Graeme O'driscoll
Graeme O'driscoll Head: Software Engineering

The world is becoming more visual. Think about the popularity of social networks such as Instagram and Pinterest; platforms where people can express their opinions and creativity with images. This rise in visual communication is changing the shape of business.

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Using this to your advantage could be the key to outdoing your competitors. This is especially true when you consider that 90% of the information we absorb is visual, or that we process visual information 60 000 times faster than words.

Data visualisation software presents CIOs and IT departments with fresh ways to view data. Bubble charts, word clouds and geospatial heat maps offer more interactive and concise ways of representing the mounds of data that most organisations generate daily. According to Oracle, by representing data in visual ways, you’re making it easier to understand and more useful.

So why should Cloud visualisations be on your 2017 IT to do list? Here are our top three reasons for embracing visualisation:

Visualisations are set to advance and become more customisable:

In 2017, the world of Cloud visualisation will be focused on tools that create powerful graphics and more advanced Cloud authoring capabilities. It’s important that these visualisations not only satisfy the needs of advanced data engineers and IT professionals but also that these tools and platforms are user-friendly enough for a regular consumer to understand.

When choosing the right Cloud partner, you should be able to customise offerings to meet your unique business needs. With Skylight from IS, you can choose from multiple Cloud providers and have one virtual environment for your entire business or select different environments for different departments and deployments.

Cloud visualisation builds quality:

Making use of visual systems mean that everyone can view a comprehensive representation of what’s happening in real time. In the 2015 State of DevOps Report, from Puppetlabs, Cloud visualisation is cited as a way to build quality into a system. “The more you build quality into the system — through automation, reducing batch sizes and shortening cycle times — the more effectively you manage your team’s workload and visualise work queues, defects and bottlenecks,” the report reads.

Cloud visualisation will transcend the usual BI capabilities:

Data visualisation makes BI management simpler. However, it’s important not to get too caught up in creating pretty graphics that make the data more complex. Visuals should make it easier to analyse and gain value from the data.

Dealing with all of this intelligence can be difficult, and, if not handled correctly, will add little value to your business. That’s where Skylight comes in. We have everything you need to view reports across all Cloud platforms and to manage complex tasks in the most effective way possible.

Want to find out more about how SkyLight can help you visualise a successful future? Why not schedule a demo.

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