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

What healthcare orgs. need to know before implementing Big Data

Shiraz Rehmani, Slalom Consulting

Shiraz Rehmani

Co-authored by Shiraz Rehmani and Sameer Attharkar

Several would argue that the healthcare system is on a trajectory that is unsustainable due to increasing pressure to improve outcomes and patient care; reduce inefficiencies; rein in rising costs; and improve transparency and overall collaboration. Read more of this post

What you need to know about designing dashboards for the C-suite

Nelson Davis

Nelson Davis

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Word of the awesome Tableau work you’ve been doing for your company has made it to the highest level of leadership. When you present your work, it will be the first time the C-suite has seen anything related to Tableau, visual analytics, and these beautiful new dashboards. We all know that you only get one shot to make a first impression and that this is bigger than you or even your group. This presentation will likely determine the long-term future of Tableau as a tool at your company. Are you feeling any pressure? Follow these four tips and you, your work, and Tableau will shine like the stars. Read more of this post

Choosing the right BI vendor

Brian Gogle

Brian Gogle

Originally posted on Brian Gogle’s blog.

The scene: Your organization is flying blind. Either you don’t have a technology strategy around business intelligence; the one you have isn’t working; or it’s become outdated or unsupported by other critical systems in your organization. You have all this information in databases, and you may even be spending a significant amount of resources in your organization on data warehousing, yet that data isn’t making it to your users—either because the information isn’t available or it’s not telling a compelling story to your users. Now after some careful planning, executive questioning, and CFO scowling, your organization has committed to spending money on a new BI platform. What do you do? Read more of this post

How to improve the performance of your Tableau dashboards

Dan Montgomery, Slalom Consulting

Dan Montgomery

So you’ve made Tableau part of your corporate BI stack; planned your Tableau architecture; strategized your deployment; and integrated Tableau into your data governance program. Congratulations! You’ve laid a strong foundation for Tableau success in your enterprise. But there’s still this nagging feeling that something is missing…

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How analytics and data visualization can transform patient safety

Carrie Steyer, Slalom Consulting

Carrie Steyer

In a joint presentation at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Las Vegas on March 31, we’re joining forces with Advocate Health Care to talk about the approach, challenges, lessons, and impact of providing the right people with the right data in the right format for your organization. We’ll share how analytics and data visualization transformed patient care and safety for Advocate, and how it can empower your organization, too.

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Demystifying predictive analytics: train and drive adoption

Saken Kulkarni, Slalom Consulting

Saken Kulkarni

By now your retail organization has analyzed the status quo, evaluated its infrastructure, designed its analysis, and visualized its data. Congratulations! You’ve gleaned rich insights using governed data that will truly drive your organization forward. But your insights will remain idling at the starting line unless you can spread the customer analytics gospel. Welcome to the final step in your predictive analytics journey toward customer centricity: train your users and drive adoption across the enterprise.


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Self-service headcount analytics using Microsoft BI: salary analysis

Mike Burger Slalom Consulting

Mike Burger

In many companies, executives are often concerned about employee turnover. In this scenario, employee exit surveys have revealed that the staff and managers have stated that their salaries are lower than the market averages, and that the only reason they are leaving is due to significant salary increases. An HR analyst has been tasked with using both internal and external data to confirm or deny this theory. The salary analysis below was built using the Microsoft BI solution stack and can be implemented with any company that captures employee salary information. Read more of this post

Self-service headcount analytics using Microsoft BI: payroll analysis

Dan Bassett

Dan Bassett

As a CFO, you are responsible for budgeting and forecasting. Your organization’s ability to accurately budget and forecast helps drive investor and stakeholder confidence. In theory, one of the more basic costs to budget should be your employees and payroll, right?

You know how many employees you have, their relative cost, and how many employees you plan to hire. You also probably know how frustrating it can be to review monthly headcount cost reports (budget vs. actual) that contain large unexplainable variances throughout the year. Read more of this post

Self-service headcount analytics using Microsoft BI: cost-benefit analysis

Veronica Butler Slalom Consulting

Veronica Butler

An attractive employee benefits package that is affordable to a company can assist in recruitment and retention, reduce employee out-of-pocket expenses, and increase employee morale and loyalty. To keep employees healthy and provide a good work-life balance, executives review the standard components of healthcare options, retirement plans, and other incentives annually. Read more of this post

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