AoF 63: Do we Need a New Data Viz Language? w/ Raphael Branger

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In Episode 50 with Jurgen Faiist, I discussed why we needed a new data visualization language. In today’s episode, we return to debate that topic with my good Suisse buddy, Raphael Branger, who is a Principal Data & Analytics Consultant at IT-Logix in Switzerland. Raphael is an IBCS Certified Consultant (he introduced me to it) as well as a Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner with more than 18 years of experience in business intelligence and data warehousing. I met Raphael almost a decade ago when he invited me to keynote their epic BI event in Zurich. As one of the most passionate people I’ve met around requirements gathering ‘engineering’ as he calls it, his feedback was instrumental to the ongoing enhancement of our BI Dashboard Formula methodology!

In today’s episode, Raphael gives examples of why a new data viz language is necessary and explains the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) SUCCESS poster and how those standards can help. So much knowledge bombs in this one! Be sure to tune in!

“Just showing some data doesn’t add value to the reader. It’s always out of the context you put that data in.” [24:10]



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3 Knowledge Bombs

  • [17:24] - Raphael on Creating Dashboards : “Suddenly I start to learn that there is much more than simply creating a new report and just putting a table and a few charts on it. It’s really about the perception of how can we understand data and how can we visualize data.”
  • [35:52] - Raphael on International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) : “It’s the community discussing together what are the rules we want to have and where do we need to change the rules according to community needs?”
  • [53:45] - Raphael on (IBCS) : “We actually do not want to convince people from a theoretical point of view or standpoint.”

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [03:01]  - Transformational Stories and Lessons Learned: The pros and cons of on whether a new data visualization language is needed
  • [03:15]  - User Expectations: Real-world experiences using the IBCS standards
  • [07:46]  - How Mico and Raphael met
  • [16:16]  - Raphael’s home life and background
  • [17:25]  - The value that clear data visualization brings to the client
  • [18:54]  - The types of clients that Raphael works with at IT-Logix
  • [20:52]  - What International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) means
  • [22:02]  - Key Quote: “The overall value, or awareness of value, for analytics grew a lot during the last few months” - Raphael Branger
  • [24:45]  - How to ease communication between consumer and creator
  • [26:52]  - How Raphael uses the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) SUCCESS poster
  • [28:40]   - Why the types of charts you use are so important
  • [35:41]  - Key Quote: “I think it’s an important aspect that IBCS is not a proprietary method, it’s kind of an open-source standard.” - Raphael Branger
  • [38:14]  - What companies who want to incorporate their brand coloring can do if they use RAG (red, amber, green) colors
  • [40:01]  - The audience for a new data visualization language
  • [41:08]  - Key Quote: “If you start to teach your audience to talk the same language, communication is simplified indeed.” - Raphael Branger
  • [43:20]  - An example of a moment where things didn’t go as planned and Raphael was able to use the new language to help
  • [46:57]  - Raphael’s history with the BIDF Analytics Data Dictionary (formerly KPI blueprint)
  • [51:50]  - How to get started with International Business Communication Standards (IBCS)
  • [53:00]  - Raphael’s special offer to the first five AoF respondents! (must tune in to hear)
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[On International Business Communication Standards @IBCS_A] “You don’t need to apply everything. There is no IBCS police, I always say.” [52:32]

Links and Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Raphael ’s fav resources

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