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How to Build Data Visualization Capabilities as Part of a Modern Business Intelligence Platform

Published: 12 May 2016

ID: G00297545

Analyst(s): Trent Henry


Users demand that organizations include data visualization as part of their modern BI platforms. Vendor tools increasingly add visualization features and blur the lines among categories, but IT teams can take steps to enable and standardize visualization, balancing governance and flexibility.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Savviness of the User Constituencies
    • The Goals for Visualization
    • Location of Current Tools
    • Location of Source Datasets
    • Target Audience(s)
  • Align With Data Governance
  • Prep and Transform Data (or Allow for It)
  • Equip Connector Infrastructure
  • Support Data Ingestion by Users
  • Deploy Product(s)
    • Discovery
    • Sizing
    • Provisioning
    • Performance Testing and Tuning
  • Assess and Integrate Additional Visualization and Analysis Capabilities
  • Broker Data Marketplace(s)
  • Facilitate Consumption and Collaboration
  • Conduct Training and Awareness With LOBs
  • Follow-Up
    • Create and Operationalize Monitoring
    • Revisit Governance Choices

Risks and Pitfalls

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