The road to Tableau’s Iron Viz championship

James Young

James Young

March Madness isn’t just for the b-ball courts. Tableau Public puts data enthusiasts in the game with its annual Iron Viz competition, a series of three themed contests launched between March and July. The winners are sent to face off in the ultimate showdown of Tableau viz-ardry at the software company’s annual conference in September. Read more of this post

Data storytelling: creating Tableau vizzes that get noticed

James Young

James Young

Tableau may be easy to use, but bringing data to life takes more than a powerful tool—it takes knowing how to use that tool to tell a great story. With the right mix of Tableau know-how, curiosity, and ingenuity, anyone can make sense—beautiful sense—out of a complex set of data.

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One on one with Slalom’s Tableau hackathon winner, Erika Bakse

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James Young

I’m happy to officially announce the winner of our 24-hour Tableau hackathon, Erika Bakse! I sat down with Erika to pick her brain about the process and see what she’s looking forward to with Tableau in 2014.

Congrats on your winning dashboard! Tell me a little bit about how you approached the challenge, how the dashboard works, and some of the key insights it brings to light. 

I began by thinking about what I’d want to know about the social conversations around Dreamforce, and Twitter seemed like a natural place to start. I wanted to find out what’s being tweeted and pull in a real-time feed of the most recent tweets. I also looked at the top people tweeting about Dreamforce, what was being retweeted, common hashtags and trends, and the tweets and trends over time. Read more of this post

Slalom dreams big with 24-hour Tableau hackathon

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James Young

Slalom came out in a big way for Dreamforce ‘13, joining the throngs of 130,000+ cloud enthusiasts and industry leaders for an epic week of inspiration, collaboration, networking, and innovation.

I was wowed by what our strategic partners had on tap for the event. Tableau had an incredible showing, complete with an interactive booth, daily Tableau talks, a Speakeasy lounge, and expert-led sessions on everything from dynamic data storytelling to embedding live dashboards into Salesforce. The Tableau crew’s passion for changing the way we see and understand data is nothing if not contagious. Read more of this post

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