How to Master Your Data Journey

Covers of Info We Trust, Visual Analytics with Tableau, The Big Book of Dashboards
From ideas to dashboards: The Data Journey Canon

Last year I started lecturing a Data Analytics course at university (as part of an MBA program). In the meanwhile, I was refining the list of books that I highly recommend to read. Three of these books form the Data Journey!

What is the Data Journey?

The Data Journey is a human-focused approach to understand the evolution of data storytelling, the power of visual analytics, and the impact of data from real-world business scenarios.

1. Info We Trust: How to Inspire the World with Data

We start our Data Journey with the book Info We Trust. This book examines all parts of the data storytelling lifecycle across disciplines. The use of marginalia and hand-drawn illustrations give you both simple lessons to take away, and insights into where to find out more. The book is full of magnificent references that inspire further reading.

Info We Trust: How to Inspire the World with Data
  • RJ Andrews
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Edition no. 1 (01.03.2019)
  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 272 pages

2. Visual Analytics with Tableau

Now it’s time for hands-on. Visual Analytics with Tableau covers everything you need to get started with Tableau (students get Tableau for free!). The book guides you from the first steps of connecting to data, creating different types of charts, and adding calculation fields to more advanced features such as table calculations, forecasts, and clusters, as well as R, Python, and MATLAB integration for sophisticated statistical modeling.

Visual Analytics with Tableau
  • Alexander Loth
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Edition no. 1 (31.05.2019)
  • Taschenbuch: 288 pages

3. The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios

Back to business (as this course is designed for an MBA program). We close our Data Journey canon with The Big Book of Dashboards. This is a comprehensive reference book with real-world solutions for business dashboards and detailed analysis of do’s and don’ts. The examples in this book are well-organized and categorized by industry and functional business areas.

The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios
  • Steve Wexler, Jeffrey Shaffer, Andy Cotgreave
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Edition no. 1 (02.06.2017)
  • Taschenbuch: 448 pages

[Update 10 July 2019]: Do you need more inspiration?

#MakeoverMonday: Improving How We Visualize and Analyze Data, One Chart at a Time

Because vizzing alone is only half the fun, you should not miss the #MakeoverMonday book. Eva Murray and Andy Kriebel are icons in the data visualization community (read the interview!) and they have curated the thousands of visualizations from the #MakeoverMonday project into a practical guide that will take your design and data communication skills to the next level!

#MakeoverMonday: Improving How We Visualize and Analyze Data, One Chart at a Time (Wile01)
  • Andy Kriebel, Eva Murray
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Edition no. 1 (04.12.2018)
  • Taschenbuch: 496 pages

Which books would you recommend for the #DataJourney?

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#data19 Visual Diary: Tableau Conference Europe 2019 in Berlin

Let me share some of my favorite #data19 impressions from Tableau Conference Europe 2019 in Berlin with you (like I did for TC18 in NOLA last year)!

Sunday, 16 June

Arriving in Berlin

Monday, 17 June

Viz for Social Good

Makeover Monday

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, 18 June

Opening Keynote

Data Village | Diversity and Inclusion

Customer Session | Digital Journey of Deutsche Bahn

Data Night Out

Wednesday, 19 June

Tableau Public booth

Customer Session | Leveraging Social Media at Commerzbank

Data Village

Goodbye

What are your #data19 highlights?

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Visual Analytics with Tableau: Book is in Stock again

Visual Analytics with Tableau on Amazon screenshot
Visual Analytics with Tableau is on stock again: Screenshot shows availability on amazon.com

Did you get your Tableau Conference Europe 2019 ticket and now need something to read for the journey?

Then I have some good news: Right on time, just a few weeks before TCE19, my new book Visual Analytics with Tableau  is in stock again!

As you know from my previous Tableau Conference sessions and blog posts (TC18, TC17, TC16), I love social media! So thank you for your likes, shares, retweets…

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Visual Analytics with Tableau
  • Alexander Loth
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Edition no. 1 (31.05.2019)
  • Taschenbuch: 288 pages

Visual Analytics with Tableau: Book is Now Available

Visual Analytics with Tableau book cover
Visual Analytics with Tableau book cover

My book Visual Analytics with Tableau is now available:

From the back cover:

A 4-COLOR JOURNEY THROUGH A COMPLETE TABLEAU VISUALIZATION FOR NON-TECHNICAL BUSINESS USERS

Tableau is a popular data visualization and analytics tool favored by financial analysts, marketers, statisticians, business and sales professionals, data scientists, developers, and many others who need to explore insights and present visual, easy-to-understand data. Visual Analytics with Tableau is an accessible, step-by-step introduction to the world of visual analytics. This up-to-date guide is ideal for both beginners and more experienced users seeking a practical introduction to the fields of data analysis and visualization. Through hands-on examples and exercises, readers learn how to analyze their own data and clearly communicate the results.

This guide covers everything you need to get started with Tableau, from the first steps of connecting to data, creating different types of charts, and adding calculation fields to more advanced features such as table calculations, forecasts, clusters, and R, Python, and MATLAB integration for sophisticated statistical modelling. User-friendly instructions for existing options within the Tableau ecosystem–Tableau Desktop, Tableau Prep, Tableau Server, Tableau Online, and Tableau Public–enable you to integrate, clean, and prepare your data and share your work with others. Visual Analytics with Tableau:

  • Covers the newest versions of Tableau 2018.3 and 2019.1 plus Tableau Prep, Tableau’s brand-new data integration application
  • Requires no background in mathematics nor any programming experience
  • Focuses on the visual analytics functionality of Tableau rather than complex statistical programming
  • Offers expert guidance from popular Tableau Germany employee and visualization expert Alexander Loth
  • Discusses advanced Tableau functionality and working with different data structures
  • Provides easy-to-follow instructions, full-color illustrations, learning tools, online resources, and more

If you’re getting started with visual analytics and Tableau, this book will teach you everything you need to know to build the foundations and understand how and why to explore your data visually. Alexander has created a fantastic resource that guides you step by step through the process of preparing your data, using Tableau Desktop to analyse it and finding insights.
–Eva Murray, Head of BI and Tableau Zen Master at Exasol

If you’re keen to go from beginner to expert in Tableau, Alexander’s excellent book gives you everything you need to know. With a crisp and clear style, he talks the reader through all aspects of Tableau, from data cleaning through data analysis and into sharing insight with others.
–Andy Cotgreave, Author of Big Book of Dashboards and Technical Evangelist at Tableau Software

Visual Analytics with Tableau – an easy to understand book by Alexander Loth, one of Tableau’s very first employees based in Germany, a recognized speaker on countless conferences, and a Tableau Jedi. It contains both the basics and advanced Tableau features. If you ask me: there is nothing more you need to get started with Tableau!
–Klaus Schulte, Professor at Münster School of Business & 2019 Tableau Zen Master

Thank you all who helped me to complete this book!

Visual Analytics with Tableau
  • Alexander Loth
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Edition no. 1 (31.05.2019)
  • Taschenbuch: 288 pages

How China is winning in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Alibaba Campus
Alibaba Campus

Currently, I’m on a 4-week China trip, visiting many cities. In Hangzhou, I met CEIBS peers who work for Alibaba. While the Alibaba campus is quite impressive, I got even more impressed by Alibaba’s leadership culture, which is encouraging its employees to innovate as intrapreneurs.

If you start your own project (a new mobile app, a patent, a scientific paper, etc.), you’re doing it in your own pace, you’re not being micro-managed and you’ll receive a bonus based on success. Intrapreneurship at Alibaba is just one of many examples where we (Europeans) can learn a lot from China!

Yue and me, Hangzhou West Lake

While traveling in China I was reading AI Superpowers: China Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee, a book that is a must-read to get an idea where China’s AI ambitions are heading to. What matters most for AI innovation these days, the author argues, is access to vast quantities of data—where China’s advantage is overwhelming.

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
  • Kai-Fu Lee
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 272 pages

A quite entertaining book focusing on the new mindset of China’s young generation is this one: Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World by Zak Dychtwald.

YOUNG CHINA
  • ZAK DYCHTWALD
  • Publisher: MACMILLAN USA
  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 304 pages

[Update 2 May 2019]: Which other cities in China did I visit? Check out my Tableau Public viz: