Posts By: Miranda Li

The Art and Science of Action-Driven Visual Analytics

Last year I went to our CMO Chris Capossela’s talk called “What’s Great Data in Microsoft”. In this talk, he listed five of the most important characteristics of good data: self-describe, fresh, forward thinking, inclusive, and adopted. The last one – adopted – is what he emphasized the most, and he challenged us to think harder about turning data into business actions.

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Actual Vs. Budget: Which visualization is most effective?

Comparing actual numbers against your goal or budget is one of the most common practices in data analysis. So which visual type would you choose to represent these numbers? Microsoft Design & Data Visualization Lead Miranda Li reviews some likely candidates, and talks about why some visuals work better than others for your audience.

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