Tableau Training: Who Needs It?
Tableau is a very easy to use program that pulls from a company or individual’s databases, spreadsheets, just to name two, to punch up boring numbers into visual graphics.
The training is absolutely free and available to anyone on the Tableau website. It is a different from other companies. Other companies nearly hide the operation guide and expect people to pay unrelated parties to teach them how to use a company’s server or cloud based software.
Tableau must have recognized with a $1999 commercial price tag or $999 personal price that a guide book or a series of training videos would help sell its product. Tableau Training dovetails well with the use of the free trial period.
The videos focus on everything from the overview and guide of the product. That aloe is 30 minutes of good viewing. The methods behind the madness of making calculations is worthy of its own video as well. Fortunately, the company did creation such a video available anytime online.
This is a great way for users to discover the reference aspect of the online video training library. Think about it. Are most people going to pre-train themselves by taking in all of the videos before using Tableau? Probably not.
People get excited when there is a new toy in front of them. They will use the overview to get comfortable or familiarize themselves with the product and the video library, maybe.
From there, they are more likely to poke around on the product to get ideas of how to use it. They will play much like a child with a toy. Though, keep the rational mind in play more than the imagination loving child.
The reason is to remember that to learn Tableau is not actually a game and the system isn’t a game either. You do not want to accidentally erase or write over information. It requires learning enough to also know how to save the information and graphics that you make.
This way it prevents having to double back on efforts. Instead, it will make it so that the efforts are only needed once.
Now, beyond making internally informed graphics, there is another great way to use Tableau. Consider including it in the formation of a website. A good example of graphic data presentation that is informed from an underlying database might surprise you.
It is in the US Geological Survey that earthquake maps take form. The worldwide map of the major fault lines gets dotted every day whenever earthquakes occur. They are related in circles of differing sizes based on how big the earthquake is. In other words, a stronger earthquake will have a bigger circle.
Then there are sidebar pieces of information such as whether there were subsequent Tsunami warnings or concerns, and what the earthquake would feel like. That’s just one way that the public can go to visit a website and pull up information on their own.
It is far more effective than trying to decipher a list of data about longitudinal and latitudinal lines and some representation of the earthquake. See how it makes a difference? It is quick and easy to understand, and see trends.
Learning how to use the power of Tableau will help transform data into visibly digestible information
It makes a huge difference in what you can tell people in a short amount of time. It is worth watching the free videos on the actual Tableau website.
They made the program. They know how it works and are best poised to educate users on how it operates. Get the most out of it through online training.