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Power View empowered practical Smart Client applications

Fri, April 27, 2012

SQL Server 2012 and its new Reporting Services Add-in Power View for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 enabled new Data Visualization features for Smart Client applications. Even famous Hans Rosling Data Visualization already reimplemented with Power View:


The expertise at …

Tableau vs Qlikview and Tableau vs Spotfire

Sat, March 31, 2012

Visitors to PRACTICAL Blog who concerned about Data Analytics, often asking Practical Computer Applications (PCA) for Vendor-to-Vendor and Tool-vs-Tool comparison of the most advanced Data Visualization technologies. Most popular requests are pair Tableau vs Qlikview and Tableau vs Spotfire.



Data, Story, View: Prototype and Update

Wed, February 29, 2012

Data, Story and Eye Candy.

Data Visualization has at least 3 parts: largest will be a Data, the most important part will be a Story behind those Data and a View (or Visualization) is an Eye Candy on top of …

2012 starts with Tableau 7.0

Sat, January 28, 2012

Tableau 7.0 is released in January 2012 with 40+ new features. Most interesting for me is the doubling of the performance and the scalability of Tableau Server with 100+ users deployments

 (while adding multi-tenancy, which is the sign of the …

SQL Server 2012 is good for Data Visualization

Sat, December 31, 2011

SQL Server 2012 is almost here..It is my view that 80% of Data Visualization (DV) is …Data.

And technology and process of how these Data collected, extracted, transformed and loaded into DV backend and frontend is a key …

Spotfire 4.0 is available

Sat, November 26, 2011

TIBCO made available for download the Spotfire 4.0 for its customers with a lot of new features. For example I like how Spotfire implements sparklines and KPIs:

New Sparklines and KPI in Spotfire 4.0

Some of new features defined in fuzzy terms: “”free dimensional” analytics, collective intelligence, …

Introduction of QlikView 11

Fri, November 11, 2011

Qlikview 11

I expected Qlikview 11 to be released on 11/11/11, but it was announced on 10/11/11 ( one year after 10/10/10, the release date of Qlikview 10) and not release yet as of today. 

Qliktech also lunched new demo …

VisiCalc jubilee and history of Excel

Wed, October 19, 2011

Spreadsheets (VisiCalc was released by Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston in October 1979 – 32 years ago – originally for Apple II computer and then were releases of Lotus 1-2-3, Excel etc.) were one of the very first Business

Data Visualization 2011: Omniscope 2.6

Thu, October 6, 2011

Omniscope 2.6 is finally about to be released (after more then 2 years of delays) by Visokio, located in UK.

Omniscope will run on Windows (as well as on Mac): all it needs is Java (if needed, a private copy

Data Visualization 2011: Spotfire 3.3, Silver 2.0

Sat, September 10, 2011

In May 2011 TIBCO released Spotfire 3.3  and first that jumped to my eyes was how mature this product is. 

For example, among new features is improved scalability – each additional simultaneous user of a web analysis initially claims very


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