Tableau: Can you tell us a little about the impact of Tableau at your company?
Daniel: Before Tableau, our meetings were very sluggish. We ended up arguing over how to do things rather than what to actually do. And most of the time, the meeting would end without any results. The acceleration that Tableau brought to this process was immediate.
Today, now that we have already created a culture with Tableau, we enter a meeting and everything is very dynamic, very interactive. We have already been able to change a filter, add a new variable, and in most cases, we leave the meeting with the results we need within minutes.
The time saved is impressive, both in the visuals and data parts. Normally, when we prepare a database, we work a little bit on Tableau to be able to see the data in a different way, to view them and build basic statistics. Then we set out to solve the issue.
Tableau: How has Tableau impacted your day to day work?
Daniel: Tableau enables us to decide, assemble, and put into production everything very quickly. And this is important, because in aviation things change all the time. With Tableau, we track these changes, being on top of everything.
Tableau: And if you didn’t have Tableau, what would happen?
Daniel: We would continue working, of course, but I would say that it would happen in a less productive way. We would be working with our spreadsheets, with very limited charts, without any interaction, and without the differential offered by Tableau.
Tableau: What would you say to someone who is considering using Tableau?
Daniel: Just get started, that is the secret. Once you begin, you will feel the power you have in your hands, and you will have the freedom to make lots of mistakes too, and fixes and adjustments as well. Tableau is very easy to use, and the learning curve is also very good.
Tableau: What are Azul’s future plans for Tableau?
Daniel: We plan to expand Tableau to the crew so that they have access to all the charts. We're talking about 1,000 people initially. Other plans include extending the functionality through APIs and mobile devices (iPads, iPhones), especially for executives to attend meetings remotely.
Tableau: How has Tableau Server helped you govern your data?
Daniel: Our experience with Tableau Server started very well. Being able to publish the data sources for the departments makes things much easier. With the expertise we already have, we moved from consumers to data providers. In addition, the possibility to create specific sites for certain areas, with easy management, allows us to have control over the features and the users in a very simple way – and everything is integrated with Active Directory, which is critical for us. It is even a matter of security for the company.