The company I'm working for is looking to improve their work-flows, processes, etc. via Lean methodologies. One of the slides gave a definition of Lean:
"Lean is defined as a systematic approach to maximizing value by minimizing waste and by flowing the product or service at the pull of customer demand."
That -- particularly the last bit -- said "Tableau" to me. It allows people to get their information without as many external requirements/processes like other BI tools would require. I wonder if Tableau was created with Lean principles?
Here's an ANALOGY -- How Tableau is like lean hamburger meat*: 4% fat content. Hamburger at 20% fat is not lean so it's not as healthy (compared to 4%), shrinks more during cooking, but it will have more flavor and be less dry. It's definitely less expensive than 4%. But with Tableau we have 4% for the price of 20% and it tastes great (in other words, it works), too!
*Please don't argue the merits of omnivor vs. vegitarian, this is just a freakin' example.