Data visualization solutions have increased in complexity in the recent years. Tremendous advancements in information technology and the wide adoption of the Internet had a positive effect on communication, data interchange and visualization across networks, businesses and social communities. Driven by the business need of analyzing large volumes of data and presenting them in a concentrated, transparent and easy to read form, data visualization instruments such as dashboard solutions register nowadays an increased level of adoption in several activity fields.
One of the fields that have started to be revolutionized by data intelligent visualization tools bringing more complex and up dated information closer to reader and fans in an easily understandable format is sport.
As a matter of fact what we are witnessing today in the data visualization field is sort of an “echolocation effect”: ideas bounce back from business to sports and business again. Such complex data visualization applications, can be used now back as sources of inspirations for a more creative business data visualization solutions.” (Enhancing business performance with intelligent data visualization – Ideas from sport)
Such an interesting and powerful visualization application that can be used in the future by businesses as a source of inspiration for data visualization purposes is presented below. It was built by the specialists of the Marca sport magazine, in order to celebrate FIFA 2010 Ballon d’Or event.
The application presents comprehensive information of this year’s winners as well as interesting details and statistics across the entire history of this prestigious individual football award, enabling closer and easier connections with fans. To closely view and explore the application click on the image listed below.
The application is also interesting if viewed from a performance management perspective. The KPIs used portrait a rich and complex image of the 2010 best football players performance, Lionel Messi, the winner of Ballon d’Or but also of Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez players who came second and third.
- % Votes received
- # International games played
- # Football games played
- # Games played in the first team
- # Goles scored
- # Assists
- # Recovered balls
- # Wrong passes
- # Winners of Balon d’Or by country or club
Marca.com (2010), Ballon d’Or 2010 interactive application, available at http://www.marca.com/2011/01/07/multimedia/graficos/1294419079.html, (accessed 10 January 2010)