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I received an e-mail from Darren Bycoff from Alteryx today as well requesting to present at PHXTUG. I wouldn't mind them coming in and demoing the capabilities of their tool. I think it's great timing and my organization is encountering specific use-cases that might benefit from Alteryx product solutions.
Tableau is a great visualization BI tool, but there are some use cases where 3rd party tools like Alteryx makes sense. Keep in mind that Alteryx was a Diamond sponsor at TCC13 and I'm sure they'll be present again this year. They are also a strategic partner and resource for other Tableau partners with specific use-cases.
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I like to drive presentations of meetings based on group input and what I see emerging. As a TUG leader I want to make sure the presentations and workshops we put together are providing value-add, learning, networking and creative opportunities that help drive capabilities from within.
I think presentations such as Alteryx needs to be scheduled in such a way where you know you have a user-base of people that can benefit from learning about the products and services. I've had to reschedule presenters for future dates when I know I can bring in key Tableau developers that have a vested interest and can also speak to concepts that might not necessarily interest everyone, but provide them with information they can take with them and share or use for a future occasion.
Hope that helps.
HI Michael, thx for the response.
Let me know how it goes with Alteryx (if they do present at your meeting).
I have yet to respond back to Alteryx, but they have approached me as well. Like your group, we do not want attendees to be subjected to a sales pitch and I tell each of our presenters that their presentations must follow that rule. Showing/Telling how a product like ours works in conjunction with Tableau is one thing; saying "our product is the best thing on the market and here is a host of reasons for that claim" is another.
If we do take them up on their offer, they will know that for the integrity of our user group community the leash is short.
(Atlanta Tableau User Group)
I totally agree with your comments.
They have a great product but not all Tableau users would use their product, especially the complete suite.
I'd love to hear how their presentation go if you do have them speak. Ours won't be until August, if they're to present at our meeting.
Being a TUG leader as well, I'm very hesitant having anyone present, where it would cost more money to use their tool. Tableau is a cost effective investment, but Alteryx, not nearly as much. For me, the TUG's are about learning and facilitating the use of the tool, Tableau, itself. If Alteryx wants to present, they should contact those companies individually and discuss that with them rather than through the TUG. Also, as a sponsor at the conferences, they pay a lot of money to sponsor, it's an Ad for them and ability to market themselves for a number of days.
Alteryx will be presenting at PHXTUG this coming week, June 26, 2014. If you're interested in attending, we'll have a WebEx going. Head over to our event page on www.phxtug.com if interested. Over the last several months, there has been a lot of chatter in our meetings from users about the product and their interest to see how it's used.
If you have any questions or feedback after the meeting let me know.