I drink the Tableau kool-aid sometimes. I believe in the idea to help people see data. It turns data into information, which can lead to well informed decisions. What I struggle with is that I'm somewhere between the end-user and a developer. I don't have those super awesome data skills that I do believe are essential to make a viz (exploratory or just part of a regular suite of reports). As folks have acknowledged, data is rarely packaged up in a beautiful red bow like in those Christmas car commercials saying, here I am, take me for a spin!
I could come up with a fancy term for myself that if I hashtag enough, could gain worldwide acceptance (okay, maybe acceptance among five people worldwide). Data artisan is becoming popular and that sounds cool. What if I call myself a visualization seer or a visualization translator? I can help translate what the end user wants to what the tableau developer needs to know. That actually is my biggest strength (I think) and leverages my background. But I also want to (and am actually tasked this fiscal year) with developing a reporting strategy, which I totally dig. The only challenge for me is that it's not solely my show, so I envision some brainstorming, collaborative sessions that for this introvert, will be completely exhausting (but if they are productive, I'm all about it).
My goal is to publish six vizzes on Tableau public (I'm at two pretty disappointing ones). I love to plan, but I need to see action (my disc profile has me pegged). So what's a girl to do? My fate rests in your hands. Well, maybe it's not that dramatic, but I'm pretty sure it is. I'll be the lost wandering soul at TCC14 and no one wants to be that person, now do they?