Data Driven Organizations Leverage Amazon Web Services & Tableau

By Lyndi Thompson 15 Okt, 2014
Paul Lilford Tableau Software Technology Partner Director

Information in the cloud is now our reality. Leaders in government, marketing, non-profits, education and across the globe know; the best decisions are made based on data and that data needs to be quickly accessible and easy to comprehend.

Paul Lilford Tableau Software Technology Partner DirectorPaul Lilford
Director of Technology Partners at Tableau

On October 23rd, we invite you to join a live conversation with Tableau and Amazon Web Services. One of our speakers will be Paul Lilford, who has 20 years of experience in business intelligence, data warehousing, OLAP and analytics; one of the many reasons he is our go-to-guy for this event. We are delighted to give you an introduction to Paul, and his thoughts on analytics and the power of the cloud.

Man meets Analytics: How Paul fell in love with data

Tableau: When did you fall head over heels in love with data?

Paul: It was in a florescent light computer lab, I was gazing into the eye of an x86 PC (at the time a very sexy model)… hard to be sexy in florescent light. 640KB of RAM was a lot. The World Wide Web was just starting, Lycos was the main search engine, bulletin boards systems were prevalent, and AOL was still cool! The tools we used were Wordperfect, Lotus 123, Dbase, Foxpro, Paradox, and yes… DOS scripts (DOS 5 was about to come out). Floppy disks were still used and came in two sizes. Windows was new. I was working on a Dbase project for a department at my university. I was taking raw student data, and organizing it into related and useable information.

Through the course of the project it went from a series of raw files, to data/information that help us understand enrollment by geo, gender, area of study, etc… The tools have changed, but data has been the one constant.

The thirst for using data to make better, faster, and more accurate decisions has continued to drive the love affair.

Paul Lilford Tableau Software Technology Partner DirectorOne of Paul's heroes in data: Chris Stolte
Tableau's Chief Development Officer
and Co-founder

Is that a bird? A plane? No, it’s Data Heroes!

"My man crush is Stolte, VizQL creator, brilliant and humble at the same time." - Paul Lilford

Tableau: There are pioneers, scientists and inspirations throughout the world of data. Who do you look up to?

Paul: Thomas J. Watson, John Patterson, James Ritty & John Birch, Bill Inmon, Ralph  Kimball, Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella, Paul Allen, Wozniak, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Linus Benedict Torvalds, Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin, Jeff Bezos, and many more. From a Tableau perspective our founders, their vision and insight are changing the way people work. My man crush is Stolte, VizQL creator, brilliant and humble at the same time.

The Power of Cloud Databases

Tableau: Amazon Web Services has a powerful ability to store data in the cloud. What can we look forward to in the future in terms of the power of the cloud?

Paul: There is so much more to come. The cloud scales, is secure, provides flexibility, lowers cost, saves time, provides agility, creates better collaboration and sharing, supports customer standards…. It can be used to outsource infrastructure both permanently or for speed /agility. It can be easily combine with on premise assets/investments.

The Mission: Help people See & Understand their Data

Tableau: We are proud of Tableau's mission, to help people see and understand their data. How do you carry this mission into your work every day?

Paul: I am responsible for our Global Technology Partnerships, and a former customer. We partner with best of breed companies, to make our customers successful. My goal is to help customers utilize Tableau with their other SW & HW assets to solve problems and become data driven organizations.

Join in on this live webinar and learn more from Paul:

Register to join Amazon Web Services and Tableau and learn how the speed of the cloud and visualization is fueling data driven decisions around the globe. Expect to see the full power of Tableau and Amazon and how to apply the technology and benefits to your business.

We are in the future. While we don’t have flying cars, leaders are leveraging a Sci-Fi like technology that is disrupting the status quo of reporting and decision making; the powerful technology partnership of Amazon Web Services and Tableau. These tools empower you to access data in the cloud at incredible speed and see it visually in a way that makes it easy to understand, share and make decisions on. This information is the key organization leaders depend on to answer tough questions, educate the public, inspire creativity and focus on what truly matters.

We hope you enjoyed hearing from Paul Lilford, Tableau's Global Director of Technology Partners. Bring your questions for Paul and join us for an online webinar to dive deeper into the powerful partnership of Amazon Web Services and Tableau.

Learn more about how Tableau and Amazon Web Services

  • Amazon Redshift
  • Tableau Server on AWS
  • APN - Amazon Redshift Partners - Tableau
  • APN - Amazon RDS Partners - Tableau
  • And, don't miss the upcoming webinar: From weeks to hours: big data analytics with Tableau and Amazon Web Services.


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