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    Please register for the June 12th Maine TUG!

    Adam Ackerman

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      Maine Tableau User Group Tickets, Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 7:30 AM | Eventbrite




      Please join for the next meeting of the Maine Tableau User Group!

      Location: IDEXX, One IDEXX Drive, Innovation Entrance (to right of Maine entrance), Westbrook, ME

      Please allow a few moments to register at the front desk. A continental breakfast will be included.

      7:30 – 8:30 Community Story: Driving Growth at CashStar

      CashStar enables retailers to achieve faster growth by enabling clients to respond quickly to market demands and launch revenue-generating business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) prepaid commerce experiences with minimal effort. We made a strategic decision to use Tableau to get better business insights into B2C and B2B data to support our product, marketing and sales growth objectives. In this session we will discuss company and market background, challenges we faced, solutions we implemented and lessons learned. We will also show examples of dashboards in use.

      8:30 – 9:00: The Use and Abuse of Color in Dashboard Design

      Just because you have 16 million colors at your disposal doesn’t mean you should use them all. Indeed, of the 28 dashboards showcased in The Big Book of Dashboards, the vast majority only use three colors (and only one has more than four colors.)Color abuse is one of the leading causes of “screaming cat” visualizations. (Not sure what a “screaming cat” is? You’ll find out in the session.) In this presentation Steve Wexler will show how people perceive color, why it is easy to abuse, and examples and how you can use it effectively to create dashboards that engage, inform, and enlighten. Steve will use five dashboards from the The Big Book of Dashboards that exemplify best practice in color use.

      Steve Wexler (presenter for this ME TUG meeting), Jeffrey Shaffer, and Andy Cotgreave are the authors of The Big Book of Dashboards (Wiley, 2017), a comprehensive reference of practical and effective real-world business intelligence dashboards from a variety of industries. Steve has worked with ADP, Gallup, Deloitte, Convergys, Consumer Reports, The Economist, ConEd, D&B, Marist, Tradeweb, Tiffany, McKinsey & Company, and many other organizations to help them understand and visualize their data. Steve is a Tableau Zen Master, Iron Viz Champion, and Tableau Training Partner.

      9:00 – 9:30 Community Stories: VetLab Utilization Data at IDEXX

      With over 6000 employees in more than 175 countries, IDEXX creates exceptional long-term value for their customers, employees, and shareholders by enhancing the health and well-being of pets, people, and livestock. IDEXX has amassed a large amount of VetLab data and uses Tableau to consume it as a data source. Key insights are drawn from this data to enhance our suite of instruments and tests, enabling our customers to better serve the pet population worldwide.

      9:30 – 10:00 Optional ‘Tableau Clinic’

      Do you have a problem you wish to solve (Patient)? Do you have knowledge you wish to share (Doctor)? If ‘yes’, please participate in the Tableau Clinic! We will use an area set aside for folks to be a ‘patient’ or ‘Doctor’. For Doctor, no medical degree needed!