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After another awesome lunch, today’s general session was The Value of Visualization by Tableau’s CTO, Pat Hanrahan. Pat is a very engaging speaker, which suits him since he’s also a professor at Stanford University.
He opened with a quick story of how he worked with Larry Page, one of the founder’s of Google. He likened Larry’s passion for search when the industry was young to Tableau’s passion for visualization.
Pat believes there are three primary drivers of the value of visualization and set about sharing fun examples and stories to demonstrate it.
Whenever the Tableau team looks at adding new features and functionality, they don’t first think of technology or looks, they ask themselves how will this add value to the decision making process. Pat summed it all up by quoting a scientific study that found visualizations make it easier to solve problems and make better decisions. That’s valuable!