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snippet from an illustration on MDM

How to explain Master Data Management

snippet from an illustration on MDM
Technically difficult to explain topics benefit from clear visual explanations. We recently undertook a wide-ranging series of topical illustrations to help implement an SAP software upgrade. Here's one from the series, with definition, sketch, and final file. Master data management (MDM) is a comprehensive method of enabling an enterprise to link all of its critical data to one file, called a master file, that provides a common point of reference. When properly done, MDM streamlines data sharing Read more
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Business case stories are very persuasive when illustrated

a national infrastructure model
If you're trying to convince an audience that your approach works, it helps to use a good case story. Illustrating those cases can add the interest of a graphic novel, without being super nerdy about it. While working with the Forest Service we developed a series of cases describing the benefits of cloud-based collaborative mapping data, or geospatial data. Here are a few examples. As we discussed the benefits and opportunities, additional applications came to light for Read more

Enterprise change instructions made visual

One challenge in promoting an organization-wide change is tuning the message details correctly. When different people need the information at different times, and in different detail levels, the messages can become complex quickly. In this case for example, we had some technology users with compressed files and some with none. We had some users who were responsible for multiple computers. All had to migrated on a manageable and orderly schedule. Our response was to develop a critical path Read more

Data design for comprehension

A recent client in the Oregon Department of Transportation was looking to automate the production of about 50 reports to various local schools. The reports carried important information about the likelihood of students to walk or bike to school based on distance and other factors. We revised the reports to graphically communicate the information. There was production time savings to be found in exporting the 50 reports from Excel to Word so a more polished report could be produced automagically. Read more