College of business hosts software talk

By Tim Lewis

Dec. 11, 2017

The Monte Ahuja College of Business showcased Tableau software, a company that makes data visualization products, in a Dec. 5 event.

At Cleveland State, some professors use the software to incorporate visual analytics into the classroom, students use it to complete coursework and learn data skills, and businesses use it to make sense of their numbers and display them in easy-to-understand ways.

Gary Brochu, manager of analytics for Signet Jewelers, attended the event and spoke about how he is an enthusiast for the Tableau and Alteryx software.

Alteryx is a platform that can help users analyze data in depth. While Tableau seeks to provide visualizations of data, Alteryx blends data and offers advanced analytics. The company intentionally made it easy to export data in a streamlined way to Tableau visuals. “One big thing about Alteryx is that you save time,” Brochu said. “You don’t have to be working until midnight. There’s a human aspect to it. Data prep has been reduced significantly.”

Ian Reed, a real estate strategist for Signet, offered insight on how he uses the Alteryx software.

“It’s a little hard to explain what Alteryx is but the best way to describe it is Excel on steroids.” Reed said. “It’s an easy way to finish my projects, and the software has become a staple for me.”

The event also provided information on an annual conference that is held in Las Vegas.

Tableau offers a personal-use version of its software for $35 a month, or a professional version with more features for $70 a month.



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