#DataDiscussions with Kent Marten

Data Discussions with Kent Marten

In this week’s #DataDiscussions we had the pleasure to host Kent Marten.

Kent Marten is the Lead Product Manager for Maps and Spatial at Tableau. Kent has worked on mapping software for the last 12 years and he’s confident the next few years are going to be the most exciting.

You will find Kent actively engaged with the Tableau community through the Tableau forums and Twitter.


Question 1 - What is your job? How do you use Tableau as part of it?

Kent Marten: Product Manager, Maps and Spatial Analysis. When authoring in Tableau, I'm primarily making demos to highlight new capabilities or new ways to show-off existing capabilities. I use Tableau most frequently for non-mapping uses though, looking at data related to feature work, development plans, timelines, and relevant operational data.


Question 2 - If you could give one piece of advice to a new Tableau starter what would it be?

Kent Marten: When you run into your first roadblock. The first time you're not sure how to do something. Don't fret. Reach out to the Tableau Community. The Community - forums, twitter, Tableau User Groups - is amazing.


Question 3 - If you could add a new feature to Tableau, what would it be?

Kent Marten: Ha. Just one you say. I will pick "Layers - support for independent spatial datasources on the same viz." We talked about it at TC16 in the vision keynote, but it's not ready yet.


Question 5 - What’s the best data book you’ve read recently?

Kent Marten: Perhaps not what you're asking for, but the most interesting book I read recently is called "Prisoner's of Geography" and you will likely not look at a map the same way again. It's really a "Geopolitics 101" book but might change the way you contextualize a geographic dataset/story the next time you make a map/viz.


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