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9-5 vs. 5-9

You’d have to be living in the most desolate areas of the globe not to feel the onslaught of information clamoring for our attention. In the midst of it all, there are pieces that inform and enlighten, but most information is just noise. Those of us who spend time on our computers from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. are able to take advantage of some very savvy, user-friendly, semi-efficient ways to cut through the clutter.

For example, I love Google Finance’s interactive stock charts and Bestiario’s Videosphere project, showing the semantic relationship between videos. But from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., many of us are saddled with applications that were developed for much smaller volumes of data and that take much longer to respond to our information needs.

Most information research states that data is doubling every 18 months. Some say even faster. Regardless of the actual timeframe, data is growing faster than it can be consumed and digested. Companies and individuals are constantly being challenged to make decisions more quickly with less time to analyze the data that is required as supporting evidence for their conclusions and proposed courses of action.

What makes 5-9 applications so much more appealing? Much of it is their ability to present information visually and use graphs that the viewer can interact with. But the 9-5 world is catching up. It’s moved from data-heavy reports, to static graphs, to dashboard widgets, to today’s interactive graphs (many of them copied from the Internet).

It’s been well documented that one of the best ways to understand data, especially lots of it, is through good data visualization. Since most of us at JMP spend lots of time on our computers (much to the displeasure of our significant others), we are constantly on the lookout for better ways to present information to our users in an interactive, intuitive, visual way. We know we can learn a lot from 5-9 applications. What are your favorite 5-9 applications and why?

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Gail Massari wrote:

Fanned. 5-9 and 9-5 is a fun twist. It is always night somewhere, right?