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2017

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 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 Getting Started in the Forums 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