Podcast: Gartner and Tableau 10.2

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“I really believe that we need to make access to data so easy that it becomes an intrinsic part of conversation – I struggle to think about any organization that hasn’t quite gotten there.” – Wilson

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It’s been a while.

Wilson and I have mixed feelings about the annual Gartner reports for B.I. and other enterprise technologies. On one hand, they serve as reliable independent documents that reflect a consultative view of various technical markets. They tend to be progressive enough to point out exciting new technologies and present a fair opinion of all of the companies they evaluate.

On the other hand, they are primarily based on customer interviews – which aren’t always particularly progressive. It’s also difficult to tell how much they weigh things unrelated to technology, like company financial health or brand recognition. Their measurements, “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision,” are cryptic and warrant more explanation.

This episode starts with a discussion of how we see the space. There’s a lot of focus on visualization, which is great, but it fails to focus on the differences between each technology. I wrote a bit more about this in a recent blog.

I read another great take on Gartner last week, on Jen Underwood’s blog. Jen is an industry expert and has worked for both Tableau and Microsoft. I agree with a lot of the opinions she expresses in this piece.

We also mention a Ryan Sleeper article, called Why I Hitched My Wagon to Tableau.

After the Gartner discussion we turn to Tableau 10.2, released this past week. If you’re curious, here’s a list of the new features, which strangely doesn’t mention Wilson’s favorite – autosave.

Oh, and if you’re curious about the Alonzo “Hamburger” Jones reference, enjoy:


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