With the goal to "democratize" visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis, and developed in CUE's Visual Communication Lab, it has an impeccable pedigree, and is available for the Internet to give it a try.
Some of the featured visualisations that caught my eye were:
Obama's speech in Cario - the emphasis on "we":
US Government expenses 1962-2004
Creating a new visualisation is easy. For example, obtain the data set from a publicly available data source (such as wikipedia). I picked up a list of all IBM acquisitions since 1999. After uploading the data, Many Eyes shows you the data to confirm it has understood the data uploaded:
The next page then provides a list of options to visualise the data. For example, the matrix chart looks like the following:
A Treemap view of this data looks like the following:
The same data can be visualised as a Bubble Chart:
Clearly there are exciting ways complex data can be visualised. Even better is that fact that we can soon expect such visualisations soon in Tivoli products.
For example, here's a visualisation of the BGP Event Data in a Treemap (which could be provided in Tivoli Network Manager at some time in the future):
Or, Event Data could be visualised as following for debugging root causes by NOC operators: