Blog post: 2012 British Open - Cognos Insight App Challenge results! (Winners Identified Below)
Well, we've closed the submission deadline for the inaugural Cognos Insight App Challenge and now it's time to vote!
For this challenge we have 3 very excellent entries from Ryan Sharp, Katrina Read, and Clifford Lobo. (Screenshots of their submissions are shown below.)
For those who weren't aware of this Cognos Insight App Challenge, the rules are simple: participants download the starter '2012 British Open' Cognos Insight app, or CDD file, from the AnalyticsZone's App Exchange community and upgrade it however the participants feel will improve the apps analytical and visual 'insight' to best analyze and understand the British Open's results. We created this "British Open" Cognos Insight starter app about a week ago, where we included some high level stats from last week's British Open. Cognos Insight App Challenge participants can modify this starter version however they'd like. The catch is though that they've only got 45 minutes to do so, which really limits how involved their changes can get. We had a lot of people download the stater app where we ended up with 3 really excellent entries that not only presented the data really well for further analysis but they also added awesome images, or qualitative information, that really helps tell a story in a way that complements the associated stats.
We think you'll really like each one. The actual Apps that go along with the screen shots below are in the 'Files' section of this App Exchange community within AnalyticsZone. We definitely think everyone should download each CDD file and play around with all 3 entries before voting because there's certainly more to each one than can be discerned from only looking at the screen shots further down in this post. Yes, you gotta demo each of their apps because they're fun to mess around with!
To help everyone with this, I put together a brief synopsis of the submissions:
1) Ryan Sharp: As you can see, Ryan's images and his choice to only display the winner and runner-up's stats is intentional because I'm guessing he believes this is the real story of the tournament. (I agree.) He also does a running total of Ernie Els's and Adam Scott's scores - stats and bar chart - which gives you an interesting look at how far off the radar Ernie really was for Adam Scott going into the final round. The dashboard images he infuses throughout the App certainly help explain what the data perhaps can't really show: that Adam Scott blew what seemed like a sure victory. Yes, it's clear to me from the images he chose that Adam Scott must have done something to lose his grip on the Claret Jug. Was it simply a missed putt on the final hole or was there more to this story? These images alone would make me want to investigate Adam's hole-to-hole scores, especially the final round, to see what's behind this. Ryan also chose to add in the featured line, "The New Greg Norman" which says something more too. At 42, Ernie still seems to have it! Nice job, Ryan!
2) Katrina Read: Instead of focusing on the winner versus runner-up, Katrina went for more of a total field focus with visualizations for total results against the 4-round par of 280 as well as an earnings breakdown that each golfer takes home from their placement in this tournament. I think this one's very fantastic with bar and pie charts and nice visuals as well. Everything's laid out really well for analysis without cluttering the dashboard with too much information. This one's cool too! Katrina's done it again!
3) Clifford Lee: There's really excellent stuff in Clifford's entry too. Take notice of how he's able to bring in the 'Position' and 'Par' filterable dimensions as an addition layer for further analysis. Now that's pretty cool! He's also done a great job integrating the visualizations with the data giving a few different cuts of the information. It all looks very sharp and easily digest-able for the user. This too is excellent! Great job, Clifford!
Click here to get their Cognos Insight CDD application files now!
Each one of these is extremely well done and very professional looking. I could easily see any of them on a major sports website as the main page for the British Open without question. More importantly, I could see any of these utilized by an analytics team as a front end for their workgroup or department or even functional area to use this as their analytical app for 'everything 2012 British Open'. Keep in mind that the data is sparse because I provided a sparse baseline of data, which is what limited everyone's analytic detail. I thought for our first one we'd keep the data relatively simple and perhaps in future competitions we'd have a larger sample of data with even more dimensional detail. But that's for another time. Let's start slowly and build from there. Everyone okay with that?
That's my high-level set of remarks on each entry. They're all excellent and are winners in my mind but I'll leave it up to you all to give your two cents.
Here's the 3 '2012 British Open - Cognos Insight App Challenge' entries:
RYAN SHARP's Entry
Katrina Read's Entry
Clifford Lobo's Entry
Thanks everyone for getting involved! Your participation is really going to make this community a success.
Click here to get the CDD files.
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