Tableau: What specific needs led you to Tableau?
Ryan: I run a blog on the side. It's a personal blog called OSMGuy.com. And it really was invented out of a passion for sports and sports data.
I just started to kind of try to answer some of my own questions by using Tableau Public. It's an amazing free tool that almost has all the same capabilities as Tableau Desktop.
Tableau: Was there any overlap between the skills you developed while writing the blog and your professional life?
Ryan: Sports is a great data source to use with Tableau Public because the data is open and you're not hurting anybody's feelings by sharing that data. It truly became my sandbox for developing my skills in Tableau.
I might make something a little more fancy or try to apply a little more innovative approach in my own personal blog that might not be as well received on the corporate side.
But what I found is as I was able to use my own personal blog and Tableau Public as my sandbox for developing those skills, it almost always now kind of trickles down to the corporate side.
So I get to kind of try and fail and try and fail in Tableau Public. And once I catch onto something that works, I can apply it in my day job.
Tableau: Have you enjoyed being part of Tableau?
Ryan: I like to look at the data on how many shares it gets and that speaks volumes to me on whether or not something was successful, look at the traffic, where it's coming from. And, definitely, I've had people reach out from all over the world.
The Tableau community is amazing. I'm just as accessible and happy to help as anyone and it's been really neat to establish some of those relationships beginning with the blog, taking it offline, and then eventually meeting them at the conference and things like that in person. It's been awesome.