Hi Tableau Community,


Welcome to the weekly Community Digest! We have some exciting news to share right out the gates today. Today at SXSW the Tableau Foundation announced that it is committing more than $1.3 million in software, services, and financial support to help eliminate veteran and chronic homelessness in 50 communities across the U.S. by 2025. The partnership will help Community Solutions, a nonprofit expanding the use of data and analytics for its highly successful Built for Zero program. This grant helps all Built for Zero communities move from working with aggregate-level data to person-level data, while also helping automate the process of ingesting, transforming, and visualizing their data.


Tableau Foundation has been working with the Built for Zero team on ways to bring together data from dozens of organizations across a community and help people in need get the right support in the moments they need it. To date, 10 communities – like Arlington, VA, Bergen County, NJ, and Abilene, TX – have functionally ended homelessness for veterans, people experiencing chronic homelessness or both. The initiative has exceeded its initial 50 communities and is now active in more than 70 communities across the country including Detroit, Phoenix, Jacksonville, St. Louis, and Denver. Read the full blog post and find out how you can support this important work here: Built for Zero communities use data to fight homelessness at the system level  | Tableau Software


I'd love to share a special shout out to Tableau Zen Masters and friends Lilach Manheim Ann Jackson Ken Flerlage Anya A'hearn Allan Walker & Neil Richards for your generous support of this work. Thank you!






+ Our next Think Data Thursday is this Thursday, March 14th with long-time Tableau Forum Ambassador Joe Oppelt . Joe will be discussing how to utilize sheet swapping to make your dashboards pop! Check out this link in the forum for details Think Data Thursday: How to utilize Sheet Swapping to make your Dashboards Pop - March 14, 2019 8 AM PST and be sure to RSVP here: Webinar Registration.


I was recently looking back through old blogs and documents on the Tableau Community history and discovered that Joe was one of the original Tableau Ambassadors! He joined the forums in 2014 and in 2015 he was selected into the original cohort of nine and recognized for his engagement and support in the Community Forums. Here is the announcement blog: Meet the Tableau Ambassadors! | Tableau Software  Thank you so much for the last five years+ of support! We look forward to continuing to work together for years to come


+ 2019.2 is in beta! Vector maps, parameter actions, new Ask Data functionalist and more! Check out the blog with all the exciting details from Tableau Product Marketing Specialist Emily Chen here: Now in beta: Vector maps, parameter actions, and new Ask Data functionality | Tableau Software .


We’re working hard to get Tableau 2019.2 out the door, but we need your input first! We invite you to give us feedback so we can identify any issues and ensure the highest quality for these new features. Features included in beta and in the final version of Tableau 2019.2 may change over time as we complete beta testing. Join the Tableau pre-release community today! Tableau Pre-Release Programs | Tableau Software



Most Talked About Thread

Our most talked about thread this week had 17 replies and was resolved! Caroline Ettinger was trying to do a Rolling week comparison by week. She had done her due diligence and read a bunch of previous questions - but none solved for what she was experiencing. She was unable to share her original workbook but cleaned up a portion of the data which kicked the conversation into high gear. Thank you for all that supported Caroline in solving this issue and cheers to Don Wise for providing the correct answer.


As we will continue to share, in the Tableau Forums, we frequently request those who post questions to attach a packaged workbook. This document is to help you understand when a packaged workbook helps, why we ask for it, and how to include one: Packaged workbooks: when, why, how . Please bookmark this resource!


Community Highlights


+ Tableau Ambassador and Interworks pro David Pires recently wrote a piece on the new features in 2019.1: check it out here! 2019.1's new features included Ask Data, Prep Conductor, Tableau Mobile and more. You can read about all the new features and highlights on our products page: Tableau 2019.1 New Features


+ Zen Master and Forbes contributor Eva Murray wrote a new feature on 'Changing The Conversation For Women In Data'. In the article, she writes, "A move towards gender equality in an organization and in our sector can start with small steps and I invite you to be part of it by changing the conversation". Eva has authored eight articles for Forbes so far. You can see them all here on her author page: Eva Murray on Forbes


+ Courtney Jacobson on Tableau's Customer Solutions team has shared a poll in the forums to help improve and evolve the certification program. This survey is limited to those who have already completed their Tableau Desktop Qualifies Associate exam. If that is you - we would love to head from you. Please contribute here: Planning to level up? If you are new to Tableau or you would like to learn more about our certification exams you can read all about the process, the exams, take training, and register for your exams here: Certification | Tableau Software



If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Community team, we would love to hear from you at community@tableau.com


Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!