I know some of you guys must be working in plants that handle enormous amounts of data. I’m looking for some suggestions on what you do to make the data more presentable for a user without causing sensory overload.
For instance, let’s say we have a soup factory. At any given point in time, we could be making 50 different kinds of soup and in different can sizes. We have empty cans, unsealed cans, and full cans ready for palletizing. We store the location and status of every can in our database, and have stored literally tens of millions of cans.
So, what have you done to effectively present this data to the user? For instance, Joe wants to know how much chicken soup is in the plant. He clicks on a chicken icon, and then…? It would be easy to create a table, but I don’t want it to be too accountant-ish. It would be great if he could click on the chicken, and get a feel within seconds if he thinks he might have to schedule an extra shift that weekend, if he is running out of chicken soup labels, etc, and then mine the data more thoroughly if necessary. Does that make sense?
Anyway, thanks for any ideas.