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Data industry’s breakthrough starts with a smile

The tweet stream running from Tableau’s presentation to the Boulder BI Brain Trust on Friday morning reflected one dominant reaction: awe. That’s easy when the product is a new shiny thing, but not so easy for number nine. As I said in one tweet, Tableau demos are always thrilling — no less than it was seven years ago. It’s magic, and it’s about time we give magic its due.

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Impressions of Strata Conference

Strata buzzes. Other events go to sleep for long stretches. But Strata+Hadoop World, at least the one in Silicon Valley if not those held in New York and London, is the only event I’ve seen with buzz that comes close to the buzziest of all, the Tableau conference. And like Tableau, Strata is growing. It switched venues this year from the Santa Clara Convention Center to the much bigger San Jose Convention Center, and it still sold out.

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