To capitalize on the explosion of data, enterprises must be open-minded about open source software. By 2016, at least 95 percent of all IT organizations will be utilizing open source tools and methodologies for software development projects, according to Gartner.
Given the importance of data visualization, it’s critical to expand in-house data software development skill sets to include open source data visualization tools such as D3.js.
Such open source, web-based tools can provide companies with more flexibility, data interactivity and customization options than proprietary vendor data visualization solutions.
At the same time, open source projects are not turn-key solutions. To produce the best data visualization results, a blended approach often works well, using vendor solutions for data exploration and open source platforms for data explanation.