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Fight the fears threatening the rise of data visualization
This article is part of the Issue 8, August 2012 issue of BI Trends + Strategies
You finally have the software and hardware required to enable the use of data visualization technology throughout your company. You also have a vision of how reports and end-user dashboards with built-in visualizations will generate new levels of insight that can help improve business performance. But as your work begins to attract attention, you may be confronted with a range of new behaviors that can threaten to slow progress. Stay alert: “Fears” about making business intelligence (BI) data more broadly available can suddenly emerge after long being suppressed by existing organizational controls over the distribution of information. The fact is that most organizations are still unable to effectively analyze and put into action the data in their BI systems and data warehouses. Yet they continue to operate under centralized control models that closely regulate how data is handled, used and shared. Faced with the prospect of BI data being unleashed so more business users have access to it, proponents of tight controls cite risks ...
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