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data visualizations and dashboards

  1. Third, these tools can also build live data visualizations and dashboards themselves rather than forcing a separate operation from your company’s programmers or IT staffers. Those visualizations can be exported as flat graphic files or as code snippets that you can just copy and paste onto webpages or team websites. Dashboards can also be directly shared, oftentimes even with users who are not using the BI app.Integrating them with other apps is usually easily done through connectors, depending on whether or not the self-service BI app you are using has a connector to the app on which you want to share the dashboard. Some will still require some IT assistance, but even there the time required to perform the integration is often reduced versus starting from scratch with just a series of SQL queries. Those code snippets will also do more than simply render a visualization; they can also maintain their connections to the live data sources referenced in the query. This lets them change on the fly as source data changes—the primary function of any dashboard.

That certainly goes far beyond what you can get through a traditional spreadsheet. The good news is that even some spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel now includes data visualization capabilities. These tools can bring businesses of any size fresh perspectives on their data quickly and easily. Given that most businesses are being inundated with new data from all directions, a fast path to return on investment (ROI) is often reason enough to justify a self-serve BI or data visualization software purchase.