January 6, 2011 – Data visualization is in the middle of a growth phase and contributing to major improvements in business user insight and productivity, as well as usage of dashboards, according to the latest TDWI Best Practices Report, "Visual Reporting and Analysis."

Data visualization is increasingly an essential element of business intelligence in the form of charts, maps and other graphical representations. These elements help business users to better understand data and use it to achieve tactical and strategic objectives. For instance, 74 percent of survey respondents credit data visualization for a “very high” or “high” increase in business user insights.

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