Tom founded The Information Lab after discovering a passion for helping people make sense of data. This passion was fuelled by five years of working on ‘Traditional’ Business Intelligence projects which in Tom’s own words ‘just never seemed to be what people actually wanted’.
After a long night evaluating Tableau in 2008, Tom realised that the Business Intelligence world had changed and set about becoming an evangelist and product specialist in Tableau.
Tom has been the course instructor at the official Tableau classroom training in London (see them here) since the summer of 2011, and has trained more than 200 people to use Tableau software.
When not working with Tableau, Tom spends his time juggling the needs of a young family and a reasonable golf handicap. Luckily, he can also juggle.
A newly appointed Tableau Zen Master, Craig first discovered the power of Tableau through constant frustration with data report authoring using classic spreadsheet applications. Since buying his own copy of Tableau Craig has never looked back joining The Information Lab in 2011 and helping people install, understand and create exciting visualisations with Tableau.
Craig also makes full use of Tableau Public transforming public datasets into interactive dashboards. His work is regularly featured on The Guardian Data Store and recently spent a data viz fuelled day in The Guardian’s newsroom with Andy Cotgreave from Tableau uncovering just what happened to the Libor rate leading up to and during the banking crisis.
Outside of Tableau Craig’s a local food enthusiast and loves eating at great food establishments. During the summer he also spends his time trying to improve his shooting accuracy although far too many clay pigeons seem to escape his sights.
With a background in business & data analysis across government, healthcare and social services, Beverly has developed a passion for sustainable organisational improvement. She believes that a holistic approach with a focus on quality, efficiency and transparency is vital in achieving this.
Following a brief introduction by a colleague, Beverly’s first real encounter with Tableau was a product demonstration on St Valentine’s Day. One might say it was love at first sight – Beverly was astounded by Tableau’s intelligence, vision and design. She decided it was time to ‘join the data revolution’ and help people and organisations facilitate rapid-fire self-service analytics.
A New Zealander living in London, Beverly devotes her spare time to hearing and making music, appreciating art and film, and exploring the rich cultural landscape of Europe.
Andrew graduated from the Natural Sciences course at Cambridge with an analytical approach to problem solving, and has spent his career as a consultant in an array of businesses spanning retail, logistics, asset finance, web development and digital marketing.
After becoming increasingly frustrated with other slow and restrictive software, Andrew quickly recognised how easily Tableau can put users in touch with their data, enabling them to make business critical decisions. He experimented with this innovative technology in his free time, thinking of different ways it would allow him to display data. When Andrew was asked to join The Information Lab he was excited to turn his hobby into a full blown career and now enjoys sharing his passion for Tableau to enable many more people to realise the full potential of their data.
When not creating charts, thinking about creating charts or wondering what data to try to get hold of next, Andrew spends his time with his wife and three boys amongst the hills of the Devon countryside.
Robin’s background in data analysis and Business Intelligence means he is used to working with mountains of spreadsheets and databases in data-hungry organisations. Throughout his career he’s enjoyed converting raw data into vivid and effectual reports, dashboards and scorecards to help improve decision making.
Robin found Tableau through frustration with the limitations or long development cycles of more established tools and so went on the hunt for an alternative. The addition of Tableau to his toolset has really enhanced his ability to engage and enlighten his audience through visualisations, and enable users to intuitively explore their own data. With an eye on Tufte and Few’s information design methodologies, Tableau’s capabilities allow him to quickly get the visual design in his head onto the screen.
Away from Tableau and data warehouses, Robin enjoys home cooking, travelling to exotic destinations with his wife, and playing euro strategy games.
Chris has had a long career in the IT industry covering Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and for the last five years Business Intelligence/Analytics. The main focus of his roles has been business development and managing client relationships.
Chris held a key role with Xionics who were pioneers in establishing the ECM sector before being acquired by FileNET where he continued his career until shortly before their acquisition by IBM. Chris then spent a number of years at Oracle with responsibility for ERP. It was an exciting period that included the acquisitions of Peoplesoft and Siebel. With the latter acquisition came Siebel Analytics, which became central to Oracle’s BI/Analytics strategy. This led Chris to an increasing focus on this area of the market and was followed by a move to Rittman Mead who are one of the lead Oracle BI/Analytics partners in the UK.
With the evolution of the BI/Analytics market Chris is now excited to be part of the growth of Tableau and working with the team at The Information Lab. Having engaged with many companies with a range of BI platforms Chris is excited to see how Tableau have developed a solution that generates such high levels of user adoption and satisfaction.
Emanuele spent almost a decade delivering Business Intelligence solutions within different type of organizations. His background in data analysis and his technical knowledge allowed him to be actively involved in many different and lengthy projects. His desire to reduce development time and to achieve customer satisfaction pushed him to look into different technologies.
Following a brief introduction of Tableau by a former colleague (now a Tableau avid user), in the “mystical” city of Cusco (Peru) on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, he decided to take this “sign” to start to explore this new technology. Immediately impressed by the unlimited visualization capabilities, the usability of the software and the quicker development cycle, Emanuele decided to make Tableau his new “path” joining The Information Lab.
Outside Tableau and creating new visualizations, Emanuele loves backpacking around the world, cooking and giving support to Organic Italian products and following his football team.
We are always looking to expand our team of Tableau consultants. We are interested to hear from people who are very confident in working with SQL based databases, have a varied background in IT and much more than a passing interest in data visualisation. All our consultants are involved in training Tableau users in some way, so you will be keen to share your experiences in classroom training and workshop situations. Since we work in an emerging industry, you will be committed to learning, and to sharing your experience through a variety of digital channels.
If you love working with Tableau and have what it takes to help people make sense of data then send your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org