Alteryx User Group London #14

by Chris Dunigan

London Alteryx User Group

So, after many months away from London, it was great to attend Alteryx User Group London #14 to catch up with familiar faces and see what’s being going on in this vibrant community over the last few months.

Conveniently (for me at least!) held at Alteryx HQ just off Old Street, the sixty of us,(yes - 60, great turn out) assembled to hear some Alteryx customers talk through some cool workflow tips and tricks they’ve employed within their businesses.  A new feature for #14 - and the reason I was keen to attend this time - was the Open Mic section. Don’t worry - this isn’t some form of painful tech comedy slot - but rather 5-mins per person talking about an interesting Alteryx Macro that they’ve build that could benefit the community.

The evening kicked off with Joe Lipski (@Joe_Lipski) welcoming old-timers and newbies alike over an abundance of pizza and beers.  He brought to my attention the “Alter Everything” Podcast which somehow had passed me by. I’m a massive podcast fan, and a subscriber to the Tableau Wannabe Podcast - so having an Alteryx podcast is a great addition.  I’ve just finished listening to Episode 1, with a further two already published. I’m thinking of putting together some posts about the creators, contributors and content of these podcasts.  Watch this space!

So, first up was Gilliam Roger from Kurt Geiger talking about how, whilst in a previous role with Tesco, developed Alteryx workflows that proactively monitored stock levels in the run-up to Christmas and alerted individual stores to items that were in danger of running out.  She’d developed a cool Slack integration so the conversation about what to do about this could be done instantaneously and decisions could be made quickly - avoiding the dreaded scenario of customers not being able to buy their Christmas turkey!

Adam Riley who has been working at Alteryx for 7-years was next up with an interesting talk about the approach to testing of workflows.  I guess an oft forgotten aspect of development - who can put their hands up and say they go back and bulletproof each workflow that has been knocked up quickly to avert a crisis! - but nonetheless fascinating. His blog goes into detail that I’d not be able to do justice to in this post. Check it out.

And then to the Open-Mic session.  Nine contributors - some better than others at time keeping - took to the stage and presented a nifty little macro that may well have not surfaced to the top of the charts in the Alteryx Gallery.  Too much amazing work to call out everything - but my particular favorite was from Charlie Archer who had utilised the Google APIs heroically to produce some super cool travel time analysis. Most of the macros are available in the Alteryx Gallery - links below.

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The next meet up is scheduled for Tuesday 19th June (venue TBC) with Alteryx World Cup predictions on the agenda and a summary of Alteryx Inspire 2018 which is being held in Anaheim, CA, 4th - 7th June also included. So, stay tuned - I’ll be bringing you a review of both Inspire 2018 (yes, I’m going - wahoo - can’t wait) as well as #15 London Alteryx User Group.


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