More data means more possibility. But only if you can use that data. Real data discovery requires an interactive, visual data discovery tool that makes it easy to explore data. Requiring a technical expert to set up an analytics environment or write reports on your behalf just doesn’t cut it.
Not only has Gartner touted the importance of data discovery and data exploration, but thousands of Tableau customers are getting value from it every day as well.
Tableau enables people throughout an organization –not just superstar analysts– to investigate data to find nuances, trends, and outliers in a flash. (Yes, the superstars benefit, too.) No longer constrained to a million rows of spreadsheet data or a monthly report that only answers a few questions, people can now interact and visualize data, asking – and answering – questions at the speed of thought.
Tableau is engineered to support your existing data infrastructure and policies and provides self-service business intelligence that will have you saying “ah-ha” in minutes.
As you start digging into your data, you'll quickly get to root causes.
Let’s say you have a report showing decreasing profitability. But did you know it was down dramatically in the South region during the second quarter? And that the issue was concentrated in two product sub-categories within all of your stores managed by the same person? Were you able to find that out in less than 30 seconds?
Using filters and parameters, hovering a mouse over chart, and clicking on a data point are all ways Tableau lets you interact with data for immediate understanding about what’s going on. In this executive dashboard, select different regions, time periods, and product categories to zero in on where the business has opportunities and areas for improvement.
Most organizations have data piling up in multiple systems. You’ve got databases, data warehouses, and spreadsheets galore. Perhaps even Hadoop?
Your data discovery will be meaningful only if it’s easy to connect to any of these sources. It’s also essential to not limit the amount of data you investigate. Why leave out information that could take your organization along a new critical path?
Tableau provides connections to nearly any data source. It also provides the option to connect directly to the data source, leveraging your existing data infrastructure, or to use Tableau’s in-memory Data Engine. Once connected, Tableau recognizes the different data fields, categorizes it on your behalf, then lets you begin your journey of exploring what nuances you can find. See for yourself how this works in this short video.
You don’t have time to master intricate formulas, design macros, or create dozens of spreadsheets to find a single nugget of gold in your data. Likewise, you don’t want to wait days, weeks, or months for an internal analyst or business intelligence team to get back to you with answers to your questions. (Which inevitably leads to more questions and another cycle of waiting in a queue.)
Using an intuitive, drag-and-drop approach to data exploration means spending time thinking about what your data is telling you, not creating a mountain of pivot tables or filling out report requests.
This video shows how you can explore your data, answering questions faster than ever before.
Woo-hoo! You’ve seen hit on something in your data that’s going to change the game. What’s next?
Getting your colleagues on board is critical to make hay out of your data discoveries. Sharing your analysis, as well as providing the same level of interactivity that helped you make your discoveries, is a must-have step.
Make it as easy to share your work as sending a link. Put it in an email or post in a central place, like SharePoint or another community site, so that stakeholders can see and interact with the analysis on their own or together as a team. Check out this video to see how quickly you can be collaborating with teammates like never before.
Data discovery is about making findings, no matter where your data is. Organizations often store related data in separate databases. Until now, visualizing and combining separate data sources usually requires a painstaking ETL project.
Tableau makes it easy to combine completely different data sources and analyze them together. The Data Blending capabilities in Tableau allow you to connect to two or more data sources in seconds, and then combine them with a click of the mouse. No scripting, no programming, no time wasted.
Check out this video to see how Data Blending helps the data discovery process by enabling you to add valuable depth to your analysis.