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 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

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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Take control of your Tableau analytics with data governance and content management

Brian Franklin

Brian Franklin

Chaos is the natural state

On a recent trip I visited the Hoover Dam, and it occurred to me that the Colorado River and its system of dams are analogous to the large amounts of data organizations and the data governance programs put in place to maintain and control that mass of data. Without the dam, generating electricity from the river would be inconsistent and unreliable. Similarly, a data governance program and content management bring order and security to large amounts of data. Read more of this post

Demystifying predictive analytics: visualize your data

Saken Kulkarni

Saken Kulkarni

There is little doubt that designers of tablets or smartphones and personal applications, like Twitter, Mint.com, or Instagram, have put a great deal of emphasis on creating an elegant and personal user experience. These companies have devoted entire departments to understanding human behavior, optimizing design, and learning how consumers interact with applications to maximize satisfaction. Read more of this post

Choosing the right Tableau deployment strategy

Kelly Schumann

Kelly Schumann

Co-authored by Kelly Schumann and Chris Tufts, BI consultants at Slalom Chicago.

So you’ve purchased Tableau Server to support your growing organization, and now you’re ready to get started… not so fast! Have you considered a content management and deployment plan? Decided how you’ll grant and manage access? How you’ll choose to connect Tableau to your data? If not, we’ll help you navigate your way through these decisions as you prepare to deploy Tableau Server, and provide context around your options and recommendations. Read more of this post

Planning and architecting Tableau Server

Kyle Roemer

Kyle Roemer

Have you figured out where Tableau fits into your BI shed as a tool for the enterprise? If you haven’t already, make sure you read my colleague Ronak’s post.

Now that you’ve decided to bring Tableau Server to your org, it’s important to properly plan and architect your new tool to best support your business. Here are some key considerations to think through before you get started.

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Making Tableau an essential part of your BI stack

Ronak Shah

Ronak Shah

The BI landscape is evolving. Over the last 10 years, analysts and line-of-business users have gained access to an overwhelming amount of information and new tools.

It’s no secret that technology’s changing every day, and with it, a new set of expectations for how we do our jobs. So how do we leverage the BI tools we know and continue to provide meaningful insights while keeping pace with the latest technologies? For starters, we need to understand the limitations of traditional reporting, and next, figure out how to best structure and empower our IT teams and analysts with new tools—like Tableau. 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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