Data Visualization Driving Culture
The Poolytics project was an experiment with real-time data visualization strategy, while driving some fun competition within the office.
The application uses open-source visualization libraries to track statistics in real-time as the pool game is being played. Players are rated by activities, past game stats and ranked by wins.
Using open-source, best of class, visualization libraries such as D3.js, which is an incredibly powerful and widely used (New York Times, Simple, etc) tool to bring data to life.
In order to effectively store data that can be updated in real-time, a data storage strategy was crucial. MongoDB is an open-source cross-platform document database.
Using these two modern web technologies, we are able to push the boundaries for product integrations to drive these emerging data visualization techniques.
Data visualization is a rapidly growing space, due to it’s story-telling ability. Having a product that can aggregate data sources and paint a picture quickly and concisely is crucial for business intelligence reporting. Utilizing real-time data, businesses will be able to adapt and forecast decisions around strategy proactively and more effectively. Further, clear data visualization that quickly communicates on something like energy usage could have long term impact on personal efficiencies and create major aggregate gains simply by creating awareness.