Tableau vs. Excel

Transforming data into insight is critical for projects large and small. Excel has long been used for much of this analysis. But when it comes to visualizing data, creating interactive dashboards, managing unlimited data, and supporting real-time data discovery, it doesn’t fit the bill. As Andy Kriebel of Coca-Cola Refreshments puts it, “Excel has its place. I mean, it's a spreadsheet tool.” But only Tableau turns spreadsheet data into self-service BI. Meet three Tableau aficionados and learn how they’ve replaced what they used to do in Excel with Tableau to discover patterns, expose trends and uncover instant insight from their data.


  • Zach Leber, Assistant Director of Informatics-Genome Sequencing Platform
  • Lynzi Ziegenhagen, Vice President-Technology, Aspire Public Schools
  • Andy Kriebel, Manager-Trade Spend Optimization, Coca-Cola Refreshments

We were able to create a report in four hours using Tableau. It used to take a whole week in Excel.

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