About Me

MichaelWelcome to my Data Visualization blog. I have been blogging about data visualization for over three-and-a-half years now. I owe any success I have with this blog to the people who are consistently following and visiting it. For that, I thank you for taking a look and supporting my blog.

I primarily have been focusing on the following topics:

  • Data Visualization
  • Infographics
  • Business Intelligence
  • Historical Aspects of Data Visualization (e.g., John Snow’s Cholera Map)
  • Storytelling
  • Comparisons of BI tools like MicroStrategy, Cognos, Microsoft Power BI and Tableau (although, Cindi Howson now at Gartner is best at this)
  • Big Data
  • R
  • Important things key members of our community say (e.g., Edward Tufte, Stephen Few, Alberto Cairo, Visualoop, etc.)
  • Cartography
  • Photography
  • Architecture
  • …and the list could keep going

Right now, my main work-related areas of interest are in developing self-service interactive, dynamic reports and dashboards for Web and Mobile (most notably iPad). I currently develop using Cognos and Tableau with Oracle and Teradata databases. I also have a sister site you can visit at http://www.microstrategytipsandtricks.com, however, I have not blogged on that site for quite a while.

My company is called Data Archaeology, but I am not currently actively seeking business or employment.

I am currently a full-time employee for one of the leaders in the automotive industry. I have an exciting, challenging job that excites me every day. I feel very lucky to be able to do what I do on a daily basis.

On a personal note, I decided when I originally started my blog to not allow sponsorship of my site so I can be objective about my views on all topics, particularly those related to BI and Analytics (BI&A) tools. You will not see me beating up on the various BI and Analytics platforms or any of their executive leadership (well, maybe some scolding).

MData Archaeology, Inc.y mantra that I  preach to everyone (or anyone who will listen) is to get our business partners or clients excited about their data. Now the way to do that could come in many different forms: understanding what the business wants and not assuming IT knows better, being partners and collaborating with our business partners versus have an Us vs. Them mentality, great data visualization, self-service BI, data anywhere (e.g., multiple devices), properly organized data that is easy to access, asking questions, making mistakes and provide actionable insights.

If you want to contact me directly, please drop me an e-mail at michael@dataarchaeology.net. I can also be found on Twitter at @michaelangeles.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you often.

Best regards,

Last Updated: July 25, 2016

Copyright (c) 2013-2016, Michael S. Sandberg. All Rights Reserved.

Latest Comments

  1. Henry Chamberlain says:

    Great blog! I’ll be back.

  2. ash hafez says:

    Hi Michael –

    Really like your blog and your approach. I’m a big fan of data visualization, and making it easier for others to enjoy.

    I am very interested to know your thoughts on the approach we’re taking with http://www.datacopia.com … where we’ve reversed the charting process, so you no longer need to know up front how you want to represent your data – you just plug it in and let the system suggest the best fit visualizations.

    many thanks!

  3. Kenneth Glenn says:

    Putting lipstick on pig….what good is visualization when your underlying data is flawed? Selling kool-aid to the suckers, not for me.

  4. David says:

    Hello Michael,
    Relative to your much talked about Chat of Political Liars . I know it would be a huge undertaking, but could you publish a similar chart for all of Congress (house and senate)?


  5. Chris Atkeson says:

    Do you have cheetah anatomical data, say from a CT scan?

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