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UX Files: The Case of the Indescribable Variables

UX Designer Bailey Costello explains how the Exago BI product team chose names for the visualization builder’s independent and dependent variables.

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Arguing with Charts

Data Talks, Episode 21 Data Talks is Exago’s podcast on all-things business intelligence, analytics, and application software. This month, journalist and professor Alberto Cairo joins us for a discussion on data democratization, data literacy, and the role charts play in the art of persuasion. Cairo has authored several books on data visualization, including The Functional…

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Exago Dashboards

Can Your Data Viz Tool Do THIS?

Data visualizations and dashboards have always been hot ticket items in business intelligence (BI). We get why — they offer quick insights and engaging interactivity all while being fun to look at. Many BI platforms have even focused their offerings solely on dashboards and data visualizations because of the sizzle they add to sales. Unfortunately,…

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The Anatomy of a Data Story

Stories are how people make sense of the world, so it follows that they’d also be our way of making sense of data. As much as technology can facilitate data storytelling, it cannot (yet) perform the pivotal step of placing data into the human context. That’s our job, and we’re really good at it. We’re […]

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Dashboard Design Cheat Sheet

It’s a bunch of charts and tables. How hard could it be? The answer: deceptively hard. Dashboards do the tricky work of presenting complexity as if it were anything but. Organizing information so that it delivers well to the intended audience requires attention to detail and considerable revision. It’s like that old adage: “If I…

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The Information Design Matrix

Data Talks, Episode 20 Data Talks is Exago’s podcast on all-things business intelligence, analytics, and application software. This month, we’re joined by Scott Berinato, Senior Editor at Harvard Business Review and author of both Good Charts (2016) and The Good Charts Workbook (2019). We broaden our understanding of data visualization to include other types of…

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How to Build a Killer Sales Dashboard

Data Talks, Episode 13 Data Talks is Exago’s podcast on all-things business intelligence, analytics, and application software. This month, VanillaSoft CMO Darryl Praill and his decades of marketing experience joins us to talk about sales metrics and how to build a high-performing sales dashboard tailored to a spectrum of stakeholders. We also learn what metrics…

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A Recipe for Great Pie (Charts)

Did you know visualization scholars continue to contest the value of the humble pie chart? It’s true! Pie charts have their virtues but are often misused by the uninformed, so we put together an infographic designed to help you plot your pies as effectively as possible.

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