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Re-inventing and Re-implementing the Wheel. Visualization Component Reuse in a Large Enterprise

Frank van Ham
IBM Business Analytics

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Published in: Proceedings of SIGRAD 2012; Interactive Visual Analysis of Data; November 29-30; 2012; Växjö; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 81:2, p. 5-5

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Published: 2012-11-20

ISBN: 978-91-7519-723-4

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


Most information practitioners will have implemented an interactive bar chart at some point in their career. In a large enterprise like IBM; we have hundreds of bar chart implementations available; across a number of different platforms. This represents a lot of duplicated work; and a potential maintenance nightmare. Ensuring correct and consistent design across the enterprise becomes much harder as a result. Adding to this problem is that our customers sometimes require new visualization types to be added to our products; or want to existing types tweaked to suit their needs.

In this talk I will talk about some of the practical problems we face in this area. I will also present an IBM rendering and mapping framework that represents a solution to some of these problems. By abstracting two key phases of the traditional information visualization pipeline; we can flexibly insert new mappings into products and facilitate deployment of previously created visualizations across different target platforms. I will outline some of the high level design constraints and present samples where possible.


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