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Can I Help You??

This post is a shameless plug, if you’re looking for Tableau tips you can use the links to right.

About every 10 days (SD ~7) I get an inquiry from someone around the world looking for Tableau talent. I’ve occasionally taken on an engagement, mostly I’ve had a list of consultancies and consultants I’ve forwarded inquirers to. Now my name is on the list and you can work with me: I’m joining DataBlick on a part-time basis.

You can get one-on-one or group training & support from me on whatever Tableau topics that I’m knowledgeable about (calculations, structuring data, making the transition from Excel to Tableau, table calculations, conditional formatting, LOD expressions, etc. etc.). If you’re wondering what I might be able to do for you, here’s what one long-time Tableau user said:

I sat in on Jonathan Drummey’s “Extreme Data Blending” session, and was amazed at the depths he’s plumbed in ferreting out the mysteries of how data blending works. Even better was the clarity of his presentation, making the complex and esoteric seem familiar and graspable. I’m now much better equipped to employ data blending to good effect than I was a day ago. — Chris Gerrard, Tableau Friction

And if I can’t deliver what you need, I know some good people and would be happy to make a recommendation!

I’m available from 5-7pm Eastern on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and 5-7am Eastern on Fridays — great for folks in Europe, Africa, and Asia. These are short-term engagements: Maybe you’re stuck on a specific problem, or need help building some Tableau skills, or maybe you want to help your team do some targeted training. If you’d like to set up a standing appointment for a regular review, I can do that too. Other folks at DataBlick are available for longer engagements, the appointment-based structure we’re calling Help me, DataBlick! is trying out a new & different way of assisting and supporting Tableau users and several of us have hours available.

Why DataBlick?

The simple answer is who wouldn’t want to call Anya A’Hearn, Joe Mako, Noah Salvaterra, and Chris DeMartini co-workers? Early in my career I was fortunate enough to have a mentor who told me to be around people who were smart in ways that I’m not. Every single one of the DataBlick team does amazing work and has changed the ideas of what’s possible in Tableau: Anya creating astounding designs; Joe rethinking the interaction between data, Tableau’s inner workings and the viz that we see (plus setting an incredibly high bar for kindness and generosity in the Tableau community); Noah building amazeballs visualizations; and Chris finding new ways to build network graphs. And besides their boundless creativity, they all have a couple of traits that I much appreciate: the stubbornness to stick with a problem to see it through and come out the other side with new learning and the desire to share that learning with others. I’m grateful to have them as colleagues!

The more complicated answer involves a spreadsheet with the family budget and the 10 year projections for our daughters’s college expenses. [If that’s not something you think about, then please consider yourself lucky!] I’m still at my day job and will continue blogging and writing about Tableau. Working with DataBlick supports my family and enables me to help other users (like you?) get to know my favorite piece of software (ever!).

If you’d like to set up a session with me or one of the other DataBlick consultants (I’m available starting today) you can book an appointment in 1 hour or 1/2 hour increments.