UAB will soon have new ways to visualize data to help make more informed decisions for the university and its students.
The University of Alabama Board of Trustees last month approved the purchase of licenses for Tableau, a software that produces interactive data visualization for business intelligence.
UAB IT will launch a pilot rollout of the software to those on campus already using the tool.
“Initially, we will work with organizations already using it to expand their capabilities,” said Scott Sorenson, assistant vice president for data operations and business transformations.
One of the UAB’s IT strategic imperatives calls for fostering a institutional culture of data-driven decision making, and the Tableau software will help take that data and make it visual for those who are studying it.
“It takes mind-numbing spreadsheets and turns them into charts and graphs,” Sorenson said. “It has practical implications for student performance, donor engagement and space management, among other uses.”