Book Review: The Visual Organization by Phil Simon

Book Review: The Visual Organization by Phil Simon

It seems fitting for Phil Simon to release his sixth book, The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions, on the same day that Nate Silver relaunched Silver’s 2012 book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t, turned Silver into a household name and proved the enormous value of a Big Data-driven approach to prediction making. Simon is no stranger to Big Data. His previous book, 2013’s Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data established why Big Data is essential for business to use.

The Visual Organziation

With The Visual Organization, Simon goes beyond the basics established in The Signal and the Noise and Too Big to Ignore, turning his expert eye towards data visualization – what it is, why it matters, and how becoming... keep reading

Massive Visualizations at CeBIT Depict The Scale of “Big Data”

At this year’s CeBIT computer trade fair in Hannover, Germany, the world’s most impressive and eccentric new technology has been on display. But between the pole-dancing droids and the robot moon monkeys, the massive data visualizations on display at the fair’s CODE_n exhibition in Hall 16 have turned heads with their artistry, execution and... keep reading

Infographic Competition: Visualizing the Scale of the Brain

This competition has ended. The winners can be seen here. President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative has brought brain mapping to the forefront of popular science. But what does it mean to map the brain? One human brain contains seven orders of magnitude of spatial complexity and at least 10 orders of temporal magnitude. These numbers... keep reading