Dr. Howard Spielman tells Uruguayan
businessmen about cutting-edge technology and data.
May 25, 2004
Photos after the article
Howard Spielman, a U.S. consultant, brought cutting-edge
practices to Uruguay with his presentation on “business
Dr. Spielman, speaking at a working breakfast at the Hotel
NH Columbia Tuesday (May 25), told a group of more than
60 businessmen and woman about the use of modern data and
analysis to enhance their businesses.
Charting the use of data through history, Dr. Spielman used
his personal collection of antique charts and graphs, some
used by King George III of England in the 18th century.
He explained that while data analysis has been around for
more than 200 years, simple charts and graphs using three
dimensions have progressed to modern data, which can encompass
more than 15 dimensions in a single presentation.
“Technology lets us do all kinds of things today,”
he said. “The question is, what will help us present
the information in the best way to get a clear picture of
Using actual case studies, Spielman also showed examples
of charts that skewed data and others using the same data
to paint clearer pictures.
Spielman said it’s important for organizations to
have trained technology experts who can gather, present
and analyze data to be used effectively by decision makers
in the companies.
As president of International Management Semiotics, Dr.
Spielman works with companies in the areas of “business
intelligence” and “business performance management”
to optimize the impact of their technology in decision-making.
Dr. Spielman has a master’s degree from the University
of Rochester and an MBA and doctorate from Boston College,
where he pioneered his doctoral dissertation on “The
Impact of Computer Graphics on Decision-Making.” He
has lectured and consulted in the U.S, Europe, Japan and