Connecting with our Academic Friends at AMCIS

By Sophia Kan 11 Aug, 2012

One of our fastest growing programs at Tableau is our academic Tableau for Teaching (TFT) program. Not only does it give us the chance to introduce Tableau to people within an academic context, it allows us to connect with students and professors across the globe. Sometimes, however, that means we have to do everything online, which is why it’s great to attend academic conferences like the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS); it gives us the chance to put a face to the name.

This year, the 18th AMCIS was held in our stomping grounds of Seattle, WA. Luckily, we’ve had an unusually beautiful and warm summer (or at least this week) – perfect conditions to greet the large international delegation, and show Seattle’s best.

AMCIS is a research conference that brings together more than a thousand academics from all over the world. This year, there were presentations based on 484 papers, 13 panels, and 86 posters from 38 countries. The theme was Reflect and Redefine: Designing the Digital Feature. Within this theme, the focus was improving practice through research, and positioning and growing Information Systems (IS) in business schools.

Attending AMCIS is an opportunity to be part of the academic heart of the IS community. From doctoral students writing their dissertation on supply chain analysis to professors teaching health informatics, we’ve met a diverse pool of people from five continents who are passionate about data systems, data miming, and using data to inform their stakeholder audiences. Many of them actually already use Tableau and were excited to share some of their stories with us. But we also introduced Tableau to others, who instantly saw the value in software that allowed anyone, of any background, to analyze their data. There were even quite a few who wanted to use Tableau in their classrooms for their classes starting in a few weeks!

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