Tableau Conference is truly a one-of-a-kind event! Every year, our team looks forward to attending so that we can learn about new features that are coming, to see what cool things others are doing with Tableau, to spend time meeting with our customers, and to share the types of projects we’re working on. This year was no exception!
We had the exciting opportunity to sponsor Healthcare Data Day on the last day of the conference. As part of our sponsorship, we hosted a session at the Data Cube highlighting how our analytics platform has helped our customers deploy governed self-service solutions to their organization faster, and showcasing our data model-agnostic approach. We met with current and prospective customers at the Data Cube and at the Healthcare Cabana, to learn about the ways in which they wanted to utilize their healthcare data and to show them some of the innovative Tableau applications we’ve built using our 36 pre-built analytics models.
While Healthcare Data Day was our magnum opus of Tableau Conference, the rest of the week was no less engaging for our team. On Wednesday, we attended the opening keynote presented by Tableau’s CEO, Adam Selipsky. Adam shared with us the gripping story of the Code Girls, who played a pivotal role for the Allies in World War II by learning to decipher and decrypt encoded intelligence being shared across Axis power networks. Adam’s inspiring insights challenged us to examine the lifelong efforts of these individuals to build a successful and impactful data culture and to think about why access to data and agility to act upon data is such a challenge for so many organizations today.
Thursday’s Devs on Stage presentation had us cheering from our seats in excitement for upcoming Tableau features. From marks animations, to user-facing set controls, to simpler joins in Tableau Prep — and of course, dynamic parameters — seeing all of the functionality that Tableau is hard at work developing immediately had us thinking about how we could apply these features in healthcare applications.
Throughout the week, we attended sessions hosted by healthcare organizations where we learned about how they had used Tableau to drive better patient care.
Kaiser Permanente presented about the dashboards they developed for their care managers to improve diabetes care, in part through reducing the historical time required to collect data and build reports by developing specifically curated Tableau applications.
City of Hope shared the results of a breast cancer-related cohort study and how they built an application for researchers to use to dig into the collected data.
Stanford shared with us how they used advanced statistics calculations to identify outliers and control quality.
We also attended Tableau-led sessions to learn about best practices that we could immediately apply back to the work we do for customers, in areas like performance & calculation optimization, self-service deployment, color & design theory, and APIs.
All-in-all, attending TC 2019 was an absolutely invaluable and rewarding experience. Between having the opportunity to share our story at Healthcare Data day and being able to speak with healthcare organizations to hear about the innovative ways they are using Tableau, we left TC 2019 feeling excited about what the next year brings for all of us as a Tableau community.
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