There’s always been a divide between business and IT. And now the demands of big data have widened that gap. To close it, we’re seeing the emergence of a new role—the data artist. Data artists go beyond traditional analysis to create visualizations that portray facts, relationships, flow, and patterns in ways that the average business decision maker can quickly understand. They literally paint with data—transforming terabytes of often obscure data into meaningful information. Of course, data artists need flexible, extensible tools that help them understand and visually communicate the living, breathing nature of data. Interactive, multi-dimensional tools that offer real-time visibility into data from all types of data sources can help data artists reach their full potential.