I have been somewhat of a data junkie for years now. In fact, I would say that has helped shape my career in ways that gave me an unfair advantage to others trying do analysis for measuring business statistics.
So when ever I hear about something that makes my job easier and more efficient, I feel the necessity to share this information so others can hopefully get something from it and apply it to their daily routine and become more effective at what they love to do.
Ok, so on to the 3 reasons to start using Tableau now…
- Hands down, this is a simple tool to use for slicing the data a million ways under the sun. You can use a flat file or connect to a data source. No matter what your choice is you can not go wrong, Once the data is imported in Tableau, it is a true drag and drop interface. This means that you can literally import an infinite amount of fields with your data set and simply drag what you want in to the worksheet and voila, it’s done.
2) Data is Lightning Fast
- How many times have you started to connect to a data source, or import files using a business analytics tool only to have to wait forever to be able to start using it? Or when it is imported, how long does it take to create, sort and compile meaningful data? With Tableau the imports are extremely fast and working with that data set no matter what the size is hands down the fastest I have ever worked with. I could import huge data chunks and there is no impact on performance. To provide an example of what I mean would be similar to other BI Analytics tools being the equivalent of a dial up modem and Tableau is like a screaming cable internet connection. If time is something you need to worry about (everyone should be worrying about time for reporting) Tableau will not fail.
- If you are like me, you know that most C-Level and Executives do not have time to sift over data and more often than not your every day pie charts are not really displaying your efforts in a way that is going to “wow” your audience. This is where Tableau shines and stand apart from others. In a very simple, effective way, you can use multiple built-in chart’s that span from line, bar, and pie charts, but there is more to it than that. Provided you have the right data, you can overlay your data on maps, scatter, bubbles, and so much more. For me, I live in a world of national and international reach. So having the ability to measure leads, opportunities, and sales by territory on a geographic map makes my data have that visual representation that most executive want to see. Remember, Executives are very busy and they like data, but the display of that data can almost never be provided to them in a granular way that takes time for them to digest.
I have used Tableau in the past, but I am still learning a lot about what it can do for me and I am having fun while doing it. Yes, I know, who has fun building reports and crunching huge data sets?