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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

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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

Hello Community,

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Announcements

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

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

Most Viewed Thread

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

 

 

Top Voted Idea

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

 

In Other News

 

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

 

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

 

Have a great week and happy analyzing!

Hello everyone, I hope you got an amazing week-end.

Now it's time to analyze and connect with the Tableau Conference 2016 | Austin, TX | November 7-11 | #data16!

 

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Announcements

Wow, the Tableau Conference 2016 starts today! Are you already on-site? We would love to meet with you! Please touchbase with us in the Community area, we have special presents for you

And don't forget the Community Meetup on Tuesday at 2:45 (Learn | Tableau Conference 2016 ).  Have you earned a Community Badge?  Come by Community Alley and pick up a sticker of your favorite badge to display on your TC Badge.

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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

isa.serah had an issue with How can I split number of months to year and months.

The same day, several skilled users jumped into the thread and helped Isa in order to support her. 27 replies later, the true solution have been found and Simon Runc got his contribution marked as correct. Thank you everyone!

If you are having the same-ish issue, make sure to jump into the thread, read the solution, and tag the users who helped with positive recognition!

 

 

Most Viewed Thread

With 6.390 views, How to translate sql "where" clause to Tableau calculated field is our most recent top viewed thread!

Are you struggling with Tableau calculations like Lin Chen? Then you might have the solution here thanks to the Data Hero Matt Lutton. Congrats!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

We received 11 positive votes onto our latest new community idea: Add JBoss Data Virtualization as a data connector

If you too want to obtain JBoss Data Virtualization[1] as a standard data connector for Tableau Desktop, make sure to comment and upvote Wes Gelpi's idea!

 

In Other News

#1 - Pace Charts

Do you want to make Pace Charts in Tableau?

Pace charts are an alternative bullet graph design that normalize progress to goal visualizations across KPIs, even if the KPIs have different data formats, scales, and/or seasonal trends. They are useful for providing an apples-to-apples, pace-to-goal comparison in businesses that have KPIs that span different categories such as revenue, social media followers, attendance, etc.

How to Make Pace Charts in Tableau

 

#2 - LogShark

Have you ever run into issues with Tableau Server? Have you ever had to peruse a lot of Tableau server log files to figure out what may be causing the issue? If so, then you probably must have wished for a tool that can help you self-diagnose and visualize these errors more easily. Wish no further! We've heard your feedback, and we are happy to announce the release of Logshark, an open-source, self-service tool to help you analyze Tableau log files using a product you already love, Tableau!

Logshark is a command line utility that you can run against Tableau logs to generate a set of workbooks that provide insights into system performance, content usage, and error investigation. You can use Logshark to visualize, investigate, and solve issues with Tableau at your convenience.

Some common use cases for Logshark include:

  • Troubleshooting issue(s) that are recorded in the logs
  • Analyzing system metrics from log data
  • Self-solving problems in Tableau without the fear of exposing sensitive corporate information
  • Regularly validating Tableau Server application behavior against historical data when taking a new build or making a system change

 

Make sure to read the thread in the Developer Portal!

Introducing Logshark

 

 

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

 

Have a great week and happy analyzing!