Monday, November 14, 2016

Obligatory Tableau Conference follow up

Tableau Conference 16 (TC16 as we call it) was successfully held last week in Austin, Texas.  Hundreds of talks and trainings, keynotes from Bill Nye and Shankar Vedantam, a look ahead into our plans and thousands of customers made for a  very busy week.  I was there working from Saturday to Thursday and it seems like the time just flew by.  For what it is worth, I took a hiatus from technical work and kept the logo store stocked as well as I could.  While I was able to meet many, many customers in the store, I did not have the time to talk much about Tableau and their usage.  The conference is both a blur and fresh in my mind, if such things are possible, and this is a quick summary of what I remember.  I wanted to focus on users while I was there, so that is what is on my mind today.

On the way home, though, a buddy and I met a couple of Tableau users in the airport.  We started talking about their usage and I asked them if we could do one thing for them, what would it be.  One answer was "add more edit commands to the web UI."  Fair enough.  The other was to help with the classification (or bucketing) of many levels of hierarchical data.  They classify educational institutions broadly - I have in my mind "Liberal Arts School", "Engineering", "Fine Arts" and so on.  Then, they classify each school further into many different levels and they need a tool to help with that.  I also imagine this visually as sort of like a process flow diagram, but that may be off base.

If you attended, feel free to let me know what you thought of the conference.  And if you did not, I would encourage you to go next year.  Biased though I may be, I thought it was informative and fascinating. 

The videos from the sessions are available to attendees here: if you missed anything (and I missed a whole lot!)

Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome,

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