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Hi Tableau Community!

Welcome to a brand new edition of the Tableau Community Digest! This week we have some excellent content for the music and data lovers out there. Music has been a huge part of my life, from playing percussion all throughout my primary schooling to continuing to dabble in music production, constantly seeing live shows and involving myself in local music festivals. I find a lot, if not all, of my spare time spent outside of the fun world of data, is lost in the world of music.


Luckily my two passions of the world of data and music actually collide quite often as seen in some of the amazing Tableau vizzes! Some of these amazing music vizzes were shared in the following blog about Data + Music!


One of the vizzes is about one of my all-time favorite bands Fleetwood Mac. This phenomenal band was highlighted in this viz(pictured to the right) by Ken Flerlage is quite a beautiful piece that shows the history of this great band. Check out the full viz on Tableau Public. Login to "Favorite" the viz.




#ThinkDataThursday is happening this week, June 27th at 8 AM PT, with the phenomenal Ken Flerlage. This #TDT we will be looking at data densification in Tableau.


Register for this webinar today: Think Data Thursday: An Introduction to Data Densification - June 27th, 8AM PT


Tableau Ambassador nominations are open! Nominate the data heroes in your life that you want to lead the Tableau Community Forums!


Check out all the details on the Tableau blog here: Nominations are now open for 2019 Tableau Ambassadors, Introducing Student Ambassadors! | Tableau Software





There are some big achievements to celebrate in the Tableau Community Forums this week. Stephen Rizzo has achieved the coveted "Help one, help all!" badge and Manoj Lobo has achieved the "Helpful is my middle name" badge! Thank you for your amazing contributions to the community forums. These are what make the community such a great place for learning and development!


If you would like to learn more about forum badges and how to earn them, check out this page: Points, Levels & Badges



Top-Voted Idea


The most popular idea in the Community Forums Ideas space this week comes from Rebecca Sundquist and was originally posted in 2012 and is about limiting the measure names presented in Tableau quick filters. Check out the idea which received 8 new votes last week, bringing the total to 403 for this feature! Keep sharing and voting for ideas that you want to see added to the Tableau products.


* 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 comes from Community Forums member Thoa Nguyen who posted this thread first June 24th at 1:42 AM and has had a whopping 24 replies! There has been a ton of great examples shared on this thread about the Difference between Marks and Rows in Tableau.

Note: To mark a comment helpful or correct you will need to be logged in to the Community Forums.



Community Highlights


+ Zen Masters Merlijn Buit and Klaus Schulte are continuing the fun vibe brought at the Data Village at TC to the web with Data Village Online. Play an interactive multiplayer online game built with Tableau Desktop and the Extensions API. Check it out here:


+ Mentoring Meetup has Katie Wagner hosting a roundtable for anyone interested in the HR analytics space. The discussion will take place on July 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Grab a calendar event and save the date:


+ The Data + Women are partnering with Viz for Social Good in an upcoming event taking place this Thursday, June 27th at 18:30.

     "In this mini-hackaton, we hope to introduce you to the #VizForSocialGood project. We welcome all visualisers. Seasoned vizzers, those that are completely new to visualising data and are looking for a      meaningful way to start. We welcome any visualisation platform, whatever tool you feel comfortable using to bring a message across."

     RSVP for this event here.


+ Anya A'hearn has a new post up about the design of Tableau Mobile Dashboards. These are some truly visually appealing mobile designs and definitely, a must-read for anyone leveraging Tableau Mobile within their organization.


If you ever want to see your work highlighted in our weekly digest feel free to email or tweet at us @tableausupport


Tweet at me personally at @Data_Diplomat_


Happy vizzing!


Patrick Byrne

Hi Tableau Community!


Welcome to a new edition of the weekly digest! TCE (Tableau Conference Europe) kicks off today in Berlin! The schedule is packed with community sessions like SportsVizSunday, Viz For Social Good, MakeoverMonday, and topped off with the welcome reception! A handful of people from the global Screen Shot 2019-06-17 at 11.59.55 AM.pngcommunity team are onsite supporting the event, and we hope everyone is having a great time! If you would like to follow along check out the #TCE19 and #data19 tags on Twitter. 


We are also thrilled to share that Tableau Ambassador nominations are now open! We are accepting nominations for ambassadors to all four branches of the program: Tableau User Groups, Social Media, the Community Forums, and Tableau Public - and new this year, Tableau Student Ambassadors!


community_photo_zen_garden.jpgCheck out all the details on the Tableau blog here: Nominations are now open for 2019 Tableau Ambassadors, Introducing Student Ambassadors! | Tableau Software


By nominating an ambassador, you're not only recognizing your data heroes. You're also giving your say in who you want to lead the Tableau Community forward -- who you want to be empowered with resources and insider knowledge to help create or continue amazing programs and initiatives. We can't wait to hear from you!



Please join us in welcoming Stephen Munoz to the Tableau Community Forum team! Stephen will be supporting the community forums and working closely with Ciara Brennan, Patrick Byrne and I to drive programs and engagement in the forums and with all of you : ) We're thrilled to have him and excited for you all to get to know him. Give him a follow and look for fresh new content from him soon.

He shared the following note:

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Hello Tableau Community! My name is Stephen Munoz and I will be joining the stellar Tableau community team as the newest Program Manager. I am incredibly excited and honored to join this amazing Tableau #DataFam. Before joining Tableau, I was with Google as a Marketing Program Manager leading initiatives to connect the Google user community with Google product experts via digital experiences. I have a huge love for data, technology, and communities so joining Tableau was a no-brainer for me. In 2014, I received my MBA from San Diego State University with an emphasis on Marketing. When it comes to using Tableau I will admit I am a newbie, but having been in marketing & technology throughout my career, data has always been at the core of what I do. I am excited to see how the community will help me build out my Tableau expertise. I currently reside in Bellevue, WA a city east of Seattle across Lake Washington. When the weather permits, I spend my free time enjoying the PNW outdoors with my family and when the weather isn’t so great, throwing dance parties with my 2 year old. If you bump into me on my commute I’ll likely have my nose buried in a good Sci-Fi or Fantasy novel. My Tableau journey is just beginning and I’m super pumped to connect with the Community!



Welcome to the #DataFam!




We're celebrating some achievements in the forums this week! Sudheer kumar achieved the "Help one, help all!" badge and Branden Kornell received "Helpful is my middle name". Congratulations to you both, and thank you for your engagement and participation - and for helping others in the forums!


If you would like to learn more about forum badges and how to earn them, check out this page: Points, Levels & Badges



Top-Voted Idea


The most popular idea in the forums this week was Proper string function - Proper() from Minh Nguyen. This idea was originally shared in 2012 and is still very popular today. There are a couple of duplicate ideas that have been identified, Title Case & Capitalise the first letter


Ciara Brennan recently flagged this for the dev team so we know they are aware of the recent engagement. If you have specific thoughts or feedback please comment on the idea to be sure it is seen by the team.


* 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 comes from Community Analytics Ace Jayshree Dawrewar - she shared the question To get grand total of a measure without splitting it in ship mode like other measures in the grid... on June 11th and it has been answered by Data Monarch Hari Ankem. Jayshree had originally asked for help, "to show grand total of a measure without letting it split into any dimension, but rest measure should be split". Thank you to everyone who participated in the thread and cheers to Hari for the solution!


Community Highlights

+ Just in time to catch you in your post-TCE lulls .. we have a new Think Data Thursday session lined up with Tableau Zen Master Ken Flerlage, "An Introduction to Data Densification". This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, June 27th at 8:00am PST. Click here to register: Webinar Registration - Zoom


+ Zen Master David Murphy has a new Datasaurus Rex podcast up with Tableau Ambassador and co-lead of the London Tableau User Group, Sarah Bartlett. In this podcast we hear how Sarah approached her plastic bag ocean polution viz, which she entered into Tableau's TCE Iron Viz feeder.

Audio version ► Video version ►


If you ever want to see your work highlighted in our weekly digest feel free to email or tweet at us @tableausupport


Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!


Greetings Tableau Community and #DataFam,


Welcome back for another installment of the Tableau Community Digest! Big announcements today from Tableau today:

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Please read more about the Tableau Community from our CPO Francois Ajenstat: Tableau Community, Meet Salesforce and the Trailblazers | Tableau Software

A note from Adam Selipsky: Salesforce Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Tableau

See the press release here: Salesforce to Acquire Tableau




+ Release of the ODBC connection for Tableau Prep, this was Community submitted idea that has been released to the world check out the released idea here:


+ #ThinkDataThursday is coming up on June 20th! Get excited for Ken Flerlage and his first #TDT. More details to come soon!


Check out the recorded webinars at the Tableau playlist - Think Data Thursday & Talk Data - YouTube



Top-Voted Idea


With 9 votes this last week, we have our currently trending and the top-voted idea of the week, Proper string function - Proper(). This idea comes from Minh Nguyen and has received 445 votes. Our team has brought this to the attention of the Tableau Product Managers and will request they add any updates directly to the idea:


Most Talked About Thread


The most talked about thread this week in the Tableau Community Forums for this week's digest comes from a new user in the Tableau Community Forums charith madhuranga about filtering a view within a respected month.

Check out this amazing thread: Filter respected month value only without any aggregation


Community Highlights

+ Going to TCE? Sarah Bartlett has a brand new blog post out with her "Top Tips for Tableau Conference Europe #Data19". Check out the full blog post here: Top Tips for Tableau Conference Europe #Data19


+ Jonathan Drummey is yet again dropping some knowledge on the team with an update to a Tab Wiki document originally created by Patrick Van Der Hyde in the Tableau Community Forums going into the differences of Windows_Sum() vs Total() in Tableau. Check out the document here: TOTAL() vs WINDOW_SUM()


+ David Pires sits down with Jonathan Drummey and talks about his work in Zambia and Tableau. Check out the full interview here:


+ Come on down for a chat with the team about release with Craig Bloodworth and Jonathan MacDonald to talk about the stand out features of Tableau 2019.2! Check out the recording of the chat:


+ Chart Chat, Round 6: Two data viz experts duke it out, live (June 11) with Jeffrey Shaffer and Steve Wexler who are coming together for the battle over the good, bad, and ugly of data visualizations. Do not miss this awesome opportunity to see two titans tango in this webinar. Register today:


+ Jeffrey Shaffer also posted a new blog on mapping styles and vector maps. The amazing Allan Walker assisted with reviewing this blog post as well. This is definitely not one to sleep on!


+ With yet another amazing contribution, Jeffrey, also has released Volume 15 of Quick Tips for Tableau:


+ Do you like sports? Do you like to make vizzes? (Of course, you do!) So why not combine them both with Sports Viz Sunday? A great way to combine the power of data with the passion of sports. The most recent data set helps focus on the upcoming Women's World Cup! Check out the data set and share your creations:


+ Take a dive into 2019.2 with Bridget Cogley in the new blog about minimalist maps with Mapbox in Tableau! Check out the blog post here:


If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Community team, we would love to hear from you at


Happy analyzing!



- Byrne


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