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Hi Tableau Community,

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Welcome to the Community Digest for the week of July 23rd.  I hope you are enjoying your summer and any vacations that you have lined up.  Have you visited Seattle, the home of Tableau HQ and where most of your community team forum administrators reside?  Trying to find just the right month to avoid the rain or maybe you want to come here and cool down from that hot summer in Texas.   Be sure to check out the visualization from Data Duo (Adam Crahen and Pooja Gandhi) before you plan that trip to find just the right time of year for your precipitation and heat expectations.  Maybe your city has a visualization related to temperatures and precipitation?  Search Tableau Public and if you don't find a viz, maybe the one here will inspire you to make your own.  Thank you to Pooja and Adam!! 

 

I want to be the first to welcome our brand new Tableau Community Forum Ambassadors, Deepak Rai, Mavis Liu, and welcome back Okechukwu Ossai.  Each of our Ambassadors has been a leader in the community forums providing

hundreds of helpful replies to questions for users just getting started to some of the most challenging and advanced questions in the community.  I want to thank each of them for their contributions and welcome them to the Ambassador club.

 

Announcements

+ Have you wanted to up your game with Tableau but you don't have time to get away to full day training sessions with our Tableau training team?  Well Tableau Virtual Training might be just the thing for you. Tableau trainier,  Kristee Bingham provides an inside look at Tableau Virtual Training in the Tableau Blog this week.

 

+ We bring it up nearly every week because we it is our favorite event of the year.  Tableau Conference is the event where our community comes together to learn, share, and enjoy the company of each other.  Learn more about TC18 by visiting and come see for yourself: https://tc18.tableau.com/  

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

+ This week's most viewed thread covers a topic we see frequently in the forums, visualizing Month and Year to-date values.  This question was posed by Haan Haan and replied to by Mahfooj Khan with the use of level of detail calculations.   Ambassador Deepak Rai also contributed to the thread and then finally there were a few back and forth questions related to using parameters to adjust the selected date for searching.   Do you have a question related to Dates?  Be sure to search the forums as there are hundreds of

replies.  The community has compiled some very helpful resources related to dates in the FAQ:  Open & Close Dates and in the

Workbook & Calculation Library. Be sure to check them out.

 

Top Voted Idea

 

+ The top voted idea for this week is related to Tableau Prep.  Tableau Prep - add ability to schedule flows originally posted by Jennifer Vogeler and gaining votes every week.  Thank you for your continued engagement and votes! This idea has 615 votes at present.  Have you used Prep?  Let us know your thoughts by visiting the idea and voting up/down the idea.  We appreciate your comments and ideas about how to make each feature work best for you.

 

Community Highlights

 

As Amanda mentioned last week, the third and final feeder  for Iron Viz opens on Monday, August 1st and closes on August 28th. Check out this link for details!

 

+Do you ever get stuck trying to find the perfect viz type for your data?  Well this week, Zen Master Andy Kriebel is here to share his Visual Vocabulary   If you are new to Tableau or have been using it for years, you will find this helpful reference guide a time saver and go to guide for nearly any viz you can imagine.  Bookmark this page today and visit often.

 

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Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

Have a great summer.

 

 

Happy Analyzing!

Patrick

Hi Tableau Community,

 

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Welcome to another week of the Community Digest! We hope that you have heard all the buzz about of annual conference being in New Orleans this year. Well, in addition to heading to the Big Easy, we are excited to share that the $200 discount price for #TC18 tickets has been extended another week! Register today to save $200: http://tabsoft.co/2NVirnR This expires on Friday the 20th so don't delay!

 

Are you new to the Tableau Community, or still on the fence about attending Tableau Conference? Tableau Ambassador and community veteran Gregory Lewandowski wrote this great piece for our blog: "I've been to 10 Tableau Conferences. Here's why I keep coming back." He breaks down the essentials + small things that make a big difference. If you're a newbie - or if you just have some questions - ping Greg on Twitter @lewandog and look for him in the Community area at TC18.

 

 

Announcements

 

+ Tableau Prep 2018.2.1 is now available - click on that link to check out all the details + see what community ideas made it into the latest version of Tableau Prep

  • Enterprise deployments are a cinch with silent activation and deactivation
  • Union recommendations make it easier to align mismatched fields
  • Work directly with ISO 8601 dates in calcs.

We’ve addressed some of the top customer ideas with new connectors for:

  • Snowflake
  • Hadoop - Apache Drill, Amazon EMR Hadoop Hive, Cloudera Hadoop, Hortonworks Hadoop Hive, MapR Hadoop Hive, and SparkSQL

And we’ve made a lot of user experience improvements, allowing you to group data, set up more filters, and take actions on fields in the data grid.

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

+ Our most talked about thread this week comes from Hamza Alsalman on subtracting based on constant. Hamza shared, "I have a constant value for one date and I need to drag that value in its own column and populate all empty fields with this value. The value is retrieved by the following formula: SUM(IF YEAR([Prod Dt])=2017 then [Curr Bal Amt] END) I need this balance except for all dates >=2017 as I need to perform column subtraction. Thanks!" With 18 responses total the solution was found in just under a day by Deepak Rai. Thank you both for all your hard work!

 

Top Voted Idea

 

+ Once again bringing you our top idea Control what displays in View Data. Thank you for your continued engagement! This idea has 1145 votes at present and has been flagged to our dev team.

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Global Feeder #2 for Iron Viz just closed yesterday! Cheers to everyone who submitted an entry on the theme "Health and Wellbeing"

     We will all have to sit in suspense as the entries are sorted and the winners are selected. Best of luck to everyone! Your work is truly amazing.
     The third and final feeder opens on Monday, August 1st and closes on the 28th. Check out this link for details!

 

Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

Thank you all for making the Tableau Community so special!

 

Happy Analyzing!

Amanda

Hello Tableau Community,

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This week I would like take a moment to recognize an amazing contributor to the Tableau Community. Shinichiro Murakami became the first member of the Tableau Community to reach 100,000 points. No, that is not a typo, 100,000 points! We cannot thank Shinichiro enough for his continued contribution in the Tableau Forums each week. Thank you Shin!

 

Want to be the next user to reach 100k points?! A great place to find unanswered questions is the Crow's Nest ! This is a Viz hosted by the Tableau Community team that shows all the unanswered posts in the Forums. Check it out today and start earning those points! Who will be the next to join the 100k Club?

 

Announcements

 

+ Time is runnning out! Speaking of TC - Iron Viz Global Feeder #2 is accepting submissions!

The second feeder of the 2018 Iron Viz Global competition remains open. The theme is: Health and Well-being.

Submissions are accepted until 15th July 2018 (11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time).

See the FAQ page for details on how to participate, and for eligible countries of residence.

 

+ TC18 is coming up fast and we hope you can join us in the Big Easy! Learn more about Tableau Conference and register at this link: https://tabsoft.co/2qozvrl

 

@datachloe announced applications are open for the Data Plus Women Grant to attend TC18. The grant will include a ticket to #TC18 as well as $2000 towards travel and lodging.  Learn more about this opportunity here: bit.ly/2JMGbYU

 

+ The Community Founders Award nominations are still open!—inspired by individuals like Michael Cristiani who embody the spirit of the Tableau community will be awarded an all-inclusive trip to #TC18. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, July 27, 2018 at 12:00 PST.

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

+ Our most talked about thread in the community this week comes from Alexandre Borges on the 3rd of July. Deepak Rai was able to help Alexandre come up with a usable solution. Even with a language barrier between them. Using screenshots and a translation tool can really go a long way to bridging this gap. Always feel free to ask your questions in the language you are most comfortable with!

+ Please remember to always mark answers as "Helpful" or "Correct" as that truly helps the rest of the Community

 

Top Voted Idea

 

+ This week's top Idea for votes is for Apply number formatting inside a calculated field. This idea was added back in 2012 and has gained some significant traction. Please continue to share and vote up the Idea as the Tableau Product Management team considers these when creating the roadmap for future releases.

 

Community Highlights

 

+ #TCEurope18 was a huge success and we are seeing a lot of buzz in the Tableau world. Want to analyze what is happening in the Twittersphere? Check out this Vi, #TCEurope18 Tweets Analysis | Tableau Public, by Dilyana Suleymanova.

+ With everyone focused on one of the World's biggest sporting events, the Fifa World Cup, let's take a look at those playing on this stage in this excellent Viz, 200 Most Valuable Football Players Around the World by LaDataCuenta.

 

+ Brand new Best of the Web is out! Best of the Tableau Web: Mathematics, poetry, and video games

 

+ The World Cup is nearing the quarter finals and Tableau has you covered on the history, the teams, the players and the matches.  Find anything you ever wanted to know in the blog post 4 ways the Tableau Community visualizes World Cup data.

 

Want daily tips and tricks? Articles that other users find helpful? Tabeau Online outages? Quick how-to support? Our @TableauSupport twitter Tweets all of these things and more! Follow us today!

 

Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

This community of highly supportive and creative individuals is what helps make Tableau an amazing product. We could not do this without you! Thank you!

 

Happy Analyzing!

 

Byrne, Patrick

Hello Tableau Community,

 

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Tableau Conference Europe starts tomorrow, July 3rd.  For those attending the conference, please share your stories of Tableau Community with others.  You can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #TC18Europe. If you can not attend the conference this year, Tableau will be streaming live from London.  You can find the schedule of events and set reminders by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here in the US,we are excited to celebrate the 4th of July this week. I thought it would be a great time to revisit Zen Master Anya A'hearn's blog post Design Your Data Viz Like a product Designer.  Anya created this post back in October of 2013 and shows how using Tableau is a creative and iterative process.  This post provides inspiration to spice up your visualizations.

 

 

Announcements

 

+ TC18 is coming up fast and we hope you can join us in the Big Easy! Learn more about Tableau Conference and register at this link: https://tabsoft.co/2qozvrl

 

@datachloe announced the Data Plus Women Grant to attend TC18. The grant will include a ticket to #TC18 as well as $2000 towards travel and lodging.  Learn more about this opportunity here: bit.ly/2JMGbYU

+ As mentioned last week, the Community Founders Award—inspired by individuals like Michael Cristiani who embody the spirit of the Tableau community will be awarded an all-inclusive trip to #TC18. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, July 27, 2018 at 12:00 PST.

 

+ Speaking of TC - Iron Viz Global Feeder #2 is accepting submissions!

The second feeder of the 2018 Iron Viz Global competition remains open. The theme is: Health and Well-being.

Submissions are accepted until 15th July 2018 (11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time).

See the FAQ page for details on how to participate, and for eligible countries of residence.

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

+ Our most talked about community thread this week comes from Haan Haan.  Haan asked about comparing a measure value for today to a value from the most recent day before today in this thread.

Haan provided a sample workbook which enabled Amit Narkar to jump right in and assist Haan with his question and quickly assist with a resolution and an updated workbook. 

  + Please remember to always mark answers as "Helpful" or "Correct" as that truly helps the rest of the Community

 

Top Voted Idea

 

+ This week's top Idea for votes is for Server Administrators to View As Other Users with a caveat noted by a few of our members to mask the actual data in the view for data security reasons.

 

 

Community Highlights

 

+ The World Cup is nearing the quarter finals and Tableau has you covered on the history, the teams, the players and the matches.  Find anything you ever wanted to know in the blog post 4 ways the Tableau Community visualizes World Cup data.

 

 

+ Gordon Strodel, from Tableau Partner, Slalom, has provided a post to the Tableau Blog to help you get control of your dirty data.  Don't sweep dirty data under the rug: A three-part approach to data prep.

 

+ And with all this talk of Europe TC18, you may be wondering why people keep going to Tableau Conference, year after year.  Full disclosure here, this will be my seventh TC this year! Gregory Lewandowski shares his thoughts on why he keeps coming back in the post I've been to 10 Tableau Conferences. Here's why I keep coming back.

 

Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

The Tableau Community is known far and wide as the model for the Data Driven world because of you.  Thank you for making this place rock!!  Have a great week!

 

Happy Analyzing!

Patrick VDH