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April 25, 2014

Coming to TCC – Move Fast & Count Things: Doing Tableau the Hacker Way

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I’m super excited to announce that Bryan Brandow and I will be setting the stage on fire at TCC14 in Seattle. This promises to be one of the best sessions you will ever experience at any TCC. If you thought our presentations in the past were good, you’re really in for a treat!

For those of you that don’t know Bryan, he’s basically the equivalent of a Tableau Zen Master for MicroStrategy. It’s been amazing working with him these past two years and seeing how he has taken to Tableau and the impact that change has had one his career and his passion. In addition to Bryan and myself, our entire Facebook Data Viz team will be in attendance and everyone is contributing topics to this presentation.


"The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. They just have to go fix it -- often in the face of people who say it's impossible or are content with the status quo." - Mark Zuckerberg. 

In a Tit for Tat format much like Laurel and Hardy, Bryan and I will take you at breakneck speed through Facebook's incorporation of the "Hacker Way" into Tableau to do things no one thought was possible. We will be demonstrating some open source tools that we've built to make Tableau do things never thought possible and reveal a selection of top hacks that our teams have come up with that will help every Tableau user push their dashboards and servers to the limit.  This session will be wall to wall packed with laughs, learnings and “how’d they do that?” moments.  The pace will be fast, but step by step details of how you can implement everything you see will be available online immediately following the show.

We’re very excited and have some pretty big surprises in store :)

About Us:

andy - cropped I (Andy Kriebel) am a Tableau Zen Master as well as a Data Visualization Guru and Tableau expert at Facebook. My foray into data visualization began with building project management dashboards for teams in Vietnam in 2005. My passion exploded when I began using Tableau in 2007. Since then, my drive has led to a life-changing opportunity at Facebook.

In August 2009 I launched this blog (, which provides examples of data visualization best practices, methods for improving existing work, and tips and tricks with Tableau Software.

Bryan Brandow is a Data Visualization Engineer at Facebook. He is the author of Bryan’s BI Blog (, which is a popular blog for MicroStrategy hacks that has recently expanded to follow his journey into pushing the limits of what’s possible in Tableau as well.

Bryan has been on an amazing journey from MicroStrategy to Tableau, which he speaks a bit about in his amazing blog post “Evolving BI”.

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