Yesterday I returned from Seattle and the Tableau Conference. I had a great week in a city that I have been eager to re-visit for the last 6 years. And I spent many hours getting trained, and hearing from masters in the space. Here are a few of my take-aways from the week.
Tableau's attention to detail was unparalleled
I noticed it the moment I walked into the convention center, with a grin on my face with the thought "It's finally here." As I walked in the doors, I immediately noticed the back side of the stairs decorated with Tableau colors for the conference. This is such a minor detail, but it really stuck out to me and showed that Tableau was serious about making the venue their own for the week.
I'm not the only one with "data crushes"
I thought I was the only one who gets nervous about meeting Tableau celebrities in real life. Well, I was mistaken. It's fun to see the conversation on Twitter and that others are just as excited (and nervous) to meet their heroes in real life.
The community is generous
I am blown away by how many people have already shared their presentations on their blogs, expanding on the content they shared in sessions. And by people who invite anyone to email them for help or feedback on a visualization. You don't get that kind of support and help from many products/software out there. I am even more confident that I made the right choice going with Tableau.
I have a lot to learn
I say this not to get down on myself. I mean it as an encouragement to myself that there is an opportunity to grow, learn, help people, and expand my skills which is always exciting. It's never fun to feel like you've maxed out your potential in anything. A couple areas that I plan to attack this next year are Table Calculations and the Extract API. I also plan on creating visualizations and posting them to Tableau Public, as a way to practice and get some feedback.