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2015

Hope everyone had a great weekend and for those of you in the US, a happy Thanksgiving! It was a short week for me, but there was still plenty of activity happening around the community. Let's take a look.

 

 

Announcements

This Friday afternoon, the Tableau Community will be going through an upgrade. The upgrade will be a whole new look and some additional functionality. We're pretty excited about it! To see what changes to expect, check out the posts tagged with communityupgrade.

 

The site will be down from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM Pacific time. Our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this will cause.

 

Been waiting for the next TDT? Well, we've got one scheduled for this Thursday - Think Data Thursday: @Mapbox Powered #GeospatialLove with Anya A'hearn, allan.walker.0, and Chris Toomey. This will be a great introduction into using Mapbox if you've never used it before, and if you have, it will be a great session to see the possibilities that are possible.

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

Niranjan Banarjee asked how Can we insert Up or Down arrow icon on MapNorbert Maijoor provided a workbook as a first start, but Niranjan needed not only arrows, but also a filled map. That was no problem for Norbert, he provided a second workbook showing how this could be done. Additionally, Mark Fraser showed how to use the marks card to provide more detail to the viz.

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Last week, we did a larger announcement about the new auto-translation feature in the Tableau Community. With this announcement, people from all over the world were checking out the community and in particular - this thread: Data - A Universal Language #ISpeakData, making it the most viewed thread of the week. If you still haven't participated, it's not too late to say what data means to you and how it can be applied across languages,

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Michelle Schmidt joined the community and created the idea Add a waterfall chart to the show me drop down just last week. Already, it made it to the top of the votes for the week - with 13 votes. If this idea was implemented, I think we'd start seeing a lot more waterfall charts out there!

 

 

In Other News

 

That's it for this week - until next Monday - happy analyzing!

 

As always, feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or submissions my way at trodgers@tableau.com

What a crazy time of year - these next couple of weeks are full of excitement in the Tableau Community with the holidays and some upcoming changes. Take a look into what was happening last week, as well as learn more about what's coming up -

 

 

Announcements

Quite a few announcements this week!

 

First off, you may have noticed that the Tableau Community now has the ability to auto-translate community threads! No matter what language you speak, or the other person has posted in, you can click the Translate Page to: __ and see it in your desired language.

 

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Want to win a free t-shirt?

Respond to the following thread and you'll have the chance: Data - A Universal Language #ISpeakData

 

Secondly, in just a couple of weeks, there will be an overhaul to the Tableau Community. Check out Coming Soon: Community Upgrade and Revamp for more information, and continue to keep an eye on communityupgrade for more posts coming.

 

A new Think Data Thursday has been announced for next week - Think Data Thursday: @Mapbox Powered #GeospatialLove You won't want to miss allan.walker.0, Chris Toomey, and Anya A'hearn talk about they've created beautiful custom maps.

 

 

Recognition

Keshia Rose who I just learned is now a Tableau Employee received her "Questions for Breakfast" badge last week. That means that at least 25 of her responses have been marked as correct. Keshia has been a member of the community since 2013 and has helped a lot of people. In fact, she's only ever started one discussion - the rest of her activity in the community has been in responding and helping people. Thanks for your work, Keshia!

 

Additionally, four people also achieved the "I Know Stuff!!" badge (10 responses marked as correct). Brian Calvanese joined the community last year and has been very active recently. Hopefully, we'll continue seeing you!

 

The other three all happen to be Tableau employees as well. John Kuo is well versed in Tableau Server, so you'll see him hanging out in the Server Administration space. Mary Solbrig is your go-to person if you have stats questions, particularly related to R Integration. Check out this post for a sense of her knowledge related to the topic ESRI Shapefile importer: R. Finally, Sein Chyi Woo has helped lots of people by providing them with the calculations needed to complete their views.

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is characterized by the number of responses in a thread

Krishna DW asked how to get an Item to fall in all satisfied Condition. Shawn Wallwork worked relentlessly to get the desired outcome for Krishna. He started with explaining how the original calculation posted by Krishna works, and ultimately ended up using table calculations (running_sum, and total) to solve the issue.



(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Tableau employee, Grace Xu, a Systems Infrastructure Project Analyst, asked How many sheets and hidden sheets are in your most used workbooks? It received a lot of responses that was great feedback for Grace to learn more about how people are using Tableau.



Top Voted Idea

Adjusting the variable screen, especially for Bex Query variables created by Thomas Lober last week has already received 17 upvotes. Though this is specific to SAP BW Bex, I could see this being applicable across different dialog boxes.

 

 

In Other News

 

That's it for this week. Happy Thanksgiving to our community members in the US!

 

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

 

Happy Analyzing!

It's a new week - which means it's that time again, when we take a quick look into what happened last week and move forward with the coming days.

 

Announcements

You may have noticed that there is a new link on the front page of the community for the new Support Blog. This will serve as a way to get information around what's happening with the Tableau Support team. If you'd like to get emails whenever a new blog post is posted, don't forget to follow it:

 

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Brittany Fong also did a guest blog post on the Tableau corporate blog about How to Make Tile Grid Maps in Tableau | Tableau Software. Definitely a fun and inspiring post for new viz ideas, if you haven't seen it, I recommend checking it out!

 

 

Recognition

Two people have recently achieve the "I Know Stuff!!" badge - 10 of their answers have been marked as correct. Derrick Austin has been a member of the community for just over a year, but recently has started to be very active helping several people along the way. Shinichiro Murakami has been a part of the community for just 9 months and though he was previously a heavy Excel user, his shift to Tableau is helping others achieve their needs. Thank you both Derrick and Shinichiro for your help in the community and we hope to see more of you!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Saniya Waghray asked How to use pie chart as filter and retain original percents? Saniya was unable to post a packaged workbook because she had sensitive data, however, Shawn Wallwork pushed her to post a sample workbook, and with some additional clarification Simon Runc was able to solve the issue by suggesting using a highlight and action filters instead of using a quick filter.

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Just over a year ago, leo dec posted selecting multiple values in parameter. Though this currently is not possible using a parameter, Jonathan Drummey and Steve Martin suggested a couple of ways around it using actions and sets. This thread then led Rajeev Pandey to post a follow up question with regards to performance: Performance Aspect: Simple Quick Filter or Set based Quick Filter - Which one is Better? Again, Steve helped provided some background and information for Rajeev to test himself.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Last week's top voted idea was Control what displays in View Data created by Darrin Schulte back in 2012. It received 11 votes this past week, for a total of 352 votes. This idea requests for the ability to hide certain columns, and/or change the order of the columns that are shows when viewing the underlying data. I've run into this several times - it got my vote!

 

 

In Other News

 

 

Another successful week in the Tableau Community! This was just a glimpse of what happened, there's always plenty of questions to answer or ask, and lots of people to connect with. Until next week, happy analyzing!!

 

 

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

Happy Monday! Hopefully, everyone had a great weekend after what seemed like a long week. Here's a peak into what was happening -

 

Announcements

First off, I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize for the outage on Wednesday, and thank you for your patience if you were effected by it. We are working with our vendor to make sure that this won't happen again.

 

Last week, we had a wonderful Think Data Thursday about Web Connectors presented by Robert Rouse, Craig Bloodworth, and Tamas Foldi. It was a great session for all levels. Robert explained how and when to use a Web Data Connector, while Craig and Tamas, both went more in-depth into how to build one. I definitely recommend checking it out if you missed it: TDT:  What's a Web Data Connector? - November 5, 2015

 

 

Recognition

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone - Tableau Zen Master, Joshua Milligan received the "Answer Wizard" badge (aka 100 correct answers). Joshua has been a critical part of the community for several years now - answering people's questions, sharing information on getting a specific view or using a quick trick. He also is very creative in how he has used Tableau to create games - check out his blog! http://vizpainter.com/

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is characterized by the number of responses in a thread

Piotr Adamczyk asked his first question in the forums because he needed help with DATEDIFF with condition - tracking working time. He certainly got a quick response from Tableau Ambassador, Mark Fraser, who asked some clarifying questions to be able to give a simple solution. When Piotr asked for additional help, kettan stepped in with a SQL solution. This was friendly conversation between all three, and there was a lot of appreciation for the community going around

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

If you haven't seen this thread yet, I definitely recommend checking it out What do we want to learn from the Iron Viz finalists? There are responses from a bunch of Iron Viz contestants. Hear what it's like being on stage, where they started with Tableau, or ask your own question!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

This is a brand new idea - created just last Tuesday - by Timo Tautenhahn (a Tableau employee) - Search Box for SAP BW Queries and InfoProviders (Released in 10.1). It is a very simple idea, but would make the user experience using SAP BW and InfoProviders much easier. It already has 27 upvotes, and I have a feeling, it will continue to grow.

 

 

In Other News

 

This is just a glimpse into this week. Feel free to send any suggestions, comments, or submissions my way at trodgers@tableau.com

 

Until next week, happy analyzing!

Full steam ahead with November. Hopefully, everyone had a good and safe Halloween! Grab a coffee or your lunch, and let's take a look into what was happening in the Community last week-

 

Announcements

Think Data Thursday is back this week! You won't want to miss this one - TDT:  What's a Web Data Connector? - November 5, 2015 with Robert Rouse, Craig Bloodworth, and Tamas Foldi will share some of the ins and outs of using the Web Data Connector.

 

 

Recognition

We have two new "Question Slayers" to add to the ranks. Chris McClellan had 50+ of his responses marked as correct. Chris is one of our members from the southern hemisphere, and it always helping people - especially with your analytic questions.  Daniel Vincent also has helped answer more than 50 questions correctly. Also from the south (I'm talking Texas), Daniel does a great job of taking screenshots to help others find just what they're looking for to solve their questions.

 

We also had two people receive the "I Know Stuff!" badge - meaning at least 10 of their responses were marked as correct. The first was Robert Rouse, one of this year's Zen Masters. Robert is extremely knowledgeable and is a big proponent of the Tableau Community (check out his series of blog posts: https://www.interworks.com/blog/rrouse/2015/05/29/youve-got-questions-tableau-community-has-answers). The second recipient of this badge was Damien Lesage. Damien has been a member of the community for just under a year and is another example of how global our community is (he's located in Paris). Damien has helped several people, especially in the area of Tableau Server.

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

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Stephen Hellyar and Derrick Austin had a pretty long thread going in Embed with API and set Dimensions with Percentages. Derrick continued to work with Stephen who seemed to be getting his viz embedded slowly but surely in the applications he wanted. Looks like there is still some trouble being had with the different browsers. Maybe Russell Christopher would be able to take a look and help out?

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Jane Crofts started What do we want to learn from the Iron Viz finalists? and what a response she got! Several contestants from both this year and previous years of Iron Viz joined in and participated, sharing their experiences with Tableau and with the event itself. It's always fun to see where people are in their Tableau journey and hear how people are using the product, especially when they are clearly very talented in sharing a Viz Story as Shine Pulikathara, Jeffrey Shaffer, Jonathan TRAJKOVIC, Ryan Sleeper, John Mathis, and Matthew Chambers obviously are.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

This week, Different Columns Width, created by Thierry Jakircevic back in 2012 received the most votes - 11 up votes for a total of 371. This would be a useful feature - and one that lots of new Tableau users are often trying to do.

 

 

In Other News

 

 

That's a just a brief glimpse into some of the awesomeness that was happening last week. Hopefully, we'll see you around this week.

 

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

 

Until next time, happy analyzing!