They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When it comes to data visualization, a picture could be worth a billion data points – or more precisely what that data is telling you.
Through graphical representation, data visualization helps us understand massively large data sets, unlock their value and more effectively map the relationships between different types of information.
It’s the difference between 100 daily temperature readings listed in a spreadsheet and a graph that shows cooling trends from August through October. Which one will help a meteorologist predict the weather tomorrow?
With 49 petabytes – or 49,000,000 gigabytes – running across our network on an average day, AT&T runs one of the most complex and intricate networks in the world. It’s imperative that we have the ability to view, analyze and act on the billions of data points that tell us exactly how our network is performing. Data visualization helps our network engineers identify trends and pinpoint potential issues, in near real-time.