January 19, 2014
Data Visualization Full-time and Consulting
Posted by Andrei Pandre under Consulting
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This is a repost from Data Visualization Consulting Page.
Visitors of this blog generated a lot of requests for my Data Visualization “Advice” (small projects for a few hours or days, no NDA [Non-Disclosure Agreement] involved), for Data Visualization Consulting projects (a few weeks or months; I tend to avoid the NDAs as they can interfere with my blogging activities) and even for Full-time work (for example my latest full-time job I got because my employer often visited and read my blog; NDA needed).
Additionally, sometimes I am doing free-of-charge work, if involved projects are short, extremely interesting for me and beneficial for my Data Visualization Blog, like this project:
Obviously all these projects can be done only when I have spare time either from full-time work and/or other projects, duties and activities.
I also cannot relocate or travel, so I can do it mostly from my home office – telecommuting (RDP, Skype, phone, WebEx, GoToMeeting etc.) or if client is local to Massachusetts, then sometime I can visit Client’s site, see below the Map of my Local “Service Area” – part of Middlesex County between Routes 495, 3 and 20 – where I can commute to Client’s Location (please click on map below to enlarge the image) :
If I do have time for short-term advisory projects (from 2 hours to 2 weeks), clients usually pay by the highest rate, similar to what Qliktech, Spotfire, Tableau or IBM charging for their Consulting Services (I consider my consulting as better service than theirs…). If you will go to this thread on Tableau Community:
http://community.tableausoftware.com/thread/127338 then you will find these Indicative Rates for Consulting Tableau Work (Qlikview and Spotfire Rates are very similar):
Low $125, Max $300, Average around $175 per hour.
Here are the most popular requests for my Advisory work:
- Visual Design and Architectural Advice for Monitoring or Operational Dashboard(s);
- Review of Data Visualization Work done by my Clients;
- Prototyping of Data Visualizations (most requested by my visitors);
- My opinion on Strengths and Weaknesses of Data Visualization Vendor/Product, requested by trader, portfolio or hedge fund manager(s)
- Advice about what Hardware to buy (say to get the most from Tableau License client has);
- Advice what Charts and Filters to use for given Dataset and Business Logic;
- Technical Due Diligence on Data Visualization Startup for Venture Capitalists investing into that Start-up.
For mid-size projects (from 2 weeks to 6 months) clients getting a “Progressive” discount – the longer the project then the larger the discount. Here are the most popular requests for my Consulting Data Visualization Work:
- Comparing Data Visualization Product vs. Other Visualization Product for specific Client’s needs and projects;
- Comparing Clients’s Visualization Product vs. Competitor(s) Visualization Product (most requested);
- Benchmarking one or more Visualization Product(s) vs. specific data and application logic.
- Managed Clients migration of their Reporting and Analytical IT Infrastructure from obsolete BI Platforms like Business Objects, Cognos and Microstrategy to modern Data Visualization Environments like Tableau, Qlikview and Spotfire.
Full-time work (1 year or more engagements) is not exactly a Consulting but Full-time job when clients asking me to join their company. These jobs are similar to what I had in the past: Director of Visual Analytics, Data Visualization Director, VP of Data Visualization, Principal Data Visualization Consultant, Tableau Architect etc. Here are samples of full-time projects:
- Created, Maintained and Managed the Data Visualization Consulting Practices for my company/employer;
- Led the growth of Data Visualization Community (the latest example – 4000 strong Tableau Community) with own Blog, Portal and User Group behind the corporate firewall, created Dozens of near-real-time Monitoring Dashboards for Analytical and Data Visualization Communities;
- Designed and Implemented myself hundreds of Practical Data Visualizations and Visual Reports, which led to discovery of trends, outliers, clusters and other Data Patterns, Insights and Actions;
- Created hundreds of Demos, Prototypes and Presentations for Business Users;
- Designed Data Visualization Architecture and Best Practices for Dozen of Analytical Projects;
- Significantly improved the Mindshare and increased the Web Traffic to website of my company, Created and Maintained the Data Visualization blog for it.
You can find more observations about relationship between Full-Time salary and Hourly Rate for consulting in my previous post (from 6 months ago) here: https://apandre.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/contractors-rate/