Corporate Vision March 2017

28 CORPORATE VISION / March 2017 , Tableau Software helps people see and understand their data. Tableau’s intuitive platform fuels exploration and enables people to answer questions with data and share discoveries across their organization. More than 54,000 customer accounts around the world– fromglobal enterprises, early start-ups and non-profits to academic institutions – use Tableau to turn data into actionable insights. Seeing Is Believing Tableau’s mission has always been to help people see and understand data. Our platform makes visual analytics intuitive, allowing people to quickly answer questions with data and share insights across their organization. People are at the core of our mission and we want to build software that people love. We give customers a voice into our development process by having an open, transparent forum where they can share ideas, suggestions and ways that we can make the software better. When we plan every release, we review these ideas and prioritize the ones that will have the most impact on our customer success. As a result, when we release updates – like our most recent version 10.2 – customers are more engaged and provide us with more feedback because they know that this is software built for them. Embedding data literacy in our classrooms and universities will help to spark interest and increase awareness of this vital skill. As it stands, universities’ approach to teaching STEM subjects does not always correlate with employers’ needs. Understanding the skills required in the workplace and ensuring the curricula better reflects this is key to future success. At Tableau, we are working with a number of universities around the world, and here in Europe, to develop much needed data analytics skills by offering our software for free to students and professors. Learn more about the program by visiting: Industry developments We live in a time powered by technology, fuelled by information, and driven by knowledge. In light of this, businesses must adapt by getting smarter with technology and hiring the best talent. Much is discussed today about the lack of technology skills, particularly the lack of data analytics skills given the massive data boom we are experiencing with AI, machine to machine learning and IoT coming fast on the scene. Some key trends we’re seeing for 2017 in the data analytics space are: Data analytics for one and all: Like most things, many heads are better than one when it comes to data analytics. IT departments have been quick to adopt new technologies, and long gone are the days where IT pros are spending time on sharing data via static PDFs or PowerPoint decks to relevant teams. Instead, all employees are now able to share live, interactive workbooks and data sources to help drive business decisions quickly and easily, thanks to the availability of visual analytics and the power of self- service. IT becomes the data hero: For decades, IT departments remained mired in the endless churn of building reports to support data requests from the business. This wastes not only time, but is not scalable with the growing data needs of businesses today. Now, IT is at the helm of the transformation to self-service analytics at scale. With IT working more closely with the business to ensure a better understanding of data analytics, while also providing governance and security of the data, this will be something that all employees will benefit from. Data analytics becomes the new skill in town: In 2016, LinkedIn listed statistical analysis and data mining as one of the hottest skills for candidates to get hired. With the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) revealing that growth in big data analytics and the Internet of Things will add an estimated £322 billion to the UK economy by 2020, not to mention create 182,000 jobs, investing in skills such as BI is vital to the country’s future. Ultimately, data and self- service technology like visual analytics are driving change in business, and it’s happening fast. Conversations about data have shifted from ‘why it matters’ to ‘what to do with it’, and this will continue in 2017 as more businesses make a cultural shift to self-service data analytics across departments. K Company: Tableau Software Name: James Eiloart, SVP EMEA, Tableau Email: [email protected] Web Address: 1702CV01