Amassing a pile of big data is not sufficient to spur insight, even if you have clever ways of analyzing that data. The savvy data scientist must also find a way to make all this information tell a story so it can be understandable to others.
The cloud service — called Collaborative StoryBoards — presents a series of data visualizations as if they were scenes in a movie storyboard. Each “scene” contains a visualization of data, which can be assembled from multiple sources, and updated in real time. Each scene also contains notes explaining the chart and offers advanced chart functionality such as the ability to play back data from earlier periods in time.
Shahani-Mulligan described Collaborative StoryBoards as a superior alternative to business intelligence dashboards, offering more information and allowing the user to dig more deeply into the data being presented.
“A storyboard is like a connective tissue for live data that may be all over the place,” she said. “As you get more and more data, you need that connective tissue, otherwise it is difficult to find out what is happening.”
The service can also be a potentially superior alternative to the venerable desktop PowerPoint presentation, in that it can be linked to live sources of data, and can be easily updated by multiple contributors. A storyboard can also be widely shared, with the owner retaining control of the presentation through a single, canonical copy.