2. Making the teams’ logos was also complicated. Not impossible, but it required a hack.
3. It is literally impossible to make this a rolling line graph. I have NO idea why. I searched around and found pseudo-hacks, but for a game to game basis this was actually impossible.
4. I wanted to add more teams; but I thought it would get cluttered. Another problem was that I couldn't group things. I wanted to do hierarchical analysis, where you could compare the NL East, the NL, and the NL wild card. However, for reasons not known to me, I couldn't do this. Apparently Tableau has this feature, but it wouldn't work.
5. The play feature doesn't work on the web. There should be a 'play button' that will moves from game 1 until game 126. This was a huge downer for me. Mainly because I didn't realize the 'Public Version' lacked this functionality.
My view on Tableau :
As companies continue to think “big picture”, they need a “big picture”. That is where tableau succeeds. Unlike Excel, Tableau is quite good at handling more than a million records. It can do some pseudo-sql and allows the users to drag and drop data. That being said, Tableau is somewhere between Excel and say D3 (which I love). A person not familiar with programming can use it, but it allows people to devote 40 hours a week on making reports that are palatable. Most proprietary software, Tableau included, is slow to adjust to new trends. Design teams function because they design fast. When branding your company, you need to think abouttomorrow not today. Tableau 7 still struggles to use newer types of visualizations like word clouds and bubble charts. Rumour has it Tableau 8 has these features, but that requires (ughh) a new license.
Stackoverflow is the new F1:
I had a college professor who never required a textbook, which was simultaneously great and horrible. It was great because I didn't have to spend $300+ on a book that I would likely read once, but it sucked because we did not have reference material. He would always say, “F1 (which is the help button) is your textbook.” When working for a company, they rarely tell you to use F1. So, you generally have a few options. You can ask to the company expert in that software, you can call the software vendor for customer support or you can Google it (which ultimately takes you to stackoverflow). The open community seems to be hurting the software companies. Before the internet people had to find that person, now it’s much easier. With a simple web query, you no longer need customer support, which means you may not need the special software.