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Panopticon Explorer .Net

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Claim: The application provides a new visualization technique that excels in dealing with complex data sets to aid in analysis.
Context: Tools to visualize complex data include every- thing from business intelligence suites to Microsoft Excel, but Panopticon lets users roll data up or down and jump between views for on-the-fly slicing and dicing.
Credibility: A domain expert will be required to map a new data set into the tool, and existing Excel spreadsheets may need to be reconfigured to allow for import. But once those issues are addressed, a properly configured treemap lets an analyst rapidly draw conclusions.

Panopticon Explorer. Net 1.0 Learning: Free download. Professional: $3,500 per user, per year. Premium: $4,200 per user, per year. www.panopticon.com

Many tools aim to help business users display complex numeric data and aid in decision-making processes, such as business intelligence software from Actuate, Business Objects, Cognos and spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft Excel. Now Panopticon Software's Explorer .Net makes its mark with a visualization program that can be a powerful ally to analysts working with large numeric data sets, particularly those with structures easily mapped to correspond to components--subcategory, size and color--in the treemaps it creates (see "Treemaps Explained," page 30).

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