Data Visualization and the Art of Self-Reliance


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The Briefing Room with Robin Bloor and Tableau Software
Live Webcast April 23, 2013

Classic author Ralph Waldo Emerson inspired a generation with his essays on self-reliance. The wisdom of his message still rings true today, and provides a vision for the modern information worker: trust in yourself and your ideas. Then, pull together the right data, and the right visualization of that data, to tell a compelling story. Rely on your instincts, and use information assets to your advantage.

Check out the slides from this episode of The Briefing Room to hear veteran Analyst Dr. Robin Bloor provide a roadmap for enabling self-reliant knowledge workers. He'll be briefed by Suzanne Hoffman of Tableau Software, who will demonstrate how the latest version of Tableau's data visualization platform can empower information professionals from all segments of the enterprise. She'll demonstrate how anyone from a casual business user to a Data Scientist can quickly create, modify and share visualizations.


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Data Visualization and the Art of Self-Reliance

  1. 1. The Briefing Room
  2. 2. Twitter Tag: #briefr The Briefing RoomWelcomeHost:Eric
  3. 3. Twitter Tag: #briefr The Briefing Room!   Reveal the essential characteristics of enterprise software,good and bad!   Provide a forum for detailed analysis of today s innovativetechnologies!   Give vendors a chance to explain their product to savvyanalysts!   Allow audience members to pose serious questions... and getanswers!Mission
  4. 4. Twitter Tag: #briefr The Briefing RoomAPRIL: IntelligenceMay: INTEGRATIONJune: DATABASEJuly: CLOUD
  5. 5. Twitter Tag: #briefr The Briefing RoomProcessing MonitoringIntelligence“Tis the goodreader thatmakes a goodbook”Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. 6. Twitter Tag: #briefr The Briefing RoomAnalyst: Robin Bloor Robin Bloor isChief Analyst atThe Bloor
  7. 7. Twitter Tag: #briefr The Briefing Room!   Tableau develops software for data visualization, businessintelligence and analytics!   Their stated mission is to help people see and understanddata!   Its platform is designed for ease of use by power users andcasual users alikeTableau Software
  8. 8. Twitter Tag: #briefr The Briefing RoomSuzanne HoffmanSuzanne Hoffman is Senior Director of AnalystRelations for Tableau Software. Suzanne hasmore than 20 years of sales and managementexperience working for companies such as SPSS,Metaphor and Cognos (all acquired by IBM) andArbor Software, Hyperion Solutions andHyperRoll (all acquired by Oracle). She’s activein Women in Technology International (WITI -GEN), a member of the Association for StrategicAlliance Professionals (ASAP), Sales andMarketing Executives Int’l (SMEI), TheExecutives’ Club of Chicago and many otherindustry boards. She is an active conferencespeaker, trainer and author.
  9. 9. The Cycle ofVisual Analysis
  10. 10. The Big Data Obstacle
  11. 11. Any Data, - Live••  GoogleAnalytics•  GoogleBigQuery•  Hadoop•  ClouderaImpala•  DataStaxEnterprise(Cassandra)•  Hortonworks•  Hadapt•  MapR•  AnalyticAppliances•  Extract API
  12. 12. Fast•  NewViz Engineyields fastgraphics andcalculations•  Parallelizeddashboards•  Faster quickfilters•  Improved DataEngineperformance•  Performancerecorder
  13. 13. Web & Mobile Authoring
  14. 14. SQLConnectorMDXConnectorData EngineVizQL CompilerUser InterfaceData MartsDataWarehouseFiles Cubes+  When the source DB queryperformance is slow+  To offload iterative query workloadfrom the source DB+  To work offline from the network+  To keep an archive of the dataUse this option:Tableau Native QueryTechnology+  Interactive queries to thedatabase+  Leverages IT policies forsecurity+  Avoids data silos+  Ensures fresh data results+  Values the EDW strategyTableau Data EngineTechnology+  In-memory+  Column store+  Highly compressed+  Optimized API specific forTableau+  64-bit (32-bit version as well)Tableau Architecture: Where’s the data?
  16. 16. Customers11,000 customers from every industry and geography
  17. 17. ThankYou!
  18. 18. Twitter Tag: #briefr The Briefing RoomAnalyst:Robin BloorPerceptions & Questions
  19. 19. DATA VISUALIZATION ANDTHE ART OFSELF-RELIANCE“The voyage of DISCOVERY is not in seeking newlandscapes, but in having NEW EYES.” ~Marcel Proust
  20. 20. Open Source, The Cloud and BIThe introduction of self-servicein retail prompted a revolutionThe Bloor GroupEffort was outsourced to the customerIt cut costs for the retailerThe customers did not mind at allThe customers concluded that they were receivinga better serviceSince then the idea has been repeated many times
  21. 21. BI CategoriesSelf-service BI makes obvious sense,but it isn’t simpleThe Bloor Group• Regular reporting/operational BIHINDSIGHT• Dashboards, OLAP, BPM, etc.OVERSIGHT• Data mining, statistical analysis(trends and relationships)INSIGHT• Predictive analyticsFORESIGHT
  22. 22. New “Eyes”The Bloor Group
  23. 23. Self-Service & ProductivityThe level of self-service and its usefulness is not a simple thing.In the best of circumstances the user probably cannot self-designthe way their whole job works.The Bloor Group
  24. 24. Self-Service IssuesThe Bloor Group•  Governance &approval•  Data self-service•  Actual efficiencyGovernance &ApprovalData Self-ServiceActual Efficiency
  25. 25. !   How great a spectrum of BI activities does theTableau capability cover?!   How easy is it for users to learn to exploit? Whatis the learning curve? What does it involve?!   Is there any aspect of BI that you don’t or won’tcater for?!   How is the effectiveness of these capabilitiesmonitored?
  26. 26. !   Data Self-Service:!   Governance?!   Performance?! Hadoop and Cloud?!   What functionality constraints, if any, can beplaced on the user?
  27. 27. Twitter Tag: #briefr The Briefing Room
  28. 28. Twitter Tag: #briefr The Briefing RoomApril: INTELLIGENCEMay: INTEGRATIONJune: DATABASEUpcoming
  29. 29. Twitter Tag: #briefr The Briefing RoomThank Youfor YourAttention