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Hello,

 

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. 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

+ 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. 

 

 

Recognition

 

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. 

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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 community@tableau.com.

 

Happy analyzing!


Patrick

Are you planning a meal for Thanksgiving?

So Turkey is main dish for most everyone according to a FiveThirtyEight but what to serve with that bird? 

 

Zen master Pooja Gandhi created this viz last year to help you see the most popular sides and deserts:

 

https://public.tableau.com/static/images/Ha/HappyThanksgiving_0/HappyThanksgiving/1.png

 

I don't know about you but our family's favorite marshmallow jello salad seems to be missing.  Are you ready for the big day?

 

▲ 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

 

+It's been a few months since our last Think Data Thursday group presentation.  Steve Wexler from Data Revelations will be joining us on Thursday, December 7th at 8:00 AM Pacific time to show us how to use Tableau with survey data.  You can learn more and sign up today for this online webinar here:  Think Data Thursday: Jump Start Visualizing Your Survey Data Using Tableau

 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to community member Jay Morehart who achived the rare badge of Help one, help all! this week.  This badge is awarded to community members that have received one hundred This Helped Me clicks on their contributions.  Thank you Jay!  We also have two members, Alex Kerin and Ville Tyrväinen, receiving the Helpful is my middle name badge for 50 marked helpful replies.   We also have another new Calc Contributor this week: Brenden Goetz 

Thank you to our community members for sharing your talents and helping others learn and use Tableau.

 

Most Talked about Thread

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Francesca Grisanti posted Compare single ids as days go by on November 7th.  Community Ambassador Norbert Maijoor replied to the question with a request for a detailed workbook to help see and understand the data structure.  And an hour later, Norbert supplied a reply with the marked correct answer by utilizing LOD calculations to find the Min and max dates.  That was a good start but after some investigation, Francesca found that the solution did not fully work for her.  Norbert and Francesca had some more back and forth before Shinichiro Murakami was called in to evaluate the issue.   Shin was able to find the final solution and get it to work using Table Calculations.

 

The top liked forum question this week comes from Raghu Gadiraju in the question Populating parameter values based on a query.  The solution provided by Vinnie Ahuja uses a query to bring in the values from another data source as a table that can then be set as the values to a Parameter from the 'Set from Field' option of the Parameter.   In addition, the request for a more straight forward solution was identified in an existing idea where it was suggested to vote up the idea.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

The idea to have configure number formatting from within a calculated field was originally created by Russell Lamb in 2012.  This idea received 6 votes last week.  Thank you for your voting contributions.

 

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 great week!

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

Happy Monday - I raised awareness a few weeks ago about the solar eclipse but it's nearly here (next Monday).  I didn't want to let the theme pass us over quite yet.  Zen Master,  Matthew Chambers created a post and visualization examining the relationship between interest in the eclipse and the path of the eclipse.   Learn how Matt created that great eclipse path across the USA in his article. 

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Announcements

+ Today is the last day of the  virtual JavaScript API hackathon. #DataDev Hackathon is underway from August 4-14, and the winner will receive a free pass to Tableau Conference 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas! Learn more on the Tableau blog: Announcing Developer hackathon - Win a free pass to TC17!

 

+ I will be on vacation for the next several weeks as I am set to begin my hike of thehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir_TrailJohn Muir Trail on Tuesday, August 22nd. 

 

 

 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to our community Ambasador Zhouyi Zhang (ZZ) for achieving the Answer Wizard badge!  The Answer Wizard badge marks is received after 100 people have marked your answer 'Correct'.  This is a huge milestone in the Tableau Community forums that only a handful of members have achieved.  Thank you ZZ.  

 

Most Talked about Thread

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Indre White asked a question about ranking data for the current year but showing data across several years.  Ambassador Joe Oppelt and Shinichiro Murakami both jumped in to assist Indre with this challenging question.  Joe went the Table Calculation route and Shin chose to use a LOD calc.  This is a great example of how you can use different methods to arrive at a result in Tableau.  Both offer an opportunity to learn more advanced techniques/tools. 

 

Top Voted Idea

The top voted idea this week is Ability to Rename Workbooks on Server originally contribute by Michael Lee with 579 votes for this Idea and 119 comments.  There are some conflicting ideas about what and who should be allowed to change a workbook name.  What are your thoughts?  Vote and share your comments. 

 

In other news

Learn how Zen Master Christopher DeMartini analyzed movie scripts with Tableau - Analyzing Movie Scripts with Tableau | Tableau Public .  A truly fascinating look at  what's possible with Tableau. 

 

That's all I've got for this week. Have a great one and until next time, happy analyzing!

 

As usual, feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

Happy Monday everyone. 

 

Lots of attention is being paid to the solar eclipse occurring across much of the USA next month (August 21).  Are you planning to watch it live?  Find out if you are going to be in the full shadow of the moon to see the eclipse by reading up at one of the many great resources online such as Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Maps of the Path.   Do you have an eclipse related Viz to share?  Be sure to let us know at community@tableau.com.

 

This eclipse talk can not go by without a bit of speculation about those unexplained spots of light in the sky.  Is it UFO, weather balloon, or meteor?  I found this great post by Florian Ramseger posted last year at this time: Web Scraping for Everybody: Using the Import Functions in Google Sheets with Tableau Public 10 | Tableau Public  where you can learn more about UFO's through history and speculate why some years and places have more reported sightings than others.  Dig into the data and build your own hypothesis.

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

+ Tableau Senior Research Scientist,  Sarah Battersby is back again this week with another of her great and helpful posts related to mapping.  This time she is teaching us about jittering points on maps when working with overlapping data points.  Read about it here: Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Maps of the Path

 

Recognition

+ Congratulations to Zhouyi Zhang  who earned the "Answer Wizard" Badge this week.   More than 100 of Zhouyi's replies have been marked as correct. Thank you from the Tableau Community for the huge impact you have had ZZ!

 

Most Talked about Thread

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Michael Simons posted a question asking about parsing String value sub-strings.  In this case, the question relates to finding rows with specific words.  kettan and Sherzodbek Ibragimov both jumped in to assist with this ideas to assist this task.  While the final marked correct post was from Sherzodbek, there are some great ideas shared in the entire thread.  The Tableau Community team utilizes Reg-ex to locate and manage some of the content in the community as well. Do you ever have to tackle managing data manipulation of String values?  Learn more about capabilities of Tableau here: Additional Functions 

 

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 betateam@tableau.com. Learn more here: Get Tableau 10.4 beta to better collaborate on trusted data | Tableau Software

 

+ Have you picked up your ticket for Tableau Conference 2017 in Las Vegas?  Conference this year is occurring October 9-12 in Las Vegas, NV.   Conference sells out every year so be sure to make that reservation early.  The Tableau Community team will be there again.  

 

Please feel free to send submissions or suggestions to community@tableau.com

 

Happy analyzing

Happy 3rd of July

 

This week we celebrate Independence Day here in the U.S.  Many of our employees are out on summer holidays enjoying time with family and friends. Fireworks displays are best watched from the sidelines in my opinion. Here is a Tableau Public viz created by Inquidia Consulting from 2015 about the most common injuries related to fireworks. Playing it Safe With Fireworks | Tableau Public

 

Announcements

 

This is the last week that Diego medrano will be a member of the community team here at Tableau. He leaves for Philadelphia and a new adventure next week. We are sure he will do well in his future endeavors.  

 

Do you utilize the Tableau Mobile app? Do you have suggestions or ideas for improving the app experience? Shweta Jindal is collecting your ideas and feedback in the thread Content discovery on Mobile. Take a moment to visit.

 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Hari Ankem  who achieved the "Question for Breakfast" badge - meaning that 25+ of his responses have been marked as correct. Thank you Hari!

 

Most Talked about Thread

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Amelia Kohm asked Does Tableau Public work with Tableau Server?  Hari Ankem and Shawn Wallwork both provided detailed answers. This post really helps clarify the differences between Tableau Public, Tableau Server, Tableau Online, and Tableau Desktop. Thank you Hari and Shawn!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

This weeks top voted idea is Shared DataSource Site within Tableau Server. This idea received 17 votes last week for a total of 68.

 

 

In other news

 

 

That's all I've got for this week. Have a great one and until next time, happy analyzing!

 

 

As usual, feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

Happy Monday and welcome to this weeks Digest.

 

Last week we celebrated the summer solstice.  The solstice is recognized around the world in many different ways.  From the crowds that gather at Stonehenge to the yoga inspired in New York's Times Square.   Here are the top 10 celebrations from around the world.  Whatever you did to celebrate, I hope this finds you enjoying your Summer (or for those of you south of the Equator - Winter). 

 

 

Announcements

 

The Tableau 10.4 Beta is now available.  Interested in seeing the release and exploring the many new features, check out the blog and get signed up by sending an email to betateam@tableau.com. Learn more here: Get Tableau 10.4 beta to better collaborate on trusted data | Tableau Software

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Justin Larson  who achieved the "Question for Breakfast" badge - meaning that 25+ of his responses have been marked as correct. Thank you Justin! 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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Mac Chadwick Ranier Tolentino posted the question Get the hour increment of Data on June 20th.  Hari Ankem replied 20 minutes later with a request for more details to better understand the question.  Chad replied quickly with clarifying information.  Akhilesh Singh jumped in about an hour later with suggestions for reshaping the original data and modifying the original data between each refresh to achieve the desired reporting.  Thank you Akhilesh and Hari.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

This weeks top voted idea is Control what displays in View Data.  This idea received 7 votes last week for a total of 801.  This idea has been capturing additional feedback from Tableau Program Manager Zi Krostag.

 

 

In other news

  • Sarah Battersby, a Tableau employee and research scientist, has posted an update to: Map Series. The latest post is Dual Axis Mapping - Many Ways. This post covers the many different ways to combine data layers into a single map to create a beautiful map visualization.

 

 

That's all I've got for this week. Have a great one and until next time, happy analyzing!

 

 

As usual, feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

Good morning.  We are back from our three day weekend of BBQ's and weekend adventures.  After a long winter in the Northwest, those of us working in Seattle finally enjoyed a weekend filled with sunshine and we sure are thankful.

I hope the memorial day weekend was an opportunity for you to spend time with friends and family.

 

Memorial day is also a day of remembrance here in the USA. In our family at least, we take time to say thank you and recall.   To honor Memorial day, I am sharing a blog post and visualization I found on Tableau Public designed by Sean Miller to learn more about those that have died in service to the country.

 

Read about it here Honor the Fallen – MY DATA MUSINGS

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Announcements

As we have posted on our front page, Tableau's eLearning is now live. This is great way to help your users learn Tableau quickly and easily.  Be sure to check it out.

 

Speaking of eLearning, are you an educator teaching Tableau? eLearning Administrator's blog post is for you: From the experts: 4 tips for teaching Tableau | Tableau Software.

 

Tableau 10.3 is coming soon. Have you checked out all of the new features coming your way? Coming Soon  is a great place to start and become familiar with the new version before it hits your desktop.

 

Recognition

Our very own Diego medrano recieved the Answer Wizard this week. This badge recognizes the achievement of 100 correct answers having been marked in the community in reply to your questions.  This achievement, even for employees, is quite challenging so congratulations to Diego.

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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Yingying Zeng asked Re: Understanding of the advanced analytics applications of  BORA BERAN's  is it hotspot" visualization which had several replies including Jay Morehart explaining the Script_<type> functions and how they work. Of course Bora Beran jumped in with some specifics about finding and installing TabPy.  Prayson Wilfred Daniel provided details as well using Ananconda  and even offered to assist in person using skype.  What an amazing community of Tableau users we have.  You all inspire us each day.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Darrin Schulte created this idea a few years back and it is picking up increased attention and votes recently.  The  Idea Control what displays in View Data .  Would you find this helpful?  Then be sure to vote.

 

 

In Other News

 

 

That's all I've got for this week - have a great one! Feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or feedback to the community team at community@tableau.com

 

Happy Analyzing!

Hello everyone.  I hope your Spring is going well.  It's another Monday digest and a chance to review what's going on in the community over the past week.

 

My life gets real busy every year about this time of year with kids preparing to end the school year and finishing off their sports seasons.  This year is a bit busier with my daughter about to graduate from High School and all the events surrounding graduation.  Graduations are one of those life changing days we all have with futures bright and everything possible.

 

Announcements

Looking to create that perfect training program for Tableau users at your office but you never found the time? Tableau has launched a new eLarning program.  The program has launched with two courses, Desktop I: Fundamentals and Desktop II: Intermediate.  Read more about it here: Tableau eLearning program to help your organization educate at scale | Tableau Software

 

Do you use Tableau and work in IT?  We are looking to learn more about you.  Please take a moment and review this thread - Do you use Tableau to analyze your IT data?  and share your story with the community.

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Okechukwu Ossai and Nicholas Hannan for completing the Questions for Breakfast! badge marking their 25 correctly marked replies to questions in the forums.

 

Dan Becker and Tushar  More are the two newest members with to complete the I Know Stuff badge marking 10 correctly marked replies.

 

Congratulations to Okechukwu, Nicholas, Dan and Tushar for helping to make this a great community.

 

Most Talked about Thread

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Following in the footsteps of last weeks Developer Office Hours: Dashboarding | Tableau Software, the thread Ask us anything about dashboarding! has been very popular spot to ask and share questions about dashboarding.  Join the conversation.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Questions about the view data pane in Tableau are one of the more frequent ones here in the community so it comes as no surprise that this week's top idea in the community is Control what displays in View Data

 

 

In Other News

Do you have a topic that you would like to see covered in a Think Data Thursday or that you would like to present on?  If so, let our community team know at community@tableau.com

 

That's all I've got for this week - have a great one! Per usual, feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or feedback to the community team at community@tableau.com

 

Happy Analyzing!

 

Patrick and the community team at Tableau.

Before this last weekend, Seattle had only had 9 days with less than 30% of cloud cover since October.  Finally, the city is seeing a bit of sunshine and the sun brings everyone outside to enjoy Spring.  I hope your Spring is going well as well and Spring weather is beginning to thaw out your corner of the world.  On to this week's community happenings in the Digest.

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Announcements

Are you or members of your team on the go?  Do you have questions about making your dashboards work better on mobile devices?  Then this week's developer hours are for you.  We will be focusing on mobile this week. Join Developer Hours: Mobile on Wednesday, April 5th at 9:00 AM PDT.  Register by clicking here and come to get your questions answered. 

 

It's spring and that means the hunt has begun.  No, not easter eggs!  Here at Tableau, its time for hunting for our next Iron Viz Champion. Check out the Tableau Blog this week to learn more.

 

Looking ahead, have you checked out the PDF Connector in Tableau 10.3.  Get a peek at the future of Tableau with this blog article  - Cut data prep time with the PDF connector and union updates in Tableau 10.3 | Tableau Software

 

As always, you can keep up with the many Tableau Webinars and event happening each day at our Events page.  Check it often to make sure you are not missing out. 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Deepak Rai for completing the Question Slayer badge recognizing 50 answers that have been marked correct.  In addition, Glen Robinson has received the Questions for Breakfast badge recognizing 25 answers that have been marked correct.  The Tableau Community is about users helping users so a big thank you to Deepak and Glen this week!!! 

 

Are you interested in helping other users learn Tableau or just giving back after all the help the community has provided for you?  We have a Tableau Visualization that displays all of the current unanswered posts more than a day old here. There are no wrong answers so come check it out and help others learn while you learn.  Crow's Nest.

 

Most Talked About Thread

Are you a Game of Thrones fan just waiting for the next season to start.  While you wait, check out this week's most talked about thread by annabelle rincon.  She posted My participation to the IronViz competition 2017 showing her take on participating in this years Iron Viz contest.  Come check out the thread. Winners for this contest are due to be announced later today. 

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week's top voted idea was created originally by Michael Lee and is Ability to Rename Workbooks on Server with 9 new votes this week.  There have been some conversations with Tableau Employee Graeme Britz recently about implementation methods. 

 

Do you have any great ideas for Tableau?  Be sure to search the Ideas and vote on your favorites.  Our development team is listening and loves the feedback. 

 

In Other News

We had a great Think Data Thursday last week covering two of the best new features of Tableau 10.2 as Kent Marten reviewed the ease of incorporating spatial files into maps and Bora Beran showed off new Python Scripting capabilities.  Both of these features were released in version 10.2.  If you missed "Tableau 10.2 Making Tableau Work for You", just watch it anytime at our YouTube channel here: Think Data Thursday & Talk Data - YouTube

 

That's all for this edition of the Community Digest - hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

 

As always feel free to send any comments or questions to community@tableau.com.

 

Until next time, happy analyzing!

 

Happy Monday.  It's March in the Northwest and the snow is still coming down.  I think we are all ready for Spring and warmer weather.

 

Speaking of March, remember that It's National Women's month - so we'll be celebrating all the smart women in our community.  Tracy mentioned the upcoming Data+Women Virtual Tableau User group event on March 16th.  More info below.

 

What else is going on in the community this week.

 

Announcements

Tableau 10.2 was released last week. We have some resources in the community to help you get going including 10.4 Tableau Resources with links to the upgrade guides for Server, Desktop and all the new great features in Tableau 10.2.  You can find the complete list of Ideas that you created and Tableau has included in 10.2 here: http://tabsoft.co/2meaEWZ

 

As I mentioned above, March is going to be a celebration of the women in our community. We'll be posting content/discussions in the Data + Women group. Feel free to get conversations of your own started! We'll also be having our first ever Data + Women Virtual Tableau User Group | Tableau Software hosted by Brit Cava and Chloe Tseng on March 16th at 9:00 AM. This will be a great event - don't miss it!

 

Do you work in the Healthcare field? If so, do not miss tomorrow's Virtual Healthcare Tableau User Group. Learn more here: Virtual Healthcare Tableau User Group | Tableau Software

 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Mahfooj Khan who achieved the "Answer Wizard" badge - meaning 100 of his responses have been marked as correct!  Thank you Mahfooj for all your whelp a

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Esther Twain asked a question Filter to max date - FIXED not working? where several users stepped in with ideas before Jay Morehart shared a solution using a nested LOD calculation that doesn't even require a filter.  Bookmark this one as it is a great help for some of those more tangled LOD questions.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Shawn Wallwork created an idea to disable Ability to Disable the One-Click Sort .  He created this idea back in 2012 and there are a few workarounds suggested in the comments including one that I use "covering up" the sort with a blank/transparent box on a dashboard.  However, this is still a popular request and was our top vote getter last week for ideas with 7.

 

 

In Other News

 

 

That's all for this week and let's cross our fingers for a sunny warm spring.

 

Have a good rest of your week. Until next time, happy analyzing!

 

As always, feel free to reach out to the Tableau Community with any comments, questions, or suggestions.

Did everyone enjoy that Super Bowl?  Yeah me neither but hey..  It's a game and with Jonathan Drummey supporting them, it's hard not to imagine the Patriots winning every year.   Speaking of Super Bowls, Mr. Christopher DeMartini has updated his well known Super Bowl visualization on Tableau Public to include the game played yesterday.  Check it out - Tableau Public

 

 

Announcements

Chris will be joined by Tamas Foldi on February 16th at 8:00 AM Pacific for our next Think Data Thursday.   This session will touch on general concepts, what is required to integrate Tableau within d3.js within Tableau and also get into some detailed code along with live examples.  Sign up for the live webinar today here: Think Data Thursday - Vizception: D3.JS and Tableau integration - February 16, 2017 - 8:00 AM  Pacific .  If you can not attend, remember that we record each Think Data Thursday for you to watch at your leisure.  These are posted in our YouTube Channel playlist "Think and Talk Data".

 

 

 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Jim Dehner for his achievement of receiving the "I Know Stuff" badge indicating 10 correct marked answered posts.   Jay Morehart also achieved the 5 correct marked posts badge of "Help Desk".  Thank you for stepping up and helping other users of Tableau Jim and Jay!   You are both on your way to greatness in the community. 

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

Our most talked about thread this week was posted by Kathryn Ambrose relating to problems encountered trying to utilize the Tableau "IIF" statement.  Trying to use an IIF statement but I keep getting various errors.  Tableau Ambassador Norbert Maijoor  and community member Andrew Watson  stepped in to assist Kathryn with some questions.  The answer was finally hit upon when Kathryn shared some example data that helped clarify the issue. 

 

Most Viewed Thread

Our most viewed thread of the week is still seeking the perfect answer but not for lack of users trying and commenting.  Do you have anything to add or help?  Check it out here: Can any one suggest that how to create a calendar should be consistent even if the data is not present for some days of the month  . 

 

In Other News

  • Gartner has announced their "Gartner Data and Analytics Summits Worldwide" .  Is your business taking full advantage of the creativity of the employees and the data being collected by the organization.  If you are new to this journey with using Tableau and you plan to attend one of these summit events, be sure to stop by and visit Tableau. 
  • Chris Love has kicked off a thread to share #makeovermonday visualizations for week 5.  Check this thread out and either join in with your own make over or learn from others.  Makeover Monday Week 5 2017 - Employment Growth in G-7 Countries - Analysis, Feedback and Discussion
  • Are you new to Tableau or a long time user that wants to brush up on a skill?  Check out the Extension Activities from the Tableau Online Training team.  Be sure to check out this great resource for taking your Tableau skills to the next level. 

Happy Monday! Much of the country appears to be experiencing some snow/ice this month.  Did you know January is the "Snowiest" month of the Year for most of the country.  Check out the visualizations and story on weather.com - https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/snowiest-month-of-the-year-maps .  Do you have any other great weather related visualizations to share?

 

Here is a picture from my snow outing this last weekend - snowshoeing near Bavarian modeled Leavenworth, WA .  A favorite weekend getaway for many in the Northwest. I hope you are able to enjoy the snow near you as well.  Be safe and keep warm. 

 

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Announcements

Be sure to check out this month's Ambassador spotlight covering Bill Lyons. Be the first to learn about our Star Trek loving Bill.  What a great blonde hair job you have there Bill!

 

We have a Think Data Thursday around the corner with Zen Master, Craig Bloodworth.  More details and registration will be announced later this week.  Keep your eyes peeled. The event is scheduled for January 19th at 8:00 AM Pacific.

 

There is a great white whitepaper out now for our Server & Online Administration that reviews one of the most often asked questions in the forums - how to manage and deploy Tableau Server to scale with your environment.  This 30 page whitepaper examines the issue in detail.  Download your copy by clicking here:  Tableau Server Scalability - A Technical Deployment Guide for Server Administrators | Tableau Software   .

 

As a reminder, if you're starting a new discussion or asking a question in the Community, and you're able to attach a packaged workbook - please do! It makes it easier for everyone else to help you if they're able to see what you're talking about. Need more information? Check out: Packaged workbooks: when, why, how by Bill Lyons.

 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Jim Dehner who achieved the Help Desk badge for 5 Marked Correct answers last week.  Jim joined the community last September and has already reached Data Wrangler level with his frequent contributions and assistance.

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Stephen Desmond  ran into an issue comparing dates and strings in this thread Using Parameter Values to define Date Range shown on Graph. Walt Reed was the first to reply and assist with a question trying to clarify the issue.  Jeffrey Kritzman jumped into assist as well with a clarifying question.  Stephen responded to share that his original post had been incorrect  and followed up with the error condition encountered.  Jeffrey replied with a few ideas and within 2 hours of Stephen's original post, he resolved the calculated fields issue.  The next morning Stephen came back to the community to share the entire calculated field and how he got it to work.   This is a great example of following up and sharing your solution with the rest of the community.

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Most Viewed Thread

CHENNA YENUGA  shared a post a few months back that has generated a large number of user views this week so I am sharing it again here since it might be helpful to others: Troubleshoot Data Blending-Common errors while Data Blending data source

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week's top voted idea was Control what displays in View Data  created by Darrin Schulte back in 2012.  Tableau Program Manager, Zi Krostag has been collecting feedback on this issue and collecting use case information to potentially address this idea in a future release.

 

 

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.
  • Check out this thread between member Fisseha Berhane trying to align a number of measures with locations on a map.  Tableau Community Ambassador, Simon Runc came to the rescue with a sample workbook and explanation showing the view.  Fisshea, returned with a few more follow up questions about sizing of worksheets and some best practices to utilize a swapping sheet selector
  • 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.  Thanks Joe!
  • While we are on the subject, did you know that you can run different versions of Tableau at the same time?  Tableau .x versions are each installed separately.   So you could run version 10.1, 10.0, 9.1, and 8.3 all on the same pc with no issue.  Just know that once that workbook gets saved in a newer version there is no going back.

 

 

Until next time, happy analyzing!

 

As always, feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or questions for this digest to community@tableau.com

Good Monday Afternoon.  The holidays are near and with them come the non stop emails to inform us of yet another 50% off sweater that apparently I need, or someone I love needs.  How do you spend the holidays?

For our family, it's never really holiday season until we all sit around and watch It's a Wonderful Life.  There's nothing like watching an angel get his wings.

 

How do you manage Holidays in Tableau?  Did you know that kettan has built and managed a great FAQ page of links on this very topic?  Check it out here: FAQ:  Holidays & Workdays

 

Announcements

We have a Think Data Thursday on the agenda for December 22nd.  Join the event live at 8 AM Pacific with Emily Kund presenting "Small Tips: Big Results"

Emily is a Tableau Social Ambassador, Podcaster, Government Tableau User Group co-leader, and The Fringe Festival founder.  Follow this link to register for this event.

 

Recognition

You may have noticed that the leader board on the front page is working again. Thank you everyone for your patience as our vendor worked to correct the issue.  I think all of the great work everyone has been doing in the community to help bring Crow's Nest backlog of unanswered questions to an all time low.  But no fear, the broken bits are fixed and its back on to full power.   Thank you to everyone that jumps in and has been helping each other.

 

Do you also ponder what makes the Tableau Community tick?  Shawn Wallwork kicked off a great discussion on this exact topic last week.  Check it out and share your thoughts.

 

A call out of recognition to Shinichiro Murakami as he assistied in over one hundred responses to community questions last week.  Thank you Shin!!

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

John Smith has experienced an issue trying to utilize Postgres with Infobright . Several of the Ambassadors have stepped up to assist John.  Jeff Strauss was first to offer assistance with a suggestion to share logs.  Once John posted logs,  Yuriy Fal joined in to assist with a potential workaround utilizing an ODBC connection for this data source rather than the default Postgres driver due to issues encountered in the logs with Infobright.  Toby Erkson has also commented to clarify the difference between a Custom SQL connection and a Join within Tableau and shared a link to specify how to make customizations such as these global.  John has managed to utilize a TDC file to prevent Tableau from creating temp files related to Infobright but he is still experiencing performance issues.  Maybe you have a lot of knowledge about Infobright and it's integration with Postgres and have a suggestion to add?  This one is still searching for just the right solution.

 

Most Viewed Thread

We had a another great bit of collaboration n the most viewed thread fo the week here Rank - Calculate when field not in table .  Customer Andrew Hills question about creating a counting the number of values per rank value.  Norbert Maijoor was first on the scene and prompted Andrew for a workbook to enable some hands on manipulation.  Andrew supplied a sample data workbook and that's all it took to bring some of the best minds in the community to task on this.  Simon Runc, Yuriy Fal, and Norbert each joined with comments and workbooks to help build a workbook that helped Andrew get to a solution.  As Yuriy mentions in this thread, a great help on your Tableau journey is to hold onto the best tips/tricks you learn and keep them close as a reference when tackling the tougher issues you encounter.

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week, More Subfolders in Project Folder created by Lisa Akahoshi back in 2012 was singled out for 12 new upvotes afte Ken Wong from Tableau's Product Management team commented about this idea and making it a reality in 2017.

 

In Other News

  • As mentioned above,  Tableau employees have been joining in with many community members to remove the backlog from our Crow's Nest.  i wanted to say thank you to all of the community members for jumping in and assisting with so many of these questions as welll.  These unanswered posts tend to be the some the hardest questions posed in the community and we find that asking a few leading questions often is all that is needed to engage the rest of the community on helping find a great solution. 

  • Did you see the Educational Brain Teaser: Twisted KPI Table posted by Łukasz Majewski a week ago?  i noticed the post had not seen a response on Thursday of last week so I jumped in with an early thought about Conditional Formatting and that's all it took for the community to go to town.  Eventually, it was Yuriy Fal that supplied the winning answer to this very tough challenge.  Check out Yuriy's answer and the entire thread to expand your knowledge of Tableau. Clearly Yuriy Fal knows a thing or two about the Force.
  • Annabelle Rincon reminded everyone that the community isn't just a place to come get your questions answered.  You can come here to show off your great work and get feedback.  Check out her post and link to her Tableau Public viz showing her career resume.

 

 

That's it for me this week.

 

Per usual, feel free to send any comments, questions, submissions for this digest to community@tableau.com



Hello Community,

 

I hope everyone that visited Tableau Conference 2016 had a wonderful week of learning, connecting with other Tableau users, and of course celebrating #data16 .  If you have pictures or stories to share about your experiences at Tableau Conference, please share in the Tableau Conference user group.  We would love to see them.   I've started a Pictures thread here - Pictures from TC 2016  to get things started. 

 

Now that TC is complete and we are home, our team has plenty to catch up on.  Did you learn a new skill and want to try out your own Jedi like skills, head over to Crow's Nest where we have a list of unanswered posts from your fellow community users.  See if you can find one or two to answer and show off those newly learned skills. 

 

 

 

Announcements

Did you attend one of Jonathan Drummey and Matt Coles sessions related to VizAlerts at TC2016?  Jonathan has posted videos and files from this session here - VizAlerts session at 2016 Tableau Conference #data16: the video and files .  For you Tableau Server administrators, be sure to check this great tool out.

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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

New community member Khalid Baker asked How Can We Use Up and Down Arrows for Specific Columns? .    Ashish Chaudhari responded to request a sample workbook and once Khalid posted his sample, the community went to work to assist.  Simon Runc created a detailed response with example calculations and even a small gif image showing how to create a calculation.  The creativity of our community members to share their knowledge with each other is inspiring.  Way to go Simon. 

 

Another very popular thread this week was Jesse Narang's post Calculate total number of active people at end of every quarter  that was answered by a newer member to our community, Sherzodbek Ibragimov Sherzodbek  has already generated 2,483 points since joining the community last July.  Welcome Sherzodbek..  thank you for your great contributions! 

 

 

 

Most Viewed Thread

Shawn Wallwork kicked off the most popular thread for the week with his 10.1 Favorite New Feature?  generating over 2000 views and drawing attention to many of the great new features below the surface in v10.1 of Tableau. 

 

 

Top Voted Idea

We received 10 votes last week for the idea Print PDF -> Select Multiple Sheets created in August by Rahul Upadhye.  Tableau's Zi Krostag is following this Idea closely so be sure to weigh in if this is a feature you would find helpful as well. 

 

In Other News

 

We are all happy to be home and ready to get back to the work of helping users be successful with Tableau.  Thank you to each of you that came by and introduced yourselves to our team at TC.  We enjoy each of your stories and we always appreciate any feedback to help make the community even better. 

 

That's all I've got for this week! Per usual, feel free to send any comments, questions, or suggestions for this digest to community@tableau.com

 

Have a great week and happy analyzing!