Tableau: How has Tableau changed your job?
Gert-Jan: I was working a lot with data and did it with Excel, Access, with all kinds of tools. And with Tableau, life became only more enjoyable and it is much faster, it is much easier, you can do a lot more with it, you can share much more easily with people, give access, authorize. The whole concept is really what I would like to have as a BI specialist within Peter Appel transport, yes it is available with the package. I receive data sets from customers, you read them in, and you can get to work.
I can simply get to work myself. That makes life a great deal simpler and more enjoyable. I no longer have to wait for other people. I no longer have questions for other people because I can simply do it myself. And with the dashboards that I have made, I can very quickly give access to the right people within the organization.
They can start working with the data. They sometimes come back with questions, such as, "I would also like this, I would also like that." We go and sit with it for half an hour and it is drag and drop, “sleur en pleur” in Dutch, and that makes me happy.
Tableau: Have you found the Tableau community to be helpful?
Gert-Jan: The community is so large, so you learn very easily very quickly each day. And as a result your dashboards become only better, even more beautiful, even quicker. I say, it is really a kind of a drug, actually. It is really a kind of an addiction. You only want it and you only want more. You only want to go faster. You will want to get everything out of the tool that you can. And I have now landed a little bit in that phase. I follow a lot of blogs and YouTube channels. I read, watch, save, and start working with everything that I can find about Tableau.
Tableau: How has Tableau helped you accomplish your data goals?
Gert-Jan: If I look at myself, I would be very busy preparing a report and that really provided a single insight and that was it. And sometimes a week’s data came along and you refreshed it and that was that. But you want to go further, you really want to give it to the user, so that they can start working very interactively with that data. And can actually further increase their understanding. That is actually what I have managed to achieve with Tableau.