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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)



Thanks for visiting and using our forums. Until next time... Happy Analyzing!

Any comments, suggestions, or feedback: please feel free to send a mail to the community team at



Winter gets closer as we enter November.

The leaves are falling while the vizzes are blooming;

Yet, we haven't explored every single dashboards.

Get ready analysts, Tableau on your list,

Workbooks are getting better, shout HYPER HYPER!

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+ Tableau 10.5 is currently in Beta! Join us now, and explore new possibilities with our next update: Coming Soon in Tableau Software

  • Our Hyper technology (patent pending) brings faster data refreshes and query performance to Tableau extracts, plus increased scalability in a platform-wide update.
  • Tableau 10.5 also brings you viz in tooltip, allowing you to add visualizations to tooltips for better context. Plus, take charge of your content with flexible project control and improved workbook version compatibility. You can also rename workbooks, so everyone finds the analytics they need.
  • Share and collaborate on findings more easily with subscription messages and the ability to subscribe users in groups. And last but not least, IT administrators can more efficiently deploy Tableau Desktop at scale with automated Tableau Desktop license activation.

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest features: Announcing Hyper with Tableau 10.5 beta

[Download Tableau 10.5 beta]


+ We’re excited to announce an update to our Amazon Redshift connector with support for Amazon Redshift Spectrum (external S3 tables). This feature was released as part of Tableau 10.3.3 and will be available broadly in Tableau 10.4.1. In Tableau, customers can now connect directly to data in Amazon Redshift and analyze it in conjunction with data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).

Check out our latest news: Announcing support for Amazon Redshift Spectrum in Tableau 10.4


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I wanted to thank Branden Kornell who has the highest ratio of posts marked as Helpful and Correct last week.

We really value your time with the community, thanks for your support Branden, you are also among the top 5 for Customer Contributions this week!

More broadly, a huge thank you to everyone helping our users with Tableau, you are true Data Hero.


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Most Talked about Thread

Churn Rate Calculation from Vandana Samtani:

Vandana wanted to calculate the churn rate base on a given logic. The thread was well documented with a mock-up of what he wanted to do, an Excel file and a .twbx workbook.

This is an excellent way to help the fantastic other users on the forums, and it will encourage our community to provide you with the best of their help. Don't forget to thoroughly write up your thread and add meaningful documentation while keeping it short but detailed.

Shinichiro Murakami jumped on it and after some discussions, he solved the issue five days later. Thank you Shinichiro!!


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Top Voted Idea

We have our winner from last week!

Well, there are no winners in the Ideas section. Our developers love to wander in there, looking for fresh and interesting suggestions that could make Tableau even Greater and our community happier; However the idea that gathered the most upvotes is: Create a Native Connector from Tableau to Azure Data Lake (ADL)

Luke Brady, thanks for the feedback. We really appreciate it.


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In other news, visit our latest blog article called "Best of the Tableau Web" to check out beautiful pi charts and dashboard design thinking!

Def worth your time with tips and tricks + fantastic and original vizzes for inspiration.



Thanks for visiting and using our forums. Until next time... Happy Analyzing!

Any comments, suggestions, or feedback: please feel free to send a mail to the community team at



Tableau has a gigantic smart and fun community!

Before TC17 in Las Vegas, a lot of Tableau User Groups are gathering to discuss updates, products, tricks and have fun together.

Make sure to join the Events and Conferences: Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Illinois, Texas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and the Kentucky are all in the starting blocks for the United States while the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are boosting their power before the Conference.

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▲ Announcements

+ Gain new analytic superpowers as you join the Tableau Conference 17, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from Oct 9 to 12. We hope to see you there in two weeks! Learn more about the event:

+ There is so much to do at #Data17! Here are a few ways to ensure you'll get the most of the Community experience.

Data rockstars unite: Find your tribe at Tableau Conference 2017

+ Check out Pooja Gandhi and Adam Crahen's work: #DearDuo! An inspiring and smart project for fun and skills boosting.

#DearDuo: Our quantified-self journey


+ Are you a marketer that’s tired of creating reports in excel? Do you get annoyed every time you pull data from multiple platforms to create website traffic reports? Two of Tableau’s own marketers have created a next-level website analytics dashboard, with custom traffic metrics, to make reporting a breeze! They will be sharing their knowledge about Tableau at TC17 during their breakout session.

DIY Website Analytics Dashboards for Marketers at TC17




Today I particularly wanted to thank Andrew Kim for the quality of his work

44 posts have been published this week to help our community, while 39% have been marked as correct and helpful!

This is the highest ratio this last week but also for the whole month of September! (90 posts for 31 helpful or correct)


Of course, we at Tableau, are really appreciative of our users in the forums. We love to read your replies and different paths that will allow our customers to better understand Tableau while gaining more knowledge about a given topic. You totally help users see and understand their data. Doing so, YOU are a Data Rockstar! Cheers



Most Talked about Thread

557 views, 22 comments, Vasu choudhury almost nailed our community with his question about dynamically showing previous Quarters/Half Yearly values based on Time period selection.

Thanks to Norbert Maijoor, Shinichiro Murakami and Yuriy Fal, THEY nailed him down with many excellent and detailed replies.

Congratulations to you all, you really are pillars of our community and we can't thank you enough for your dedication.

Show Previous Quarter/Half Yearly values based on Time period selection



Best ideas

This week I wanted to put the incentive on our Ideas. It really is a great place if you want to propose new features for Tableau, implement new things and directly discuss with our Dev teams.

The latter are regularly skimming through your threads in order to gather more feedback from our community, discuss implementations and raise the best detailed ideas for their projects.

If our products lack things that you really want to see added, come over and directly speak with us: Full List of Ideas



Enjoy the week, it is cold but very sunny in Dublin this Monday - I hope you're having a great weather as well. I can't wait for snowboarding season early in 2018! Ah... 2018, time flies right?

Until next time, happy analyzing!

As usual, feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to




→ BONUS from Danny Sutton, I spotted his Star Wars viz on Twitter: Sentiment Analysis; What fans feel about the franchise? - Tableau Public

(Han Solo shot first)

Do you love data analytics? Do you strive to improve processes or geek out over security? Do you believe in the power of understanding data to inspire true innovation?

Then, Tableau Conference 2017 is for you! You’ll be among thousands of fellow data people who understand that powerful insights, beautiful visualizations, and surprising revelations are a reason to get out of bed every day. And did we mention they love to have fun?


This is where data people gather to learn, collaborate, and network, building a lasting community with the power to make a difference. The excitement is tangible – you’ll feel inspired from the first moment, and build momentum as you discover new tools, techniques, and curiosity.

With more than 400 sessions of every level and focus, you’ll learn more in one week than you ever thought possible. From keynotes to breakouts, hands-on training to hands-in-the-air parties, you’ll be in the company of Tableau experts, partners, and customers: it’s data people paradise.


Gain new analytic superpowers to take home with you. You can even get certified as a Tableau expert. It’s all happening at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas - Oct 9-12.See you there, in a little bit more than two weeks!


Learn more about the event:





+  Create a viz using your personal fitness data, upload it to Tableau Public, and you’ll be on your way to slipping into some Lululemon apparel! You have until Saturday 30th of September to Submit your viz.

Join the #FitData17 viz competition for a chance to win gear at TC17 | Tableau Software

+ It’s time for another round up of the best of the #Tableau blogosphere! Fresh ideas & new bloggers in our community.

Best of the Tableau Web: Welcome to the new bloggers! | Tableau Software

+ So cool to see #vizforsocialgood at UNHQ for the General Assembly--front and center as leaders from around the globe come together to talk about our biggest challenges! Check out the vizzes on Tableau Public here: Socio-Economic Development and the Sustainable Development Goals - A Collection of Interactive Data Visualisations





Deepak Rai replied to 51 threads while having a dozen of them marked as correct and helpful!

Thank you very much for your time and skills Deepak! We hope that many users will be inspired by your performance and share their knowledge as well



Most Talked about Thread

Abderrahim Oubidar had a question related to filling some missing values in his data. He had 2 tables that he joins together, the first gives the sales for each day, the other is monthly budget.

Guess who solved it? Kalyan Allam: Congratulations, you rock!

Filling missing values in the data

Thank you everyone for jumping in that thread


Best idea last week

Luke Brady would like to enable Tableau Desktop to connect to and create an Extract of OneDrive content which is shared with me where I am not the owner.

Do you think like Luke? Then upvote and comment his idea!

Ability to Create Extract from someone else's OneDrive Data


Have a great week, and until next time, happy analyzing!

As usual, feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to

Tableau Conference on Tour landed in Berlin!

If you love data — the storytelling, the inspiring calls to action, the success it brings to your business — Tableau Conference On Tour, Berlin is where you belong. Network with hundreds of change-makers from every industry.

Get answers to your toughest questions. Get inspired by stellar Tableau and customer keynote speakers. Craft your personal learning journey with hands-on training sessions and one-on-one Tableau Doctor appointments.

And best of all, have an amazing experience with the Tableau community – complete with data people as smart and solution-driven as you!


Plan Your Tableau Conference on Tour 17 Berlin Experience and find out what else you can do in Berlin.

Learn more about the event:

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+ Fellow data artists this is your moment: Show off your vizzing skills to claim Lululemon gear at Tableau Conference!

Join the #FitData17 viz competition for a chance to win gear at TC17 | Tableau Software

+ Learn how to use benchmarks in Tableau with Yvan Fornes! His different approaches and vizzes are mind-blowing.

Two approaches to benchmarking with Tableau | Tableau Software

+ Of course, the Tableau on Tour Conference, Berlin, started today! Are you attending this exciting event? 11-13 September.




This week, jennifer.vonhagel replied to 49 threads while having 17 of them marked as correct and helpful!

You contributions have been very appreciated by our community, and we are delighted to have you among our top users this week
Thanks everyone for helping the Tableau users!



Most Talked about Thread

Angela Torres needed help with downgrading a file from 10.3 to 10.2 using notepad and changing the version.

1827 views and 10 comments, Joe Oppelt dived in with a proper solution!

Convert .twb in 10.3 to 10.2 version

Thanks for your help!



Have a great week, and until next time, happy analyzing!

As usual, feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to

It's Monday, and I bet you will all follow the great eclipse path across the USA today, 21st of August! Don't forget to wear adapted eye-wear to keep your eyes safe

The last great eclipse in the US was in 1991, so don't miss the incoming one, in 6 hours! That will be 9am in Seattle for reference.

However as much as I love science, we already discuss that matter last week in details + viz: Community Digest August 14th

Also, check out this great Total eclipse of the data


Today we will discuss about gaming.

This week in Europe, the biggest Gaming convention will kick off: the gamescom 2017!

It is the world's second largest gaming event with more that 350,000 visitors, 6,000 journalists and 700 exhibitors from more than 90 countries. I am going to the event again this year in order to discover the news from gaming companies, try out their novelties and also interview the developers in order to share their precious information to the gaming communities, online. Cologne is also a beautiful city, I can't wait to visit new areas.

I would be more than happy to meet with you on-site if you are attending, to discuss games and Tableau's analytics around some drinks!

Check out this great viz from Victor Perazzolo about players' movement patterns in the WoW continent maps. It can be filtered by Race, Class and Level.

→ World of Warcraft Heatmap - Tableau Public

Do you have any great gaming viz to share with us?

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+ Have you checked the July edition of Best of the Tableau Web? As always, there’s a great variety of tips and tricks for every level!

Best of the Tableau Web: It's all about community!


+ The Fringe Festival APAC is only 4 days away! Register to hear tips & tricks on visualization, design & much more!

Tableau Public - TFFAPAC


+ Community voting is now open for the virtual JavaScript API hackathon! Get your vote in today.

JavaScript API Hackathon Community Voting




This week, Deepak Rai replied to 59 threads while having 12 of them marked as correct and helpful!

You contributions have been very appreciated by our community, and we are delighted to have you among our top users this week

Thanks everyone for helping the Tableau users!



Most Talked about Thread

Kevin Denman wanted to configure his Excel Workbook in Tableau server so he could update the excel file and push it to Tableau server.

While he was looking for a way to configure a data flow pointing to the local file path, Jonathan Drummey put on his super-hero mask & suit (no cape!), and he delivered this very detailed answer: Can I use a desktop excel file as a live data source for Tableau Server?

Thanks for your help!



Top Voted Idea

Paul Miller needs Tableau to pass the user through to Snowflake so that when Tableau executes a query to a secure view that he created, the query can call the appropriate Snowflake database function to filter the result by that user.

Many users are also thinking this would be an excellent idea! What about you?

Make sure to support his idea by upvoting and commenting in the following thread:



Have a great week, and until next time, happy analyzing!

As usual, feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to

Hi everyone, happy Monday!


Dun dun dududun dun dududun: Games of Thrones is coming back and we've got a fabulous viz fromannabelle rincon!

Which GoT character has the highest probability of ruling Westeros? Check out her viz to find out: Tableau Public

And remember... No spoil!





+ Seven years ago we launched @TableauPublic. The community has spoken by uploading 1,000,000 vizzes!

Check out the #1,000,000 viz: Tableau Public hits 1 million vizzes


+ Calling all developers! We're excited to announce our virtual JavaScript API Hackathon: Developer Hackathon - win a FREE pass to TC17!

And don't miss our JavaScript API FB Live this Friday 4t of August, 11am PST.



+ Fantastic ratio from Michael Someck this week! 15 out of 29 of his replies are correct 1 helpful which make him the most accurate on the Community forums this week. Yeah, I think it deserves a round of applause (and a few beers, but everything is an excuse to drink in Ireland )

Thank you everyone, helping on the forums is one of the most amazing things with this community: you're so friendly and love to help each others!

Keep it up



Most Talked about Thread

This last week, Ken Muir had a question about how to manipulate the data so he could see exactly what location the product is in at any date with SQL Custom Query.

Filling in the missing dates

kettan jumped in for a solution! Jonathan Drummey added a nice touch to the already existing content.



In other news

+ Tableau 10.4 Beta is available! If you are interested in exploring the many new features, check out the blog and get signed up by sending an email to Learn more here: Get Tableau 10.4 beta to better collaborate on trusted data | Tableau Software


+ Lucky you! The last-chance discount for the Tableau Conference 2017 has been extended - save $100 until next Friday!

Tableau Conference 2017 | Las Vegas | October 9-12 | #data17


+ Andy Kirk of Visualizing Data is kicking off a crowd-sourced project, The Chartmaker Directory. It’s “an attempt to gather and organise a useful catalogue of references that will offer people a good sense of what charts can be made using which tools and, where necessary, how.”

Want to get involved? Submit examples (un-filled circles) or tutorials/how-to (filled circles) for the various chart types using Tableau! (Note that examples and tutorials can only be submitted via a link, so they must be posted online.)


From Andy:

“On the top left you will find the + button which offers a simple three-step process to allow contributors to suggest a link to either an example or tutorial of a chart being made by a specified tool. Multiple references are welcome for the same chart-tool combination but, inevitably, plugging the gaps as much as possible is a key goal, initially at least.

Submitted suggestions will be received on email and considered for inclusion, please don't expect them to automatically appear in the directory.

For more information about the project, check out Andy’s blog.



Any suggestions or things you want to add to the Weekly Digest? Send your submissions to!

Happy analyzing!

This week, on the 14th of July, is the French National Day! "La Prise de la Bastille", Storming of the Bastille is a very important day in the history of France as it enabled the creation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. The royal government fought against the people, mutinous French guards, and mercenaries for the Bastille. The latter was a prison detaining people who said or wrote things that displeased the monarchy - thus making the prison the true symbol of absolutism. Hundreds of women, men, influencers attacked the building and took it by force at the cost of many lives taken. The monarchy had been brought down and the National Assembly created - We still use it nowadays.

Get ready for gigantic fireworks, military parades, and many concerts.




It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: You can finally get your hands on a version of Tableau Server on Linux. Our beta version is ready for you to test, provide feedback, and experience the power and flexibility of Tableau Server on “the penguin”. You can look forward to some exciting capabilities in this version of Tableau Server from an admin perspective, including a new option to choose how to authenticate users with LDAP.


The Ambassador program has grown to include representatives of user groups, social media mavens, Tableau Public leaders, and forum moderators that help serve our more than 100,000 passionate users!

Join us in welcoming Franca Higginbotham, Okechukwu Ossai, Jim Dehner, Zhouyi Zhang, Ann Jackson, Rajeev Pandey, Filippo Mastroianni, and Pablo Gomez




Congratulations to Mihai Constantinescu who obtained 12 correct posts in a week! A fantastic achievement, well done Mihai



Most Talked about Thread

I have particularly been interested in two threads this week! Amazing how our lovely community help each others, follow up and stand their ground until the issue is solved!

You truly rock, thanks for your help!



Top Voted Idea

Do you want to allow web editors and dashboard builders to create “dual axis maps” and synchronize the axis?

Then vote up this top idea from last week: Pratap Chilamakuri



In other news



Thanks for your time, have a great week and... happy analyzing!

As usual, feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to this week's Digest!


Looking for a place to go during your Holidays? The weather is way too hot these days, I'm sure you want to come over and get some refreshments in the United Kingdom

Tableau Public - How wet is the UK? // Author: Ravi Mistry

Here you can clearly see: the farthest you go to the west, the more it rains... I live in Ireland, you can't imagine how much rain we get!



We’re happy to announce that Tableau has issued an updated Service Organization Controls SOC 2, Type II, Security and Availability report for Tableau Online, covering the period of April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. In addition, the Tableau Security and Compliance program has also issued a SOC 3 report.

Tableau releases SOC3 and updates SOC2 report for Tableau Online | Tableau Software



Excellent job Hari Ankem! 98 posts in the last 8 days while having many helpful and corrects answers.

Your help to the community is very valuable. We appreciate your time in making the Tableau forums a better place for our users


Most Talked about Thread

With almost 30k views (yes) and 50 replies Force Blanks to Show is still an interesting topic for our users.

Want to know more about adding blank spaces into your boards? Check this thread out!

Thanks everyone who have been involved in this one!


Top Voted Idea

Last week's most popular idea was created by @Matt_Francis. He wants to show suspended tasks in the task window: are you supporting this idea?

Make sure to upvote and comment it!


In other news

Wow! The second round of our Student Viz Assignment Contest attracted 250 amazing submission. Here are the top 3: Announcing our Student Viz Assignment Contest Round 2 Winners! | Tableau Public


Do you have an idea for a Think Data Thursday presentation? Please email us at


That's it for me. Enjoy the week folks

Remember the image Diego included in the last Digest, this previous week? That's exactly how I look today as I return from our Global Sales Kick-off week. Yup, the trainings and keynotes were grand... but I got the Flu. How wonderful.

Let's check the community this week!





Lately, I have been impressed by Zhouyi Zhang! 73 posts in the last 8 days and 1/4 of them are Correct or helpful!

A big round of applause



Most Talked about Thread

**This is determined by the number of replies on a thread

I wanted to highlight two threads this week as they are both incredibly detailed!

Congrats to Okechukwu Ossai and Jonathan Drummey! PREUTTI PUAWADE and parvinder.bindra.0 found their answers.


Top Voted Idea

Simon Forwood would like to provide the api with the full value of the subscription feature.

What do you think?


In Other News

We're looking for idea submissions for our next Think Data Thursday! Email with any ideas or if you have any general Community feedback/questions.


Have a great week everyone!

Hi everyone!

It's monday, time for a new Community Digest

Any feedback let us know, we are always happy to improve our content.



Does your primary jobs involve deploying Tableau Server, worrying about server installs, upgrades, authentication, high availability, security? Our Product Managers and Developments teams listened to your feedback during a live "Office Hours"!: Server Administrator Rockstars, we’d love to hear from you!

No worries, you can found the full recording here: Dev Office Hours: Server Deployment & IT Administration - YouTube


Data for everyone!

Join Nai Louza and Kyle Gupton for #TDT: Designing Tableau Dashboards for Accessibility

Think Data Thursday: Designing Tableau Dashboards for Accessibility - April 27th, 2017 @ 8am PDT




Abhinav Garg posted this incredibly detailed answer to help vita nesvetailov.

I was impressed by such a dedicated Data-star in our community! Congrats

Need help with the SUM if formula



Most Talked about Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses to a thread

This brain teaser by Neeraj Goyal is still discussed. Do you have a word in this problem? Post it to help the community!

Need help to create LOD



Top Voted Idea

Nissan N would like to have an option to add a data source that will includes the Events & Special Days by date and +comments.

With 31 upvotes in a week, you should definitely know about this one!

Events & Special Days Layer

Don't forget that you can create an idea at any moment in our category Ideas



In Other News

Andy Kriebel created a great article telling his story with Tableau. It all started with a simple question: Can you create a few dashboards to help us monitor the annual planning process? After some trainings, he tried his best with Tableau and 30 minutes later, the whole project was done and his life changed forever.

10 Years Later...What Tableau Means to Me?


This is a document to explain what is PortalSearch and outline how to build one into your system. Anton Grobman provided documentation and source code for you to use!

Any question let him know: Getting Started: PortalSearch



Enjoy the week everyone!

Hello everyone, it's the first day of Spring 2017 AND the International Day of Happiness!

Put on your prettiest suit, and ask your boss if you could work outside today, under the sun and among the flowers...! You could try at least





Help us gather the data on how you and your organization use data to make decisions || TDWI Best Practices Report Survey: Accelerating the Path to Value with Business Intelligence and Analytics


We’ve also officially opened the customer Call for Speakers for Tableau Conference 2017.

This year we’re returning to fabulous Las Vegas where, from October 9-13, data enthusiasts will come together to connect and learn from Tableau speakers and from each other. We hope you’ll apply to share your Tableau success story with your peers.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017. || Learn more




It is the International Day of Happiness, and I must say that our team at Tableau is really proud and happy to have you all, here, on the Tableau Community Forums!

We want to thank everyone for helping each others, you are embracing one of our Core value, our mission: You too, help people see and understand their data! We can't express enough our gratitude toward you. Keep up the fantastic work!

Do you want to give kudos to someone in particular? Shout-outs in the comments section!



Most Talked About Thread

This last week, Scott Dexter was looking for a way to change the background color of a chart, depending on conditions.

Kaz Shakir came to the rescue with a very thorough solution!

Thanks everyone who participated in that particular thread || Change Background Color



Top Voted Idea

Do you want Tableau to support Spatial Objects in Databases? Vote it up here, and make your voice heard! ||


With 37 upvotes (100% of votes) in a month, I couldn't skip this one: "Ability to share your Incremental/Full extract 'column' details which Tableau has to your custom SQL/Initial SQL window panes" ||



In Other News


Enjoy your week-end, and make sure to send any comments or questions to!


Until next time, happy analyzing!

Hey everyone, happy Presidents' day!







Most Talked About Thread

  • This thread contains 10 very long comments. It looks like a battle happened in there, but the result is a huge WIN thanks to Simon Runc!

The question is from Esther Twain, about LOD expression for 'difference from overall average'.

Any issue with the same topic? Check it out.


  • In the same category, Cameron Taylor wanted to create a filter based on sets with intersecting data.

Shinichiro Murakami, Shawn Wallwork, and Toby Erkson stood up and unleashed Data solution. Well done everyone, love it!

Creating Filter Based on Sets with Intersecting Data



Most Viewed Thread

  • 675 views: Ammar Khwaira wanted to show 5 donuts on a row and the other 5 on another row.

It is a technical solution to a simple-looking problem, as it sometimes occurs on our forums.

If you are interested in this as well, the thread is here: Multiple donut charts in single sheet/dashboard



Top Voted Idea

When a schedule is created on Tableau Server all users who have publisher permissions can use any schedule. This is a problem when you have mid-day extract refreshes for things like published data sources but you want to limit your self-service publishers to only be able to refresh extracts during non-peak hours.

Do you also feel the same way as Michael Moore does? Comment and upvote this idea!

All the details and wanted feature are here:



In Other News

  • Don't forget to use the Helpful and Correct features on our forums. They are really useful to everyone by increasing stats, gaining time to other users looking for a solution to their problems, as well as better referencing threads on search tools.


That's it for this week. Hope you all have a productive week.


Until next time, happy analyzing!


Feel free to send any comments or questions about this digest to

Good morning Data-rockstars,

It's already end of January, I feel like I'm still eating foie gras and fabulous onions-marmelade, salmon, and turkey. Oh the foie gras... but today we'll cheer you up with fantastic ideas, threads and lovely things about you: the community. Stay awesome!



◘ Announcements


→ Meet the 2017 Tableau Ambassadors

The Tableau Ambassadors make the Tableau community what it is. They demonstrate the leadership, respect, and collaborative spirit that we value in our community members.

On behalf of the rest of the community, thank you to each of you.


Have you ever noticed that when you go to different places in the Tableau community, Public, User Groups, ... certain people continue to pop up, always answering questions, posting interesting vizzes, or sharing helpful content? Meet the 2017 Tableau ambassadors!

We're also super excited to have Chris McClellan, Donna Coles, Lei Chen join this group! Welcome back Norbert Maijoor!!

You will be able to recognize our ambassadors on the forums thanks to their blue badge.

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→ Deriving Time to First Event from Longitudinal Data Using Level of Detail Calculations

Aaron Sheldon created a very detail topic, a core analysis in longitudinal data. Make sure to read it!



◘ Recognition

A well-deserved shout out to Jamieson Christian for achieving the "Questions for Breakfast!" badge by having 25 responses marked as a correct answer. Jamieson's answers are consistently well thought-out and helpful and we're lucky to have him!



◘ Most Talked About Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses to a thread

Thread: Drawing a stacked bar chart from complementary fields - 10 comments

Naumaan Nayyar's first post in the forums is about drawing a bar chart. Our ambassador Chris is helping him, but we always welcome more brains for different approaches to the issues!

Thanks to everyone who can participate and help our users in the forums



◘ Most Viewed Thread

Thread: how to display only combined categories on a map - 154 views

The fabulous Joe Oppelt nailed it: Correct Answer!

If you also have an issue with combined categories and maps, head there.



◘ Top Voted Idea

Idea:  - 12 upvotes, 100% upvotes

The more our end users depend on a Calendar (Date Parameter), they want to see it visually appealing and realistic.

Calendar should reveal, which days should have underlying data points.

Of course, this should be a top-up feature, and I want to retain all the existing calendar features.

If you also would like better calendars in Tableau, feel free to upvote the idea from Rahul Upadhye!



◘ In Other News


Enjoy your week everyone!

Happy Monday!


I'm glad to see that Patrick and some of you already got some snow... but I live in Dublin. Here, the only snow we know is liquid. Yes, like water in fact, and I'm super jealous of your snow.

Feel free to send a parcel of snow to the Dublin's office

Yay rain, don't we love it.






     Community! The next Think Data Thursday will occur this week, January 19th at 8:00 AM PST

We will be with Zen Master, Craig Bloodworth. He will walk through his learning aid called TabCommunicate. Aimed at both novice and experienced coders alike, TabCommunicate helps to remove the barriers to entry for people by providing an interface to easily fire off REST API calls to your own Tableau Server. Don't miss it!

Register here:


     ◘ Learn how to create astounding hex tiles maps in Tableau thanks to Kevin Taylor.

Join in some plotting data, add a hexagon file to your custom shapes, do some dragging and dropping, and voilá! You’ve got a beautiful hex-tile map visualization.

Learn more: Viz Whiz: Use hex-tile maps to eliminate the Alaska effect  | Tableau Software


     ◘ I love visualisations, and I was so stunned by our latest blog!

Improve your skills at Tableau by better thinking about Spatial Context, Colours, Icons, Shapes, and Symbols.

Learn more: 3 ways psychological schemas can improve your data visualization  | Tableau Software




Congratulations to sree rao who recently gone beyond the rank of Data Rockstar, he is now "Trendline Setter"! Sree often helps the users on our forums. Thanks for your help, keep it up!



Most Talked About Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses to a thread

The thread Tableau in JIVE is getting multiple posts but we haven't been able to solve it... YET!

Please, help David Angarita, we're his only hope



Most Viewed Thread

12.195 views! The thread whats the difference bewteen desktop and desktop professional? has been formulated by Stan Clarke, and Shawn Wallwork nailed it.

Well explained, now you know!



Top Voted Idea

Would you be interested in a widget app that wouldn't require Tableau to be launched on your mobile? I would!

18 upvotes this week.

Upvote/comment: Widgets for Tableau mobile



In Other News

  • We love to hear feedback from the community members about what makes this place work and what we can do to improve things.  Shawn Wallwork kicked off a great discussion on this topic in the Community Canvas area titled Philosophical Question... . A great thread from some of community ambassadors about what makes this place tick.  Feel free to leave your own comments.
  • You may have noticed that we recently modified the Start a New Discussion page to encourage our guests to add a packaged workbook and the version of Tableau that they are using to the post that is being created.   Ambassador Joe Oppelt created a thread last week that gets to the hear of why that version piece is so helpful.  Why we ask for a workbook, and WHY I ASK FOR YOUR TABLEAU VERSION!! - give it a read and share around.



Until next time, happy analyzing!


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