Cloud Computing: Fact or Fiction? is a new infographic from Devry University helping to explain the basics about cloud computing, and the clear up the common misunderstandings people have about the Cloud.
Cloud computing allows you to store, access and share data from Internet-connected devices in one central location. As technology careers continue to grow across the U.S. and cloud computing creates nearly 14 million jobs by 2015, the Cloud is more important than ever. Here are the fact you need to know about the Cloud - and the fiction than many believe.
This is a really clean and easy-to-read design, with a great color scheme. The statistics to support each section are good, and clearly sourced in the long list of data sources in the footer.
The data visualizations are a mixed bag. The doughnuts are easy to read and the percentage bars are clearly visualized as portions of 100%. The 24% doughnut in the top visualization is wrong. That will catch many people’s eye, and cast doubt on the rest of the visualizations. Once you get one data visualization wrong, you lose credibility and people will more closely scrutinize the rest.
Why are other numbers not visualized? The “cyber attacks” and “people using the cloud” statistics would have been easy to visualize, but now seem unimportant to the reader because they are just shown in text.
The most interesting thing is that I got this promotional, marketing email (image above) from YouSendIt.com highlighting this infographic and showing the top portion with the incorrect visualization. As far as I know, Devry and YouSendIt are not related in any way, so this is just using someone else’s work for their own purposes.
Of course, infographics are meant to be shared, but you shouldn’t claim credit for someone else’s work, especially in an email promoting your own commercial services. By omitting any design credit to Devry in the email, the message implies that the infographic is coming from YouSendIt, so it looks like the YouSendIt designers messed up the data visualization. The negative impression created by the false visualization will now also create a negative impression of the folks at YouSendIt. Oops.