Tips for evaluating data visualization tools
It’s the job of your organization’s business intelligence (BI) tool to distill vast amounts of data down into understandable, actionable insights including KPIs, metrics, and other critical points. From there, it’s up to your data visualization tool to transform these insights into a compelling visual presentation.
In recent years, the number of tools available have increased dramatically, and with so many options to choose from, selecting the right one might seem like a daunting challenge, but it’s really not. Being successful just means following a few basic guidelines.
Begin with a clear goal of what you’re trying to convey and what your needs are. List the different data points you have to work with and prioritize them so you know which are the most important to get across.
Next, document what you want the data to communicate by summarizing it in as simple a sentence as possible.
Then let that phrase serve as a reference point you can continually refer to as you evaluate different data visualization software options.