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2015

Just two more days until the end of March - this year is REALLY flying by! Take a look at what's been happening around the Tableau Community -

 

Announcements

Last Thursday, we had a packed Think Data Thursday with Jonathan Drummey who presented on whether doing a blend iin Tableau is really a left join or not. If you missed it, it was recorded and I would highly recommend watching the playback which you can find in the The specified item was not found..

 

We also announced the next TDT which will be April 23 with  Anya A'hearn, Kelly Martin, and KK Molugu talking about the Importance of Visual Aesthetics. To find out more, check out TDT: Importance of Visual Aesthetics - How to Entertain, Engage, and Empower your audience - April 23, 2015

 

If you get a chance, we'd love to have your feedback about Tableau in a survey by BARC. To learn more, see Share your Tableau experience with BARC posted by Tableau's Jingcong Zhao.

 

 

Recognition

This past week, we had three people achieve the "I Know Stuff!" badge (also known as, 10 of my answers were marked as correct). Bill Cunningham has been a member of the Community since 2012, popping in and out. We're always happy when Bill stops by because he's always helping people along the way!

 

Brian Cronin has also been a long time member and Tableau users (since January 2013). Last week, he seemed especially active. Thanks for all your help Brian!

 

Finally, Tableau's Bora Beran, also received the 10 correct answer badge. If you're not familiar with Bora, he's the resident R-integration professional and Tableau Developer, and is always a good one to follow. And you may recognize him from his recent celebrity interview on Tableau's first Virtual TUG

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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P Subash asked about Formatting Mark labels to get them from a currency format to a percentage. With the help of Felix Curran and Sankarmagesh Rajan, they provided screenshots of the various places that formatting numbers can occur (which are quite a few!).

 

 

Top Viewed Thread

The top viewed threads this week are our repeat offenders Here are the top 3:

 

Prashant Sharma's New Features in Tableau 9+?

Richard Leeke's Grow your own Filled Maps

kettan/Shawn Wallwork's Johan's Ideas Collections

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week's most voted on idea was Improved server license model for medium size companies created by kettan with 12 votes. Kettan created this idea back in April of 2013, but it has recently gotten a lot of activity with Shane McMurray commenting on it, getting the conversation below the idea really going.

 

And in case you missed it, a new blog post about the results from a recent survey was posted in regards to the most popular idea, Dynamic Parameters - http://www.tableau.com/about/blog/2015/3/results-are-dynamic-parameters-37517 The conversation is being continued by Amy Forstrom in Dynamic Parameters Update.

 

In addition, check out a couple of pointers on How to write an idea Tableau Program Managers will look at.

 

 

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

 

As always, feel free to send any submissions or feedback regarding this digest my direction at tfitzgerald@tableau.com.

Happy spring to all in the northern hemisphere and happy fall to those in the southern! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend - here's a look into some things that are coming up and what was happening last week in the Community -

 

 

Announcements

Don't forget to sign up for a special Think Data Thursday with Jonathan Drummey this Thursday (March 26) at 8:00 am PST. For more information, visit: TDT: Data Blending - Left Join or not? - presented March 26, 2015

 

Tableau 9.0 will be landing any day now! Be sure to see all the new features in person from Tableau at a Roadshow near you: Tableau 9.0 Launch Roadshow | Tableau Software (I'll be at San Francisco's for all of you in the Bay Area ).

 

You may have noticed that you can now Bookmark different pieces of content now (discussions, documents, ideas). In addition, you can make notes on these bookmarks. To find all your bookmarks, go to your profile page and you will see a new Bookmark tab.bookmarkpage.png

 

 

Recognition

Three members moved up the ranks and achieved different levels of the Correct Answer badge. Sankarmagesh Rajan received the "Question Slayer" badge (aka, 50 of his responses were marked as correct). Sankar has steadily been achieving these milestones in the last few months. Thank you for all your contributions!

 

Yuriy Fal has had 25+ of his responses marked as correct, and thus received the "Questions for Breakfast!" badge this past week. Yuriy has been incredibly active the last couple of months - and we're happy to see him! Thanks to you, Yuriy, for helping out so many people!

 

Manoj Ramachandra acquired the "I Know Stuff!" badge (10 responses marked correct) last week. He, too, seems to have become very active in the last month or two, and has helped several people. Thank you, Manoj!

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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phuviet.pham asked How to convert String into Date type. His data was set up with a field that contained a string with the year and quarter strung together. He wanted to use it as a date field and get a line chart. A couple of people helped out and suggested using dateparse. However, it was Matt Lutton who continually worked with Phuviet to get a solution to his answer (which eventually lead to Joe Oppelt also providing an alternative solution). Phuviet, can you mark the answer that ultimately solved your use case so that someone in the future can benefit from it?

 

 

Top Viewed Thread

Prashant Menon asked a question that got a lot of good discussion going - How does Tableau define "user" exactly?  Trying to make the pitch for Tableau at my organization. There was talk about the different license models and how to share. There was talk about the Tableau EULA, and what would make a good pricing model. Russell Christopher chimed in from the Tableau side, while Zach Leber, james.n, kettan, Shawn Wallwork, Jonathan Drummey and Cristian Vasile brought up different points and questions.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

This week's top voted idea is the noted original of the duplicate of last week's top voted idea - Use Administrator account to subscribe users to emails by John Munoz with 16 votes. It was created back in 2013 and (if you include the duplicate idea - has over 200 votes).

 

 

In Other News

 

  • Mark Fraser created a document in the The specified item was not found. to share - Split Comma Separated Names. Always love getting new calculations added here! As Jonathan Drummey, this will also become much easier to do in Tableau version 9.0!
  • Revival of the week - Saumil Kapadia asked a question in an old post created back in 2008 - The specified item was not found.. James Baker has provided a solution which Saumil was able to apply, but wanted to understand better. Shawn Wallwork jumped in and explained just what was happening - and provided some ideas Saumil could vote on to make it even easier.
  • This is a post created back in October of 2014, but it is a great example of a well written question (explanation of desired outcome, a mockup using sample data - both with a screen shot and workbook, and some things that have been tried) - Dynamic sorting of multiple measures by Doug Stanley. Because Doug provided all of this information, Michel Caissie was able to provide a very detailed solution. Zhao Jin asked a follow up question last week - sharing that he is trying to replicate the same thing using Amazon Redshift, and Michel was able to help him out as well!
  • Love this post - Omar Luna is so appreciative of Jeff D's response - Dynamic sorting of multiple measures. Not only that, but this one helped solve an issue I was having with this too
  • Ever unsure of what size you should set up your dashboard? Case Chad ran into this issue when he went from a docking station to looking at the dashboard on his laptop - Desktop vs Laptop vs Projector. Shawn Wallwork provided some great guidelines on things to consider when creating a dashboard and selecting the size.

 

 

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

 

As always, any feedback, suggestions or submissions on this Digest can be sent to me at tfitzgerald@tableau.com.

Happy Monday, Tableau Community! I don't know about you, but last week seemed like a bit of a whirlwind. We kicked off the Tableau Roadshow in Seattle and there is a ton of buzz around the office with the imminent release of 9.0. Take a look into what else was happening...

 

Announcements

Last week was Tableau's first ever Virtual TUG (Tableau User Group), and what a turnout it was! There were over 8,000 people from all over the world who joined. If you missed it, you can watch the recording here: Tableau 9.0 - Virtual User Group on Livestream

 

 

Recognition

There were quite a few badge achievements last week! Mark Fraser and Simon Runc, both recent Community members who joined in November, received the "Question Slayer" badge (50 of their responses have been marked as correct)! They both seem to be on a rampage to help people out - thank you both!

 

The specified item was not found. and Tableau's, Diego medrano, have received the "Questions for Breakfast!" badge, 25 correct answers. Alexander has taken to blogging some of his helpful hints - check out, Vizible Difference if you never have. And Diego is constantly working to keep Crow's Nest low - thanks to both of you for all your contributions!

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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Annie Landry posted a question I have problem with a row that contains Yes. The issue at hand is that the calculation should be returning two variables (yes and no), but based on a number of issues, the desired result is not being produced. With the help of Simon Runc, Annie is getting closer. Looks like they might even be jumping on a call together later this week! Annie, please let us know what the solution is once you find it!

 

 

Top Viewed Thread

James Golden was running into an issue, so he reached out to the community to try finding a solution in Has anyone encountered server unexpected error: Tried to register widget with ID - already registered? Manoj Ramachandra posted a response that he had received from the Tableau Support team after he had opened a case with them. James, let us know if Manoj's solution resolved the issue for you by marking it as correct so that other people can reap the benefits if it helped!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

For the third week in a row, Dawn Mcdonald's idea I want to create subscriptions for others is the top voted idea with 12 votes this week. As John Munoz pointed out, this idea can be combined with Use Administrator account to subscribe users to emails. I'll be "combining" so go ahead and vote for either or both before to get the maximum votes

 

 

In Other News

 

 

Have a fabulous week and until next time, happy analyzing! As always, send any suggestions or submissions for this digest my direct at tfitzgerald@tableau.com.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and has a great week this coming week. Here's a peek into some of what was happening last week and some things to look out for.

 

 

Announcements

The big event happening this week is the Virtual Tableau User Group on Wednesday, March 9 at 2:30 PM PDT. If you haven't already, you can register here: http://www.tableau.com/9.0VirtualTUG

 

It is also the kick off for the 9.0 Roadshows (Tableau will be doing local events and demoing our new version)! I definitely recommend checking out the list to see if you're able to join the event in your area - Events & Conferences | Tableau Software.

 

In two weeks, we'll be having a Think Data Thursday event with Jonathan Drummey about Data Blending. For more information, go to the following thread: TDT: Data Blending - Left Join or not? - presented March 26, 2015

 

Recognition

A relatively new member to the Community, though not to Tableau, Shine Pulikathara has received the Questions for Breakfast! badge - in other words, 25+ of his responses have been marked correct! Thank you for all your help Shine and we look forward to seeing more of you

 

In addition, Ben Young received the "I Know Stuff!" badge - having 10 of his answers marked as correct. Thank you Ben for your contributions!

 

kettan achieved his 50 badge (Question Slayer) and the 50 Helpful Answers "Helpful is my middle name" badge) in the last couple of weeks. However, Shawn Wallwork started a thread (Kettan hits 50...) to recognize him and kettan has gotten more than a handful of people thanking him for all he does for this Community. Again, thank you Kettan!

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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ali twaij asked Are calculated fields stored in the datasources at all or always in the workbooks? This is something that can be a confusing topic. Jonathan Drummey settled the confusion about where calculations are stored when working with extracts and live data sources. The conversation then continued with what happens when using Tableau Data Server, where Jonathan and Alexander Mou were able to provide some more clarifying information.

 

 

Top Viewed Thread

Possibly in correlation to the above thread, one of the highest viewed threads this week (Prashant Sharma's New Features in Tableau 9+? thread is still the top) was asked by Jonathan Drummey back in 2013, Recommended practices for sharing/re-using Tableau Data Extracts (.tde's). At the time, Russell Christopher provided a solution. However, last week, kettan shared a blog post posted on the Interworks site about solving this issue https://www.interworks.com/blogs/skennedy/2015/02/24/i-hate-when-tableau-does-calculated-fields-edition. This prompted Richard Leeke to shared some detailed insight.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Two weeks in a row, Dawn Mcdonald's I want to create subscriptions for others idea is the top voted. This week, 11 new votes. It looks like there were also a couple comments added to the idea. The Dev team loves getting comments because it helps them understand the use cases better - the more information, you can provide here the better!

 

 

In Other News



Until next week, happy analyzing! As always, feel free to send any suggestions or submissions for this digest my way at tfitzgerald@tableau.com.




Let's March right on with the year (lame joke, I know). Let's take a look at our activity from the last week of February--

 

 

Announcements

Quick Fix Article News is back! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, the Tableau Support and Documentation teams are creating articles on a weekly basis that have helped solve other Support cases. Rebecca Szper used to post these each week when she was on the team managing all the articles, however, she has since switched roles, so there was a lull. But no fear! Brent Flyberg has taken this on and each week will post any new articles that are published on the Tableau KB. Check out his first post - Recently Published Quick Fix Articles Are Back

 

Emily Kund has created an event known as Women's Empowerment Viz (WEViz). It uses Tableau to help educate people about women empowerment issues. Definitely worth checking out!

 

 

Recognition

Americo Guazzelli earned the "I Know Stuff!" badge - answering ten questions correctly. Thanks Americo for your help! We see this every once in a while at Tableau, but I always love seeing a resume being created with Tableau:

http://public.tableausoftware.com/profile/mecosp#!/vizhome/AmericoGuazzelli-Resume/Resume

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Last week's thread, Aggregating over an aggregate, was posted by Hamish Wilson (a brand new member to the Community- welcome!). Joe Oppelt worked with Hamish and introduced him to some of the complexities of using table calculations However, the solution to this thread was more complicated than just using window_sum/max/count, and Joe called for some reinforcements from Jonathan Drummey who gave a detailed explanation of how this scenario was not as straightforward as it originally looked, and provided a potential solution. Hamish, let us know if you found the last post by Jonathan as helpful and/or how you solved your issue if possible!

 

 

Top Viewed Thread

Back in 2011, Shane Steward asked for help with Comparing 2 different periods on same data. Joe Mako provided a solution, but since then, the thread has been revived every so often with more questions. The thread continues to carry solutions for people. Most recently, George Gorczynski has asked how this can related to fiscal years. George, maybe you can add a packaged workbook so hopefully somebody would be able to take a look at how your view/data is set up.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week's most voted on idea is a Tableau Server related feature created by @Dawn Mcdonald in I want to create subscriptions for others. 13 votes this week, for a total of 68.

 

 

In Other News

 

Have a great week and until next week - happy analyzing!

 

As always, feel free to send any submissions or suggestions for this digest my way at tfitzgerald@tableau.com.