The web is constantly growing and expanding. That’s a good thing. It means that We have more information and more information sources at our disposal both on our computers and mobile devices. But, what’s going to happen when all this information blows up? (okay, not blow up) but what’s going to happen when it all gets out of hand? Clearly, something needs to be done about these volumes of data that We are subjected to everyday.
Last night I was going through my latest collection of TED talks when I came across a pretty interesting talk by Microsoft’s Technical fellow, Gary Flake showcasing a new application from Microsoft labs named Pivot. If you didn’t know, Pivot is a software application from Microsoft Live Labs that allows users to manipulate , interact with and search large amounts of data.
Indeed, Mr Flake’s presentation was dazzling , filled with all sorts of demonstrations on how people could use information until patterns begin to emerge and then be able to see trends that would otherwise be invisible . He goes on to argue that … “There’s a great need to give people the power and ability to slice and dice , manipulate and extract value out of information..” — that’s where Pivot comes in.
From a user perspective, I am not going to say much — However, I think Pivot is going to change how people perceive and visualise data. Tell us what you think?
Take a look at this TED talk for more on Pivot.