Tim Wilson BLOG

One more reason why you CAN'T just start with the data
One more reason why you CAN'T just start with the data
By on August 8, 2007

My boss mentioned Parkinson’s Law to me this morning in reference to a discussion we were having about sales and marketing process efficiency. I was familiar with the concept, but ... read more »

Sometimes, the best plan is to just ask
By on August 7, 2007

A fairly common web site registration form checkbox is something along the lines of: “Please have a sales representative from this company contact me.” It’s an easy question, very clearly ... read more »

Are you data-oriented or process-oriented?
By on August 4, 2007

Yet another entry on a topic that’s been kicked around in my head for several years, but which seems to come up every week or two. It’s the recognition that ... read more »

What happens if you combine 3D WITH fading axes?
By on July 26, 2007

I really hope this blog doesn’t become just a continuous series of rants around my pet peeves regarding data visualization. But…I stumbled across the following in a white paper about ... read more »

Vitriolic Rant Redux — 3D Pie Charts
By on July 18, 2007

Pie charts are generally bad enough. Mainly, because they take a lot of real estate to provide pretty limited information. But, they do have their place. That place is showing ... read more »

Vitriolic Rant about "3D" Charts
By on July 16, 2007

This is my second week in a row in training — just today and tomorrow this week, thankfully. This week, the product is HardMetrics which, frankly, is a pretty damn ... read more »

"Time Span" vs. "Time Range"…reporting
By on July 13, 2007

I spent all week in partner training for Eloqua, which is one of the premier marketing automation companies. My company has used them for ourselves as well as for our ... read more »

Sometimes, it doesn't make sense to look at the data
By on July 6, 2007

(YET AGAIN aiming for a briefer entry) We got into a discussion today at work about how we were going to optimize certain aspects of our marketing efforts. Specifically, we were ... read more »

In Search of the Mythical Step Function
By on July 5, 2007

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that the real world of data is a lot messier than a whole range of information outlets imply. Whether it’s web data, ... read more »

Reporting vs. Analysis
By on July 2, 2007

In my mind, all too often, we erroneously equate “reporting” with “analysis.” This can lead to a lot of cycles of spinning confusedly through reams of data or, worse, the ... read more »