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Data Accessibility with Tableau Visualization and Trifacta Wrangling

June 9, 2017

Installing systems to accrue data is no longer enough to win in the marketplace and Tableau visualizations are part of the solution. Firms now invest in data accessibility by using Tableau’s visualization tools to create company-wide ecosystems that analyze unified data sets and create repeatable, scalable processes to derive and apply the new insights. To win in today’s marketplace, the obstacle is no longer the data, it’s the speed at which those game changing insights can be derived, which is referred to as data accessibility.

Tableau’s Visualizations Are A Data Democratizer

A survey conducted in September 2015 of over 500 executives reports that finding the right hires to integrate both data and analytics into operations is the biggest hurdle to data accessibility, with 50 percent of respondents reporting “greater difficulty recruiting analytical talent than filling any other kind of role.”

Tools like Tableau’s visualization suite help address this problem.  While most organizations have focused on increasing their numbers of data scientists, it’s increasingly clear that an equally essential role is that of the data-to-business “translator.” Operators in this role typically have deep industry, function, or organizational knowledge, allowing them to serve as the bridge between analytics and its practical applications across the firm.  They have the institutional or subject matter expertise to figure out what the data actually means, and what to do with the insights the data scientists are discovering.

What if, then, it were these non-technical business translators—and not just IT or data scientists—who were enabled to manipulate and pull insights directly from data lakes? IT spend and time to insights would decrease dramatically, firms would benefit from more holistic inquiry, and decision-makers across organizations would feel empowered to engage with data.

Tableau recognized this need, and Tableau’s visualization tools helped fulfill it.  

Data accessibility has been democratized with simple yet powerful tools like Tableau’s visualizations, enabling business-wide data analysis, regardless of where an individual sits within an organization or their formal training in data science. By revolutionizing how a firm distills and brings to life their data through an easy-to-comprehend visual interface, Tableau’s visualizations have helped it cement its spot as a market leader during a period (2010-2015) when it is estimated that demand for visualization grew by 50 percent year over year.

Visualization of Bad Data is…Not So Pretty

The adage “garbage in, garbage out” exists for a reason, because insights drawn from faulty data can only lead to subpar business decisions. Even the most non-technical users of Tableau’s visualization tools understand that to unlock its full power, they must make certain that their data is cleaned and validated before being analyzed. In fact, the laborious task of ensuring data accuracy with Tableau visualizations must be done before visual exploration – and that’s what analysts spend most of their time doing.

What if, then, these analysts were given a similarly visually supportive tool that cleans even the largest data sets quickly at scale and ties seamlessly into the Tableau visualization ecosystem?

That’s where Trifacta comes in.

Trifacta’s intuitive interface allows all users regardless of engineering or data science skill the ability to transform even the most siloed and disparate data without the protracted scripts and arcane coding that are normally required before using Tableau visualization. Trifacta’s intelligent software then learns your organization’s common standardization and validation processes, making data wrangling diverse and unstructured data even more efficient. And because you can save your work as a Tableau TDE file within Trifacta, clean data is immediately usable within Tableau. Data accessibility can become a reality for nearly everyone in your company when clean data prepared with Trifacta is analyzed efficiently with Tableau’s visualization tools.  

Tableau Visualizations + Trifacta  = Your Data Accessibility Solution

Realizing that Tableau and Trifacta were perfect complements to each other in the data science realm, the two companies launched a formal partnership several years ago, reinforcing future integration and joint development. By unleashing the predictive power of Trifacta on raw data, firms can now wrangle data proficiently before unlocking its power using Tableau’s visualization capability.

Learn more about the powerful partnership between Trifacta and Tableau.