BI Advice Tag

When we interview potential new members of our business intelligence team, it’s inevitable that the interviewer ends up asking most of the questions. What sort of projects have you had success on? What types of challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them? If...

Alteryx Inspire, Alteryx’s annual user conference, ended a few weeks ago. As part of the conference, Alteryx recognized four of the most influential leaders within the Alteryx community today. These leaders are known as Alteryx Aces. We are big Alteryx fans here at InterWorks, and were...

I first became aware of Mark from his Tableau beta program participation. He was putting out excellent performance test metrics out on the Tableau beta website that were very helpful. I’ve had the good fortune to get to know mark better through the Tableau Conference,...

If you want your mind blown, read this article; but don’t start listening to the podcast or watching the videos until you have a couple of hours to burn. AI, Virtual Reality and the Inevitable While I was working out this morning at the YMCA, I started...

Now that the fundamentals of Tableau Drive have been established with our previous Driver’s Ed articles, let’s talk about the four phases of Drive. These are the broad steps necessary in building an analytical culture within your organization.  If these look similar to traditional phases in project...

I met Jonathan at the Tableau Conference in Las Vegas last year. He has a background that includes science and business. He’s an engaging and talented fellow. The Questions Q: When and how did you start using Tableau? Trajkovic: I started using Tableau four years ago when I was a...

I discovered Rina in 2009 because she was the winner of Tableau’s first visualization contest for a dashboard called "Fit and Fat in America." I called her in to do an interview for a blog post. We spoke for over an hour, but our Tableau/BI consulting business hit an inflection point...

Matthew is relatively new to the Tableau world (with a little over two years in the Tableau sphere) and I have to admit, I didn’t know about him and didn’t meet him until the annual Tableau Conference last year in Seattle. Like a bullet, he...

I met Michael at the first or second Tableau Conference. It was particularly memorable meeting him because he is scary smart and his appearance is remarkably similar to Art Garfunkle. Michael specializes in creating impressive social network graphs, performing target customer analysis and integrating market...

I’ve been aware of Juice since before my days as a consultant. Around 2007, I found Juice Analytics because they were serving-up some very useful blog posts on data visualization before it was a household word. In particular, I loved an Excel add-on they had called the Chart...

Somehow, I didn’t actually meet Anya in person until the conference in Washington, D.C., a few years ago. I knew of her and her work with Tableau well before then. Her personality in her blog posts is consistent with her personality in person. She is...

One of the biggest thrills of my career was becoming a Tableau Zen Master last year. I’m an old guy, so that’s saying a lot. Since nominations are being accepted for the 2015-2016 Zen Masters, I thought I would provide a few thoughts on the...

I met Gregory Lewandowski (aka @lewandog) at the second Tableau Customer Conference. He was wearing this gangster/jazzy fedora, and when I asked him were he got it his answer was that he “knew a guy.” Gregory comes from big-company technology. He works at Cisco and knows...

What the world needs now is a ubiquitous schema that is without form and can capture everything. That sounds like Hadoop or some NoSQL capture/archive systems. We want these data sources to be more performant so that they can also support analytical analysis with tools like Tableau. Spark will help that along. What the...

I’ve admired Kelly’s Tableau Public work and her blog for several years. Late last year, I was in Vancouver giving a talk. That gave me the opportunity to have dinner with Kelly along with the George Gorczynski, the Tableau Picasso. We talked about data viz for several hours over dinner and had...

My career path was illuminated by Stephen Few. Eight years ago, I was looking for a solution to a problem. Stephen’s advice led me to Tableau. His books have been foundational in my understanding of effective communication through data visualization. Edward Tufte’s books are entertaining and informative....

Ryan Sleeper is a consultant based in Kansas City with a keen interest in professional sports, an infectiously positive attitude and a friendly nature. I first noticed Ryan because of his fine sports-related data visualizations and his winning performance in the 2013 Iron Viz competition. When I did...

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