Consulting

Data Visualization, Tableau Dashboard Development, Data Engineering, and Analytics

An Extension of Your Analytics Team

With a network of award-winning data experts on our team, our specialty is building world-class Tableau dashboards that cause action. We are available to serve as an extension of your analytics team for the entire end-to-end dashboard creation process, including strategic planning, data engineering, data visualization, and distribution. Most of these projects can be completed in 40 to 60 hours, but we can also partner on a retainer basis to provide ongoing analytics support.

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Helping People Turn Raw Data Into Valuable Insights.

Decision-Ready Dashboard Creation

We call our dashboards decision-ready because they enable end users to make informed decisions. Our worst nightmare is somebody looking at a dashboard and asking, "So what?" To create decision-ready dashboards, we follow a strategic framework with every project that includes discovery, data preparation, dashboard development, distribution, and documentation.

Data Engineering

Are you having trouble wrangling your data into a format that allows you to analyze it? Playfair Data has experts in tools such as SQL, Alteryx, and Tableau Prep who can help you build trust and governance within your data infrastructure.

Industry-Savvy Consultants

With representation in diverse educational and professional backgrounds, it’s likely one of our partner consultants speaks your industry language and understands your unique organizational needs. If you simply don't know where to start, or where to go next, we can lend our industry experience and vision for pushing the "data envelope" to provide your analytics practice a huge leap forward.

At Playfair Data, we always talk in terms of ‘Descriptive’, ‘Prescriptive’, and ‘Predictive’ analytics. We’ve observed that roughly 80% of companies are stuck in a spreadsheet mentality, not taking advantage of the benefits of data visualization and leaving a lot of return on the table.

At a minimum, we will always move our analytics partners to descriptive analytics – helping describe what is happening in their business to data and non-data people alike. Ideally, we target prescriptive and predictive analytics, helping explain why something happened in a business, prescribing recommendations, and predicting future outcomes.

We target Prescriptive and Descriptive Analytics

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To help illustrate, explore our live Tableau example below. Click an image to see the dashboard in action!

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Descriptive Analytics

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Prescriptive Analytics

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Custom Insights

Meet the Team of Experts

Ryan Sleeper

Founder & Principal

Kansas City

Ryan Sleeper

Ryan is Founder and Principal of Playfair Data. He is a current Tableau Zen Master, 2013 Tableau Iron Viz Champion, author of the 2015 Tableau Public Visualization of the Year, and author of Practical Tableau (O’Reilly). Ryan holds MBA and Master of Sport Business Management degrees from UCF.

Ryan Sleeper

Founder & Principal

Kansas City

Ryan is Founder and Principal of Playfair Data. He is a current Tableau Zen Master, 2013 Tableau Iron Viz Champion, author of the 2015 Tableau Public Visualization of the Year, and author of Practical Tableau (O’Reilly). Ryan holds MBA and Master of Sport Business Management degrees from UCF.

Matt Chambers

Partner Consultant

South Carolina

Matt Chambers

Matt brings over 10 years of experience in information technology and data analytics. He provides data visualization, analytics, and architecture solutions that help leadership find insights and make strategic decisions. Matt is an Iron Viz finalist and a two-time Tableau Zen Master. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Clemson University.

Matt Chambers

Partner Consultant

South Carolina

Matt brings over 10 years of experience in information technology and data analytics. He provides data visualization, analytics, and architecture solutions that help leadership find insights and make strategic decisions. Matt is an Iron Viz finalist and a two-time Tableau Zen Master. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Clemson University.

Jim Donahue

Partner Consultant

Milwaukee

Jim Donahue

Founder of Rising Tides Analytics, Jim provides data and analytics consulting, helping capture, interpret, and leverage data using self-service technologies like Tableau, Alteryx and DataRobot. He has led analytics initiatives at some of the most forward-thinking financial institutions in the country. Jim holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Marquette University.

Jim Donahue

Partner Consultant

Milwaukee

Founder of Rising Tides Analytics, Jim provides data and analytics consulting, helping capture, interpret, and leverage data using self-service technologies like Tableau, Alteryx and DataRobot. He has led analytics initiatives at some of the most forward-thinking financial institutions in the country. Jim holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Marquette University.

Brittany Fong

Partner Consultant

Washington, D.C.

Brittany Fong

Founder of BFongData, Brittany specializes in data visualization design and interactive Tableau dashboard development. She is a Tableau Ambassador, leader of the Washington DC Tableau User Group, and Data + Women co-leader. Brittany holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Cincinnati.

Brittany Fong

Partner Consultant

Washington, D.C.

Founder of BFongData, Brittany specializes in data visualization design and interactive Tableau dashboard development. She is a Tableau Ambassador, leader of the Washington DC Tableau User Group, and Data + Women co-leader. Brittany holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Cincinnati.

Ann Jackson

Partner Consultant

Phoenix

Ann Jackson

Founder and Chief Analytics Evangelist for Jackson Two, Ann specializes in presenting clear data stories and connecting analytical discoveries directly to business. She is a current Tableau Zen Master and leader of the Phoenix Tableau User Group. Ann holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management.

Ann Jackson

Partner Consultant

Phoenix

Founder and Chief Analytics Evangelist for Jackson Two, Ann specializes in presenting clear data stories and connecting analytical discoveries directly to business. She is a current Tableau Zen Master and leader of the Phoenix Tableau User Group. Ann holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management.

Amy Leonard

Director, Partner Engagement

Kansas City

Amy Leonard

Amy has more than a decade of client service, project management, and event planning experience. At Playfair Data, Amy serves as the first point of contact for prospective consulting partners, as well as manages the scheduling, logistics and communications associated with Playfair Data’s public and private training events.

Amy Leonard

Director, Partner Engagement

Kansas City

Amy has more than a decade of client service, project management, and event planning experience. At Playfair Data, Amy serves as the first point of contact for prospective consulting partners, as well as manages the scheduling, logistics and communications associated with Playfair Data’s public and private training events.

Rody Zakovich

Partner Consultant

Orlando

Rody Zakovich

Principal of Rody Zakovich, LLC, Rody is a data visualization designer with experience in data engineering/modelling, database management, ETL development and web application design. Rody is a two-time Tableau Zen Master, former Tableau Forum Ambassador, and Shortlist Finalist for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards.

Rody Zakovich

Partner Consultant

Orlando

Principal of Rody Zakovich, LLC, Rody is a data visualization designer with experience in data engineering/modelling, database management, ETL development and web application design. Rody is a two-time Tableau Zen Master, former Tableau Forum Ambassador, and Shortlist Finalist for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards.

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