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One of the biggest challenges with Big Data is finding hidden patterns and insights. Data is valuable, but only if you can unlock the insights and communicate the story. Few people can match David McCandless’s ability to do just that. If you have picked up one of his books, Information is Beautiful and Knowledge is Beautiful ,or explored his Information is Beautiful Blog, you’ve been treated to beautiful visualizations and infographics that help distill the world’s data into interesting patterns, insights, and stories.

See David McCandless Unveil a New Visualization on the Internet of Things

David has been working on a never seen before visualization on the Internet of Things and the Networked Economy that he is going to unveil at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando May 5th. He has used his creativity as a data journalist and information designer to bring you a new perspective on one of the hottest topics and you are sure to come away with new insight into the interconnectedness of the technology, domains, and applications.

A version of the visualization David is creating will be ported into SAP Lumira so you can play with it live or render your own data in the same style.

Set Your Watch to Get There Early

David, in addition to being a Data Genius and one of the masters in the visualization world, also has a great stage presence – attested to by his 2+ million views on his TEDtalk. I don’t think there is even going to be enough standing room, so add it to your calendars now – session BN20581 on Tuesday May 5th at 1:30pm. And get there early!

Don’t Miss Out – We’ll Be Live Streaming David McCandless’ Presentation

Disappointed that you won’t be attending SAPPHIRE NOW? You’ll still be able to watch the presentation live streaming on our SAPPHIRE NOW channel.

Tweet Your Questions for David McCandless to Answer

David has agreed to answer some of the top questions from you. All you have to do it tweet your question using #DavidMcCandless hashtag and we ‘ll videotape his answers and post them on YouTube shortly after the end of SAPPHIRE.

Win Lunch on May 5 with David McCandless

Would you love to have an informal lunch with David McCandless on May 5th? All you have to do is comment on the Analytics blog post here answering the question:

“What is your favorite David McCandless visualization and why?”

The winner* will be determined by the number of stars that each comment receives by end of business day, April 30th. Note: you will have to be already attending SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando and available for the lunch between 11:00-11:45 a.m. on May 5th.

Depending on David’s schedule, he’ll likely be making an appearance at the Analytics Campus – keep your eye on the #SimplyGenius hashtag during SAPPHIRE for an announcement regarding the time.

You can follow David McCandless at @infobeautiful and myself at @AnitaGibbings.

* SAP employees are not eligible to win, but we encourage you to still share your favorite David McCandless visualization and why.