Ever heard the saying “square peg in a round hole”? We know that no “one size fits all.” Like people in society, stories found in data can be wholly unique.
Therefore, traditional charts in your visual storytelling might not always showcase the information as well as you would like.
Enter data visualization tools, which support custom chart extensions and visualizations to ensure that your stories are presented in the most accurate and attractive method.
In fact, the best custom chart extensions are designed with a developer in mind. After all, whether you need to craft custom visualizations just for your story or find data in a number of different sources—and you might have a very special one to report on—sophisticated data visualization software lets you build custom charts and connectors.
Some examples of more nuanced charts for unique visual storytelling include:
Combined stacked column and line charts (with or without two y-axes)
These are useful for showing trends in the data values, especially for dimensions that are time-based such as by Year, or for displaying the progression of your data along with potential patterns. For example, you can use a line chart to display the shift in product sales trends over several years.
These are often used in visual storytelling to reflect an important key figure, possibly highlighting a particularly large sum of money or a significant population increase.
These are used to show the relationship between the categorical values of two dimensions, such as People and Location.
These allow you to compare multiple measures across categorical values. For example, you can showcase the difference in revenue between companies.
Parallel coordinates chart
These are used to compare multiple measures for a single category.
This is a visualization type used for text data. The size and color of the value reflects the measure values.
These are often used to show the hierarchical relationship between dimensions.
These are used to show the cumulative effect of temporal or other sequential data.
So, the next time you want to share your data in a compelling way, consider building a custom extension. You can start from scratch, adopt charts you find on the Web, or use any of the open-source visualizations and data access extensions.
Ready to tell your story? Try the SAP BusinessObjects Lumira custom extensions today!
For more information on why data visualization is critical for your business, download the Data Storytelling Handbook.
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