Mads Brink Hansen is an external lecturer in charge of Business Intelligence courses at the School of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University in Denmark. Aarhus University, founded in 1928, is a prestigious public university and Denmark’s largest university, with a total of 43,600 students.
Mads, who is also a Principal Consultant and BI Enterprise Architect at IMS Health in Denmark, is responsible for one undergraduate class and two postgraduate classes. He is using Tableau mainly in his graduate classes where the main learning objectives of the programme is to provide students with an in-depth knowledge about:
- Methods for analysing data to support decision making
- How to improve business processes on the basis of business analytics
Interview with Mads Brink Hansen, External Lecturer in Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing at Aarhus University
Tableau: How did you hear about Tableau in the first place?
Mads Brink Hansen, External Lecturer, Aarhus University: As far as I remember, it was about four or five years ago. I’m a part-time lecturer but I work full-time as a Principal Consultant at IMS Health and I think the first time I heard from Tableau was from someone in our Marketing department, but I’ve had also heard about it in my previous job at Inspari. I am quite familiar with many Business Intelligence tools, and from my time at Microsoft I knew that they had a program called Excel for Teaching, so from there, I think I googled Tableau for Teaching and discovered that Tableau also had an Academic Programs.
Tableau: And why did you choose to use Tableau in your courses?
Mads: Actually 3-4 years ago, I was starting to have some trouble teaching what Business Intelligence Applications Development was like and I started to look at the options available, which was when I became aware of Tableau and its Academic Programs. Choosing Tableau in my course was part of a combination of two things. When I started teaching this course, my idea was to use Excel and PowerPivot because I was focusing more on the modelling part of the course, which was more a technical approach and I was not focusing that much on the user experience. When I got connected to Tableau for Teaching, I realised that I would be able to cover both the modelling part and the user experience. And the main reason I’m using Tableau is that it does the best from a user experience perspective and it allows the students to get a better understanding of what Business Intelligence is. The fact that Tableau for Teaching is very flexible allowing both my students and myself to have free licenses to use, was for me a no brainer.