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The Power of the Tile

We talk with Daniel Amato, Chief Business Development Officer at VisualCue, about how he first met the product and what it means for business.

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Our Top 5 Visualizations for Cuesday

At VisualCue, we love data visualization; it’s our entire world. We live, breath, eat, sleep, and occasionally dream about it.

As such, it’s not uncommon for The VisualCrew (that’s what we call ourselves, t-shirts and hats are in the offing) to pass around our favorite visualizations we’ve stumbled across.

We figured it would be a shame to let all of this amazing work go unnoticed so we decided to share the top 5 visualizations that have intrigued and inspired us with you!

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Senior VP of Sales

Branden Elwell becomes Senior VP of Sales at VisualCue

We’ve spent months interviewing amazing people, trying to find the right person to bring VisualCue to those businesses where we can do the most good.

Well, the search is over.

The first thing you notice when you meet Branden is the energy. It’s infectious. It’s an excited feeling that  has you leaning forward in your chair, elbows on your knees, foot bouncing excitedly. Within a moment you feel as though you’ve been friends for years and are ready to take on the world together.

That’s the kind of mentality you want in your new Senior VP of Sales. Branden came aboard with the VisualCrew this week and I had the opportunity to talk with him about his experiences and what he wants to accomplish as part of the Crew.

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa - Katsushika Hokusai

The Problem with Data Visualization: Old Ships.

So-called modern data visualization software isn’t anything of the kind. They use outdated methods and are inadequate to the task of providing immediate, valuable insight into the new world of data.

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Vannevar Bush

He’s one of those people who seems to have faded, unjustly, into historical obscurity. But Vannevar Bush was perhaps one of the most important figures of the 20th century. He began the long collaboration between government, industry and academia that has led to some of the greatest inventions and breakthroughs of the modern age. Digital circuits and the atomic bomb are just two results from his work.

In 1945, he published an article in The Atlantic Monthly called “As We May Think.” Some say it was this article that inspired a young Ted Nelson (or Doug Engelbart, depending on who you read) with the idea for the hyperlink, an innovation that irrevocably changed the world.Read more

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VisualCue 2.2

This past weekend, we updated our platform to VisualCue 2.2

In addition to the normal housecleaning activities (fixing the bugs and making general performance upgrades) the latest and greatest version comes with plenty of user-requested upgrades and features. Here’s the rundown.

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We've got a new crew member

We’ve got a new crew member.

Let’s just take a look at the name of the company, shall we? VisualCue. Visual. As in having to do with sight.

Given the name it should come as no surprise we have a talented team of artists, designers and videographers working here. Not to mention gifted writers. Ahem.

We are pleased to welcome another member into our ranks, Amin Roozitalab of Atlanta, GA. Brandishing a BFA from The New School in New York, Amin impressed us all with his designs and was selected from a competitive pool of applicants to bring his unique aesthetic to VisualCue.Read more

The Hidden Prediction for 2015

Those crystal balls have to be getting tired.

It’s a New Year’s tradition that has become as commonplace as the midnight smooch: extravagant tech predictions for next year. It’s a time when analysts compete with meteorologists for the title of “most-mocked” when their predictions turn out to be incorrect and Nostradamus for “certified soothsayer” if they were right.

Just take a look at the forecast for 2014. The Washington Post famously wrote that we would all be wearing Google Glass and playing on VR headsets by now. While they are both fun to read and courageous, bold predictions that largely fail set you up for ridicule.Read more

Democratizing the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things. Just saying the words conjures up these amazing images of a Hollywood-esque future. Your car talks to your air conditioner, letting it know when you will be home so your house is at the perfect temperature at the perfect time. Your fridge talks to your bathroom scale and (annoyingly) tells you what you should and shouldn’t be eating.

But consumer products are only part of the picture. And, surprisingly, a relatively small part. According to a recent article in Business Insider, “The manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, and information sectors will invest the most in IoT systems and devices in the next five years, we estimate. Manufacturers are currently the leading industry to use IoT devices and we estimate there (sic) total investment will reach $140 billion over the next five years” (bolded type in original.)Read more

Farm Data: Using Operational Intelligence In A New Way

Sometimes I think we limit ourselves on how we define operational intelligence. I mean, who says it can only apply to things like call centers or fleet management? Let’s break down those words and see what they actually mean. Operational, in this sense, refers to routine functions. Intelligence is the ability to acquire and apply knowledge. Operational intelligence, then, should be any activity that acquires and applies knowledge related to routine functions. Anyone can do this, and they should. How are we supposed to improve those daily routines if we can’t measure them?

Take this recent article in the NY Times- “Working the Land and the Data.” The article describes how modern farmer Kip Tom uses data to improve the function of his farm in Iowa. He said “we’ve got sensors on the combine, GPS data from satellites, cellular modems on self-driving tractors, apps for irrigation on iPhones.” Mr. Tom dreams of a day when drones with infrared cameras will tell him which crops are in trouble while other farmers are currently take readings from combines every three seconds on a 60,000 acre plot- just imagine the amount of data that is. Real, operational data.Read more

Defining the Big Data Revolution

Stories about revolution tend to look the same: an oppressed, disenfranchised population coalesces around an inspiring idea. They organize and overthrow their rulers to establish a new, hopefully better organization based on the ideas that inspired them in the first place. While the historical realities of revolutions are more complicated, there must be something to the mythologized version I outlined- that story has shown incredible longevity.

A lot has been said recently about the “big data revolution”. We’ve written books about it, and insightful articles about those books. We blog about it and teach it in our Universities. In June 2014 we learned “SNS Research estimates that Big Data investments will account for nearly $30 Billion in 2014 alone. These investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of 17% over the next 6 years.” But, I hold to the belief that if you cannot define something, it does not exist. So, like any current movement in technology or industry, we are still defining what the big data revolution is.Read more