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2017

Happy Halloween!
In the spirit of this festive - fun holiday here is a question on Structuring Data for Spider Graphs from Steve Rohde that was shared in the Community Forums this week        The Objective: Render a "spider map" from a table of point-to-point trips in a station-based bike sharing system. Assign measures such trip count, average duration and elevation difference to station start-end pairs (i.e. spider line) as line attribute (e.g., line or colour). - The thread goes on from there in detail, and Tableau Forums regular Galen Busch provided the correct answer.

 

Now I don't know who Jeff is, but it looks like his house is the place to be on Halloween! A quick search on Tableau Public brought up years of results detailing daily traffic, peak times for crowd flow, and a forecast of how many visitors they are expecting. This Viz was my favorite, but a little dated. If you know Jeff, please encourage him to reach out to us at community@tableau.com with his 2017 results.

 

Trick or treat!   

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▲ Announcements

+ You likely saw this last week, but I wanted to share again: Tableau 10.5 beta is a out and ready for testing! This is version 2 of the beta. Explore all the features on the Coming Soon page, including mapping updates, Viz in Tooltip, Hyper, Linux, and so much more! Sign up today to take part in the Beta by following this link: Tableau Pre-Release Programs | Tableau Software.  The Beta Developer Tools announced at Tableau Conference may also be found online in the Developer Preview here: Tableau's Developer Tools & APIs

 

Recognition

Congratulations to community members Walter Allen and Ana C T Figueiroa who both earned Tableau Desktop Qualified badges, and Gene Moeller who has earned the Tableau Server Qualified badge! We also have four new Calc Contributors: Haruka Kinumura, haitham Farouk, Taisuke Ono and Brett Megaard. Cheers to all and thank you for your support!

 

Most Talked about Thread

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On October 26th Gurpreet Singh Goraya asked a question regarding Exclude Unique values from Worksheet. This seemed to strike a cord in the forums and a thread of 22 comments led to a correct answer in just under an hour! That is some truly remarkable community engagement. Cheers to Katie Bridges who came through with the correct answer and thanks to all who helped get to the solution. * Pro tip: The original question included a packaged Tableau workbook. Remember this is incredibly helpful when you are looking for community support.

 

The top liked forum question this week comes from Anuj Chopra who was looking for support: Calculated Field Explanation required. This question, posted on October 19th is marked "Assumed Answered". It was found helpful by 4 people! Thank you to all who contributed to this thread, including Abhilash Sharma and Tableau Ambassador Jim Dehner.

 

Top Voted Idea

The idea to have the Option to uninstall prior version during Tableau Desktop upgrade was posted by Tableau Technical Support Engineer James Parsons, and has been popular in the community in the last week. This idea has received 7 votes, and one comment relating back to another idea from years ago. If you agree with James and think this is a great idea head over to the forums and vote for or against it - and please share comments on how this impacts your work.

 

Thank YOU for making the Tableau Community so special! Please feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or feedback to the community team at community@tableau.com

 

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Amanda

▲ An Awesome Iron Viz!

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Iron Viz winner -  TC17, created by: Tristan Guillevin

 

 

The need to display data in a visual manner is something that we all strive to do. But to create a visual that is both informative and beautiful, it takes analytical understanding and artistic ability. The 2017 Iron Viz champion, Tristan Guillevin, created this Viz using some Zillow housing data in 20 minutes time!

 

It is amazing what one can do with a little practice and understanding of Tableau!

+ The Iron Viz challenge can be watched at our TC17 Live site: Sign Up | Tableau Conference Live , creating an account is free and it gives access to a myriad of training, keynote speakers, and of course Iron Viz!

 

▲ Announcements

+ Register for Tableau Conference Live and watch the Tableau Keynotes, 200+ breakout sessions, and the Hands-On training sessions with their related workbooks and content.

+ Tableau Conference 2018 #TC18 is open for registration.  https://tc17.tableau.com/  is where you will find the link.  Now is the time to get the best rooms and rates on flights.


+ Tableau 10.5 beta is a out and ready for testing.  You may have heard our Developement team share the many new features available in this upcoming version at Tableau Conference Dev's on Stage event. Sign up today to take part in the Beta by following this link: Tableau Pre-Release Programs | Tableau Software.  The Beta Developer Tools announced at Tableau Conference may also be found online in the Developer Preview here: Tableau's Developer Tools & APIs

+ Tableau released several maintenance release versions, that contain fixes for various unexpected behavior, released versions: 10.3.4, 10.2.6, 9.3.18, 9.2.20, 9.1.21 and 9.0.2. These are maintenance releases which contain a number of bug fixes. You can see details of what has changed in each version on the Release Notes pages. Release Notes Page | Tableau

 

+ Check out all the offerings for onsite and virtual learning courses to help hone your Tableau Skills. Learning | Tableau Software

 

+ Tableau has several new and updated resources available for your exploration in the community including Logshark v2 and TabMon v1.2.

 

 

Recognition

This week we are happy to share that Neil Lord has achieved the Questions for Breakfast badge awarded for 25 correctly marked replies in the forums.  Thank you Neil for all your contributions!

Peter Fakan and haitham Farouk achieved the "I love helping!!" badge this week marking his first 25 replies marked as Helpful.

Thanks to each of you for sharing your knowledge and ideas with each other to make the Tableau Community the best.

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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The most talked about thread was originally created on October 19th at 12:02pm by Paridhi Gupta with a crazy fast reply from Galen Busch at 12:03pm! There were several workarounds and suggestions provided in regards to the issue with Justin Larson providing a usable workaround that leverages calculated fields and some self joining tables. Check out the thread and the comments here: Converting Columns to Rows without using Pivot

 

 

The Top 'Liked" post this week started with a simple offer to the Tableau Community, specifically those working with non-profits, to work with a Zen Master, Shawn Wallwork. Offering up free appointments to those working in nonprofits, there has been several comments commending Shawn for the offering. Thank you for the generous offer Shawn and we cannot wait to see some of the spectacular Vizzes that you create.

 

Top Voted Idea

The top voted idea for last week is Allow Server Administrators To View As Other Users originally created in April of 2016. This feature is asking for the capability of viewing Tableau Server from the perspective of one of the users. Giving the ability to review permissions and other settings in a live format.

 

 

Please feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or feedback to the community team at community@tableau.com

 

Best,

Patrick

▲ A great Tableau Conference 2017

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We are starting to recover from an amazing week of meet ups, games, tweeting, sessions and parties.  We hope you were able to attend this year's conference and renew or make friendships to enrich your journey with Tableau.  Our team looks forward to the Tableau Conference each year and we enjoy meeting each of you.  There's nothing like putting faces to the names we see here in the community forums. Most importantly, we want to share how wonderful it was to meet so many of you in person.  Thank you for stopping by and introducing yourselves.   #WeAreDataPeople

 

Did you miss Tableau Conference this year but you still would like to take in the content?  Register for Tableau Conference Live and watch the Tableau Keynotes, 200+ breakout sessions, and the Hands-On training sessions with their related workbooks and content.

 

▲ Announcements

+ Tableau Conference 2018 #TC18 is open for registration.  https://tc17.tableau.com/  is where you will find the link.  Now is the time to get the best rooms and rates on flights.


+ Tableau 10.5 beta is a out and ready for testing.  You may have heard our Developement team share the many new features available in this upcoming version at Tableau Conference Dev's on Stage event. Sign up today to take part in the Beta by following this link: Tableau Pre-Release Programs | Tableau Software.  The Beta Developer Tools announced at Tableau Conference may also be found online in the Developer Preview here: Tableau's Developer Tools & APIs

 

+ Tableau has several new and updated resources available for your exploration in the community including Logshark v2 and TabMon v1.2.

 

 

Recognition

This week we are happy to share that Michael Gillespie has achieved the Questions for Breakfast badge awarded for 25 correctly marked replies in the forums.  Thank you Michael for all your contributions!

Peter Fakan achieved the "I Know Stuff!!" badge this week marking his first 10 correctly marked replies.

Hari Chandan Reddy Maryada and John Kuo achieved a monster milestone with over 100 users marking their replies as Helpful.

Thanks to each of you for sharing your knowledge and ideas with each other to make the Tableau Community the best.

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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RamalingaRaju PS asked "Sort by ascending and descending in Tableau" and Tableau Community Ambasador Jim Dehner replied to the initial post within 2 minutes.  Wow Jim..   it took a bit of going back and forth to sort out the issue but Jim provided a solution using a Parameter.  Jim shared a common sentiment in the final post of this thread - helping others is often an opportunity to learn something new yourself.  Trying to push yourself to learn more Tableau?  Join Jim and see if you can help others in the community.

 

The Top 'Liked" post this week started with a question from Youwei Chen titled "Separate coloring per row".  The correctly marked reply with detailed steps and pictures was supplied by Subhankar Mishra.  Subhankar joined the community last April and has already received the Help one, Help all (over 100 users have found his replies helpful).  thank you Subhankar!

 

Top Voted Idea

The top voted idea for last week is Control what displays in View Data with 14 new votes last week.  This idea originally created in 2012 has several replies and ideas within the comments.  It's a pretty broad request so be sure to read through these as there may be a solution that will work for you within the replies.  There are also a number of related ideas that may be a better fit for your use case listed within the replies.  As always, your feedback and comments are welcome within these ideas to help shape the product.

 

 

Please feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or feedback to the community team at community@tableau.com

 

Best,

Patrick

Coming Together at Tableau Conference Next Week: A note from Tableau's CEO Adam Selipsky

 

On behalf of Tableau employees, I want to express our deepest sympathies for the victims and their families that are forever changed as result of the tragedy in Las Vegas Sunday night. We believe the best response is to carry on as normally as possible to show our collective resilience and the force we can be for positive change. As such, we look forward to gathering at Tableau Conference to share and learn from each other, albeit with heavy hearts.

 

I want to thank all our customers, partners, sponsors, and the Las Vegas citizens, who have reached out with their support. We are extremely thankful that our team members who are already in Las Vegas are safe. Our first priority is the safety of our attendees and we have increased security measures for TC17. We are in close contact with the venues and local authorities in Las Vegas to ensure everyone is able to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

 

We have also heard from many of you, full of compassion and eager to help. We’re encouraged by your spirit. We are pledging a contribution to the National Compassion Fund to support the victims and their families. In addition, we will provide opportunities next week for all of us to help those affected.

 

In the meantime, one way to contribute is to donate blood to your local blood bank. Visit redcrossblood.org to find a donation station near you, or follow the #data17donates to join a blood drive during next week’s conference.

 

For more information about next week’s events, please visit the Tableau TC17 Response FAQ page. Also, look for updates from the Tableau Conference team in your email and in the #Data17 mobile app.

 

In moments like this, we find strength in community. We at Tableau are eager to stand together with you.

 

Looking forward to seeing you next week,

Adam Selipsky

President and CEO

Tableau

 

▲ Announcements

+ Tableau 10.4 has been released! From the Tableau Blog: With Tableau 10.4, we’re making data discovery a breeze. Save time and reduce mistakes by ensuring that you are using the best data for your analysis. Data source certification promotes approved data sources and works seamlessly with recommendations to guarantee you’re using the right data at the right time. Enable smarter conversations between teams with discussions and viz snapshots, and visualize custom transportation routes and other networks with support for linear geometries. Polish your dashboard design with dashboard spacing and publish to older versions of Tableau Server using the newest version of Tableau Desktop with downgrade and publish.


+ #WeAreDataPeople: Celebrating the Tableau Community: Starting September 25th, we mailed 5,000 #WeAreDataPeople flags to our community with one simple directive: Take a selfie. Didn’t receive a flag? We’ve got you covered. Complete this form, and we’ll get one sent your way as soon as possible, while supplies last. Terms and conditions apply.

 

Recognition

Cheers to new names and some familiar faces popping up with awards this week! Mike Dunning has earned the Tableau Server Certified badge and Tableau User Group Ambassador Donna Coles has earned the prestigious Help one, help all! badge.  It's been a big week with community support with jennifer.vonhagel earning Questions for Breakfast, Jayshree Dawrewar received Helpful is my middle name, and sesha.peram with the Help Desk badge! Congratulations to all and thank you for all your support.

 

Most Talked about Thread

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suchit kulkarni asked How to Clean Excel Data to Avoid redundant entry being read as Two. Two people have marked the question as helpful and it has received 17 replies, but still remains unanswered. Follow the link to join the discussion!

 

The top liked forum this week comes from Tableau Product Manager for Maps and Spatial Data Kent Marten.Work with Maps and Spatial data? We need your feedback! The post is originally from July, but received 17 replies this week alone. He closed the survey for feedback in mid-August but shared, "If you are planning on attending TC17 in Las Vegas, please come by the Mapping kiosk, attend one of the many mapping breakout sessions, or to the Mapping in Government meetup in Thursday morning."

 

Top Voted Idea

Switch data sources by changing a parameter in a workbook shared by Fabio Galli has received six votes in the Ideas Forum. He shared, "it would be very useful for a scenario in which there are several identical data sources (e.g. SQL Server DB with the same data structures in different Databases) to have the possibility to change the Database to run a query against from a parameter, directly by the end user." Please visit the thread to read more.

 

In closing, and with respect the Tableau Community team echoes what our CEO Adam Selipsky shared, "In moments like this, we find strength in community. We at Tableau are eager to stand together with you." We are here for you. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please reach out to tcquestions@tableau.com.

 

Please feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or feedback to the community team at community@tableau.com

 

Best,

Amanda