Tuesday, March 16, 2010

OBIEE Start reading on graphs!

OBIEE 11g is coming!

We don’t no when, but we do know that the increase in graphical possibility's will be HUGE!.

In that lays a huge danger, developers have a natural tendency to try out all options, and even worse give all the options to their clients often resulting in very “colourful” dashboards.

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If you are coming from OBIEE 10G and want to prep for 11g you might want to catch up on some reading on how to make good graphs, instead of only colourful graphs!

For several years the books of Stephen Few: (http://www.perceptualedge.com/blog/) where considered as the one and only standard. Certainly he was one of the first to write things down: (Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data ) This is still a must read for every Dashboard developer.

Recently a new book has arrived “The wall street journal guide to information graphics” by Dona M. Wong. Personally I find this easier to read then the Stephen Few book. I like the setup where on the left page there is a “bad” example and on the right side there is a “good” example. Another good feature of the book is the statistical “brush-up” chapter.

Till Next Time

1 comment:

Siddhartha said...

John,
Thanks. I was searching for this.