Chapter 8. AD HOC FLOW VISUALIZATION

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Although viewing the content of flows and running reports helps track down problems, some issues can be properly assessed through visualization only. The average human brain simply cannot assemble 6,000 lines of plain-text data into a coherent understanding of the situation. Transforming large quantities of data into visual form eases comprehension.

Perhaps the most common way to convert data to graphical form is through an office suite, such as Microsoft Office or OpenOffice.org. Office suites are not suited to automation, however. Once you have designed your graphs, regenerating them with new data should be ...

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