“Don, the owner, had given me three pages worth of stuff that he needed,” Hall says. “Things like, ‘Figure out what percent Chocolates is of overall sales, but now break it down by item group within the Chocolate category.’ And in the past I would know, ‘Oh, this is going to take forever to find out.”
This time, with Tableau, Hall was able to gather the data and complete the analysis in a matter of hours—which included initial workbook set up— rather than weeks that it took previously.
“Once you have the workbooks set up, running the queries is easy now. It just takes seconds. The time effort now is just so condensed, it's fantastic. And you know the data is real, it’s right, it’s accurate.”
Hall also says that using Tableau has led to other planning session benefits.
“It was helpful when we were actually in the meeting. If we had specific questions, I could drill down into data by store or by product category or product type—whatever we needed,” says Hall.
“We accomplished a lot more—and more quickly than we would have previously. We were able to focus on other things than worrying about the data.”
Perhaps the greatest benefit of choosing Tableau is the time it offers Hall to focus on more strategic efforts.
“I really have three jobs. I have IT, I have Marketing, and I have Business Development. So the time I get back allows me to focus on those other things,” he says.