Data Viz Done Right

March 29, 2011

Caution: Using Tableau live in a meeting may lead to lots of work!


I’ve been working on a project for the last couple of weeks, the centerpiece being analysis done in Tableau.  While it took 90% of the time to cobble together the data, it only took about 30 minutes to an hour to build the Tableau workbook.  I used Tableau live in the meeting, exposing the incredible functionality that parameters and data blending provide.  Here are some of the comments I heard:

“How can we get this tool?  It would have saved us weeks of work that we had to spend building bubble charts in Excel.”

“Unbelievable!  It’s so easy to see our opportunities.”

“Do that again!”

“I like what you’ve show us, but I’d love to see ‘X’ vs. ‘Y’ (can’t tell you what).  Can you add that in the next version?” (I proceeded to create a new worksheet and show her exactly what she wanted in under 30 seconds.  To say she was blown away would be a huge understatement.)

The comments and feedback went on and on.  Every single person in the meeting wanted to get their hands on it.  I’ve distributed the workbook via Tableau Reader.  What about that guy that spent all of that time in Excel?  He’s going to buy a license any day now (I better start getting some commissions from Tableau!).

Unfortunately, one of the outcomes of showing these capabilities is that it leads to even more projects.  I guess that’s a good problem to have.


  1. Andy,

    Exactly the point. Good show!

    Peace and All Good!
    Michael W Cristiani

  2. Let the Tableau virus spread.