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Hello Tableau Community,

 

Welcome to another installment of our weekly digest on all things community from Tableau. We are just four weeks out from TC18 in New Orleans and are looking forward to seeing so many of you! Are you still on the fence about attending Tableau Conference? Don't delay and register today: Register for Tableau Conference!

Will this be your first Tableau conference and you're unsure what to expect? Well we've gathered up a couple great tips & tricks blogs from members of the community to share. We bet after a quick read through these you will feel ready to join us in the Big Easy for a whole week of fun!


+ #TC18 ~ Planning for Before, During, and After the Conference from Tableau Social Ambassador Mark Bradbourne

+ Preparing for Tableau Conference 2018 #TC18 from Tableau Social Ambassador Sarah Bartlett

+ Tableau Conference Survival Guide 2018 Edition from Tableau Public Ambassador Curtis Harris - this one should not apply to any Tableau Employees at TC18

If you are looking for more check out #fontinola on Twitter and add your own tips & tricks for seasoned pros and first-timers alike.

 

Community member Jeremy Poole has posted a survey on Attendee Info for TC18. He is asking for people to, "Share your info to connect with peers who will be attending this year. Coordinate hotels/arrivals/common interests. Meet some new community members, and most of all...have a blast!"

 

He is showcasing our responses on this viz on Tableau Public:
https://public.tableau.com/static/images/TC/TC18WhoisinTown/TC18NewOrleans/1.png

 

Announcements

 

+ Fanalytics is just one month away! Join us at TC18 for inspiring talks, important conversations, and community building. If you are new to the Tableau Community, Fanalytics is a fun and inspiring event where the community gathers to discuss data visualization, community initiatives and all things Tableau Public. This year, Fanalytics will take place on Thursday, October 25 between 2:15 PM and 5:15 PM Check out all the details on the Tableau Public blog here: Get ready for Fanalytics at TC18! | Tableau Public

 

+ On October 6th the Tableau Licensing Server utilized during the activation, deactivation, and renewal process of Tableau products will be moving to a new data center. If you rely on custom configurations of your proxy server or firewall please verify they utilize a configuration that will not be impacted by this move. Learn more here: Important: Tableau Licensing Server is Moving

 

+ Join the Tableau 2018.3 Beta Program today! This release brings heat maps, the easiest and fastest way to find a pattern in dense data, and more dashboard formatting options with transparent worksheets: https://tabsoft.co/2wETyWk

 

+ Tableau is excited to announce Citrix Endpoint Management and Microsoft Intune for Tableau Mobile using the AppConfig approach. Check the blog post from Rahul Motwani found here: Manage Tableau Mobile deployments with Citrix Endpoint Management and Microsoft Intune using AppConfig

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

The most talked about thread in the forums this week was Daylight saving in Tableau posted on September 18th by Ivan Varga. Data Analyst and Tableau Forum Ambassador Zhouyi Zhang shared some helpful support - but the question remains unanswered. If you have run into issues related to daylight savings in Tableau this is a great thread to contribute to. With daylight savings time ending on November 4th this is something to be aware of as that is just a few short weeks away. If you fond this thread helpful (or any others in the forums!) you can bookmark them once you are logged in to your account - just look for the 'Bookmark' icon on the top right.

 

Top Voted Idea

 

This week we saw 5 more votes for the well documented idea, Apply number formatting inside a calculated field by Russell Lamb form back in 2012. The idea now has 658 votes and is considered "active", which means we are watching this, but it is not on the product roadmap. In summary he stated, "I need to be able to take numbers and apply number formatting to them based on the logic of my calculation.  The number formatting should be exactly the same as the "Custom" formatting that tableau does now."  Fortunately for everyone who has commented on or up-voted this idea Ben Dubois share a workaround on August 7th, highlighted in the comments. Here is what he shared, "We hacked this today using this solution: We had an aggregate calculation using a case statement to display the proper variable, and one of the values needed two decimal places while the others needed none. Due to the formatting limitations we couldn't remake anything, so the solution was to use a small floating box with the proper decimal value placed over top the table value. Quick n' dirty & hopefully helps someone who is waiting for this feature and googles it. Won't work for automatic sizing though."

 

* You will need to have a community forum login to vote, comment, share ideas, or post in the forums. Follow this link to create your own profile: Join the Community Forums!

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Tableau Zen Master Jeffrey Shaffer share a blog post on the Z-Order in Tableau. Check it out: Data + Science

 

+ Zen Master and Ambassador Adam Crahen - better known as half of the Data Duo - shared this blog: Visualizing Incomplete Time Series Data – The Data Duo

 

That is all we have for this week! Do you have ideas, vizzes, events, or recognition of someone in the Tableau Community? Share them with the Tableau Community at community@tableau.com

 

Happy prepping, vizzing and analyzing!

 

Amanda

Hello Tableau Community,

 

Welcome to the Community Digest!

 

If you have read my past digests you might have noticed that I love music, especially music Vizzes! This week I have seen a ton of amazing music inspired creations shared on Twitter and Tableau Public. My musical tastes vary widely from the Beatles to metal bands to well... I could list genres until my fingers fall off. I love all types, and forms of music. Although the way we consume, share, and buy music has greatly changed over the years; from Napster and Lime Wire to having every song at your fingertips (albeit with an internet connection). One thing that has persisted throughout the years is visual art in music. The creation of album art work, clothing, and posters for shows all have stood the test of time and continue to be staples of any band, DJ or performance group. This week I am featuring a blog by Bridget Cogley that analyzes the work of one of the greats from this part of the music industry, Paula Scher, and how her design process aligns with that of a Viz author's process.

 

Inspired to visualize music now? Neil Richards is here to help with his blog on How do we visualize music? That takes the Iron Viz theme of "water" a different route than most. Neil explored Handel's Water Music. This is an amazing blog with some very artistic and beautfiul Vizzes that analyze this amazing music. Want to know the greatest of all time (GOAT) of the music industry? Check out this Viz: G.O.A.T Music | Tableau Public

 

Announcements

 

+ Tableau is excited to announce Citrix Endpoint Management and Microsoft Intune for Tableau Mobile using the AppConfig approach. Check the blog post from Rahul Motwani found here.

 

+ The 2018 Vizzies awards are here! As we approach the end of the year, we wanted to recognize the awesomeness of the Tableau community, beyond those who have been recognized by Tableau as Zen Masters. So without further ado, we present the 4th Annual Vizzies. We also have a new category for this year; Favorite Viz of the Year. This is you favorite among favorites. Perhaps it's informative and beautifully designed or resonated with you because of the story it told. Provide the link to the visualization and we'll award someone with the Favorite Viz of the Year. Nominations are open through September 30th, please submit award nominations here.

 

+  In addition, on October 6th, the Tableau Licensing Server utilized during the activation, deactivation, and renewal process of Tableau products will be moving to a new data center.  If you rely on custom configurations of your proxy server or firewall, please verify they utilize a configuration that will not be impacted by this move.  Learn more here: Important: Tableau Licensing Server is Moving

 

+ The Tableau Self Service team would like to hear from you about improving the landing experience for Tableau Server and Tableau Online.  #HelpUsHelpYou by visiting their online survey and answering a few questions.

 

Recognition

 

Congratulations to Maneesh Gaddam for achieving his I love helping! badge. Which is awarded for having 25 questions marked as helpful by other users! Thank you Maneesh Gaddam for your contributions. If you receive help in the forums remember to mark answers helpful, or correct to give credit to contributors and those assisting in the forums.

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

The most talked about thread this week was posted by Manuel Ramos and is about a calculation error being experienced in Tableau Desktop. Expected type string, found integer.  Comparison in 'CASE' expression must be string type. The answer was provided by just under an hour after being posted to the Tableau Community Forums by Anisha Jhamb, thank you for supplying a quick response Anisha!

 

Top Voted Idea

 

The top voted idea for this week's digest which was originally created by Ketta n is Hierarchy Filter which is the ability of having mulitple value selection filters carry over their hierarchy structure from the data into the filter. (i.e. products would be broken down by their category etc...)

 

Community

 

+ The first Tableau User Group is coming to Lisbon! David Pires and Nisa are helping start off the first ever TUG in Lisbon, do not miss this awesome chance to be on the ground floor, Tableau User Group - Lisboa Tickets, Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

 

+ Ken Flerlage released the Part 2 of his blog series on SQL for Tableau. This blog post foucuses on combining data with SQL for analysis with Tableau. Do not miss this blog post SQL for Tableau Part 2: Combining Data - Ken Flerlage: Analytics Architecture, Strategy, & Visualization. Did you miss out on Part 1? Check it out now SQL for Tableau Part 1: The Basics - Ken Flerlage: Analytics Architecture, Strategy, & Visualization

 

+ If you have not seen it, check out the article from Marie at the Medium about her experiences with Iron Viz in Europe and Makeover Monday.  We encourage you to check out this great article here.

 

+ Recently Tableau released a brand new API, Tableau Extensions, many were excited to sink their teeth into this brand new and shiny tool. Toan Hoang has been experimenting with the Extensions API ever since it got added to our pre-release. To assist users with this new tool Toan has begun writing a 4 part series for creating a Tableau Extension. Creating a Tableau Extension / Part One - Tableau Magic

 

+ Zen Master Bridget Cogley has published part 2 of her data ethics series article here: https://www.tableaufit.com/paper-rock-scissors-ethics-how-we-make-decisions/

 

+ There is still time to contribute to the conversation.   In advance of Lorna Eden & Sarah Bartlett's TC18 talk "The A-Z of the Tableau Community", they are asking for input from Tableau Community members on what the community means to you & how you first got involved. Link to survey: Tableau Community Survey.  Please consider taking part and sharing your thoughts.

 

That is all we have for this week! Do you have ideas, Vizzes, events, or recognition of someone in the Tableau Community? Share them with the Tableau Community at community@tableau.com

 

Happy Vizzing, posting, learning and Tweeting!

 

Byrne

 

Stay up to date with all my thoughts on data at Patrick Byrne (@Data_Diplomat_) | Twitter

 

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Hello Tableau Community,

 

Welcome to the Community Digest!

 

Each week share highlights on some of the great things happening across the Tableau Community - with a spotlight on the community forums. If you are keen to learn more about getting started in the Tableau Community I suggest you create a profile and help answer questions in the community forums - follow the Tableau Ambassadors and Zen Masters on Twitter - take part in Makeover Monday - find inspiration on Tableau Public - and join your local (or a virtual) Tableau User Group! You may not know this yet - but if you made it this far you are already a part of what makes this community so special! We are all here to help each other make connections so we can see and understand data. Thank you for helping us spread the data love and being a part of what makes Tableau so special! Learn more about how to use and get the most out of the community forums by visiting Getting Started in the Forums

 

Last Thursday, we had the great honor of hosting Simon Runc for the Tableau Community Group, Think Data Thursday.  Simon presented on the use of Action Filters with Tableau and showed us some advanced techniques to get the most out of this feature.  He also shared with us a peak behind the curtain into an upcoming beta version of Tableau and how we will be able to extend the power of actions with Button Navigation.  If you missed the presentation, you can watch the presentation here: Think Data Thursday - Lights Camera Action with Simon Runc - YouTube .

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Announcements

 

+ We will be performing maintenance on our licensing infrastructure on September 15th from 1:00 am to 3:00 am UTC (6:00 PM PST on Friday, September 14th). New activations and registrations will be unavailable while this maintenance is being performed. Please see our Trust page for details and updates.

 

+  In addition, on October 6th, the Tableau Licensing Server utilized during the activation, deactivation, and renewal process of Tableau products will be moving to a new data center.  If you rely on custom configurations of your proxy server or firewall, please verify they utilize a configuration that will not be impacted by this move.  Learn more here: Important: Tableau Licensing Server is Moving

 

+ The Tableau Self Service team would like to hear from you about improving the landing experience for Tableau Server and Tableau Online.  #HelpUsHelpYou by visiting their online survey and answering a few questions.

 

 

 

Recognition

 

Congratulations to suman kumar this week for achieving the badge "Helpful is my middle name" for his contributions that have achieved 50 votes as helpful in the community. 

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

The most talked about thread last week comes from Simone Antorini who asked about how to modify a view when the Percentage goes over 700% so as to show a total of 100% instead on the range in the axis.  Hari Ankem  jumped in immediately to assist and ask for a workbook to better understand the challenges faced by Simone.  amar savale provides the first example but the working solution is provided by Mahfooj Khan with the use of LOD calculations and context filters and this is the post marked correct by Simone.  The Tableau Community achieves again!   Thank you Hari, amar and Mahfooj.

 

Top Voted Idea

 

This week's top voted idea is originally crated by Russell Lamb is Apply number formatting inside a calculated field. This idea relates to the suggestion to offer a conditional method to format numbers differently depending on a condition.  Thank you for your votes. 

 

Community Highlights

 

+ If you have not seen it, check out the article from Marie at the Medium about her experiences with Iron Viz in Europe and Makeover Monday.  We encourage you to check out this great article here.

 

+ Zen Master Bridget Cogley has published part 2 of her data ethics series article here: https://www.tableaufit.com/paper-rock-scissors-ethics-how-we-make-decisions/

 

+  There is still time to contribute to the conversation.   In advance of Lorna Eden & Sarah Bartlett's TC18 talk "The A-Z of the Tableau Community", they are asking for input from Tableau Community members on what the community means to you & how you first got involved. Link to survey: Tableau Community Survey.  Please consider taking part and sharing your thoughts. 

 

That is all we have for this week! Do you have ideas, Vizzes, events, or recognition of someone in the Tableau Community? Share them with the Tableau Community at community@tableau.com

 

Happy prepping, vizzing and analyzing!

 

Patrick

Hello Tableau Community,

 

Welcome to the Community Digest! Each week share highlights on some of the great things happening across the Tableau Community - with a spotlight on the community forums. If you are keen to learn more about getting started in the Tableau Community I suggest you create a profile and help answer questions in the community forums - follow the Tableau Ambassadors and Zen Masters on Twitter - take part in Makeover Monday - find inspiration on Tableau Public - and join your local (or a virtual) Tableau User Group! You may not know this yet - but if you made it this far you are already a part of what makes this community so special! We are all here to help each other make connections so we can see and understand data. Thank you for helping us spread the data love and being a part of what makes Tableau so special!

 

How do you feel about Dirty Data? Recently Tableau CMO Elissa Fink asked some kids their thoughts on clean vs. messy. If you haven't seen the video series (or supporting GIFs & Tweets) I suggest you head over to YouTube and check them out now: Kids Explain Data - YouTube

 

 

Announcements

 

+ Join the Tableau 2018.3 Beta Program today! This release brings heat maps, the easiest and fastest way to find a pattern in dense data, and more dashboard formatting options with transparent worksheets: https://tabsoft.co/2wETyWk

 

+ This Thursday our very own Community Forum Ambassador, Simon Runc, will be presenting a Think Data Thursday session on Actions - one of the most powerful features in Tableau! Learn more about Simon and register at this link: Think Data Thursday - Lights, Camera...Action! with Simon Runc - September 6, 2018 - 8 AM PDT

 

Zen Master Hall of Fame member Andy Kriebel and Social Ambassador and Zen Master Eva Murray will be running a Tableau careers webinar series starting September 6th. This series kicks off with a webinar about how Tableau Conference can be used as a career springboard. There will be 6 weekly webinars with two presenters each, talking about their Tableau jobs, what they love about their work, how they got there and what they recommend to the audience from their own experiences.  Check this out here - Webinars | Makeover Monday - Do you have your ticket to Tableau Conference yet? Do not miss out on this chance to join thousands of data rockstars in this great city! Get your tickets now.

 

+ Has your local Tablaeu User Group participated in the Tableau Viz Games? This year we challenge our user groups to build a Viz that showcases the magic of New Orleans. Contact your local user group to participate and make sure to get the entry in by September 28th at 3PM PT! Find out more about the Viz Gamse here.

 

Recognition

 

This week we are celebrating a couple great milestone! Naveen B has received the Answer Wizard badge, which is received after 100 people have marked your answer 'Correct', both ali twaij and praveen kumar earned their Calc Contributor badges for creating documents in the Workbook & Calculation Reference Library, and meenu choudhary earned the Help One, Help All badge for achieving 100 "helpful" votes!

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

The most talked about thread this week remains unanswered: Need to display dot(.) in place of 0 asks, "All my measures are in FLOAT. I have a dimension with multiple measures. I need to display dot(.) in place of 0. For example: I have country, sales,target and quantity. all my measures are in float. I need to show dot(.) where zeroes are getting displayed." The thread has seen 17 replies and some really incredible engagement, but remains unanswered. Can you help Koushik Neelakantha find a solution?

 

Top Voted Idea

 

With over 5,000 active ideas in the forums it takes a lot for one to rise to the top. This week we see former community forum Ambassador and Zen Master Shawn Wallwork's Multiple Instances of Measure Names/Values Variable coming in with 8 new votes to a grand total of 732 votes. Shawn's idea states, "Allow us to create multiple instances of the Measure Names and Measure Values variables so we can assign groups of measures to one axis and a different group of measures to another axis. This would allow us to have a multi-measure line chart laid over a multi-measure bar chart without needing any Custom SQL wizardry." - Do you agree? If so, head over to the forums to up or down vote.
* You will need to have a community forum login to vote, comment, share ideas, or post in the forums. Follow this link to create your own profile: Join the Community Forums!

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Zen Master and frequent forum contributor Ken Flerlage just shared part 1 in a developing series on SQL, focused on Tableau users - SQL for Tableau Part 1: The Basics Ken series of blog posts, "will attempt to provide a primer to SQL, with a specific focus on Tableau users." - This is one worth subscribing to if you are hungry for resources on SQL. There is also an ongoing thread on this topic on Ken's Twitter. Join the conversation!

 

+ In advance of Lorna Eden & Sarah Bartlett's TC18 talk "The A-Z of the Tableau Community", they are asking for input from Tableau Community members on what the community means to you & how you first got involved. Link to survey: Tableau Community Survey

 

+ From Tableau Public Ambassador Rajeev Pandey: "One aspect of data visualization we all have been discovering over the years is that when we talk about data visualization we often think that the choice of which graphical representation to use is the most important one to make. However, deciding what to visualize is often equally, if not more, important, than deciding how to visualize it. The goal of this visualization was to engage readers in finding and telling their own stories in the data. Special thanks to Neil Richards for this wonderful creation." Read more in Rajeev's blog!

 

That is all we have for this week! Do you have ideas, Vizzes, events, or recognition of someone in the Tableau Community? Share them with the Tableau Community at community@tableau.com

 

Happy prepping, vizzing and analyzing!

 

Amanda