What the heck is Tableau? Enter the era of Data Democratization
May 7, 2019 by Bill Rosenthal

For as long as the desktop and laptop computer have been staples of the corporate environment, data has been a key resource for any successful business endeavor. For that entire time, the premiere way to manage that data was through Microsoft’s juggernaut spreadsheet software, Excel. Everything from sales reports and inventory numbers to prospect registries and HR reports were, and are, logged and maintained in Excel. 

As time has marched on and technology has become a bigger and bigger fixture in the workplace and in daily life, the value of data has shifted drastically. What was at one point the niche realm of the professional data scientist has since become the commodity that fuels much of the tech economy. Today, data runs the world. More data than ever is being generated and collected and data literacy has exploded. With the massive change in data’s role in the world also came a similarly large change in the way we expect to consume our data. While large, intricate spreadsheets are still the backbone of much of the world of data collection and storage, the newfound scope of data’s role in society created a boom in the demand for data visualization that no number of graphic designers could keep up with.

            Cue Tableau.

Tableau is a tool for bringing data visualization to the everyday data scientist. It allows for a trained user to easily and quickly collate heaps of data from dozens of different sources such as Excel spreadsheets, SQL and Salesforce databases, and more, and to use that data to craft compelling and interactive visual stories. Whether you’re intending to create stunning family trees, detailed analyses of voting records, presentations to explain trends in growth, or procedural flowcharts that adapt on the fly, Tableau will help you take mountains of data and make them easily workable. That’s the power of data democratization. Over fifty thousand organizations rely on Tableau for their data collation and visualization needs, including groups like Boeing, Coca-Cola, and Google.

In the past twenty years, data has become the most valuable resource in the world. Being able to use that resource to its fullest potential is critical to being able to succeed in the modern world. Don’t let yourself get stuck working with spreadsheets forever. Contact ustoday to learn how and where you can get your hands on Tableau training courses and take full advantage of the era of data democratization!