As a large integrated energy supplier, Origin manages copious amounts of data that is constantly changing. Prior to Tableau, employees were performing complicated operations on Excel such as Excel macros and VLOOKUP. “As soon as the business wanted to deal with more rows than Excel could handle, you’re up against a wall,” Greg shared.
“Tableau Desktop came along with the ability to address all of those issues, so that was a real catalyst for using it.”
The adoption grew from a specialist group of analysts who began using Tableau Desktop for their own analytical purposes. Managers started requesting for Tableau after seeing its powerful ability to manipulate and drill down on complex data. With a growing need to publish shared data in a controlled way, Greg and his team adopted Tableau Server, which now has 1,700 users on the cloud.
To ensure accountability and quality control, the BI team assigned domain stewards to oversee different domains of data in the energy company, ranging from power generation and retail to risk management and finance. These domain stewards set permission controls to ensure security, and Origin business users have to get written approvals from them to access the content on Tableau Server.