BI Advice Tag

I met Mike via Twitter several years ago. I thought he was a deranged stalker because he retweeted just about everything I put out. Then we were engaged by his company to do some training/consulting work. After meeting Mike, I realized he was just very passionate...

Last summer, I was invited to speak for the Boston Tableau User Group at the Broad Institute. This was a different crowd, composed of mainly scientists. There were two Zen Masters in attendance: Chuck Hooper and Jonathan Drummey. Prior to my speech, I had the good fortune to see Nicole Nichols,...

Chuck Hooper is someone old enough to fully appreciate how far technology has come in the last 50 years. When Chuck got his first real job in technology, IBM had been building computers with hard disk drives for several years. But computers in those days...

The Tableau community is diverse drawing people from many industries and lifestyles. Keith is one of the most adventurous people I've me in the last few years. He's a regular at Burning Man and has lived in Europe and South America. Keith's a free spirit...

I became aware of Paul Banoub a couple of years ago via Twitter and then his blog. Paul started doing interviews of Tableau community members a while ago. I didn’t realize that until I started digging into his website for this post. Paul is generous,...

Mike Roberts is a former InterWorks BI consultant that now works for Pluralsight. Mike enjoys running. His idea of fun is running 50 to 100 miles through the mountains. He also happens to be a talented student of technology and data visualization. In Mike’s first...

A couple of months ago I did a speech in Vancouver, BC, and had the good fortune of getting to have dinner with Kelly Martin (Tableau Zen Master) and another amazing Tableau expert: George Gorczynski. George has an outstanding Tableau blog called Tableau Picasso. The...

I met Tableau Zen Master Andy Kriebel at the first Tableau Customer Conference (2008) at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle. Andy and I happened to sit next to each other at a meal, and we discovered that we both lived in Atlanta. Later that year,...

I met Ramon Martinez via Twitter before I met him in person. Ramon is a fellow Tableau Zen Master and works as a specialist in health metrics at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The first dashboard of Ramon’s that I recall seeing was this...

A couple years ago, Josh Varner was a consultant working on our BI team at InterWorks. The last time I saw Josh (when he was still on our team) was at the Vertica Conference in Boston. I was leaving early for a gig in New...

What is a maxim? According to Merriam-Webster: “A general truth, fundamental principle or rule of conduct.”  Recently, I read a book called “Clear and Simple as the Truth” that got me thinking about maxims. The authors reference a French essayist named François de La Rochefoucauld, who wrote a book...

During the Christmas holiday, I noticed this tweet from a friend, Paul Banoub: This frustration isn’t uncommon. About 25% of the clients I’ve worked with during the last seven years have underutilized Tableau initially because they didn’t use Tableau’s visual analytics (available via Show Me) to...

During the past year, I’ve given lots of speeches and spoken with hundreds of people that are using Tableau. Many are expanding their Tableau Server deployments. Most people want to know how to ensure success or improve the utilization of the tool. They want to...

Today, I noticed an interesting series of blog posts float up in the SQL community. Mike Walsh started things off with his post: "4 Attitudes I wish I had earlier as a DBA" This was followed closely with posts by Kathi Kellenberger and Brent Ozar. I like the theme, so...

There are a few phrases I find cropping up regularly in the office that I think are useful and I'd like to share with you: "Great answers breed even better questions" This is the power of iterative analytics; the results of the analytical process provokes more refined, more...

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