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Happy Monday everyone! We're winding down the last couple days of February and then we're headed into March! Whew! Where have the first two months of this year gone already?

 

March is going to be a great month! It's National Women's month - so we'll be celebrating all the smart women in our community (see below for more). It's St. Patrick's Day in a couple of weeks. I'm in school right now - which means spring break! So many things to look forward to.

 

But let's not get too ahead of ourselves, and let's take a look into what's been going on in the community.

 

Announcements

We're starting a new program in the community where we're working with Tableau Developers to have more of a feedback loop with our community members. Last week, we kicked it off Dev Office Hours with Ben Lower, russellhay, and Tyler Doyle talking about the Tableau Server REST API. If you missed it, you can see the recording here: Ask us anything! (about the Tableau Server Client :D)

 

And this week, we'll be doing another one with Kent Marten - sign up here: Dev Office Hours: Maps and Spatial Data | Tableau Software  Also, let him know the types of questions you'll have ahead of time here: Ask us anything about maps or spatial data in Tableau!

 

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 use TabPy? Well, great news - it now supports Python 3.x and doesn't require Anaconda. It has been released by Bora Beran and can be found on GitHub here: GitHub - tableau/TabPy: Execute Python code on the fly and display results in Tableau visualizations

 

Interested in learning more about Tableau Cloud options, check out this webinar tomorrow: Cloud panel at the Informatica Virtual Cloud Summit

 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Jamieson Christian who achieved the "Question Slayer" badge - meaning 50 of his responses have been marked as correct! Jamieson is constantly helping people with their calculations and taking the time to write out thoughtful answers. Thank you on behalf of the community for all you've done Jamieson! We hope to continue seeing you around

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

Jaskaran Dhillon asked How to create a calculated field based on the SUM of a column. Deepak Rai worked with Jaskaran until they found what he needed, which turned out to be the first response.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Michael Moore created an idea about how to Add user security to schedules. He created it the first week of January, and just last week it got half of it's votes, putting it at a total of 22.

 

 

In Other News

 

That's all for this week (not that there wasn't A LOT more going on).

 

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.

Hey everyone, happy Presidents' day!

 

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

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

Any issue with the same topic? Check it out.

 

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

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

Creating Filter Based on Sets with Intersecting Data

 

 

Most Viewed Thread

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

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

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

 

 

Top Voted Idea

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

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

All the details and wanted feature are here: https://community.tableau.com/ideas/6978

 

 

In Other News

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

 

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

 

Until next time, happy analyzing!

 

Feel free to send any comments or questions about this digest to community@tableau.com

Happy Monday all! And happy early Valentine's day! Have you had the chance to do a makeovermonday? This just might be your week. Dive into some Valentine's Day data and see what you come up with: Data Sets | Makeover Monday. Here's one created by Suraj Shah to give you a little inspiration

 

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Announcements

This just posted - a new ambassador spotlight - check out my interview with Jonathan Drummey in Tableau Ambassador Spotlight with Jonathan Drummey.

 

Are you in healthcare or a related field? Don't miss this webinar on February 16th at 12 PM PST - Operational Excellence with Self-Service Analytics | Tableau Software  with Tableau's Andy De and austin montgomery from Prominence Advisors.

 

Don't miss this week's Think Data Thursday with Zen Masters, Christopher DeMartini and Tamas Foldi talking about Think Data Thursday - Vizception: D3.JS and Tableau integration - February 16, 2017 - 8:00 AM  Pacific. This TDT is meant for all skill levels, so don't hesitate to join!

 

The Tableau Server Admin user group will  be meeting on February 24th at 9 AM PST. Lead by Mark Wu with a special presentation from Jeff Strauss on Metadata Automation. To learn more and to register, visit: https://www.tableau.com/learn/webinars/tableau-administrators-virtual-user-group-2

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses to the original thread.

Shivang Desai was having an issue where the tabcmd command not recognized as an internal or external commandMadhusudhan Khambham started helping Shivang by giving him information on where to find the command line, etc. However, Shivang was still having issues. Tharashasank Davuluru stepped in by asking for more details and providing Shivang with some screenshots that theoretically should have helped. Shivang, let the community know if this problem is resolved by marking a response as correct or letting us know how you solved it!

 

 

Most Viewed Thread

This thread is a couple of months old, but this question comes up time and time again. Aditya Hrishikesh asked How do we display zero when there is no data ? Several people suggested using the zn function in a calculated field, while others suggested the ifnull function. Additional solutions were also presented, such as making some changes to the data via a SQL statement, etc. There are several solutions to this issue, however, it depends on your data, etc. Being able to share your workbook is extremely helpful in a situation like this!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week's most voted on idea was Presto Teradata ODBC Connector Timezone Setting with 10 votes, giving it a total of 23 ideas. This idea was created by Nissan N in January. Last week, he also received a response from Tableau developer, Arthur Gyldenege who let Nissan know the Presto connector is actively being worked on.

 

 

In Other News

 

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

 

Until next time, happy analyzing!

 

Feel free to send any comments or questions about this digest to community@tableau.com

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. 

Good morning Data-rockstars,

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

 

 

◘ Announcements

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→ Meet the 2017 Tableau Ambassadors

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

◘ Recognition

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

 

 

◘ Most Talked About Thread

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

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

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

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

 

 

◘ Most Viewed Thread

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

The fabulous Joe Oppelt nailed it: Correct Answer!

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

 

 

◘ Top Voted Idea

Idea: https://community.tableau.com/ideas/7021  - 12 upvotes, 100% upvotes

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

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

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

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

 

 

◘ In Other News

 

Enjoy your week everyone!

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to this week's digest. As I enjoy doing, let's start with "Today in History". Today in 1957 the toy company Wham-O produced the first Frisbee which sold over 100 million units in its first 20 years and is now a household staple! Read more HERE.

 

Announcements

Craig Bloodworth presented an awesome Think Data Thursday last week:Using the REST API to TabCommunicate. If you missed it, you can watch it HERE. More Think Data Thursday to come later!

Tableau 10.2 Beta is here! Cut data-prep time with these enhancements in Tableau 10.2

 

Want to go beyond training videos? Try extension activities

 

Recognition

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

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

These posts are my favorite. Bob Snyder asked for help with upgrading his excel connections utilizing the legacy connection to the native Tableau 10 connector. He needed to replace SQL with unions and Tom W was able to describe how. Then they discussed the issue in further detail and when Bob started experiencing unexpected behavior, he was able to work through the issue and solve it. Check out the full thread here: Upgrade away from Excel (Legacy) connection

 

 

Most Viewed Thread

Last week's most viewed thread comes from mark schukas who asked about a Dashboard navigation "workaround". Mark wanted help passing actions with filters between dashboards. Matthew Risley stepped in to provide the first part of the solution and Matthias Goossens has helped refine the behavior but Mark could still use more help. See if you can find a solution!

 

 

Top Voted Idea    

One of our most requested ideas makes it back to the top this week Horizontal Scroll Bar on tables. Keep voting it up and get our devs' attention.

 

In Other News

Data prep is key to getting the most out of your Tableau analysis and that's especially true for survey data. Luckily we have a handy new article to help you get survey data ready for analysis: How to prep your survey data using only Tableau 10 and beyond.

 

Want to see what's coming in tech, data, and retail analysis? Check out our predictions here: 6 trends that will shape retail in 2017

 

Enjoy your week everyone!

 

-Diego

Happy Monday!

 

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

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

Yay rain, don't we love it.

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Announcements

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

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

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1aad1941e85d3f8ad746f627e8486654

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

Recognition

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

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

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

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

 

 

Most Viewed Thread

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

Well explained, now you know!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

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

18 upvotes this week.

Upvote/comment: Widgets for Tableau mobile

 

 

In Other News

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

 

 

Until next time, happy analyzing!

 

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

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

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

 

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

Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome to 2017! Another late start to the week with US offices closed on Monday but we're switching back into gear with this week's digest. As usual (with me), let's take a look at Today in History. Today in 1959, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation making Alaska the 49th and largest US State ... Read more here. Personally, one of my Seattle bucket list items is to take the ferry to Alaska. Maybe even stop in to see our Anchorage User Group!

 

Announcements

Andy Cotgreave posted an interesting article entitled What can data-viz authors learn from punks? | Tableau Software. It's a great read!

 

In two weeks we have the Tableau Administrators Virtual User Group. REGISTER HERE

 

Recognition

This week we'd like to recognize a Tableau employee and general Tableau expert Russell Christopher. Even before officially joining Tableau, Russell has been a well of knowledge and helps to answer some of the trickiest questions that come up. He clearly has a passion for helping our users and we're all fortunate to have him. Thanks again :-)

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

Jennifer Sanchez asked a question about having Multiple KPI's for Multiple Measures in a Text Table and was lucky enough to have Norbert Maijoor step in an provide some help. Thanks Jennifer for posting and thanks Norbert for another amazing solution!

 

Most Viewed Thread

Irfan Mohammed is receiving an error when trying to publish a Google Analytics connected workbook to Tableau Server. Lénaïc Riédinger and Patrick A Van Der Hyde asked some scoping questions but ultimately I recommended letting our Support team take a look. Hopefully we got a solution shortly!

 

Top Voted Idea

One of our most popular ideas took the top spot this past week: Multi-Values Parameters. Loïc Grange asked for the ability to have parameters allow for multiple selections. If you agree, vote it up!

 

 

I hope everyone has a great first week of the new year!

 

-Diego

Community Digest - 12/28

Posted by diego.medrano Dec 28, 2016

Happy Wednesday everyone and welcome to this week's Digest! We're getting a late start this week due to the holidays but there's still plenty to catch up on. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Holiday season and we're looking forward to another great year in our Community. As usual, I like to start off with a little bit of "Today in History." Today in 1895, the first commercial film screening occurred at the Grand Cafe in Paris, France. The film by the Lumiere brothers featured a series of clips from every day life in France. Read more here. And with that, let's dive into the digest!

Announcements

Here are the winners of the Student Viz Assignment Contest: And the winners of the Student Viz Assignment Contest are... | Tableau Software

 

We also have a great new article: A Zen Master's guide to implementing Tableau  | Tableau Software

 

Recognition

As our next Community Digest will come in the new year, I want to take this time to thank all of our Community Ambassadors for all of the amazing work they do. Not only do they handle a majority of the posts that come in to our forums, but they also help instill and reinforce the culture we strive for in our Community. We'd be lost without you! See our ambassadors here.

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

 

gene shackman asked a question about adding symbols to a line chart and Matthew Risley stepped in to provide a great solution in a packaged workbook. Check it out here: symbols in line charts

 

Most Viewed Thread

Tableau Support is retiring a direct email as a way to submit a case. The announcement thread was this week's most viewed thread and led to a great discussion which prompted lots of internal discussion. See the conversation here: Tableau Technical Support is retiring email as a means to submit cases

 

Top Voted Idea

This week's top idea comes from Christina Gremore who wants to be able to Hide all fields with Null domains / Single value domains. If you agree, vote up the idea! 

 

Have a happy new year everyone!

 

-Diego

Tracy Rodgers

Community Digest - 12/19

Posted by Tracy Rodgers Employee Dec 19, 2016

Happy Monday! It's pretty festive around here with the holidays right around the corner. This time of year is always a good time to reflect, and I have to say - I'm so proud and thankful for being a member of this community. Thank you all for everything you do. We hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and/or friends!

 

 

Announcements

First up, the Tableau Community team will be out of the office on Monday, December 26. This means the digest (the last of 2016!) will go out on Tuesday instead.

 

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.

 

Have you seen the Big Data Trends for 2017? They've recently been released, see them here: https://www.tableau.com/about/blog/2016/12/whats-big-big-data-10-trends-2017-63627

 

Don't forget to join the Think Data Thursday this week with Emily Kund - Think Data Thursday -  Small Tips: Big Results  - December 22, 2016

 

 

Recognition

Shout out to Shinichiro Murakami who is now at the top of the leader board! Shin joined the community early in 2015, and has already made his way to the top. If you don't know Shin, he is one of our Tableau Ambassadors and has been a fabulous addition. Thank you Shin, for all that you do!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

Patrick Myles reported running into an error: tableau cannot connect to tableau public... It appears that he was not the only one who was having issues. A couple of other people chimed in. Michael Shan, a Tableau Support engineer, jumped in, let the community know that this was an issue that was being tracked, and provided instructions so that the team could collect more information. By the end of the next day, the issue had been fixed for a number of people, and they were able to publish back up to Tableau Public.

 

 

Most Viewed Thread

John Smith was having some major Performance Monitoring issues - it was taking over 17 minutes! He had the attention of Jeff Strauss, Yuri Fal, and Toby Erkson. Though he didn't completely solve the issue, each of them gave him a couple of recommendations. Ultimately, John created a case with the support team, so hopefully, they'll have a solution for him soon!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week's top voted idea was Control what displays in View Data by Darrin Schulte with 15 up votes. If you're interested in this feature, make a comment, as our development team is actively gathering feedback on it.

 

 

In Other News

 

 

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



OH OH OH, December is here already!

Data Santa will be coming shortly, we hope that you have all been nice this year

 

Let's see what's new in the Community.

 

Announcements

 

We've created a Tableau Starter Kit to help you get going with Tableau. Even if you're already comfortable with Tableau, these are great resources to brush up on: Author a Viz | Tableau Software

 

Oh, the joy that was TC16! Some 13,000 of you joined us for a week of learning and connecting over all things data. Read Martha Kang's summary of TC16!

 

Recognition

Shinichiro Murakami is still super helpful on the forums and very knowledgeable! A big round of applause for him, we are very honored to have such a fantastic member in our community.

 

Most Talked About Thread

27 comments on Curved Lines - Never Ending Story by Bas Groothedde. Flights paths are always super interesting to me, I followed the issue and saw the community helping him with success. Congrats everyone!

Aaah, Curved lines

 

Most Viewed Thread

777 views for rohail khan and his thread: Disaster recovery plan. The solution haven't been found yet. Will this number shed light on his issue? Be a data hero and jump here to help Rohai!

 

Top Voted Idea

We're happy when you provide us with your best Ideas , so jump in and create yours or upvote the ones you would love to see in Tableau!

Tableau Public - Live Connection has 15 upvotes this week. If you want to voice your support, be sure to vote up the idea!

 

Thanks everyone, and happy analyzing!

Community Digest - 11/28

Posted by diego.medrano Nov 28, 2016

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to the week. I hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving Day had a great time with friends and family and to everyone else, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! As I enjoy doing, let's start with a little "This day in history." Today in 1948 in Boston, the first Polaroid cameras went on sale. Although color photo units didn't arrive until 1963, the units were a big hit. I personally wish Polaroids were still as popular as they were for decades. Read more:

 

Polaroid Instant Camera Goes on Sale - This Day in Tech History

polaroid land camera model 95

 

And with that, let's see what's new in the Community.

 

Announcements

Tracy Rodgers posted a new Tableau Ambassador Spotlight featuring notable Chicago sports enthusiast Jeff Strauss. He's one of my favorite people in our Community so read the interview and get to know him!

 

Logentries by Rapid7 posted a whitepaper over-viewing their ability to Alert, Integrate, and Monitor with Tableau Server. Check it out!

 

In collaboration with our Development team, we've added a new status and a new tag to ideas. Read more about it here: Tag!  Learn What Our New Status and Tag Mean for Your Ideas

 

Tableau is on AWS! Use AWS to host your Tableau Server without having to worry about hardware. See more info here: Tableau + AWS

 

We've created a Tableau Starter Kit to help you get going with Tableau. Even if you're already comfortable with Tableau, these are great resources to brush up on: Author a Viz | Tableau Software

Recognition

Chris Beck continues to create great content such as this:Currency Conversion with Tableau & Google Sheets. Thanks for documenting great solutions Chris!

 

Most Talked About Thread

Jenske Meijs was unable to save a workbook to Tableau Public and asked for some help. After different suggestions, Nathan Panuco was able to confirm that there was a Tableau Public service interruption. Thanks for everyone for stepping in to help!

 

Most Viewed Thread

praveen reddy posted a question in the thread,"How to find iam over booked" and provided a packaged workbook. While the question initially stumped Norbert Maijoor. Him and Sherzodbek Ibragimov were eventually able to work through the question and find a solution. Thanks for the hard work!

 

Top Voted Idea

A perpetually popular idea took the top spot last week: More Subfolders in Project Folder. If you want to voice your support, be sure to vote up the idea!

 

Thanks everyone, and have a great week!

 

-Diego

For those of us in the United States, it's a short week because it is the US Thanksgiving on Thursday. As a result, I've been thinking about all of the things I'm thankful for in my life, and one of them is this community. We have so many people who are willing to help each other out each day. Everyone is from a different background and has a different perspective, yet we're all brought together by Tableau. I've made some lifelong friends and connections through this community, and I'm hopeful, that many of you can say the same thing. With that - let's take a look into what's been going on.

 

Announcements

Have you ever posted a question in the community and somebody asked you for a packaged workbook? If you have (or even if you haven't!), Bill Lyons has created a wonderful document as to why you should include one whenever possible. Check it out here: Packaged workbooks: when, why, how

 

Did you miss Tableau Conference 2016? No worries! You can still see a lot of the content and sessions via Sign Up | Tableau Conference Live

 

If you made it to TC16, please help us to continue improving Tableau Conference by filling out this survey: Tableau Conference 2016 Feedback. And finally, it's never too early to sign up for next year - back to Vegas, baby for 2017!

 

 

Recognition

You may have noticed that the leader board on the front page has not been updating. We are working with our vendor to investigate the issue, and hope to have it fixed asap.

 

In the mean time, Shawn Wallwork always does a fabulous job of calling out people who are doing a good job, and last week was no exception. Shout-out for Shin! Shinichiro Murakami has been helping so many people and teaching others along the way. Thank you for all that you do Shin!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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

johann taljaard asked a question about how to show support tickets by their age and statuses in Help needed with difficult calculated fields. Vincent Baumel was able to help get pretty darn close by working with Johann and some sample data. Together they were able to parse through the requirements and the data. Ultimately, Johann was able to attach the packaged workbook, and Tom W came in with the win using a table calculation to get the view that Johann needed.

 

 

Most Viewed Thread

For the second week in a row, Shawn Wallwork's thread on 10.1 Favorite New Feature? was the most viewed. Tableau 10.1 was a small release with a big impact! If you haven't downloaded it yet, you should.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week, Subscribe a Tableau Server Group to a View created by Dave Washburn received 16 votes, giving it a total of 25 votes.

 

You may also notice in Ideas, a new stage for an idea called "Planned" and that have a tag of devsonstage. These are ideas that were mentioned in the Devs on Stage keynote at TC16, and will be making it into the Tableau product in the future. You can see all of them here: Planned Ideas.

 

 

In Other News

 

That's it for this week. For those of you celebrating - happy Thanksgiving, and for those of you who aren't happy analyzing!

 

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