Advanced Visualizations on Oracle Endeca 3.1

Published January 31 2014 by Patrick Rafferty
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Ranzal is pleased to announce that our Advanced Visualization Framework is now generally available.  Spend more time discovering, less time coding.

The calendar has turned, the air is frozen and, with a new year, comes the annual deluge of "predictions and trends" articles for 2014.  Spoiler Alert: Hadoop isn't going away and data, and what you do with it, is everything right now.

Maybe you've seen some of these articles but one in particular, Forbes' "Top Four Big Data Trends", and more specifically, one section caught our eye.  It's simple, it's casual (possibly too much so), but it really resonates:

"Visualization allows people who are not analytics gurus to get insights out of complex stuff in a way they can absorb.”

At Ranzal, we believe the goal of Business Intelligence and Data Discovery is to democratize the discovery process and allow anyone who can read a chart to understand their data.  It's not about the fancy query or the massive map/reduce, it's what you do with it.

Creating a static visualization experience is easy.  Creating a dynamic, interactive visualization and that can operate at scale and in real-time is hard.  Providing the ability to create lots of them quickly is even harder.  This is what has driven us to create our new Advanced Visualization Framework.

We'll have a ton more to say about this in the coming days but our guiding premise is this.  If I come up with an idea for a visualization or, even if I see something cool on the Internet, how can I make it "real" in my Data Discovery application?

With that premise in mind, we built the Advanced Visualization Framework to allow a tech-savvy person to develop a scalable, re-usable visualization in a matter of minutes, not days.  For anyone who's written their own components in OEID, I imagine that sounds insane.  I promise that it's not.  Pretty soon, we'll have a video of building a "donut chart" for OEID with this framework in 15 minutes from start to finish.  From writing a query to seeing it on the screen, just 15 minutes.

For now, you can check out this video highlighting four of our visualizations that we built with this framework.  They'll range from a simple donut chart to the awesomely familiar experience of the famous "Health and Wealth of Nations" visualization remixed with Chicago crime data.  There's also a hierarchical relationship "walker" that lets me discover common and unique relationships among related components and sub components:


We've been quiet out here on the blog for the past month and it's not an accident as our efforts have been quite focused on this effort.  We're extremely excited about what we can show today but you can expect to see a lot more as time goes on.

If you want more information or have an idea for a visualization, drop us a line at  [at], we'd love to hear from you.


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