The Hive Group

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The Hive Group
Typeprivately held
HeadquartersRichardson, Texas Edit this on Wikidata

The Hive Group was a software company that applied visualization technology in operational intelligence (OI), business intelligence (BI), and complex event processing (CEP) contexts.[1] The company primarily developed enterprise treemapping software used by major corporations and public agencies such as Intel Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Sun Microsystems, the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Coast Guard.[2][3][4][5]

On January 26, 2015, The Hive Group announced that it had merged with Visual Action Software.[6]


The Hive Group is a privately held company founded in 2000, with headquarters in Richardson, Texas.[7] The company’s treemapping software is called Honeycomb. Ben Shneiderman, the inventor of the treemap concept, is a member of The Hive Group’s Board of Advisors.[8][9] The number of employees is believed to be fewer than 50.[10]

Industry recognition – Early adoption by the United States Marine Corps[edit]

A large quantity of information can be found, both in printed form and on the internet, detailing the Honeycomb-based USMC MERIT application. In 2003, the USMC deployed treemaps to all theaters of USMC operation.[11] This deployment has led to broad adoption of treemaps within the United States Department of Defense[12] and has received the following industry awards and recognition:

  • US Department of Navy eGov[13]
  • US Department of Defense CIO (second place, team category)[14]
  • Excellence.Gov - Federal CIO[15]
  • Government Computing News[16]
  • International Society of Logistics Field Award[17]
  • The Association for Enterprise Information Excellence in Enterprise Integration[18]
  • Defense Logistics 2008 Technology Implementation of the Year[19]

Public sector[edit]

The Hive Group is registered as a small business in Central Contractor Registration (CCR),[20] and in the United Nations Global Marketplace.[21]


The Hive Group holds several patents around treemapping technology (US Patents 7,027,052; 7,076,742; 7,346,858; and 7,509,591).

Board of directors and advisors[edit]

The Hive Group’s board of directors and advisors include:[22]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Treemapping Solutions for the Enterprise
  2. ^ The Association for Operations Management
  3. ^ Wag, Jeremy (April 28, 2006), The Wall Street Journal, Click for 2,000 Results
  4. ^ Information Week, Treemaps Rule: Even The Marines Think They're Cool
  5. ^ Treemaps for space-constrained visualization of hierarchies
  6. ^ Visual Action Software and The Hive Group Announce Merger
  7. ^ BusinessWeek
  8. ^ APICS Magazine
  9. ^ BeyeNETWORK, Discovering Business Intelligence Using Treemap Visualizations
  10. ^
  11. ^ Marine Corps Equipment Readiness Information Tool (MERIT)
  12. ^ APICS Magazine
  13. ^ US Navy eGov Award
  14. ^ DoD CIO Award (2nd Place Team Category)
  15. ^ Excellence.Gov Federal CIO Award
  16. ^ GCN Award
  17. ^ SOLE Field Award
  18. ^ AFEI Excellence in Enterprise Integration Award (PDF)
  19. ^ DLA 2008 Technology Implementation of the Year Award
  20. ^ CCR Small Business Search
  21. ^ UN Global Marketplace (PDF)
  22. ^ The Hive Group: Board of Directors: