It has been almost ten years since the release of Windows 95. Hidden in Windows 95 was a library containing functionality never before seen on the desktop - Open GL. Open GL, a standards-based enabling technology, made creating interactive 3-D graphics faster, easier and more dependable than before.

Now, 10 years later, where have these 3-D graphics gone to provide business advantage to those working with data? Instead of the virtual reality interfaces postulated in 1992, interactive desktop 3-D has become much more effective at solving specific business needs in monitoring, analysis and reporting and is now broadly referred to as information visualization and visual analytics.

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