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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,...

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...

I met Behfar for the first time around 2005. At the time, I was the CFO/CIO for a mid-sized global manufacturing and distribution business. We has just finished divesting our parent company, and most of my team and I had to find technology partners that...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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