Tableau User Group (TUG) Westchester NY -- September 26

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Consumer Reports has generously offered meeting space for our next Westchester Tableau User Group (TUG) meeting. The event will be on Tuesday, September 26th, from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM.


8:30 to 9:00 -- Coffee & Pastries

9:00 to 9:05 ‐- Welcome from Michelle Leonard, Consumer Reports, and Steve Wexler, Data Revelations

9:05 to 9:55 -- Everything Before the Dashboard – Tools of Data Prep

9:55 to 10:05 -- Killer Tips and Techniques

10:05 to 10:20 -- Networking and Break

10:20 to 11:00 -- Easy-Breezy Data Prep in KNIME

Everything Before the Dashboard – Tools of Data Prep

Working with Tableau is a long as your data is clean and ready to go. Unfortunately, you may not always have the time, expertise, or resources for a full service, enterprise ETL solution. There are, however, a litany of tools to help us coerce our not-so-cooperative datasets into useable formats for Tableau. Sometimes called 'Swiss Army Knives' of data prep, we'll take a look at a few of these tools, including Dataiku and Keboola, and a live demo of Alteryx, to show how Tableau users can leverage these tools quickly and easily.

Bio: Jimmy Steinmetz is an Analytics Consultant with InterWorks, Tableau's first Gold Partner. With experience across many verticals and clients ranging in size from global organizations to mom-and-pop shops, he's well versed in bad data (and how to work with it!). He has worked on projects to develop and promote agile, useful, and sustainable data analytics and visualization solutions. Despite having spent most of his life in Indiana and spending much of his time on the road, he now calls the East Village of Manhattan home.

Killer Tips and Techniques -- Volume 1

Expect to learn two to four killer tips / techniques in five to ten minutes. These are easy-to-digest morsels that you can immediately apply to your own work.

Bio: Steve Wexler is the founder of Data Revelations and co-author of The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios (Wiley, 2017).

Steve has worked with ADP, Gallup, Deloitte, Convergys, Consumer Reports, The Economist, ConEd, D&B, Marist, Cornell University, Stanford University, 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.

Easy-Breezy Data Prep in KNIME

We all know that Customer Segmentation is a routinely applied to better understand our customer segments, in terms of revenue creation, loyalty, demographics, buying behavior, or any combination of these criteria and more. There are many flavors of customer segmentation, but the basic concept is easy: group together customers based on similarity in a given area.

Customer Segmentation is also very easy to implement on KNIME Analytics Platform, given the intuitive and easy to learn Graphical User Interface. KNIME Analytics Platform is also open source and downloadable for free from

At the end of the analysis, Customer Segments must be visualized for better understanding and Tableau is a great tool for visualization.

In this second talk, we combined the ease of use of KNIME for data blending and machine learning and the visualization strength of Tableau, to get an elegant customer segmentation solution in very short time.

Bio: Vincenzo Tursi has been a data scientist at KNIME for the past year and half. During this time he has worked on text processing, network graph analysis, and 360 degrees customer data analytics. He is currently writing a book on text processing using KNIME.

Before joining KNIME, Vincenzo worked as Business Consultant for Capgemini S.p.A and Business Integration Partners S.p.A. in Italy. He then moved to Germany for a short time period as Research Associate at Saarland University.


Consumer Reports

101 Truman Ave Yonkers NY 10703

(Exit 9 off the Saw Mill Parkway or a cab ride away from the Hasting-on-the-Hudson MTA or last stop on the 1/9 Subway)

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Michelle Leonard

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