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12 Days of Visualizations – Sun Burst

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Today we are launching our 12 Days of Visualizations program: http://events.pentaho.com/12days-of-Big-Data-Visualizations.html

We are going to release a few new visualizations every week over the holiday period. You can drop these visualizations into a Pentaho BA server and they will appear on the charting menu in Analyzer.

The first one that we are releasing is a Sun Burst chart. This chart is based on the Protovis sun burst chart – http://mbostock.github.com/protovis/ex/sunburst.html

The Sun Burst chart we created can be used in a couple of ways. Firstly it can be used as a multi-level pie chart. This sun burst shows how the sales in three territories breaks down into sales of product lines within those territories, and then how product line sales compare by year:

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This effect is achieved by using a color gradient for the outer ring that is based on the chart palette color of the inner rings, and by sorting the segments in each ring into descending order. When you compare the sun burst above with the pie chart below, you can see how much more information the sun burst provides.


You can choose to use a common color gradient on the outer ring so that it is easier to compare the items on that ring. In this example a blue gradient has been used for the outer ring. Regardless of which territory a city is in, the shade of blue it is colored in can be used to compare it with other cities.

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In this chart a red/yellow/green gradient has been used. Here the levels of the chart are year, quarter, and month so the data has not been sorted. The data for this chart is overtime costs so the gradient has been reversed to show larger overtime costs in red, and smaller ones in green.

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You can find out more about this chart here: http://wiki.pentaho.com/display/COM/Sunburst

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December 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm

5 Out Of 6 Developers Are Using Open Source

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ZDNet  reports on a Forrester survey that finds 5 out of 6 developers are using or deploying open source.


In the survey they found that 7% of developers are using open source software tools such as Pentaho.

The United States Department of Labor state that, in 2010, there were 913,100 software developers in the USA alone.


7% of 913,100 means about 64,000 developers using open source business intelligence software. Nice.

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December 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm