile so you can immediately and quickly see connections you would have never noticed before.

A/B Switch

Have you ever wondered just where you stand in comparison to other units in the larger business or against industry standards?

Everyone likes to know how they are performing and where they fall in relation to their peers in the business and in the industry. If you know exactly what you’re doing to fall short of what everyone else is achieving then you can quickly make adjustments to stay competitive. If you know that you are outperforming your peers then you can enjoy that sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing you are running at peak efficiency.

VisualCue 2.7 adds a feature that makes it easier than ever to see exactly where you stand according to different sets of thresholds or standards. We call it A/B Switch because in the new interface it’s represented by simply a switch that allows you to see the same data with different sets of thresholds applied.

This means that you can establish one set of thresholds that reflects what management expects of your division’s KPIs and another set that reflects what the industry at large is performing at in regards to each of those same metrics on your Tile. With A/B switching you can discover the answers to both questions. Or, as some of our beta testers discovered, you can have one set of thresholds reflecting what management currently expects of you and another to reflect what your individual department or team goals are. We recommend setting those higher than management’s to really impress your leadership and work smarter, not harder.

Administration Mosaics

One of the largest requests we received was for the ability for VisualCue administrators to see exactly which members of their team are using the platform actively and which are not.

It totally makes sense. VisualCue as a tool isn’t working for you as hard as it could be if you’re entire team isn’t referencing it daily to see exactly which KPIs they should be working on. Heck, we even built unlimited users into our pricing so as many users as possible could be working with VisualCue throughout the day.

The new Administration Mosaic gives VisualCue admins all of the information they need about exactly which users are on the system and how frequently VisualCue is being used so you can know you’re getting the most value.

That’s just the beginning

There is so much more to explore in VisualCue 2.7. Make sure you log in to your system on June 30th to see all of the new improvements, including:

  • Redesigned interface for facets and data filter
  • A/B Switch
  • Administration Mosaic that displays users and activity
  • Data filters can now be categorized
  • Copy-paste functionality in Threshold Builder
  • Data statistics in Threshold Builder
  • Information Builders Data Adapter
  • Pentaho Data Integration Adapter
  • Duplicate a mosaic
  • Ability to specify what cues will be available in facet search
  • Image layers can either be monochrome or color
  • Image layers are not hidden when the Mosaic Perspective is zoomed out
  • Tiles can be categorized
  • Specify the name of the customer and the mosaic when launching the application

Until next time,

The VisualCrew