Do you Tableau? (pronounced Tab-blow, but if it were Tab-bloo that would have rhymed)

I love Tableau.

I’m pretty sure it’s the best thing since pivot tables.

Am I speaking a foreign language right now?

Let me digress for a second.

If you know my father, you know that he’s a great storyteller.  I’m pretty sure I picked up the skill from him.

My mother is very analytical and is great with sorting out complex issues into very simple, meaningful concepts.  While she’s more intuitive with analyzing people, I’ve honed the skill in dealing with numbers (and I kind of have a knack for people, too).

Put storytelling and analysis of numbers together, and you get a Data Analyst.  Add in strategic business decision making and process, and you get a Business Analyst.  Add in putting the data into a story and adding graphics that explain what is happening, and you get a Data Artist.  Add in heavy computing statistics and predictive techniques and you get a Data Scientist.

So I’m a mix between a Business Analyst and a Data Artist.  And my partner is a combination of Business Analyst, Data Artist, and Data Scientist.  We are going to be a force to be reckoned with!

So anyway, back to Tableau.

Tableau is just a tool in our toolbox that allows us to use visualizations (or vizzes, if you’re in the know) to express storytelling and insights we find when analyzing the data.

And it is a pretty glorious tool.

More powerful than excel, it allows for quick adjustments of data to find insights through various kinds of visualizations so you’re not spending all of your time just trying to manipulate the data into something useful. The best part is that when you want to update the data, you’re not having to recreate everything again from scratch or refreshing all of the pivots and hoping that everything was synced correctly.

If you are interested in seeing vizzes to understand the amazing power of Tableau, check out:

Storytelling With Data

Data Revelations

And, eventually… dun dun dun… Data Wonderment! (We just have a small shell of a site right now, but if you are reading this post about three months after its published date we’ll have all of our pages loaded by then, so definitely check us out! OK, I just realized this statement lacks confidence.  Ahem.  So check us out! We have content up on who Jennifer and I are and what we are bringing to the table!)

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