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Wayne Eckerson

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Wayne has been a thought leader in the business intelligence field since the early 1990s. He has conducted numerous research studies and is a noted speaker, blogger, and consultant. He is the author of two widely read books: Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business (2005, 2010) and The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders (2012).

Wayne is founder and principal consultant at Eckerson Group,a research and consulting company focused on business intelligence, analytics and big data.

For many years, Logi Analytics carved out a profitable niche selling an easy-to-use report and dashboard development platform to information technology (IT) professionals. But its recent foray into analytics--with Logi Vision, a visual discovery tool that first shipped in January--targets business analysts.

Staying true to its commitment to ease of use, Logi Vision brings a fresh new perspective to analysis by making heavy use of heuristics. The tool makes it easy for business analysts to shape, analyze, and visualize data without IT assistance. For instance, the tool automatically identifies data types, concatenates related fields into a single data object (e.g. city, region, and country into location), rearranges columns based on relevance ratings, and suggests visualizations based on the contours of the data, among other things.

Besides its use of heuristics, Logi Vision supports other features that distinguish it from the growing crowd of visual discovery products. For one, Logi Vision offers unique collaboration features that are tailored to business analysts, including search-based discovery, favorites, and rankings. It also makes it easy for analysts to follow each other's work via a customizable shared workspaces and activity streams (think Facebook news feed).

In addition, Logi Vision offers sophisticated binning capabilities that enable analysts to create custom groups from numeric and date values. It also sports a home-grown mapping engine that enables users to view maps while disconnected from the internet. Finally, Logi Vision integrates components from Logi Info, the company's flagship BI development environment.

Logi Analytics shipped Vision 1.3 this week. For more information, go to www.logianalytics.com.

Posted August 26, 2014 10:00 AM
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