Tableau: What is your favorite part of the job?
Ian: The most favorite part of my job, absolutely, is sitting at the leadership table and bringing insight to the management group that they may or may not know already, and bringing it real time, very recent and relevant and proposing something to do and make it better. Either stopping doing something, doing more of something, but helping the organization.
So from my perspective, the quicker, the faster, the easier I can get that information to the right people and they can also believe in that information and make a decision, then I'm being successful.
Tableau: Does Tableau help you achieve that?
Ian: In my role in finance, especially with tools like Tableau, I can do that far quicker, cheaper, faster, and in so doing, I get a kick. I help the business be more successful.
Tableau: What was your first reaction to Tableau? Has it changed?
Ian: To be honest, when I initially saw the BI tools, you know, I had that skepticism. But very quickly, you know, you could see that that this was a disruptive technology that's going to take time to embrace, but once it becomes a fabric of the company, is going to change the way that we consume data.
Tableau: Has the finance group recommended Tableau to other departments?
Ian: So, for me, you know, finance has to lead the effort with this disruptive technology and be the leader of it. But in so doing, they need to bring the other departments along.
And to be honest, that's what I want to do as a finance guy. I want to help impact and improve the business.
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