More Analytics Cartoons

[This is a follow on to the Analytics Cartoon page]

Please feel free to use these cartoons in your presentations, university courses, books etc, for free, as long as you drop me a line to let me know what you have planned (telliott at timoelliott dot com),

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Data is the new oil? Absolutely! Toxic if mishandled…

Cartoon: Data is the new oil? Absolutely -- toxic if mishandled!

Are we really ready for the consequences of networked home appliances and the Internet of Things?

Internet of things cartoon: "Bad news -- the scale is threatening to cut off our access to the fridge"

What will happen when preventative maintenance meets health?!

IOT cartoon: predictive maintenance for health : "henry, it's for you, apparently your heart is about to fail!"

Are you still torturing your data? There’s a better way:

Analytics Cartoon: torturing the data "if you don't reveal some insights soon, I'm going to be forced to slice, dice, and drill!"

What is a data scientist?

Cartoon: what is a data scientist? a data scientist is a business analyst that lives in california

Data scientists are the new rock stars:

Cartoon: data scientists are the new rock stars.

Careful your data lake doesn’t turn into a data swamp:

Cartoon: from data lake to data swamp

And make sure your various analytic efforts don’t turn into “data puddles“:

we call them our data puddles cartoon

Big data marketing can be creepy:

marketing analytics cartoon: "my life is being tracked by big data marketers and all I got is this lousy t-shirt"

What chance does data have?!

Cartoon: opinions are stronger than data. "you may well have data, but I have strong opinions, and I pay your wages!"

It doesn’t take a fortune teller to know that Predictive Analytics is the future.

Predictive analytics cartoon: why the change from fortune teller? Well, I could see where the future was going... "

Big Data might well be important for your next job:

Big Data Cartoon: "I didn't get the promotion -- apparently my data wasn't big enough"

What’s the real business benefit of in-memory processing?

Cartoon on in-memory processing. The benefits is now you can change your mind even faster!

The problem with most analytics is that it’s not fast enough

Cartoon: the problem with most analytics is that it comes too late

Hadoop is great — although they sometimes seem like they’re reinventing the wheel:

Cartoon on reinventing the wheel with hadoop

Finance isn’t sure about Hadoop, either:

Cartoon: finance here, we're not sure about this hadoop thing -- could you just dump it all into Excel for us?"

Are you making the most of your dark data?

Dark Data in the Cellar

How much could YOUR organization save if you had reliable, consistent information?

we waste 2 million arguing

Cartoon: money wasted on getting the right figures. I say it's 2M a year. No! I say it's only 1M.

Never let anybody tell you that failure is not an option…

failure was an option

Here’s one way to optimize data warehousing performance!

How to Optimize Your Data Warehouse Performance

What’s next in Big Data? Well, I daringly predict that there will be more of it…

Data Privacy is important… please help.

You want my metadata 608

A lot of analytics just seems completely made up:

bad news statistics

Use the right technology for the right type of analytics…

I'm just not that into you

Who’s data is it?


So you think YOUR definition of Big Data is the only correct one? Go jump in a data lake…


Are you SURE you want to complain about data privacy?

Some think that artificial intelligence is the next “killer feature”

This self-driving car has a killer feature

We all need help justifying our opinions, right?


Do you spend too much time debating what terms mean in analytics, and not enough time actually dealing with problems?!

Data is the new currency of business?!

The three Vs of big data? (Volume, Velocity, Variety). All your boss cares about is the 4Ms — Make Me More Money!

Cartoon: The only Big Data letters I care about are the four Ms -- make me more money!

I don’t like those facts… do you have any others?!

Are you so busy trying to build the perfect analytics infrastructure that you don’t actually spend time helping people with analytics?!

Analytics charts to take to a desert island?!

You can lead a boss to data, but you can’t make him think!


So far, our Big Data investments have just made your stupidity more scalable!


Are your analytics folks so incompetent that they can’t even juggle the numbers properly?!

“Your way sounds data-driven and rational. But I’m not!”

We already tried using facts — so now it’s time for a different approach!

How real-world executives often react to their new dashboards!

The data may well be on your side — but that might not be enough!

Executives can only avoid bad news for so long…

Next time your boss asks for a breakdown of the numbers?

It’s important to tell stories with your data and dashboards!

“Gut feel” has a long history in analytics! Are you doing it right, though?

Here’s the only speed-related metric that executives care about!

What’s the point of a data lake? It’s so you can drown in data even faster!

How the average analytics system works…

What most analytic architectures look like — shiny front end, horrible plumbing!

Is innumeracy a real problem in analytics?!

A heat map to keep you warm, some pie chart and a donut chart to eat, sipping your bar chart drinks while sitting at a data table, illuminated by the soft glow of the candlestick chart as the waterfall chart gurgles behind you… what more could you want?

Hybrid? Best-of-breed? Or just ugly?!

I have NEVER seen an organization that overinvested in data quality as part of their analytics projects — it’s ALWAYS a “surprise” about how much extra time and effort it takes than planned…

Modern politics (and business?)

Cartoon: facts are obsolete -- now it's just about whether I can get away with it!

Go back to the earlier Analytics Cartoons


82 responses to “More Analytics Cartoons”

  1. Ryscha D Williams Campbell Avatar
    Ryscha D Williams Campbell

    Dear Timo

    Love your cartoons.

    With your permission, I would like to use some of them for a data literacy campaign with my organization.

    With warm regards

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Ryscha, I’m honored, please go ahead!

  2. Sandra Ramos Avatar
    Sandra Ramos

    I love your cartoons! Can I use some them for a couple of data analysis classes?

  3. John Kiefer Avatar
    John Kiefer

    Hi Tim,
    I’d like to use some of your cartoons during lunch and learns I provide to municipalities managing flooding and erosion. The audiences tend to be broadly inter disciplinary and would appreciate the humor as a segue into deep data dives with my data.

  4. Karen Moses Avatar

    Hi Timo,
    Thanks for creating all these great cartoons to help make the case for using data for planning. I have the opportunity to promote collecting and using data to improve the health of campus communities. Could I use some of your cartoons for these trainings? Thanks!

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Karen, please go ahead… good luck with the trainings!

  5. Tess Avatar

    Hi Timo, I’d like to use a few of these amazingly accurate cartoons for a conference presentation. Is that OK? Thanks!

  6. Aruna Kanaparthy Avatar
    Aruna Kanaparthy

    Hi, Great cartoons! Can I some of these for a blog post to add some fun?

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Aruna, please go ahead…

  7. Dennis Avatar

    Hi Timo,

    I love your cartoons! Can I use them for some LinkedIn posts as well as for a couple sessions at work?


    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Dennis, yes, please go ahead…

  8. Dan Campbell Avatar
    Dan Campbell

    Id like to use some of the cartoons in a chat window during a call to add a little fun. Isa that ok?

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Dan, please go ahead!

  9. Shruti Avatar

    Hello Timo

    Loved reading through your creative, smart and witty cartoons. Is it okay for me to use it for reaching out to analytics folks over email?

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Shruti, please go ahead!

    2. Amanda F Avatar
      Amanda F

      I love the way your cartoons take deep topics and simplify them! With your permission may then for a social post?

  10. Kristy Avatar

    Hi Timo. Dig the cartoons. May I use one of the cartoons (Good Morning! What Opinion can I help you justify today?) for a HR seminar on workplace data?

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Kristy, thanks for asking! You have my full permission…

  11. GN Avatar

    Awesome Cartoons, can I use them please?

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      GN, Yes, you can, but please let me know what you’d like to use them for!

  12. Irina Avatar

    Hi Timo,

    Thank you for your great cartoons! Could I use one for an internal company presentation?

    Thank you,

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Irina, yes please go ahead!

  13. Dominique Avatar

    Hi Timo,
    Thank you for letting me use your cartoons for free.

  14. wan Avatar

    Dear Timo

    Great cartoons

    With your permission, can I use them for a presentation on business intelligence and analytics?

    Thank you

  15. Rahul Avatar

    hi timo, can i use your cartoons for some of my posts on linked in?

  16. Sa-ad Avatar

    Dear Timo

    Love your cartoons.

    With your permission, I would like to use them for a presentation on data analytics.

    With warm regards

    1. Chinnuddu Avatar

      Simple cartoons made great by thoughtful text..

  17. Prashant Ojha Avatar

    Hey Timo,
    Awesome cartoons, may I use the “Data Torture” cartoon in one of my medium post (also mentioning your website below the image) I am writing for educational purpose, specifically about data science.


    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Prashant, please go ahead, I’m honored… I should warn you that somebody will inevitably mention the quote by Ronald Coase “If you torture the data long enough, it will confess” — but that has an interesting caveat, because he actually said something slightly different:

      1. Prashant Ojha Avatar
        Prashant Ojha

        Thanks for the heads-up, at least now I can share the quote investigator link with them

        I’ll also share my article link once I finish.

  18. Nadia Avatar

    These are awesome 👏 If it’s fine with you, I would like to post them on LinkedIn 🙂

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Nadia, please go ahead!

  19. Praveen Kapse Avatar

    Hello Timo,

    I love your creative way of representing Analytics Challenges. I think this is a great way of expressing than the bulky reports. I would like to seek your permission to use your cartoons in some of the webinar presentation and LinkedIn posts.
    Looking forward to the confirmation.


  20. Aditya Jain Avatar
    Aditya Jain

    Dear Timo Sir

    Your cartoons are awesome. With your permission, I would like to use one of them for my presentation. Kindly oblige.

    Warm regards
    Aditya Jain

  21. Monika Avatar

    I used your cartoon in a LinkedIn post, hope that’s ok!

  22. KIM Avatar

    Hi Timo Sir,

    Thank you for great cartoons!

    With your permission, I would like to use your cartoons for a internal presentation to drive the data analytics’ value.
    I’ll be appreciated if you permit my request.

    I’ll wait for your response.
    Thank you,

  23. Jo Avatar

    Hi Timo,
    Love these ! Hope to use them for an internal presentation to drive the data quality message.

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Jo, please go ahead, best of luck!

      1. Nadia Avatar

        These are amazing… If it’s fine, I like to use them on LinkedIn as well

  24. Selvan Avatar

    Hi Timo Sir,

    Great cartoons!

    With your permission, I would like to use your cartoons for a book chapter writing for easy understanding of students.
    Please permit sir.

    Awaiting your response.
    Thank you,

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Selvan, please go ahead!

  25. Tom Avatar

    Timo, these cartoons are awesone! Loved, loved, loved them!
    With your permission, I’d love to use them in presentations to my team, if that’s okay?
    Would you mind some LinkedIn exposure too?
    (With full credit, of course)
    Keep on the good work!

  26. K. Meier Avatar
    K. Meier

    Want to use one of these for a talk I am giving to a graduate class in higher ed administration

  27. Vishesh Jain Avatar
    Vishesh Jain

    Hi Timo,

    I really like your cartoons and with your permission, I would like to publish them on my social networking profiles.

    I have commented before as well, but for reasons unknown my comments are not showing up.

    Please let me know.

    Thank you,

    Vishesh Jain

  28. Vishesh Jain Avatar
    Vishesh Jain

    Hi Timo,

    Great cartoons!

    With your permission, I would like to post some of your cartoons to my and my company’s social media accounts as well as the Power BI User Group.

    My apologies if my message is getting posted twice.

    Awaiting your response.

    Thank you,

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Vishesh, sorry about the delay — yes, plese go ahead..

  29. Manuel Gahona Avatar
    Manuel Gahona

    Hello Timo,

    May I please use some of your cartoons in an internal presentation focused on Data Quality and Big Data?

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Manuel, please go ahead…

  30. Gordon Avatar

    Hello Timo,
    With your permission, we would like to use some of your cartoons for internal training materials, project workspaces on internal intranet and discussion papers. Just internal use.

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Gordon — I’m honored, please go ahead…

  31. Harold Ahn Avatar
    Harold Ahn

    These are very excellent! I’m writing some presentation to describe why we have to gathering data in our business. ay I use some of these images?

  32. John Avatar

    hello Timo,
    please i would love to use some of your cartoon on analytics to help drive home my points on my linkedin page. credit would be given for all pictures.

  33. Baig Avatar

    These are excellent! I’m writing some articles intended to help students understand the data analytics/data science landscape. May I use some of these images?

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Baig- please go ahead…

  34. Lynn Avatar

    Fantastic Cartoons Mr. Elliott! I enjoy how well you’ve captured our world. My small company had a successful data warehouse POC. Our team is taking us to the next level with an option for a data lake in the future. We have a presentation in April. May I use one or more of these cartoons? I will give you credit. Regards, L

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Lynn — I’m honored, please go ahead 🙂

  35. Ranjan Avatar

    Great cartoons! They hit home!

  36. Rosie Avatar


    May I please use the ‘no it’s my data’ cartoon in a presentation focused on ‘Data Ethics and Evaluation’ at the University of Leeds?


  37. Omar Ascofaré Avatar
    Omar Ascofaré

    Hi Timo !

    Awesome cartoons!
    I can’t choose which is the best illustration..

    you make your point in each of them . I am tempted to ask for permission in case I one of your creations for my presentation.

    Thank you!

  38. Tony Robert Avatar

    It’s pretty creative and fantastic to find something out of the box, integrating analytics with art. would like to use it.

  39. Timo Elliott Avatar

    Rob – please go ahead, I’d be honored! (Maybe send me a link when you’re done?)

  40. Rob Hoffman Avatar

    Great cartoons. Funny, but very too the point. May I use two in an educational ebook titled “Cybersecurity for Things”?

    Thank you!

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Rob – please go ahead, I’d be honored! (Maybe send me a link when you’re done?)

  41. Timo Kieselhorst Avatar
    Timo Kieselhorst

    Dear Timo,

    I’m just amazed by your cartoons! They hit the point!
    I must hold two presentations on the CeBIT in Hannover. Do you mind if I use some of your cartons? I would be very thankful!

    Kind regards,

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      I think this is the first time they’ve been used by another “Timo” – please go ahead!


    2. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Please go ahead, I’d be honored!

  42. Binu Avatar

    Hi Timo,
    Love your cartoons. May I use some of them for my presentation (to be used at an upcoming BI conference)?

    1. Timo Elliott Avatar

      Binu — please go ahead

  43. Stepanka Avatar

    I am not sure, if it is funny or sad. 🙂 May I borrow some of cartoons for our BI team presentation (just internal use)? Thank you!

  44. Theo Joosse Avatar
    Theo Joosse


  45. Rupen Avatar

    Very Interesting ( and funny!!!) Can I use some of these for my BI presentation.

  46. Brenda Avatar

    Love your cartoons, Timo – great for my geeky mathematician audience at an upcoming conference! May I insert a few into my deck? Thank you very much!


  47. Sunil Kappal Avatar
    Sunil Kappal

    Awesome Cartoons, may I use a few for my blog? Thanks

  48. Alice Avatar

    Great cartoons! May I use a few for my upcoming seminar? Thanks.

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  50. Raja Avatar

    Excellent !

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