From time to time I keep pondering on what could be the future and I am sure lot of us get this science fiction imagery where the future data analyst will be given just a pair of holographic gloves and perform three dimensional analysis.
Let us stop day dreaming and get to the basics.
Dashboards have come a long way. These days lot of vendors are catering towards consuming big data etc. but I remember the days when the common target of BI vendors was "Excel". Looks like the focus has totally shifted from "Excel as the enemy" to "Big Data as the elephant".
1. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Author: by Edward Tufte
Publisher: Graphics Press, 1983
A modern classic. Tufte teaches the fundamentals of graphics, charts, maps and tables. "A visual Strunk and White" (The Boston Globe). Includes 250 delightfullly entertaining illustrations, all beautifully printed.
The top tech companies by market capitalization are IBM, HP , Oracle , Microsoft , Cisco , SAP , EMC , Apple , Amazon and Google
All of the top tech companies are selected based on their current market capitalization with the exception of Yahoo. The year 2014 is not included as part of this analysis.
Data: The source of this data is from the public financial records from SEC.gov