Welcome to Inspire 2016!
A celebration of the self serve analyst
It’s been an incredible journey for me to finally go to San Diego to attend the Alteryx inspire conference. I was a little sick from having a flu during the week however was ecstatic to get to the conference. The conference was themed i.am analytics. The first day started with a great keynote by Dean Stoecker who really celebrated the fact that alteryx is empowering modern thinkers and analysts to make a difference within their business.
It was great to see how excited Dean was when speaking about how customers were using Alteryx within their companies.
Alteryx is about people – Empowering business leaders, analysts and IT professionals to make a difference
We are surrounded by more and more data and need tools of the 21st century to help us analyse and get insight from it. We need to modernise our analytics stack so that line of business users can self serve.
Unbelievable use cases of alteryx being used by USDA to track and stop bird flu!!
Great training sessions on spatial and predictive analytics
I was excited to attend the predictive analytics training sessions by Anthony Johnson and realised quickly how great a trainer he was! He was able to articulate concepts in a simple easy to understand manner before walking through Alteryx examples with the class. I will most certainly try to incorporate this training style when introducing new users to Alteryx!
Alteryx founders are passionate about their customers and focused on their success
I had the pleasure of spending time with the staff and founders of Alteryx and realised they are one of the few companies who really focus on customer success. They really live and breathe customer success and believe that their product can make a real difference in the world. There were so many numerous examples of this.
A strong sense of community driven by a culture of sharing and empowering others to succeed
The inspire conference was really focused on empowering people of all skill levels to acquire blend and share data and insights across the business. It is really exciting to see Alteryx being embraced by forward thinking IT people such as John Schneider who is an Alteryx ACE as well and using it to make an impact in their organisations.
Alteryx ACEs sharing their journey and experiences on driving cultural change within their companies
Listening to and talking with fellow Alteryx users, customers and ACEs revealed a common thread – They all encountered obstacles & roadblocks within their own company however persisted and implemented the tool ultimately making their organisations more successful in the process.
Take the time to share and help others
It was great to be able to spend time with the legends of at a Tableau and Alteryx community people like Joe Mako and Andy Moncla. It made me realize an interesting fact. New users to Alteryx and Tableau often follow a certain way of thinking just like following a recipe to bake a cake.
Mastery however requires one to think about a tool differently and to really understand the how’s and whys of the way the tools work. In doing so they are able to apply the tools much more efficiently than others.
I also listened in on numerous customer stories, the one that stuck me the most was a customer who was the Manager for worldwide development at McDonald’s. This person had overcome personal tragedy and loss of his wife and discovered Alteryx . He persisted despite all the challenges thrown at him and finally succeeded implementing Alteryx across not just his division but across the company. These stories humanise everyone and made me realise we are all part of a broader global community sharing ideas and experiences and pushing us on.
Party on the USS Midway
And yes who can resist a big party on the USS midway. What an incredible experience.
All in all it was a great conference.. I certainly learnt a lot and was excited to be part of a wider global community of users who are using analytics to make a difference in their companies..