This series of posts features insights from our latest e-book, “Best Practices for Visual Analytics: A Guide for NetSuite Users, Leaders, and Administrators.” This data visualization culture post is the final post in the series.
Select a Strong Visual Analytics Solution
Visual analytics requires more than just a new tool. It requires a new way of thinking about data. But the right tool can definitely help.
Be sure that the solution you choose will integrate with your existing processes, so users don’t have to interrupt their existing workflow to use it. And look for a solution that’s easy to use—the faster your employees can create visualizations, the sooner they’ll grasp the benefits.
Choose Your Champions
Every company has employees who are resistant to change. That’s why the initial rollout should include leaders who are well-liked and well-respected, and who are eager to try something new.
Foster a Visual Mindset
Encourage employees to practice and play with data visualization. As “Storytelling with Data” author Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic says, “Becoming adept at visualization does take practice. Like any skill, it’s about doing it over and over again and refining as you go and learning from other people out there who are doing it.”
One way to foster experimentation is to assign each department to create a visualization from the same data set and see how many variations emerge. Knaflic says that she enjoys the visualization space because it sits at the intersection of art and science. “Two different people attacking the same data visualization challenge might walk away with totally different approaches, totally different solutions. And that’s cool because it means there’s great room for diversity of thought and diversity of approaches.”
Go Visual First
Set a company-wide precedent—no more Excel spreadsheets in meetings. Instead, employees should come prepared with data visualizations. Recognize teams for any outstanding achievements in data visualization, and encourage all departments to reach a 100 percent adoption rate. And be sure upper management is walking the walk. The more your employees see visuals being used, the greater the likelihood of widespread adoption.
When used effectively, visual analytics can save you time and money, help you make better business decisions, and improve performance across the company.
To learn more about how a visual analytics solution can help you extract more value from NetSuite, download our latest e-book, “Best Practices for Visual Analytics: A Guide for NetSuite Users, Leaders, and Administrators.”