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 [...]

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 [...]

Report Design – turn data into information

2018-05-07T08:27:16+00:00April 7th, 2011|Reporting Theory|

The purpose of reports is to convey information. A report converts underlying data into information. There are a number of things you need to consider when designing reports, all inter-related. One important thing that’s often overlooked is that your opinions, as the report designer/developer, don’t really matter. You won’t be using the report every day, [...]

Report Design – Design Reports for the Audience

2018-05-07T08:15:58+00:00April 5th, 2011|Reporting Theory|

For reports to be used they have to be designed for the audience. When you design reports you need to think about the audience and the questions they are trying to answer. This will enable you to decide the best reporting software and the correct reporting level. I have delved into this subject in more [...]