A beautiful piece of art based on data can be a joy to look at, and be food for thought. But the boss doesn't want food for thought, he wants a signpost pointing the way forward. Lucas Walker, a co-founder of Venngage, said business users need to create visually appealing reports that provide suggestions for the next best action. If they can make those data-based visualizations without having to involve IT, all the better, he said. That's the idea behind Walker's company, which spun out of the popular visualize.me resume infographic project. In this interview with Data Informed Staff Writer Ian B. Murphy, Walker discusses what makes a good data visualization, the difference between an infographic and report, and why potential customers of a data visualization platform like Venngage are clamoring for real time and predictive analytics. (Podcast running time: 14:10) Email Staff Writer Ian B. Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @IBMurphyatDI. Check out other podcasts from Data Informed. The podcasts are also available on iTunes. For more on data visualizations, see: • Facebook Adopts Tableau for Analytics Dashboards • Relay Technology Combines Analytics, Search and Visualizations to Bolster Drug Discovery • Telling Stories with Visualizations: Lessons from Data Journalists
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