With data-driven insights becoming more and more mainstream, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) are continuously trying to up the engagement quotient of their applications and provide a more comprehensive experience by providing users with actionable insights.

[We analyzed this trend in detail in our white paper Dashboards—Helping ISVs create a competitive advantage in a data-driven age.]

Continuing with this trend, on 11th July, 2014, Twitter extended its analytics dashboard to include organic tweets. Earlier, analytics was available only for Promoted Tweets and marketers had to rely on third-party apps to get insights on their organic tweets.

With the “enhanced Tweet activity dashboard”, all Twitter advertisers, Twitter Card publishers, and verified users can measure the performance of their organic tweets as well. So if you belong to either of these categories, here’s what to expect from your new dashboard:

Twitter Organic Tweet Dashboard
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The JavaScript Developer is a series of interviews with JS developers where they share their stories, inspirations and life lessons. This is the third part of the series.

irene ros

Irene Ros is an open source JavaScript developer with a focus on creating engaging, informative and interactive data-driven interfaces and visualizations. She worked for a number of years at IBM, the highlight of her experience there being the work at the Visual Communication Lab at IBM research. Today, Ros is the Data Visualization Practice Lead at Bocoup, a Boston-based open web technology company.

Here are the excerpts from the interview:

Tell us something about yourself

I have been a programmer for about 20 years now. I remember learning Basic when I got my first computer at the age of 9 and I never really looked back. Granted, I can’t say I made anything useful back then, but I fell in love with the ability to make computers do things with a few instructions.

A line or two about the current project you are working on.

At Bocoup, I am the Data Visualization Practice Lead, working with our clients, engineers & community to continue pushing the boundaries of data visualization on the open web. This translates into having many projects at the same time – I am already thinking about our next OpenVis Conf 2015, several community projects that I run: MobileVis, Miso Project and Blocksplorer , as well as working with my fellow engineers and clients to build excellent data visualization stories and interfaces.
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2014-world-cup-logo

What a match it was! There were tears, there were celebrations and there was drama. Mario Götze’s winning goal in extra time ended Germany’s 24 year wait for the World Cup title and gave her a 1-0 victory over Argentina in a nail-biting finale.

But alas! Sunday’s match also means a wait of 4 years until the next match. So no more staying up late in the night, no more guzzling down cans of beer and no more cheering for your favorite team. Already missing the World Cup? We too!

Well, we cannot make the FIFA World Cup happen sooner for you but we can leave you with some interesting data and visualizations as memories until 2018.
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SoftwareAdvice, a data visualization software review company that recently got acquired by Gartner, has published a report on Business Intelligence software buyer trends that caught our attention. The report is based on a survey of 385 companies via phone interactions, and presents a realistic overview of BI buying trends today.

Here are the 3 key findings from the report:

1. More than 60 percent of prospective BI software buyers are not IT professionals

Instead most buyers have job titles that correspond with business functions like financial officer, operations manager or marketing executive, to name a few. This is in line with our observations, where we’ve noticed that non-technical influencers are increasingly getting involved in the buying process. What previously used to be the domain of a few tech-savvy IT professionals, is now becoming democratized to include a variety of business functions like Product Managers, Project Managers, UX designers, and Business Analysts. Consequently, we’ve taken steps to meet these buyers’ information needs in the form of comparison tables, accessible white papers, blog posts, and more.

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The JavaScript Developer is a series of interviews with JS developers where they share their stories, inspirations and life lessons. This is the second part of the series.

Alexandru R Ghinea

Alexandru’s tryst with development started when he was about 14 and he tried his hand at modifying the Active Recovery Desktop files in Windows 98, to have pictures and blocks that pointed to different files across his PC, instead of having classical Windows icons (and it looked kind of what the new start menu in Windows 8 is today). Then he moved to Flash and Action Script for a while and it worked quite well for him, until they switched to AS3.0. Then he switched back to the HTML-CSS-JS stack but this time with a lot more know-how regarding code structure and micro optimizations and has never looked back since.

His skills range from UX (mainly concept creation, information architecture and front-end development for web and mobile) to development and testing. He is currently the Senior JavaScript Developer at Vauban and has his own startup called Digitally Inkorporated.

Here are the excerpts from the interview:
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The JavaScript Developer is a series of interviews with JS developers where they share their stories, inspirations and life lessons. This is the first part of the series.

Brian Rinaldi

Brian Rinaldi is the Developer Content Manager within the Developer Relations team at Telerik. He was instrumental in launching the Telerik Developer Network. He also helps with the editing, curating and promotion of the articles that are published on the forum.

Prior to joining Telerik, Brian focused on publishing HTML, CSS and JavaScript developer content for the Adobe Developer Connection at Adobe. Over the years, he has published in a variety of technical publications, has presented at numerous conferences and events and has served as a technical editor on a number of books. He is also the Founder of Flippin’ Awesome and blogs at remotesynthesis.com. He lives with his wife and two kids, Luke and Sam, at Boston.
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