Tableau Developers – where should they sit within an organisation?

2019-08-24T14:23:34+00:00August 24th, 2019|Business Intelligence, Experience, Reporting Theory, Tableau|

Often large organisations struggle with where Tableau developers should sit. This could also apply to any other reporting software, the likes of Power BI, Qlik, etc. As some technology is involved (i.e. Tableau) there is often a strong argument to lump it in with IT. However I believe this is incorrect. The optimal place for [...]

Keep dashboards simple

2018-09-11T20:18:28+00:00May 13th, 2018|Business Intelligence, Reporting Theory|

Within the Tableau community I see many dashboards shared that look great. Often they are highly complex, sometimes like works of art. In reality, in my professional career I have never seen dashboards of that type. I use Tableau for business reporting where dashboards should be kept simple. Good dashboard design in the commercial environment [...]

Build a hierarchy in Tableau

2018-05-07T18:32:53+00:00March 13th, 2012|Business Intelligence, Tableau|

One of the most useful things for me in Tableau is the ability to create a hierarchy in a few seconds. I have used this for building product hierarchies – i.e. product category, subcategory, group, etc – and also for reporting on regional data – i.e. Country, State, County, City, etc, which is great for [...]

Waterfall Charts in Tableau

2018-05-08T18:56:36+00:00March 8th, 2012|Business Intelligence, Tableau|

I’ve noticed waterfall charts are becoming quite fashionable now. If you’re not sure why this is used, it’s a great way, for example,  of showing how total revenue is compiled from it’s components. Using the Tableau Gantt Chart it’s quite simple to build. In this article I’ll give a very quick guide to building your [...]

Bullet Charts in Tableau

2018-05-07T07:50:54+00:00February 5th, 2012|Business Intelligence, Tableau|

I’ve only just discovered the bullet chart, I’ve had no need to create one until very recently. Both I and my customers find them really useful. They replace the less meaningful ‘traditional’ dashboard tools of gauges and dials into something which conveys more information. The purpose of using them is to compare a value against [...]

Developing a BI Roadmap

2018-05-07T08:19:26+00:00January 6th, 2012|Business Intelligence, Reporting Theory|

I recently read this in another article and found this extract very useful so thought I’d note it down. It’s a guide to developing a BI roadmap and I find the diagram, the BI Ladder to Success, especially helpful for just showing the things I believe BI should supply. I don’t necessarily they should be [...]

What Makes A Good Business Intelligence Analyst

2018-05-07T19:32:27+00:00June 27th, 2011|Business Intelligence|

I was recently asked what makes a good business intelligence analyst. Business Analyst is such a broad term as a job title it can cover a wide variety of different skills. In this case I’m going to ignore the Project Manager roles which are increasingly often given the title of business analyst. In my opinion [...]