InterWorks Blog Roundup – March 2019

March Blog Roundup 2019

The seasons may be changing, but one thing stays the same: consistent resources and insights from our awesome team members! This last month, as spring began to overtake the cold of winter, the InterWorks team kept things fresh by producing 36 new pieces of content.

March featured nearly 40 individual contributors and saw the beginning of several new series. We launched a new podcast that focuses on the basics of data, Quantified, and began a new series about going the distance in Tableau with its myriad distance calculation options. Find these new additions and more below:

News, Events and Culture

Tableau Tips, Tricks and Community

Tableau Vizzes

Data Management and Tools

Advance with Assist

Going the Distance in Tableau

Portals for Tableau

Podcast Your Data


General Analytics

Recorded Data Webinars

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InterWorks Receives a Cloud Partner of the Year Award from Ingram Micro for 2018

Ingram Micro Partner of the Year award

Recently, Ingram Micro held its annual Cloud Summit, a multi-day conference that brings together not only some of the brightest technology resellers and partners but also some of the biggest, like Microsoft and Amazon. As part of the Summit, Ingram hands out awards to some of their most outstanding partners to honor achievements from the previous year. We are proud to announce that InterWorks was recognized as a US Cloud Partner of the Year Award for Depth.

Cloud Partner of the Year for Depth

This award was based on annual percentage growth for infrastructure-as-a-services (IaaS) sold, and we increased our output by over 400% last year. What’s especially humbling about this award is that it’s just a byproduct of the way we like to do business: collaborating with the best partners to empower our clients to do their best work.

“It just so happened that IaaS was the right solution for many of our clients. We believe in providing the right solutions, and our clients believe in us. It all goes back to strong relationships.” – Aaron Richardson, Director of IT Practice Delivery

What Is Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

IaaS is IT infrastructure that’s offered through the cloud. This is valuable to clients because it affords them the ability to manage their infrastructure remotely, which simplifies management, improves reliability and increases the agility and flexibility of performance. Ingram Micro has been our go-to distributor for these kinds of services for a long time, and we are grateful for the relationship we’ve fostered over the years.

Looking Ahead with Ingram Micro

As an American distributor of information technology products, Ingram Micro works to provide comprehensive solutions that help businesses fully realize the promise and potential of tech. With a global reach and wide scope of services, Ingram Micro delivers solid tech and supply-chain services to customers worldwide. We’ve looked to them for many things over the years—primarily Microsoft Office, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services—but after learning about a number of their additional offerings, we’re expectant to see how these could lead to more exciting and productive options for everyone involved going forward.

If you are interested learning more about IaaS and what we can do with it, we encourage you to reach out to us. Whether it’s Rackspace, AWS or Azure, we have a number of options to give clients the right solution for their needs and things that work well with their existing infrastructure.

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InterWorks Trains the Next Generation of Data Analysts

Career and Development Days in Maastricht University

As alumni of Maastricht University, we love to go back and contribute to the learning path of students. Therefore, Raphael and I were excited to be invited to contribute at the Career and Development Days held on Wednesday, March 13.

A Crash Course in Tableau Basics

Two groups of 30 students from all over world got their laptops ready to learn the first steps in Tableau. As Tableau and data-literacy skills are increasing in demand throughout the business world, students from a diverse swatch of study tracks chose to participate in our lecture, including those studying marketing, finance, economics, econometrics and business intelligence. Within two hours, students learned the basics of how to build a dashboard and how it could be distributed via Tableau Server.

To the students who read this article: It was a great pleasure to see you take these first steps. Thank you to Maastricht University for giving us the opportunity. To those of you enrolled in the ERP & Business Intelligence course, we’ll be seeing you again in May when we give another guest lecture.

Keep learning!

Career and Development Days in Maastricht University

Above: Tableau training at the Maastricht University Career and Development Days

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InterWorks Named Tableau’s Asia-Pacific Services Partner of the Year for 2018

Tableau APAC Partner of the Year Award

Last week, Tableau Software gathered in Singapore for their annual Asia-Pacific Partner Executive Kick-Off. During the event, they recognised their most impactful partners in the region with a series of awards. The APAC region covers East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania. We’re proud to share that InterWorks was named Tableau’s Asia-Pacific Services Partner of the Year for 2018! This honour was especially humbling given that 2018 was our first full year in the Australia and Singapore markets. The announcement also comes on the heels of InterWorks winning two Tableau Partner of the Year awards in the Americas.

“Our goal is always to deliver world-class consultation to our clients around the globe. I’d like to thank Tableau for recognising us again. We’re excited to work and grow with our clients in Australia and Singapore in 2019!”
James Wright, Global BI Practice Director, InterWorks

Global Experience, Local Care

As James mentioned, our impact in Australia and Singapore is truly a global effort. From our local consultants and trainers delivering solutions on the ground in Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to our accounting and operations teams backing them up behind the scenes, dozens of people throughout InterWorks played a role in our success. Across the board, our team has done an excellent job of providing quality work while building lasting relationships.

“Australia and Singapore are both known for their innovative, global brands. Working with these companies, we’ve seen a real hunger for a strategic partnership on data and analytics. It’s been a great fit to bring InterWorks’ global experience and expertise to this region.” – Robert Curtis, ANZ Practice Lead, InterWorks

What’s Next for APAC in 2019?

Much like in our other markets, our focus for APAC in 2019 is all about helping clients explore the realm of possibilities in Tableau and beyond. We know there will always be new clients discovering Tableau, and by helping them build internal capabilities, we’re confident that we’re giving them the best start possible. For clients already using Tableau, we have several adjacent offerings to help them become more data driven at scale.

“We’re approaching 2019 with a more holistic view of analytics than ever before. Through solutions like embedded analytics and Snowflake, we’re focused on providing additional avenues of success for our clients. Our journey in APAC has just begun, and we’re incredibly excited about the year to come!”
Jia Liu, SEA Practice Lead, InterWorks

With that, we’d like to thank our teams in Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, our clients and everyone at Tableau for making 2018 such a great year in the APAC region. If you’re looking for a local partner with global experience to help you with Tableau or your broader analytics practice, drop us a line today. Our APAC team is also growing! If you think you’re a fit, we encourage you to apply on our Careers page. Cheers to 2019!

Tableau APAC Partner of the Year Award

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InterWorks Now and Then: A Photo Challenge

Brenden Then picture

As years end and begin, we like to think back fondly (or not so fondly) on the last twelve months and look ahead with expectancy to those upcoming. As 2018 transitioned into 2019, popular culture decided (for some reason) to look back … way back … to 10 years ago. This manifested in a variety of ways: some called it the 10-Year Challenge, others called it the How Hard Did Aging Hit You? Challenge. For us at InterWorks, we prefer a simpler now-and-then approach.

Enjoy some photos of our team now, and take a look back—and maybe even a listen—through the days of yore.

Vicky Lockett

Vicky Then picture


Age: 3

Hometown: Oxford

Favorite Song: Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon”

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: Vet—too much time spent watching James Herriot’s “All Creatures Great and Small”


Age: 34

Current Location: Basingstoke, or as us locals call it, Amazingstoke

Favorite Song: changes every five minutes but anything by Kelly Clarkson

Current Profession: Communications manager



Maxwell Croft

Maxwell Then picture

Above: Maxwell (bottom left) with his brothers


Age: 17

Hometown: Paducah, KY

Favorite Song: “Love in This Club, Pt. II” by Beyoncé and Usher

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: Doctor

Maxwell Now picture


Age: 27

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Favorite Song: “At Last” by Beyoncé

Current Profession: Analytics consultant



Sarah Dorfman

Sarah Then picture

Above: Sarah (far right) with her brothers


Age: 10

Hometown: Wilton, Connecticut

Favorite Song: “The Sign” by Ace of Base

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: Actor

Sarah Now picture


Age: 35

Current Location: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Song: “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco

Current Profession: Analytics consultant; stand-up comic



Ricki Thompson

Ricki Then photo


Age: 7ish

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK

Favorite Song: Whatever was on my older brother’s iTouch

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: Everything

Ricki Now picture


Age: 22

Current Location: Tulsa, OK

Favorite Song: Whatever is on my brother’s Spotify

Current Profession: Marketing generalist



Rachel Kurtz 

Rachel Then picture


Age: 4ish

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Favorite Song: “What’s Up?” – 4 Non Blondes

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: Actress

Rachel Now picture


Age: 30

Current Location: New York, NY

Favorite Song: “still feel.” – half-alive

Current Profession: Analytics consultant



Brenden Goetz

Brenden Then picture

Above: Brenden (front-right goalie) with his hockey team


Age: 11 or 12

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Favorite Song: “Only in Dreams” by Weezer

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: Hockey player

Brenden Now picture


Age: 33

Current Location: Boulder, CO

Favorite Song: “Anna Sun” by Walk the Moon

Current Profession: Data engineer



Matt Clark 

Matt Then picture


Age: 15

Hometown: Midwest City, OK

Favorite Song: “No Diggity” – Blackstreet

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: Aeronautical engineer

Matt Now picture


Age: 35

Current Location: Stillwater, OK

Favorite Song: “Nothing I Can’t Do” – Lecrea, Tedashii, Trip Lee

Current Profession: Account executive


Garrett Sauls

Garrett Then picture


Age: 12

Hometown: Woodward, Oklahoma

Favorite Song: “With You” – Linkin Park

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: Film director

Garrett Now picture


Age: 29

Current Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Favorite Song: “Carolina” – Young Mister

Current Profession: Communications manager



Courtney Savage

Courtney Then picture


Age: 4

Hometown: Stillwater OK (but growing up in the Air Force, I don’t really have a hometown!  This pic was taken in Sacramento, CA)

Favorite Song: “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” by Culture Club

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: Stewardess

Courtney Now picture


Age: 41

Current Location: Stillwater OK

Favorite Song: “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith

Current Profession: Operations coordinator



Robert Curtis

Robert Then picture

Age: 3

Hometown: Stillwater, OK

Favorite Song: “Believe It or Not (Theme from Greatest American Hero)” by Joey Scarbury

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: the Hulk

Robert Then picture


Age: 42

Current Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Favorite Song: anything by Al Green

Current Profession: Practice Lead for InterWorks Australia (but I still want to be the Hulk)



Katie Bridges 

Katie Then picture


Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA

Favorite Song: anything by the Dixie Chicks

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: Teacher

Katie Then picture


Current Location: New Orleans, LA

Favorite Song: Such a hard question! It totally depends on my mood: if I want something quieter, I go with Horse Feathers. Day to day, I’m listening to a lot of The Mulligan Brothers and The Decemberists. For more upbeat, I’m really into Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer album.

Current Profession: Analytics consultant



Carter Link

Carter Then picture


Age: 3

Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Favorite Song: Barney theme song

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: Artist

Carter Now picture


Age: 23

Current Location: Tulsa, OK

Favorite Song: “Lovers in Japan” by Coldplay

Current Profession: Graphic designer



Andrea Avey

Andrea Then picture


Age: 10

Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Favorite Song: “Jumpin’, Jumpin’” by Destiny’s Child

What You Want to Be When You Grow up: Singer

Andrea Now picture


Age: 28

Current Location: Tulsa, OK

Favorite Song: “LOVE.” by Kendrick Lamar

Current Profession: Content coordinator

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