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Karen 10:07 am on Jul 11, 2014 Reply  

As a premier Tableau partner we’re really excited about the recent launch of Tableau 8.2.  If you haven’t already explored the many new capabilities across the Tableau product line, it’s definitely worthwhile! Here are some highlights:

Mac OS Version of Tableau Desktop

All you diehard Mac users can now enjoy the awesome capabilities of Tableau Desktop with the new Mac OS version. This leading business analytics and data visualization tool allows decision makers to discover and act on new insights quickly – while minimizing demands on IT staff.
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The most popular data sources will be available for the Mac version including Excel, text files, Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, Teradata, Vertica, Hadoop and Tableau Server data.

By the way, the Mac OS version of Tableau is now available for trial! If you have an existing licence for Tableau Desktop on Windows, it will allow you to use the Mac version. (More…)


Peder 7:07 pm on Jul 8, 2014 Reply
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Tracking business success is difficult. And most businesses make the mistake of measuring what has already happened instead of what influences those results. Setting personal, departmental or corporate goals is fundamental to most people, but measuring how we perform against those values is not enough. Just measuring high level results such as revenue or number of customers is a mistake because it doesn’Cause and Effect imaget answer how we got there and what should be done next.

Instead, we need to evaluate the Events that Caused those results. Certainly, we can conclude that if Revenue increased to meet our goal, we succeeded, but we don’t know what we did that caused it.

It’s much more effective to measure the actions your customers or prospects take than the end result. These actions include conversions of website visitors to paying customers and how well we are doing to influence that conversion. (More…)


The new “gold” of the information age, data is arguably the most important natural resource of this century, and organizations Big-data-small-business-300x298of all sizes are challenged to optimize data to drive business. Business instincts and intuition are being augmented and increasingly replaced by data analysis as the drivers of success. Small – midsize businesses will never gain the edge they need without accessing and analyzing “Big Data”.

But What the Heck is “Big Data”?

The term “Big Data” may suggest it is exclusively applicable to enormous organizations and sound somewhat overwhelming. However, make no mistake; you don’t need to be a big organization to leverage the power of “Big Data”. Whether your revenues are $1 million or $100 billion, knowing how to manage and analyze data is unequivocally critical to success. (More…)


By all accounts, DX3 Canada 2014 held in Toronto on March 5 & 6 was a resounding success! Hailed as Canada’s largest digital marketing, advertising and retail event, this year’s event brought together some of the brightest thought leaders who inspired, connected and activated more than 4,000 attendees over two days. Attendees left with the knowledge, skills and passion to take their digital business to the next level. (More…)


Data visualization is an extremely effective way of highlighting and identifying outliers and trends. Data discovery is easy when dashboards are created to reveal new insights. But sometimes the dashboard designer focuses on aesthetics and creates something that doesn’t provide answers to our questions.

When you visualize data by designing a dashboard, you start with a blank canvass. Often, developers lose their way by designing to form rather than function. If the dashboard is to enlighten about business performance, it needs to answer the most commonly asked questions that the end-users have about the business. That means it needs to focus on the one or two metrics or measures that provide answers to your end-users. While the look of the dashboard is important, first and foremost it must deliver new insight. (More…)

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