Tableau, Splunk and My Grandad


John Wayne – “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday”

Above is a picture of John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 classic True Grit. My Grandfather (also named John) is a huge fan so any mention of John Wayne instantly sparks thoughts of the old fella.

Over Christmas I was sat with my Grandfather and he made the enlightened statement that he needs to “get with the times”. The crazy thing is that over the last few decades he has stubbornly rejected learning anything about technology, but this year he crumbled when he received an iPad and realised he had no clue what it was.

It made me think about keeping up with trends in Data Analytics, and I feel that these 2 reporting tools are going to lead the way in 2014; Tableau and Splunk.

Tableau Software and Splunk both received buy ratings from Cantor Fitzgerald yesterday based on a positive outlook for the Big Data trend in technology. Analyst Brian White, in a research note, said Splunk was his top IT software pick for 2014, while calling Tableau his “top emerging tech pick for 2014.”

What is Splunk?

Splunk provides software to help users mine Big Data, a term referring to the massive amounts of data being created in the ever-growing world of digital communications. Its software collects and indexes data at a massive scale and enables users to correlate, analyze and monitor this data in real time to help them better understand business trends and operations. It can also detect security breaches.

What is Tableau?

Tableau, similar to Splunk, provides data analytics software designed to help companies quickly analyze and visualize Big Data. White also called Tableau one of the few pure-play software companies in the field.

Keep up with the times and don’t get left behind. “Life is hard, but it’s harder when you’re stupid” – John Wayne


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