The theme of Summit 2019 centered around the future of data and analytics, with more than 100 sessions and labs offered for attendees to hone their data skills. With this in mind, we invited customers to participate in our fourth annual “Show Me the Data Viz” contest to showcase how they leverage the power of Information Builders’ solutions to consolidate and make sense of their data.
The real purpose of the data – the business use case and desired outcome – is the driving force for our customers’ successes, so it was exciting to see the contest submissions. Entrants captured and shared screen shots of the applications built using WebFOCUS, which were in turn evaluated on three criteria:
- Aesthetics. Balance of colors, margins, font styles, grids, and more, which help to highlight important findings and minimize distraction
- Sophistication. Integration and usage of more advanced visualization capabilities, such as maps, KPI tiles, chart extensions, and infographics
- Application. Use of the right data for the right charts at the perfect data summary or density to tell a data story and offer a high degree of business value
While we reviewed dozens of impressive entries, three stood out for their excellence in connecting the data and surfacing its value.
While we reviewed dozens of impressive entries, three stood out for their excellence in connecting the data and surfacing its value. The following applications were selected as this year’s top three winners, each showcasing their innovative work during the closing Summit keynote.
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) dashboard allows interactive tracing with drill-through capabilities within the same portal and across different reports. This application was submitted by Rola Tokatli, senior BI analyst at GLFHC, and it has been co-developed with Information Builders consultant Deepak Menezes. A similar application has been submitted in memory of Information Builders consultant Gerry Muska, who worked closely with GLFHC.
City of Brampton
The City of Brampton, Ontario was recognized for its enforcement portal, in which each tab represents the portals for various different divisions under the enforcement department. This application is extensively used in day-to-day operations and has helped the City of Brampton improve efficiency and overall performance to better cater to its residents. It is reducing the response time to close incidents in the city and helping officers be more proactive and productive.
Taylor University was named a winner, in part for its TAYLORetention portal, which supports university retention by communicating to faculty and administrators how many students withdrew and their reasons for doing so. The organization’s SurveyAnalyzer dashboard provides data visualizations to discover trends, patterns, and outliers in university survey responses, while the Taylor Academic Information Portal (AIP) allows the university to roll up dozens of academic metrics across all departments.
Congratulations to each of the top three winners of this year’s “Show Me the Data Viz” contest. As I mentioned, there were many award-worthy entries this year. We look forward to next year’s Summit to see how our customers continue to evolve and derive increasing value from their data with Information Builders' solutions.