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Lots of excitement with the release this month of 2019.3! From Explain Data to Tableau Catalog to the Tableau Server Management Add-on, there is plenty to sink your teeth into. Check out some of the new features at Tableau 2019.3 Features | Tableau Software







Zen Master Klaus Schulte has a great blog on visualizing P&L statements, check it out at


The Thailand User Group team recently ran their first hackathon. The topic they selected was the mismanagement of waste and the winners were Chatchai Chatterak and Ramet Sungsuwan. Have a look at the winning viz on Tableau Public Tableau Public

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Are you studying for your Tableau Certification? If so I would recommend reading up on these fantastic tips kindly by Christine Reitmann (a student from the Munster School of Business) and Marie Le Bars (Senior Technical Support Engineer in Tableau)

Pass the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Like A Boss


If you missed the webinar by Joshua Milligan on September 19th ("I Can Do That With Tableau Prep!?"), you can watch it back here Teknion Webinar: I Can Do That With Tableau Prep!?


Top-Voted Idea


With the availability of 2019.3, there were a number of Community Ideas that were flipped from 'Active' to 'Released'. This include the following (which had over 2,200 votes combined!)


Tableau Prep: Connect to a Tableau Data Source

Python/R custom script for Prep

Fix PowerPoint export to include all pages in a story

PDF attachment to subscriptions

Localize Tableau in Italian

Use context filters in server web edit

Add Google BigQuery for Tableau Prep Connections

Be able to kill a database refresh task on Tableau Server

ISO8601 WeekDate rules applied in Tableau

Tableau Prep. Zoom in/out

Ability to change the way flows are viewed in Tableau Prep

Tableau Prep - Copy a part of a workflow and paste it in a different workflow

Copy Paste Nodes Between Prep Files

Tableau Data Catalog for Tableau Online


The idea with the most votes this week is #1411 Apply number formatting inside a calculated field   If this is a feature you would like to see in Tableau, then please add your votes and comments.



Most Talked About Thread


Our most popular thread this week is LOD sum with CASE doesn't work Many thanks to Forum Ambassador Deepak Rai for providing the Correct Answer.


Speaking of Correct Answers, if a response solves your query on the forums here is a quick reminder for how to mark the response as Correct.



Lastly, what do you think are the 30 most important resources for Tableau Desktop beginners? Andy Cotgreave would love to hear from you! What are the 30 most important resources for Desktop beginners?


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Happy vizzing!


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Lets talk about Iron Quest Sports Viz Sunday!

For September, the #IronQuest challenge is joining forces with #SportsVizSunday. Over at Sarah Bartlett's amazing website you'll find two datasets that have been provided (NFL and Women's Golf Solheim Cup). You'll also see that this month the theme is broadened, and submissions will be accepted from ANY sports or sports related dataset!


#SportVizSunday provides a platform for those interested in sports to come together and explore the world of sports data and visualization. Follow Simon Beaumont, Spencer Baucke and James Smith on social to learn more. Note that the deadline for submissions is Sunday 6th October.

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Are you planning to attend Tableau Conference this year (November 12-15, Las Vegas)? With just two months to go, you might want to check out this great blog courtesy of Karen Mahardy


"We've reached out to Tableau Community members across different industries and roles to find out how attending Tableau Conference (TC) is valuable, educational, and inspiring to them. These industry peers share their aha moments, major takeaways, special connections, and solutions learned at Tableau Conference. You can also attend and discover innovative solutions to apply at your own organization—which is one of many compelling reasons you can use to help you make the case to attend TC19 from November 12 – 15, 2019. Take the industry-relevant sessions and advice found here and add it to the justification letter we've created for you to make the case for attending with your manager."

Specialized learning at TC19 for government, financial services, healthcare, and more | Tableau Software


Karen has provided links to the TC19 session catalog (over 370 sessions in total), so whether you're in Healthcare, Education or the Public Sector - and everything in between! - you're sure to find the sessions to suit you.





Top-Voted Idea


Our top-voted idea this week is #1395 Proper string function - Proper (). This idea now has almost 500 votes. If it's a feature you'd like see in one of the future releases, please add your votes and comments (cc'ing Thomas Nhan as fyi)

Speaking about the Community ideas, I thought I'd share some of the ideas that were flipped to Released when we rolled out 2019.2 back in May. In total we flipped over 30 ideas with combined votes of over 3,300. Check out the full list here: Community Digest - May 28th 2019

If you have suggestions for new product features, we encourage you to add it to the Ideas board (don't forget you can vote on your own Idea Ideas



Most Talked About Thread


This week the most popular thread is  LOD sum with CASE doesn't work .Many thanks to our amazing Tableau Ambassador Deepak Rai for providing the Correct Answer here.




Community Highlights


Shout out to John Sarantos to say a big thank you for your recent contributions to the Tableau Community Forums. John is a member of the Forums since July this year and has already garnered over 3,800 points and reached 'Legend Maker' status. Fantastic stuff, thank you John!


Ken Flerlage has a pretty cool blog on how to create a hexbin scatterplot. He has included a plug and play template, so go check it out at


Sticking with the Flerlage fam , kevin flerlage recently posted a blog to show a dozen use cases for collapsible containers.


Klaus Schulte and Rosario Gauna collaborated on this blog on Internal Data Densification (a technique to densify data without adding extra points)


Lastly, Bridget Cogley wrote about how data collection needs to affect our analysis. Bridget brings in some practical questions and some ethical considerations over at



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Happy vizzing!