Data Visualization

6 Visualizations That Will Change Your Point of View

At MicroStrategy, we see your point. Literally. We work with companies around the globe, transforming big data into mobile visualizations. We know that choosing the right graphics will help you make the most of your data, and that choice can be tricky. To help you maximize both space and information, consider six of our favorite visualizations.

At MicroStrategy, we see your point. Literally. We work with companies around the globe, transforming big data into mobile visualizations. We know that choosing the right graphics will help you make the most of your data, and that choice can be tricky. To help you maximize both space and information, consider six of our favorite visualizations.

1. Bubble Graphs: Think of bubble graphs as a variation of a scatter plot. The main difference is that a third metric is introduced, and the data points become bubbles with colors and size representing the third metric.

2. Interactive Grid: The interactive grid widget displays attribute and metric data as a fixed-size grid. Within the grid, you can analyze data on a column-by-column basis. In each column, if enabled, you can toggle between multiple metrics or attribute forms by tapping the column header. This visualization has the feel of a grid, and it allows you to include more data and save space.

3. RSS Feed: News in your app! The RSS Reader widget displays web content updated and delivered in the RSS data format. An RSS document, called a feed, stores a summary or full text of a web article or blog entry from a web site. It enables you to retrieve updated content in a condensed and streamlined form.

4. Multimedia Widget: With a multimedia widget, you can browse and view files — such as documents, images, and videos, within your mobile app. It enables you to download and open Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning, or WebDAV, documents from within a document.

5. Heat Map: Heat Map widgets make it easy to analyze and compare related values when they are part of a larger whole. In one glance, you can see the difference between attribute elements with the largest and lowest metric values for two different metrics. This is easy because you only need to look for two things: rectangle size and color. In the legend, you can display the minimum and maximum values that correspond to smallest and largest rectangles. A color gradient correlates rectangle color to a second metric value.

6. Maps: Map widgets integrated into a mobile app are becoming essential to any mobile solution. Map widgets allow you to search and view information for locations on a map. Renders geographic location based on either spatial point or latitude/longitude. 

These are just some of our favorites. But wait, there’s more! Find out about our other favorites and what visualizations can do for your data by watching our on-demand webcast, "Basic to Breathtaking - There's a Mobile Widget for that!"

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