But what did we learn from Brian? After talking only a few minutes, I became increasingly nervous and excited about how much the next generation already anticipates data to be used and help them make consumer decisions. Beyond companies figuring out how to gain insights, how can we help consumers make better decisions? And in the world of driverless cars and automated on-line ordering, data and technology are already making many of our routine decisions. How will visual analytics play a role in that world?
Therefore, to the college students out there getting ready to jump into the professional workforce, be ready to listen and appreciate how your company has made business decisions in the past to help them harness the power of all data out there to gain better insights. Don’t assume that apps already exist and be ready to work closely with your techie colleagues to help design visual analytics that bring greater insights than reporting alone. Most importantly, don’t ever stop thinking about the future and being innovative in how data will play a role in our lives – professionally and personally.