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Hi Tableau Community!

 

Welcome to a fresh new edition of the weekly digest! We post these blogs at the start of every week to showcase some of the amazing work being done by our community members - particularly in the Community Forums. We also like to feature content from our social media and blog team and showcase some of the mindblowing work we are seeing on Tableau Public. If you like these posts we're pretty sure you'll like their dedicated channels as well. Click here to check out the Tableau Public blog - here to see the Tableau blog - here to follow us on Twitter - here to get connected on LinkedIn and then here for our home address Come see us next time you're in Seattle!

 

Spotlight: #VisualizeNoMalaria https://public.tableau.com/static/images/Vi/VisualizeNoMalariaDashboards/ReportingDetail/1.png

 

Visualize No Malaria is a groundbreaking initiative to solve one of the world’s most challenging health problems—ending malaria for good. This critical, life-saving work is lead by Tableau Foundation partner, PATH. The viz below on PATH's Tableau Public profile shows how PATH is helping the government of Zambia use data and analytics to fight malaria. The views in this viz are helping government officials and health workers make better decisions about where, when, and how to deploy their resources. (click through to see the image larger and learn more).

 

Last week, on April 25th, recognized as World Malaria Day, Steve Davis, President and CEO or PATH announced a new $4.3 million commitment by its #visualizenomalaria partners Tableau, Mapbox, ExasolAG, and Alteryx to expand the initiative in up to six countries. We at Tableau are proud to support this work and hope you find the articles and information inspiring.

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If you would like to learn more about PATH and how they have successfully transformed data into action please tune in for a webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25th with longtime Tableau Forum Ambassador and Hall of Fame Zen Master Jonathan Drummey. You can register here on zoom: Data for Action: Fighting Disease with Visualize No Malaria

 

Announcements

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Now it’s even easier to brag about being #CertifiablyTableau with digital badges - visit http://tableau.com/certification for more info

 

+ The recording from last week's Think Data Thursday is available on demand: Think Data Thursday: How can I know my numbers are right? Validating data, calculations and joins - YouTube

 

+ 2019.2 is in its second beta! Vector maps, parameter actions, new Ask Data functionalist and more! Check out the blog with all the exciting details here: Now in beta: Vector maps, parameter actions, and new Ask Data functionality | Tableau Software

 

+ Our customer speaker applications are open for Tableau Conference 2019 through Sunday, May 19th! Here's why you should apply to speak at #data19: Applications are open! Why you should apply today to speak at TC19

 

Top-Voted Idea

 

The top-voted idea this week is 'IN' Operator equivalent - originally from 2012, and posted by Stephen Smirl - this idea currently has 713 votes. Recent activity on the idea includes a comment from Alex Blakemore sharing that "The set actions introduced in version 2018.3 address some of the use cases for an IN operator. Not all use cases, but you might to look at that feature" What are your thoughts? Have you tried the set action workaround? Feel free to vote and comment on this idea and let our team know what you think!

 

* 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


+ Episode 3 of the Datasaurus-Rex Podcast from Zen Master David Murphy- Joshua Smith takes us through some of his awesome comic book vizzes that house great social messages. Could be quite timely to share given Avengers: Endgame is now out:  Video ► http://bit.ly/2X7wPNp & Audio ► http://bit.ly/2Iuvooh

 

+  From Jonathan Drummey: Parameter Actions: Using a parameter as a data source"Parameter actions are so cool we’ve already used them in our malaria elimination work in Zambia, I put together a post on what we did and how parameter actions can be used for building fantasy league drafts, games, and other use cases."

 

+ Tableau Ambassador Adam Crahen created a new course that teaches people how to read, build and format over 35 charts in Tableau for PluralSight! This is incredible work. Check it out here: Tableau Desktop Playbook: Building Common Chart Types - You can play the course overview or start a 10-day trial if you don't have an active Pluralsight account

 

There were numerous things to share this week, so apologies if we didn't feature your content. If you ever want to see your work highlighted in our weekly digest feel free to email community@tableau.com or tweet at us @tableausupport or to me directly @ettaboyle

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Amanda

Hi Tableau Community!

 

Welcome to the weekly digest and Happy Earth Day! According to the Earth Day Network, the 2019 theme is "Protect our Species." Shared on their website, "All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more." Read more here.

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When thinking of powerful content around conservation in the data viz community, the first author that comes to my mind is Jonni Walker. Jonni has only been on the Tableau Public team for about two years, but his work and his influence has been prevalent in our industry for years prior to that. (His first public viz was back in October of 2015!) One look at his Tableau Public Profile and you can see his passion for wildlife (especially the Kakapo) has not wavered. He shares incredible visualizations, weaving together data and storytelling, that compels the viewer to dig in deeper, learn more, and hopefully take action around conservation in their own lives. I know he has inspired me, I hope his work and his compassionate leadership will inspire you as well.

 

Announcements

+ This Thursday, April 25th, Tableau Forum Ambassador and Zen Master Jonathan Drummey will be hosting Think Data Thursday: How can I know my numbers are right? Validating data, calculations, and joins in Tableau - April 25… Register for the webinar here: Webinar Registration - Zoom

 

+ 2019.2 is in its second 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 . In addition to that, check out Zen Master Joshua Milligan's sneak peek at Parameter Actions in 2019.2

 

+ Our customer speaker applications are open for Tableau Conference 2019 through Sunday, May 19th! Here's why you should apply to speak at #data19: Applications are open! Why you should apply today to speak at TC19

 

+ Don't miss out on your chance to join #data19 in Berlin! Tickets are still available, and we can't wait to see you! TC Europe Tickets.

 

 

Top-Voted Idea

 

The most popular idea last week was Proper string function - Proper() by Minh Nguyen. In the post they write, "It would be great if the developers can add a easily function - proper() function to capitalize the first letter of words. This is a basic function in almost all applications." If you agree please add your vote + any supporting comments you may have. We would love to hear from you!

 

* 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!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

 

The thread with the most responses this week was Sort by years by Aym cham. They ask for help sharing, "I would like to sort in descending order the years for two different sheet in the same dashboard." with the example:

 

They want to sort in descending order the years for two different sheets in the same dashboard. The original post includes a packaged workbook. There are 18 replies on the post so far, and it remains unanswered.

 

Do you think you can help? Check out the link, and join the conversation! Sort by years

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Forum contributor JOSE CHERIAN shared a great post detailing an approach to working with all unique values of fields when large data sets are sampled in Tableau Prep. Check out his blog for more info: Tableau Prep Tip – Getting Group And Replace Right At One Go For Enormous Data Sets

 

 

+ Zen Masters Jeffrey Shaffer and Steve Wexler will be hosting a Chart Chat on May 7th where they weigh in on what’s happening in the data visualization world. Topics they plan to cover include: Things that delighted and dismayed them, how to avoid having the tool dictate the visualization, and more! Here

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is a link to register: Chart Chat, Round 5

 

 

+ If you are looking for inspiration and a little insight into how Ambassador and Zen Master Rosario Gauna approaches #WorkoutWednesday you should check out her blog in English and in Español!

 

 

+ Social Ambassador Sarah Bartlett wrote up a blog on her recent IronViz Europe entry: Breaking Bag Habits: Combatting Plastic Bag Use in the UK #IronViz Europe. in which she discusses the theme, her sources of inspiration, research & data collection, design, color and more!

 

There were numerous things to share this week, so apologies if we didn't feature your content. If you ever want to see your work highlighted in our weekly digest feel free to email community@tableau.com or tweet at us @tableausupport or to me directly @ettaboyle

 

Thank you & Happy Earth Day!

Amanda

Hi everyone, and welcome to another Community Digest

 

Wasn’t it great to see Tiger Woods winning his fifth Masters at Augusta yesterday? He is just the second ever player to win a Masters in three different decades (the first being Jack Niklaus). In honor of the win, I thought I’d share some golf vizzes that caught my eye.

 

First up is Becoming Golf’s Number One by Rody Zakovich, which shows how both Tiger and Greg ‘The Shark’ Norman dominated during their prime.

 

Next up, our friends at Interworks compiled a viz showing the impact of age in professional golf, and it turns out the sweet spot is the 32-33 age bracket

 

~~ Let us know if you come across any other great golf vizzes! ~~

 

There are some really impressive submissions for the 2019 Iron Viz Europe qualifier contest. The theme is 'Energy and Sustainability' and you can check out the 33 electrifying submissions at the gallery. Feel free to favorite your preferences and follow the authors --> See how the 2019 Iron Viz Europe entries visualize energy and sustainability | Tableau Public

 

My personal favorite is Breaking Bag Habits by Sarah Bartlett.

The dark background and creative design really makes the data pop, and I was particularly drawn to the Bag for Life section. I know I’m guilty of forgetting my Bags for Life in the boot of car and buying more during the next shop. So for me, seeing that Tesco sold a whopping 430M bags between 2017-2018 is an eye opener, and I will definitely be more mindful in the future.

 

Announcements:

If you have previously voted on Idea #2767, or are interested in seeing ‘excel like’ sorting in Tableau then our Dev team would love to hear from you. One of our Senior PMs in Dev (Ewald Hofman) is actively looking for further feedback and use cases, so please reach out to him at ehofman@tableau.com to share twbx files/screenshots on this topic.

 

A quick reminder about this video, which was created to help guide you through upgrading Tableau Server from 2018.1 (or earlier) to 2018.2

 

 

Top Voted Idea:

Our most popular Idea last week was #1215 [Desktop Edition should remember db server passwords]. This one has 362 votes to date, and if it’s something you would like to see in a future release please add your votes & comments. https://community.tableau.com/ideas/1215

 

One of the things we love most about new releases is the opportunity to flip ‘Active’ ideas to ‘Released’. Here is a quick snapshot of just some of the ideas we flipped with the roll out of 2019.1.

 

Most Talked About Thread:

The most popular thread last week was around calculated fields, which can often prove tricky. Kudos to Deepak Rai and Don Wise for jumping in with their suggestions.

Don’t forget that if you would like to help the Community you can always pop in to the Crow’s Nest to find the unanswered questions.

 

Community Highlights:

I suppose I cannot fail to mention #GameOfThrones, which - I’m reliably told by Jonni Walker – is “not really like Eastenders” (! )

So for the GoT fans in the house, I’m sure you’ll love Adam McCann's viz – Game of Thrones in words .

 

Before we wrap up, I'd like to a minute to recognize some folks for their recent involvement in the Forums. A big THANK YOU for the answers they have provided and the contributions they have made to the Community. We really do appreciate your efforts folks, thanks a million.

Avinash Pallapotu Sankarmagesh Rajan  Naveen B  Ame Tso  Nick Parsons  Kelly Bellinghausen  Jeff Strauss  Lei Chen

 

Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact the team at community@tableau.com , or reach out to myself, Patrick Byrne or Amanda Boyle

 

Til next time

Ciara

 

 

Hi Tableau Community!

 

We have another week of an amazing digest with some phenomenal content from the Tableau Community. I decided that I wanted to share a viz that shows you how to create a highly requested chart type, Create a Hub & Spoke Diagram, which can be used to show many different types of data. The most common and data that interests me due to my love of traveling, is flight data! Create a hub and spoke diagram of your own with the embedded example video created by Andy Kriebel within the Tableau Public viz. Check the full viz here.

 

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If you use this viz and video to make your own hub and spoke, upload it to Tableau Public and share it as a comment to this digest. I want to see what data everyone dives into using this chart type.

 

 

Announcements

 

+ Our team has a new video that will guide you through the updated process for a Tableau Server 2018.1 or earlier to a TSM version of Tableau Server. Definitely watch this before upgrading Tableau Server! Full video can be found here: Video: Upgrading from Tableau Server 2018.1 or earlier

 

+ Ewald Hofman, Tableau Product Manager, wants your feedback on the following Tableau Community Idea: "'Excel Like' Sorting". Ewald is looking for some screenshots and examples of your use cases.

 

+ Our customer speaker applications are open for Tableau Conference 2019!
Here's why you should apply to speak at #data19: Applications are open! Why you should apply today to speak at TC19

 

+ Don't miss out on your chance to join #data19 in Berlin at a discounted rate. Register today! TC Europe Tickets.

 

+ Check out the 2019.2 beta before it is too late! 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 .

 

Top-Voted Idea

 

This week our top-voted idea is Apply number formatting inside a calculated field which was posted by Russell Lamb and has received 7 votes over the last week. Bringing the total for the Community Forums Idea to 779 total votes! There are no current updates for the idea, but please show your support for the feature by sharing, up-voting and adding additional comments!

 

*To participate with a vote, or comment on the idea you will need to log in with your Tableau Community Forums account.

 

Most Talked About Thread

 

Our most talked about tread comes from Dheeraj I who posted April 4th was quickly engaged by Naveen B who was able to provide an outside the box solution leveraging the Contains() function in Tableau Desktop. The initial suggestion that Naveen had was to leverage REGEXP (Regular Expressions) within Tableau, but this was not able to be accomplished due to the data types in use. Thanks for the awesome assistance Naveen and thanks for posting in the Community Dheerja!

 

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

 

 

+ The Tableau Mobile deployment with Citrix Endpoint Management and Microsoft Intune guide is a great resource for users attempting to manage the Tableau Mobile deployments. Check the guide out from Rahul Motwani found here.

 

+ Why Do Bar Charts Work? and Interesting Bar Chart Variations you and Could Be Using! The phenomenal Eva Murray has two amazing articles in Forbes about bar charts. Explore the reasoning behind why these charts are successful in conveying your point with data. Then take a turn to the design of your charts by checking the interesting variations of bar charts that are out there.

 

+ Explore the thought behind beauty within a viz through in the newest blog post from Bridget Cogley. Check the new blog post as well as the rest of Bridget's awesome blog here.

 

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

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Patrick

Hi Tableau Community!

 

Welcome to another edition of our weekly digest. As spring has arrived for much of us here in the northern hemisphere I thought it appropriate to share a viz on pollen.  I love spring when the days grow long and the buds on the trees hint at leaves to come. Here in Seattle, nearly every street is covered with cherry blossoms and magnolia petals! This is lovely, albeit foreboding, as with these blossoms comes pollen. Pollen that makes you sneeze, your eyes puffy, and fills your head with congestion. Seasonal allergies seem to sneak up on me every year, so with sympathy for my fellow afflicted friends, please enjoy this brilliant viz, Paris "City of Pollen" A geographical analysis of pollen from Rondeau Mathieu :

 

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William Faulkner wrote, "Sometimes I think there must be a sort of pollen of ideas floating in the air, which fertilizes similarly minds here and there which have not had direct contact." That is a poetic way to think of how we all share information and ideas across our wide and diverse community. I will try to remember that while I take my anti-histamine and hope for rain Have a great week and please enjoy the rest of the digest!


Announcements

+ Our customer speaker applications are open for Tableau Conference 2019!
Here's why you should apply to speak at #data19: Applications are open! Why you should apply today to speak at TC19

 

+ Don't miss out on your chance to join #data19 in Berlin at a discounted rate. Register today to save: TC Europe Tickets. Prices go up this Friday, April 5th.

 

+ 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

 

Top-Voted Idea

 

This week our top-voted idea is Allow users to set bar, line, shape, and padding widths by pixels or percents. This was just posted on March 28th by Skylark Macadamia and already has 16 votes. In the text they share, "Currently Tableau offers limited control over chart design. Allowing users to set exact pixel widths or percentages for bars, lines, shapes, and padding within charts, will allow greater design precision and lead to cohesive designs within dashboards. Allowing users precise control over these features will also help them conform dashboard designs to existing brand guidelines." If you agree that this is needed click on the link and up-vote the idea.

 

* 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!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread


Our most talked about thread this week is on Joins in Tableau by Twinkle Bansal . In the initial thread, they shared, "Actually table '_users' is not having direct join with table '_projects' so I joined that one with table 'sites' and wrote below query. But again and again am getting error 'Invalid FROM Clause near table _users':" ... it continues from there. The author is using PostgreSQL and involved some but not all users having access to the particular project. Ari G was able to help Twinkle to a solution and shared details in the thread.

 

There are numerous threads in the forums on users have trouble with joins both in Tableau Desktop and Prep. Many of the common questions have been solved so we encourage you to search through the forums for a solution before posting a question. The answer to your question may very well be already posted and this is a great opportunity to learn more with Tableau!

 

 

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 Forum Ambassador Jim Dehner has started to use his Tableau Public site as a library where he is documenting different approaches to frequently asked questions (FAQs) in the forum. Some include"how-to" instructions or can be reverse engineered to help users learn. There are nine examples so far - check them out here: Tableau Public

 

+ Tableau Public Ambassador Rajeev Pandey shares how to create a block bar donut chart in a recent blog post and in support of the #PreppinData challenge from Tableau Ambassador Carl Allchin and Jonathan Allenby he wrote a piece encouraging readers to "Think About Your Data Holistically." Enjoy!

 

+ Speaking of #PreppinData: Check out the fill site and all the weekly challenges here: Preppin' Data. On this site Carl and Jonathan provide a weekly challenge to manipulate a data set that they provide into an output they will publish. On the following week, they will add the solution file to the previous week's folder and set a new challenge. This is a great resource for everyone using Tableau Prep!

+ Zen Master Ken Flerlage posted a blog on how to create a date scaffold in Desktop and Prep here: Creating a Date Scaffold in Tableau . This was inspired by seeing a common problem in the Tableau Community Forum of missing dates. He shares, "For instance, you may want your visualization to always show all twelve months of the year, regardless of whether or not there is data for all twelve months. Quite often, the solution to these problems is to use a date scaffold. So, in this blog, I’m going to show you how to create and use a date scaffold in Tableau." This is a great resource and inspired by the work of many others. Ken's blog provides attribution and a detailed step-by-step guide.

 

+ The latest episode of #AnalyticsPodcast is out with fantastic guest, Mark Jewett, Tableau's VP of Product Marketing. In this episode hosts Ann Jackson and Luke Stanke  discuss the community impact on Tableau products, what it means to have a data-driven culture, the next generation of data workers, and more. Check out the full recording here: Hashtag Analytics | "It starts with empowerment." S02E02 - YouTube

 

+ Zen Master Joshua Milligan has published the 3rd edition of Learning Tableau 2019. This edition includes new features of Tableau 2019 and has an entirely new chapter devoted to Tableau Prep! Josh's book is available on Amazon here: Learning Tableau 2019: Tools for Business Intelligence, data prep, and visual analytics

 

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!

Amanda