If you have the X Y coordinates for each bubble, you can map these similar to the example that Tableau uses - see this link: http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/gallery/analysis-teeth
Just download the workbook for the example of how this is done.
Great solution Justin - doesn't look like anything changes on the background. Even if Siddharth only has radial coordinates, that's an easy fix.
The background image is static to add visual context. This seems similar to what Siddharth is attempting to do with his example image.
Thanks a lot guys. I will have a look at that and try and do so with the data I have. I do not have any coordinates as of now cause there are no coordinates in the data set I have. They are just a bunch of numbers, priority levels, and regions (North etc). Not sure how the coordinates can be developed. Any idea?
I've been in the situation where someone wants me to replicate a data visualization done in other software. Often it's a poor viz but one the end user is used to seeing. Are you able to suggest that Tableau may offer a way to produce a viz that's even better than what you were given?
If so, here's two alternatives that I think are easier to read and tell an understandable story. I like alt v 2 the best. If you like it or want to play with the idea all you have to do is complete transcribing the information from your image into the .xls I uploaded.
I've uploaded the jpg, the .tbwx (it's in v7, in case you haven't switched over yet), and the .xls to show you how I just took the info from your jpg and put it into a structure to produce the graphs.
As for reasons to try to improve the graph you were given, I'll try to keep it short:
1. There's no reason to make it so hard to read by making the reader turn his head in circles. In the U.S., I haven't used that style of writing in circles since I passed notes in 6th grade to the cute girl sitting in the back row. ;-)
2. The target graphic hurts understanding. If it's a target then usually the center is the best spot. Here the target has no relation to the message conveyed. In fact, the center spot is empty, which reveals that the target image is superfluous.
3. Putting each year in one of the rings doesn't clearly convey progress over time. It's confusing. Except for astro-physicists showing a supernova few people think of time as moving from the center to the edges. ;-)
4. What do the colors mean. Did I guess right, that it's a status indicator? And why do some specific programs have a status report in more than one year? It's not clear.
So here's my 2 cents. If we're lucky it'll be worth half that. ;-)
I really like your explanation as to why the Round visualization is not the best thing in the world. And you convinced me. I agree that this visualization is superfluous, but I am sure you all know that the 'Consumer is indeed the king'. So if he says 'I would like to see something similar', I give him that indeed. I like your example and hopefully will be able to replicate that. But he was asking me if I can produce the same thing (the picture that I attached previously). Bubble charts inside a bubble and stuff like that. I am trying my best to work with it and in the meanwhile if you do get some ideas in the next couple of days, please do share. I would love to have a look.
Your idea was worth all the time you spent on it. Hopefully it will convince the audience
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Thanks for your kind words. Before you spend a ton of time making up numbers so you can put dots on an scatter plot and the target in the background. Just put the proposed version next to the old one. And let your customer decide.
BTW, the fact that you'd have to make up numbers to put your dots on a scatter plot is another thing that shows the old viz doesn't convey accurate info. In other words, the dots can appear anywhere w/in a ring. The placement at one end or the other or in the middle doesn't mean anything and doesn't add actionable information. the alternatives below show quickly that security projects are always done ahead of time, and enterprise apps have troubles, and enduser computing is a mixed bag but generally good.
See the attached dash board. I just put your image on the dashboard in an image box.
Great input Bruce.