The Importance of Story Telling in Data Analytics

The most successful data analysts are able to take key data and weave it into a story to convey their point to stakeholders. This is often called a “data story” and is used by analysts who are presenting to an audience who may not understand the intricacies of data. They do this by presenting their findings visually – which is easier for most people to comprehend.  Often time this is through graphs, charts, or other visualization tools like infographics. But is a data story really that important in the world of statistics?


Salesforce's Purchase of BI Giant Tableau Proves that the Future is Data

On Monday morning, the tech world got shaken up when Salesforce announced they had acquired data visualization software, Tableau for a whopping $15.7 billion. “We are bringing together the world’s #1 CRM with the #1 analytics platform. Tableau helps people see and understand data, and Salesforce helps people engage and understand customers,” co-CEO of Salesforce Marc Benioff said in a statement after the announcement. What started off as strictly a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) platform, it’s clear that Salesforce is looking to expand their influence to other industries such as data analysis – creating a product that has everything a company needs all in one software.


From Data Scientist to Data Hero: Interview with Iron Viz Champion Timothy Vermeiren

Tableau’s 11th Annual Conference concluded another successful conference at the end of October in New Orleans. Attendees got to attend data inspired break-out sessions, Tableau training, as well as networking events. One of the main events was the Iron Viz Championship – a competition between three finalists armed with a dataset and tasked with making the best visualization. Did I mention it was all in front of a live audience? I got to talk to 2018’s Iron Viz Champion, Timothy Vermeiren and asked him more about the championship and why he thinks data visualization is so important.


Tableau Conference: Why 2018 was the Best Year Yet

On October 22nd, 17,000 data analysts, data scientists, and developers descended on New Orleans for good music, delicious food and Tableau’s 11th annual conference. For the past 10 years Tableau has put together a data conference that brings together the Big Data community for four days of training, workshops, and networking.


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