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It's hard to believe but the Olympics are right around the corner.  The 2018 Winter Olympics will be hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Are you preparing to watch hours of Skeleton, Curling, and Nordic Combined?  While you wait for the start of the games, be inspired to create your own Olympic Dashboard. 

Here is a dashboard I found on Tableau Public from the four years ago. Building a viz for fun is where you take Tableau to all new levels. Do you have an idea for a 2018 Olympic viz?   Share in the comments. 






+ Have you voted for the Business Intelligence Trend of 2018?  That's right, you the community of Tableau users are invited to vote on what you think the most important trend in BI today is?  Andrew Grinaker has this post explaining more - Introducing the Tableau Community’s “11th Trend” – Vote Now with a link to voting here: 11th Trend Survey | Tableau Software .  Please come on over and share your voice. 


+ Are you a Tableau Online user? If so, be sure to read Greg Bennett's post Get Ready for the Tableau Online Upgrade to 10.5 where Greg covers the new features with 10.5 and what they mean for you. 





Congratulations to Glenn Kuly and Alvino Vaz for achieving the "Helpful is my middle name" badge this week with 50 posts marked "Helpful".  In addition this week, arvindgarg and sunil.sachdeva achieved the 'Questions for Breakfast' badge representing 25 answers marked as 'Correct'.  These contributions of Tableau users helping each other makes our community the special place it is. Thank you!! 


Most Talked about Thread

The post Making parameter that will change chart label by Dimitriy Shcherbenko was posted on December 7th.   Tableau Ambassador Shinichiro Murakami provided the answer marked correct after several other customers offered assistance and direction.   The solution shows off the power of table calculations in Tableau. 





Top Voted Idea

This week's top voted idea is the 'IN' Operator equivalent idea going back to 2012 by Stephen Smirl  .  This idea gained 7 new votes this week.  The FAQ page FAQ:  'IN' operator is another resource to review if you too find this idea of interest. 


Other News

+ We had a great Think Data Thursday last week as Steve Wexler from Data Revelations presented how to use Tableau with survey data.  If you missed this presentation, you can watch it by clicking here.  Thank you again to Steve.


That's all I have for this week! Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to


Happy analyzing!


The first Weekly Digest of December 2017!

There are plenty of great things to come: Project Maestro, Tableau 10.5, a new Think Data Thursday, more features and more of YOU!

PS: Could you please bring me some snow, in a jar? There is none in Dublin at the moment! I might be able to grow some snow in my garden right?


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▲ Announcements

+ The Tableau 10.5 beta is available. Interested in beta testing the next version of Tableau? Explore all the features on the Coming Soon page, including mapping updates, Viz in Tooltip, Hyper, Linux, and 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

[Download Tableau 10.5 beta]


+ Think Data Thursday, on Thursday, December 7th at 8:00 AM PST! Attend the podcast and join Steve Wexler from Data Revelations and us as he will be showing how to use Tableau with survey data.

You can learn more and sign up today for this online webinar here: Jump Start Visualizing Your Survey Data Using Tableau

  • 8:00 am PST (Seattle) // 11:00 am EST (New York) // 02:00 pm GMT-2 (Brasilia) // 16:00 BST (Western Europe) // 17h00 CET (Eastern Europe) // 7:00 pm MSK (Moscow) // 00:00 am CST (China) // 01:00 am JST (Tokyo)


+ New Amazon Web Services Data Center in Oregon!

Last year we announced Tableau Online was running on Amazon Web Services in the Eastern United States.

Now, we’re deepening our relationship with AWS and increasing the choices we’re able to offer our customers by launching a new US-West (Oregon) data center!

Learn more: AWS + Tableau: West coast data center is now available


+ We’re excited to release the first beta of Project Maestro, a new approach for combining and cleaning data.

We’re rethinking data prep, to give you an intuitive experience that’s visual, direct, and deeply integrated with the rest of Tableau. With Project Maestro, you have the context to work faster and with more confidence.

Discover the three big focus areas that we’re investing in to help you with your data challenges: Now in beta: Visual data prep with Project Maestro


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This week, Dilyana Suleymanova asked a question regarding shadow between the min and the max value of a Gantt chart.

That's a neeeew challenge for Alvino Vaz: he took some screenshots and created a how-to guide for Dilyana. The result? A detailed and correct answer + a delighted user!

Alvino, thanks a lot for stepping in *fist bump*

How to shadow an area in the gantt chart?

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Top Voted Idea

Recently, Samantha Miller was suggesting that her users could do with a new feature for the Story points: to create a Story line with the ability to pull in dashboards that they have access to, and develop a comprehensive overview of what happened.

I think that's a very exciting and interesting idea!

Our Storytelling Product Manager, Jewel Loree is actually chatting with her so they can enhance Tableau even more.

Please input your own ideas and suggestions, we would love to hear from you

New Features for Story Points


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▲ Other news

I don't want to push it again, but... Christmas!!

Check out Tyler Garrett's viz that I spotted this week. Would you be able to recreate it? That's the challenge. Good luck!

Is it time for the Christmas Tree? (a story & challenge)



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