Welcome to my Data Visualization blog (yes, the shirt I am wearing is a Captain America shirt. I was wearing it the day my then 30-year-old son took me out for my birthday, and we went to see Avengers: Infinity War). I have been blogging about data visualization for over ten years now. I owe any success I have with this blog to the people who are consistently following and visiting it. They help me by offering their opinions and feedback. For that, I thank you for taking a look and supporting my blog.
I primarily have been focusing on several topic areas:
- Data Visualization
- DataViz tools like Tableau and Power BI
- Business Intelligence
- Centers of Excellence (CoE)
- Data Science
- Data Ethics
- Historical Aspects of Data Visualization (e.g., John Snow’s Cholera Map)
- Data Prep
- Interviews with interesting people in the Data & Analytics profession
- Datavizzes related to social issues as well as social good
- Cartography (I love maps!)
- …and the list could keep going
Right now, my main work-related areas of interest are to stand up a Data Visualization Center of Excellence (DVCoE) and trying to find the best ways to convey information quickly to my business partners that allow them to make actionable decisions. I am also very interested in tools and techniques to improve the sometimes difficult task of prepping data. Also, I am very interested in providing the right visual toolsets for our business partners so they can work independently with our data to do self-service reporting.
I currently use Tableau, Snowflake, Dremio, Python and SQL in my work environment.
I have an exciting, challenging job that excites me every day. I feel very lucky to be able to do what I love on a daily basis.
On a personal note, I decided when I originally started my blog to not allow sponsorship of my site, so please don’t offer or ask. This allows me to eliminate some level of bias in my review of products and presentations. I want to try to be as objective as I can about my views and opinions on all topics; in particular, those topics related to Data and Analytics (D&A). You will not see me beating up on the various Data & Analytics platform vendors or any of their executive leadership (well, maybe some scolding).
The mantra that I preach to everyone (or anyone who will listen) is to get our business partners 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 best, being partners and collaborating with our business partners versus having a Us vs. Them mentality, great data visualization, self-service BI, data ethics, data anywhere (e.g., multiple distribution formats), how to properly organize data that is easy to access, asking the right questions, making mistakes AND learning from it, and providing actionable insights.
If you want to contact me directly, please drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also be found on Twitter at @michaelangeles.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you visit often.
Last Updated: April 29, 2023
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9 thoughts on “About Me”
Great blog! I’ll be back.
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.
Putting lipstick on pig….what good is visualization when your underlying data is flawed? Selling kool-aid to the suckers, not for me.
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)?
Do you have cheetah anatomical data, say from a CT scan?
No, sorry, I do not.
Michael, do you have an image of the 48-star US flag that I could use in a historical novel that I’m writing?
Sorry I do not. Do a Google search on American Flags. There is a guy who has a web site with photos of I think almost every kind and variety made.
I was wondering if you have any advertiAsing opportunities available on
Do get back to me with more details Cheers