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Data visualisation is definitely this year’s hot topic in BI: I’ve already blogged about how much I like Tableau (though they seem to be pretty much in bed with Hyperion now), and now here come Microcharts – another cool way of looking at your Analysis Services data:
Take a look at the online gallery:
To be honest I’d never heard of sparklines and so on before I saw an early beta of this stuff, but I’m definitely a convert now and with the focus on Microsoft BI now switching heavily to Excel with Office 2007 this is a timely release.  

Written by Chris Webb

September 6, 2006 at 9:23 pm

Posted in Client Tools

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  1. Hey Chris – Sparklines were developed and refined by Ed Tufte – see his new book Beautiful Evidence for a great read!


    September 7, 2006 at 12:35 am

  2. I just finished reading an enlightening book called "Information Dashboard Design: The effective Visual Communication of Data" by Stephen Few. He uses these exact same chart types / styles.


    September 7, 2006 at 8:20 am

  3. Sparklines are a great tool.  Check out for a C# implementation.

    Jason S.

    September 7, 2006 at 2:01 pm

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