Tableau: You've been using Tableau Online, our cloud-based solution. What has your experience been so far?
Kirill: We are big supporters of Tableau Online, because it enables us to focus on what we do best, which is designing analysis, designing reports, and then through Tableau Online to share it across our organization.
This way we don't really have to maintain any hardware or focus any resources on the infrastructure maintenance of the reports. So we create a report, we just push it into the cloud.
Tableau: Are you finding Tableau compatible with multiple data sources?
Kirill: We work with a proliferation of data sources starting from Hadoop down to Excel.
We also work a lot with cloud technologies like Amazon Redshift. I was very pleasantly surprised to know that Tableau can provide native connectivity to all those data sources, whether it's the CSV files that our IT team provides to us, to Excel sheets where our finance department likes to keep the budgets and the forecasts to a Hadoop cluster where we store our logs and where we store more granular data that doesn't yet fit into our data warehouse.
Tableau: How much data are you working with in Tableau?
Kirill: We like to keep our data warehouse small and agile. And as such our data warehouse is fairly small right now—it's under one terabyte. But overall we are working with data that exceeds 15 terabytes in size.
Tableau: Any tips for introducing Tableau to employees?
Kirill: The way we bring Tableau effectively within the company is first we allow users to discover it on their own—just to get them a little bit excited about it and also make them understand that you don't need a long learning curve to understand this tool.
Once they start becoming interested, those individuals that really want to learn the tool and make it part of their career, we send on the professional training that's provided by Tableau. When they come back they've become a Tableau expert that—like Jedis—can whip up any kind of dashboards in a matter of hours, or minutes, depending on the complexity of the dashboards.
Tableau: That's wonderful. Would you say that choosing Tableau has been a positive for your career?
Kirill: Championing this kind of tool throughout the organization had a very positive experience on my career, because bringing it in allowed me to connect people directly with the data and people love data