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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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Recognition

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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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 community@tableau.com

 

Cheers!

I am excited to be writing you this week from our new home in DATA 1! Tableau's Fremont based marketing and support teams have moved west on 34th avenue to join our sales and team in a fantastic new building in the "Center of the Universe".  In addition to being LEED Gold registered, "the DATA 1 building is Salmon-Safe certified and features biofiltration retention planters that treat 160,000 gallons of the heavily polluted rainwater runoff from Aurora Bridge annually. Two additional future phases of remediation are planned on nearby properties with the goal of treating over 2 million gallons of polluted runoff annually every year." Read more about DATA 1 and Weber Thompson architects here.

 

This is incredibly important in Seattle considering on average 169k+ sockeye salmon pass through the Ballard Locks between June 12th and August 13th each year. If you, like me, find this fascinating, check out this great viz on the Daily Salmon Count Through Ballard Locks by Ondrej Sklenar on Tableau Public.

 

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Another reason this move is amazing: Your (US based) community team is now under one roof! Community Support leads Patrick Van Der Hyde and Patrick Byrne, along with User Group manager Jordan Scott and I are all able to collaborate and support each other more seamlessly. We hope this will help us continue to do great work for the Tableau Community. We are also conveniently located closer to some of your favorite alumnus Dustin Smith and Tracy Rodgers so I will be sure to bug them when I need advice and legacy knowledge We still have the incredible support of Lénaïc Riédinger in Dublin and dozens of other Tabloids around the world working hard to keep this space strong.

 

Thank you to everyone who helps keep the Tableau Community vibrant - most especially all of you, our amazing community members!

 

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

 

+ Think Data Thursday is back on the calendar! 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: Jump Start Visualizing Your Survey Data Using Tableau

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Tableau Community members Vishal Jethwa for earning the Helpful is my middle name badge for 50 marked "helpful" replies and to Tushar More for earning the Question Slayer badge for 50 answered marked "correct"! These are huge contributions to our community. Thank you both for your dedication and support

 

Most Talked about Thread

The thread Donut chart label overlap posted by sunitha k was this week's most popular thread, with 11 replies. "When there are more than one value, the labels display correctly as pic 1. When the chart shows only 1 value, the labels for both donuts overlap. Is there any way to fix this?"

Alvino Vaz responded with a workaround using annotations and shared screen shots with the packaged workbook. Thank you for your help in getting this resolved so quickly Alvino!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Community member Darrin Schulte shared the idea Control what displays in View Data originally in 2012, and the idea remains relevant today with four new votes in the past week giving it 949 total to date. With over 104 comments there are definitely a number of opinions on this. Check this out and add your thoughts if this is relevant to your work.

 

Other News

We are featuring Forum Ambassador Lei Chen in the latest spotlight: Tableau Ambassador Spotlight - Lei Chen! She joined our ranks as an Ambassador in January of 2017 and has contributed heavily to the community through the Tableau Forums, helping people with complex calculations, giving feedback on dashboard design, and helping answer Server questions. Lei is multilingual and has translated her interview into both Japanese and Chinese, so please check out those links for your preferred language. Thank you for all that you do for the Tableau Community Lei!

 

That's all I have for this week! Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

Happy analyzing!


Amanda

Tableau and art are synonymous in my mind and it always pleases me to see Tableau used for artwork!

 

Check out this amazing loom artwork done with Tableau! Full details on how to create these amazing pieces of artwork are found in the following @ken_fle Ken Flerlage blog post: Loom Art in Tableau - Ken Flerlage: Analytics Architecture, Strategy, & Visualization

Another amazing Viz of Ken's is the Beauty of PI! Found here: Workbook: The Beauty of Pi

 

 

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 the our Tableau Community member Brent Mathison for earning the I love Helping! badge for having 50 posts marked helpful! Alvino Vaz and Ravindra Zinjad both earned the Help Desk badge for having 5 answers marked correct!

 

Most Talked about Thread

The thread Re: How do I use two parts of a pivotted column for x and y values on a graph? was posted by Laura Shireman on November 16th, 2017 at 11:47 AM. Deepak Rai quickly replied with a suggested solution as well as the ambassador Joe Oppelt stepping in for a brief moment to assist. Deepak offered several potential views with the given data source. In the end they determined the best method moving forward would be to re-shape the data in Excel prior to connecting to it in Tableau.

 

Top Voted Idea

Darrin Schulte posted Control what displays in View Data on February 22nd, 2012. This idea was voted on 7 times last week. Thank you for your contributions!

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:

 

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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

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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Recognition

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.

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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 community@tableau.com

 

Cheers!

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

 

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

 

Trick or treat!   

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▲ Announcements

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

 

Recognition

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

 

Most Talked about Thread

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

 

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

 

Top Voted Idea

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

 

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

 

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Amanda

▲ An Awesome Iron Viz!

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Iron Viz winner -  TC17, created by: Tristan Guillevin

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

▲ Announcements

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

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


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Recognition

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

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

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

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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

 

 

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

 

Top Voted Idea

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

 

 

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

 

Best,

Patrick

▲ A great Tableau Conference 2017

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

 

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

 

▲ Announcements

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


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

 

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

 

 

Recognition

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

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

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

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

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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

 

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

 

Top Voted Idea

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

 

 

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

 

Best,

Patrick

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Looking forward to seeing you next week,

Adam Selipsky

President and CEO

Tableau

 

▲ Announcements

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


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

 

Recognition

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

 

Most Talked about Thread

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

 

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

 

Top Voted Idea

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

 

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

 

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

 

Best,

Amanda

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: https://tc17.tableau.com/

+ 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

 

 

Recognition

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 community@tableau.com

 

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→ 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: https://tc17.tableau.com/

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Announcements

+  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

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Recognition

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 community@tableau.com

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: https://ontour.tableau.com/berlin

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Announcements

+ 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.

https://ontour.tableau.com/berlin

 

 

Recognition

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 community@tableau.com

Welcome to my first weekly digest! Hopefully everyone is having a great Mon.. I mean, Tuesday, as the US celebrated Labor Day on Monday!

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.

 

In the wake of hurricane Harvey we have seen countless stories on the devastation as well as relief efforts for the victims. The mounting cost of the effort is quickly turning Harvey into one of the costliest hurricanes to ever make landfall! To give a better idea of the costs incurred by other hurricanes Raycom News Network,  Raycom News Network | Tableau Public, created the below Tableau Public visual.  Harvey is expected to cost upwards of 190 billion dollars. In comparison to the most recent on the chart, hurricane Sandy, which had an estimated cost 70.2 billion.

https://public.tableau.com/static/images/Ha/HarveycouldbethecostliesthurricaneinUShistory/Dashboard1/1.png

Places to donate or show support for Harvey Relief efforts:

 

American Red Cross | Houston Chapter

Ways to Donate

 

Feeding Texas

https://www.feedingtexas.org/ 

 

Save the Children

Ways To Give - Save the Children

 

SPCA of Texas

Donate to the SPCA of Texas Online - SPCA of Texas

 

 

Announcements

Yvan Fornes recently wrote a blog posted featured on Tableau.com (linked-below) that discusses the use of Tableau and bench-marking. Many industries use benchmarks to determine the performance of a particular campaign, product line, or competition. Tableau allows Yvan to gain insight into the performance against the benchmarks.

 

Two approaches to benchmarking with Tableau | Tableau Software

 

 

Recognition

Big congratulations to community member Hari Ankem on earning the Help one, Help all! badge! This badge is received for having 100 answers marked helpful!

 

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Most Talked about Thread

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

Peter Haenggi wanted some more information on creating a grand totals calculation that worked for all columns in the given view. There is some excellent discussion on thread, think you might have insight, all assistance is appreciated: Grand totals working for some columns and not others - Help

 

 

Top Voted Idea

The top voted idea this week is Control what displays in View Data originally contributed by Darrin Schulte  with 863 votes for this idea and 102 comments. There has been conversation regarding this idea since 2012. Have a suggestion or additional use case to share for the idea? Follow the link and add your vote to learn more and support the idea!

 

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

Welcome to the Weekly Digest! We are only 40 days out from TC17 and I am incredibly excited to meet so many of our amazing community members at my first Tableau Conference! Here is a link to register if you haven't had a chance to yet. I will be working with the community team, and supporting a couple Data + Women sessions, but since this will be my first trip to Las Vegas in about a decade I thought it would be fun to see what great vizzes are out on Tableau Public around the "Entertainment Capital of the World!"

 

Ahead of the 2015 conference Branden Fulton created this "The Fabulous Las Vegas" viz including how blackjack and baccarat had gone head to head to get the top spot in table game revenue. Do you know of any other great vizzes or data sets on Las Vegas? Please share in the comments below!

 

:https://public.tableau.com/static/images/Th/TheFabulousLasVegas/LasVegas/1.png

 

Ahead of this year's conference Tableau Zen Master Andy Kriebel is helping to support vegans and vegetarians with his "Viva Las Vegans!" viz, which was an Iron Viz entry. It's incredibly practical and useful - and has already been optimized for mobile viewing. Nice work Andy!

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Announcements

+ Our fearless community support lead Patrick  Van Der Hyde is out in the great wide open hiking the John Muir Trail! If you would like to learn more about America's National Parks check out this great viz from Tableau Public Ambassador Pablo Gomez: The National Parks Have Never Been More Popular. With data from the National Park Service, Pablo looks at visitor data over the last 100 years. Download the workbook data and see what you can find!

 

 

 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to community members Aishwarya Sawant, yasuhiko nakamura and James Geron for each achieving the Calc Contributor badge!  This badge mark is received after you create a document in the Calculation Reference Library. This is a huge asset in the Tableau Community and is a benefit for all Tableau users! Thank you

 

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Most Talked about Thread

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

 

Christopher Carucci started a conversation on August 18th on Filter Dashboard based on User department. The thread has 18 replies, has been marked as helpful 3 times, and has been viewed over 200 times. It looks like they may have given up for now .. but if you are able to solve this problem and dig in on some Boolean Logic check out the thread. THank you to everyone who has contributed to help solve this and the thousands of questions and comments shared this week.

 

Top Voted Idea

The top voted idea this week is Conditional Formatting of Measure Names/Measure Values originally contribute by Jonathan Drummey with 999 votes for this Idea and 30 comments.  There has been conversation around this idea since 2012. Do you have any recent use cases or information you would like to share? Follow the link to learn more, and vote the idea up or down.

 

In other news

Tableau Program Manager Alyshia Olsen recently shared the thread Do you create dashboards where you are not the primary user? We want to hear about your workflow! We would love to get some feedback on her survey. Just reply to her thread and she can send you more info directly. It should take about 10 minutes so please take some time this week and share your thoughts!


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

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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Announcements

+ 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

 

 

Recognition

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: https://community.tableau.com/ideas/7801

 

 

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

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