Tableau: What does the Directorate of Fisheries do?
Bjørn Sætren, CIO: One of our main tasks is to provide information to the fish industry and the farming industry in Norway.
So we basically gather information about how much fish is caught and how much they are allowed to catch, and we can follow up the governance of the fish in the sea, which is very important for Norway. Also, for the fish farming, we monitor and follow up all the fish farmers in Norway and ensure that they have the right conditions for the fish and the food is good and fresh.
And we need some kind of tool that can help us with this. And then we made a process finding some possible tools and we ended up by selecting Tableau for this.
Tableau: That sounds like a lot of data to look at!
Bjørn: We have, for sure, a lot of big data sets and information. The sales information from the fishermen to the firms on shore is maybe like 14, 15 million records that we are analyzing. That's one of the big data sets we have.
Tableau: How were you analyzing this data before you found Tableau?
Bjørn: People were using kind of different query tools directly into the data, spending a lot of time on making programs for selecting data and asking questions one at a time. So basically things were done but in a much more inconvenient way than we can do now with Tableau.
Tableau: What was it about Tableau that convinced you it was the right choice?
Bjørn Sætren: The self-service parts of the Tableau are important to us—that each user can find his necessary information at the moment he needs it, without asking anyone in IT to produce some reports.
We have tried to pick a tool which can sort of cover all kinds of areas in the organization, both internal with the HR and finance, but also externally to our users and internally to the staffs working with the government or fisheries, for example. So we tried to pick one tool covering all areas.