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18 Posts authored by: Amanda Boyle Employee

Hello Tableau Community,

 

Welcome to another installment of our weekly digest on all things community from Tableau. Tableau Director of Evangelism Andy Cotgreave recently shared, Best of the Tableau Web: Celebrating 6th year anniversary and TC18, marking the 6th anniversary of these incredible round-ups. This one is worth a read + a share. We hope you enjoy all the incredible community content!

 

The mic has been dropped on using Tableau Set Actions by community member Lindsey Poulter. Her incredible blog, Add Bar Charts into Drill Down Table with Set Actions, was in heavy rotation on Twitter a week back, so just in case you missed here is a snapshot. Again, definitely worth a read and re-tweet:

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Announcements

 

+ Our community - and the data viz community at large - is getting together this week for Tapestry Conference! Tapestry, taking place in Miami this Thursday and Friday, is an event designed to advance interactive online data storytelling. Tapestry brings different viewpoints together with the goal of generating a rich conversation about data storytelling. This two-day conference includes keynotes, short stories, discussion, and a demo theater designed to provoke ideas and discussion across disciplines. If you are planning to attend but have yet to register here is the link: Register for Tapestry.

Every one can follow along with #tapestryconf on Twitter.

 

+ TC18 in New Orleans is barely behind us and we are already looking forward to seeing our #DataFam again at TC Europe in Berlin, 17-19 July, 2019! Join your fellow data lovers in Berlin, Germany at the Estrel to celebrate all things Tableau. Learn as much as your brain will allow with hundreds of hours of breakout sessions, hands-on-trainings, and one-on-one consultations with Tableau Doctor. Be inspired to do more with your data while networking with like-minded peers, then cap the week with thousands of your friends at Data Night Out. Register by 8 February and save €300 off the full ticket price of €1300.

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

This week we heard from Maite Fernandez Huergo with our most talked about thread: Data get mixed with my sheets! The conversation has 10 replies going so far with Forum Ambassador Norbert Maijoor. Maite is facing some common troubles faced by many new to Tableau - and new to the Community forums, "I'm having a problem with my sheets and data. I have one excel document for each worksheet (tableau), but 2 of my worksheets use the same excel document, even if I tried several times to change the source of data. This is driving me crazy!" -- We feel your pain Maite! Thank you for working with Norbert to come to a conclusion. We hope you are able to solve this soon. Please update your thread and mark it correct once solved.

 

Many new to the forums might miss this great resource: Getting Started in the Forums. Check out our 'Required Reading' section + Packaged workbooks: when, why, how and Resolving Issues in the Tableau Community. Join the conversation on this thread and let us know if these resources are helpful - or if there are any more we should highlight.

 

 

Top Voted Idea


Back at the top on our dashboard for Most Voted Ideas from the previous week we see Control what displays in View Data from 2012 we are now up to 1212 votes on this idea. As I shared on the thread back in October, "Please be assured that our development team is aware of this idea and we have discussed this. The last time we chatted I remember it not being on the roadmap but will continue to share feedback on this." Your ideas - and your votes on ideas - are communicated to our development team so please keep it up. We will share updates on feature requests as they become available and we encourage you to let us know what you want to see across the Tableau platform through our Ideas Forum.

 

* 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

 

+  Mark your calendars! Tableau Ambassadors Mark Bradbourne, Chantilly Jaggernauth, and Sarah Burnett are revealing what the community has chosen as the #11th BI Trend. You won't want to miss it: https://tabsoft.co/2qT8z3n Ds-PLUYWwAEddlL.jpg

 

+ Visualising the passing of 2 time Premier League and World Cup winner N'Golo Kanté (possibly the nicest player in the world) with Tableau Software, Tableau Public Ambassador Ravi Mistry shares a new viz inspired by Peter Silvester and Nicholas Feltron

 

+ Extensions - launched in July, 2018 - remain    hot topic. Tableau Zen Master Christopher DeMartini shares his thoughts on the good and the bad of the Tableau Extensions API + highlights the four extensions he has been able to develop to date. Give it a read here: Extensions for Tableau

 

+ Back with another fresh post, first year Zen Master and frequent Tableau forum contributor Ken Flerlage shared a blog about building a visualization of wind roses, which was inspired by a conversation he had in the Zen Garden at TC18. He shares, "On Thursday morning, I was hanging out in the garden and a gentleman mentioned that he’d been wanting to create a “wind rose” in Tableau (unfortunately, I have since misplaced his business card. If you were that person, please let me know so I can credit you properly)." Are you the missed connection? Please reach out to Ken on the forums or on Twitter and say hello!


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 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:
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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! 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

Hi Tableau Community,

 

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Welcome to another week of the Community Digest! We hope that you have heard all the buzz about of annual conference being in New Orleans this year. Well, in addition to heading to the Big Easy, we are excited to share that the $200 discount price for #TC18 tickets has been extended another week! Register today to save $200: http://tabsoft.co/2NVirnR This expires on Friday the 20th so don't delay!

 

Are you new to the Tableau Community, or still on the fence about attending Tableau Conference? Tableau Ambassador and community veteran Gregory Lewandowski wrote this great piece for our blog: "I've been to 10 Tableau Conferences. Here's why I keep coming back." He breaks down the essentials + small things that make a big difference. If you're a newbie - or if you just have some questions - ping Greg on Twitter @lewandog and look for him in the Community area at TC18.

 

 

Announcements

 

+ Tableau Prep 2018.2.1 is now available - click on that link to check out all the details + see what community ideas made it into the latest version of Tableau Prep

  • Enterprise deployments are a cinch with silent activation and deactivation
  • Union recommendations make it easier to align mismatched fields
  • Work directly with ISO 8601 dates in calcs.

We’ve addressed some of the top customer ideas with new connectors for:

  • Snowflake
  • Hadoop - Apache Drill, Amazon EMR Hadoop Hive, Cloudera Hadoop, Hortonworks Hadoop Hive, MapR Hadoop Hive, and SparkSQL

And we’ve made a lot of user experience improvements, allowing you to group data, set up more filters, and take actions on fields in the data grid.

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

+ Our most talked about thread this week comes from Hamza Alsalman on subtracting based on constant. Hamza shared, "I have a constant value for one date and I need to drag that value in its own column and populate all empty fields with this value. The value is retrieved by the following formula: SUM(IF YEAR([Prod Dt])=2017 then [Curr Bal Amt] END) I need this balance except for all dates >=2017 as I need to perform column subtraction. Thanks!" With 18 responses total the solution was found in just under a day by Deepak Rai. Thank you both for all your hard work!

 

Top Voted Idea

 

+ Once again bringing you our top idea Control what displays in View Data. Thank you for your continued engagement! This idea has 1145 votes at present and has been flagged to our dev team.

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Global Feeder #2 for Iron Viz just closed yesterday! Cheers to everyone who submitted an entry on the theme "Health and Wellbeing"

     We will all have to sit in suspense as the entries are sorted and the winners are selected. Best of luck to everyone! Your work is truly amazing.
     The third and final feeder opens on Monday, August 1st and closes on the 28th. Check out this link for details!

 

Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

Thank you all for making the Tableau Community so special!

 

Happy Analyzing!

Amanda

Hi Tableau Community,

 

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The Tableau Ambassador Program mission statement is, "To recognize members of the community who connect, collaborate and share with other people because they recognize the value of helping people see and understand their data." Do you know someone in the community that embodies that mission? Please let us know! Tableau Ambassadors are nominated by our

community and team members. If you would like to nominate a community member as an ambassador please fill out this form. We will be accepting nominations until next Friday, July 6, 2018. More can be read about the program on our site here - and the nomination blog here.

 

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Iron Viz Global Feeder #2 is Open!

The second feeder of the 2018 Iron Viz Global competition is officially open. The theme is: Health and Well-being. Submissions are accepted until 15th July 2018 (11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time). See the FAQ page for details on how to participate, and for eligible countries of residence.

 

Announcements

 

+ We’re honored and humbled to announce the Community Founders Award—inspired by individuals like Michael Cristiani who embody the spirit of the Tableau community. The recipient will be awarded an all-inclusive trip to #TC18. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, July 27, 2018 at 12:00 PST.

 

+ Do you utilize static IP address values for accessing the Tableau Maps?  This is common if your company has a proxy setup for all internet requests. The change was implemented On June 15th, Tableau updated the value for these IP addresses and you will need to make the changes now.  Read how to make these change now: Important: Action Required to Continue Using Maps Proxy in Tableau

 

+ We are making changes to the look and feel of Tableau Help. To help us understand your current experience with Tableau Help, please take a second to provide your feedback: Please rate your experience when using Tableau Help

 

+ TC18 is coming up fast and we hope you can join us in the Big Easy! Learn more about Tableau Conference and register at this link: https://tabsoft.co/2qozvrl

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

+ Our most talked about thread this week comes from lashon gaines asking for assistance with: Date Calculations in Tableau 10.2 Aggregation Issue. Here is the issue shared in the forums, "I am trying to calculate the total entries in 2018 by the overall total entries for 2017 and 2018 and I am getting an aggregation error. I tried the sum/total and it did not work either. Can you please help? I am looking for the total number of plans by the last certified date 2018/ total overall plans in my dashboard which is dated from 2017 and 2018. I don't have an open and close date to go by I only have the last certified date which I use as the close date. " This post has 30 replies, but remains unanswered. Thank you to Deepak Rai for all your support on this thread! It seems like you are getting there - but can anyone else help? Please check out the thread to see where it landed and if there is anything you can add.

    + Please remember to always mark answers as "Helpful" or "Correct" as that truly helps the rest of the Community

 

Top Voted Idea

 

+ Same as last week - we are once again bringing you our top idea Control what displays in View Data. Now I have to wonder if this keeps showing up because it's in this recap - or if its still the hot button idea? Either way, we will inform the dev team associated with this and encourage a response on whether this idea is being considered for the future roadmap, or if there are any other details they can share. Thank you for your continued engagement! We hear you

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Community member Jonathan Schwabish and author of the blog PolicyViz put together a heartwarming tribute to founding community member Michael Cristiani: Episode #130: A Tribute to Michael Cristiani

 

+ Challenge Accepted: Tableau Evangelist and all around great guy Andy Cotgreave shared the following: "The Slightly Spooky Recamán Sequence. Anyone want to take on the challenge of building this sequence in #Tableau" on Twitter (this link). Zen Master Ken Flerlage and his brother Kevin were both up to the task. Check out Ken's recap blog post here: Two Approaches to Building the Recamán Sequence in Tableau.

 

Joshua Milligan & Bridget Cogley have an upcoming webinar on Tableau Tips and Tricks Round 2 this Wednesday, June 27th! Click on this link to register.

 

+ Zen Master Jeffrey Shaffer recently shared the post How to Make a Tadpole Chart and Other Charts in Tableau with Open Circles on his blog.

 

+ Zen Master Yvan Fornes shared: I'm happy to announce the winners of the EDHEC MBA & Executive MBA, data visualisation challenge organised by Amadeus IT Group and Tableau Software. I have been amazed by the visualisation they have done with an only 1 day training that I was honored to deliver. Among the 99 visualisations produced by the students, John Thierry Driver and myself selected 3 winners Zen Master:

1st: Devakumar Selvam Viz: https://lnkd.in/eiPe4ez 2d: Vikas Sharma Viz: https://lnkd.in/egAWuDR 3d: Scott Perry Viz: https://lnkd.in/eMy2x-7

 

+ Zen Master Adam Crahen, otherwise known as one half of the DataDuo, shared a blog post: Imagine Adventure Day – #DataKids recapping a visit he made to his daughter's school where he taught over 200 students from 2nd to 5th grade Tableau! Thanks so much to the Tableau Academic team for supporting this with temp licenses for the school lab.

 

Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

Thank you all for making the Tableau Community so special!

 

Happy Analyzing!

Amanda

Hi Tableau Community,

 

It is with a heavy heart that I would like to dedicate this post to Michael Cristiani, honoring his legacy and sharing sincere condolences with his family and everyone he touched in the Tableau community. I have only been a part of the team here for a year, and never had the pleasure to meet Michael, or even work with him, but he sounds like a remarkable man with a kind heart and generous character. I feel like I could have learned a lot from him, and he is someone I would have liked to have known. We have felt and witnessed this sad news spread through the community, and I know Elissa and some other Tableau leaders have shared notes on Twitter. We know that this does very little at this difficult time, but thought it important to let you know our thoughts are with his family as well as all of you who knew him.

 

Our former colleague Dustin Smith shared fond memories of early days with Mike, how he was honored as a leading community member on our 10th birthday, and this brilliant viz that was widely distributed years back: Pimp My Thanksgiving Meal.

Michael's legacy and impact lives on in this community and with all those who he touched. Thank you for all you shared with us. You will be greatly missed.

 

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Announcements

 

+ We are making changes to the look and feel of Tableau Help. To help us understand your current experience with Tableau Help, please take a second to provide your feedback: Please rate your experience when using Tableau Help

 

+ TC18 is coming up fast and we hope you can join us in the Big Easy! Learn more about Tableau Conference and register at this link: https://tabsoft.co/2qozvrl

 

+ Do you utilize static IP address values for accessing the Tableau Maps?  This is common if your company has a proxy setup for all internet requests.  On June 15th, Tableau will be updating the value for these IP addresses and you will want to prepare now.  Read how to prepare and test for this change now here: Important: Action Required to Continue Using Maps Proxy in Tableau

 

+ Are you a Tableau Server Administrator? Be sure to keep informed of Security Bulletins by "Following" the page. We have several new bulletins this week.

 

Recognition

 

Cheers and congratulations to two community leaders for their notable achievements this week! Over 900 badges were awarded over the week, but the two stand out: Mavis Liu received the "Helpful is my middle name" badge for 50 "helpful" posts, and suman kumar is on their was earning the "Help Desk" badge for 5 answers being marked as helpful.

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

The most talked about thread for last week from Renee Coker on Chronic Conditions Count Help gets back to where many of us started. The post opens with a note on how overwhelmed she has been with a project and an ask for help - We have all been there! Thank you Michel Caissie for rising to the challenge and working with Renee step-by-step to solve this problem! There were 26 replies on this thread over 48 hours - with Michael taking the time to explain nested calculations and the intricacies of pivot field values. It is a quality dialogue worth the read. * Kudos to Marc-Anthony Di Biase for sharing the Anonymize your Tableau Package Data for Sharing guide as well! Threads like this and support from community members is humbling and grounding! We are so lucky to get to support all of you.

 

Top Voted Idea

 

This idea, Control what displays in View Data from Darrin Schulte from 2012 is back on top this week with another 4 votes to get it up to 1113 votes. As Patrick Byrne shared last week, this is actively being looked at by the Tableau Product Management and Development teams for implementation to a future release. Keep voting and sharing your ideas for the Tableau product management team!

 

Community Highlights

 

Joshua Milligan & Bridget Cogley have an upcoming webinar on Tableau Tips and Tricks Round 2 on Wednesday, June 27th! Click on this link to register.

 

+ Lorena Vazquez just put out an amazing blog about how the SLDC process does not work for analytics.  It requires a team approach of devs and users: It Takes a Village

 

+ Here are the recordings from the recent London TUG shared on Twitter by Pablo Gomez: Pablo Gomez on Twitter: "If you missed last night’s #LondonTUG special with @Tableau Zen Masters, here are the recording…

 

+ Zen Master Christopher DeMartini shared this blog: Small Multiple Flows in Tableau including two Small Multiple Flow visualizations, built in Tableau, as part of this write up.

 

+ Zen Master Bridget Cogley shared this article from her blog: That First Link. Bridget shared, "Humans are social creatures.  It’s how we survived.  We’re wired to find tribes, to prize a sense of belonging.  It’s why community – however it’s defined by the group…"

 

+ Zen Master Ken Flerlage sent over musings about analytics and data visualization: 3 Ways to Pivot Data for Tableau. Enjoy!

 

 

Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

 

Thank you all so much!

Amanda

Hi Tableau Community!

 

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The submissions are in for Iron Viz Books and Literature! The first feeder for this year's Iron Viz global competition is now closed with 60 fantastic vizzes submitted - and we need your help to choose the crowd favorite! Head over to the blog on Tableau Public to check out all the details and vote for your favorite: Iron Viz Books and Literature - Vote for the Crowd Favorite.


Didn’t get a chance to participate in this round? Don't fret! We have two more rounds coming up this year – click here for the schedule.

 

Announcements

+ Hall of Fame Zen Masters Jonathan Drummey, Andy Kriebel and Craig Bloodworth reflected on their Zen Master journey, shared valuable lessons, and answered questions from the community on a Facebook Live today. Check out the recording here: https://bit.ly/2L4XtBy

 

+ We all have them: data sets that are dragons – from the cute but messy, to the most terrifying malformed monster.  But they can be tamed with Tableau Prep!  Join Tableau Zen Master Joshua Milligan to learn some techniques, from simple to advanced, to get your data under control in our next Think Data Thursday:  How to train your data dragon Thursday, May 31st.

 

+ TC18 in New Orleans is coming up fast! Join us in the Big Easy! Learn more about Tableau Conference and register at this link: https://tabsoft.co/2qozvrl

 

Recognition

Congratulations to John Kuo and Zen Master Ken Flerlage for earning the "Questions for Breakfast" badge and to Joshua Swickard on earning "Helpful is my middle name". These contributions to the Tableau Community help make the user experience so unique - snd special! Thank you to everyone for your support of others within the forums. Your efforts do not go unnoticed .

 

Most Talked about Thread

The thread Calculate Bonus $ in the Month it is Reached from Roopa Shelton was the most discussed this week with 17 total replies and has been answered. A number of top contributors from the community helped Roopa find the solution including Peter Fakan Shinichiro Murakami Brian Cronin and Gerardo Varela. Thank you to everyone who engaged on this thread! It's amazing to see such generous engagement and thoughtful troubleshooting.

 

Top Voted Idea

Community Forum maverick and former Zen Master Shawn Wallwork's idea Multiple Instances of Measure Names/Values Variable from 2012 has emerged as the top voted idea for the last week. The idea is sitting on 686 total votes, with 5 new in the last week alone. Here is the idea, "Idea: 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." If you agree go show it some love. There has never been an employee comment on this thread so we will highlight this to our developer team and hopefully find out if this 'active' idea is anywhere on the future roadmap.

 

Community Highlights

+ From Zen Master Eva Murray: There is a Zen Master panel at the upcoming London TUG on 31 May, 2018. There will be a Q&A session along with presentations. To learn more and to register please visit this page: London Tableau User Group - May 2018 Tickets, Thu, May 31, 2018 at 6:30 PM

 

+ Zen Masters Bridget Cogley and Joshua Milligan will be presenting a webinar on Tableau Prep on 30 May, 2018. Check out more details and register here: Webinar: Tableau Prep

 

+ Zen Master Adam Crahen wrote a post on using QGIS to create grids and joining the result to Tableau to create bands on a map to highlight wine growing regions. Want to learn more? Check out the blog post: Tableau Geospatial – QGIS Grids

 

+ Zen Master Ken Flerlage posted a blog about my attempt to create a 3D model of Saturn, called "Adventures in 3D". Check it out and let him know what you think!

 

Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

Happy Analyzing!

Amanda

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Dear Tableau Community,

 

It’s a new day for data! We’re so excited to share that we are launching a new product, announcing new offerings, and releasing our latest software update today!

 

Three big things happening:

Tableau Prep (formerly Project Maestro) empowers more people to get to analysis faster by helping them quickly and confidently combine, shape, and clean their data. Check out the Community Forum Space: Tableau Prep and see it in action here: Tableau Prep: A new data preparation solution

 

Tableau’s new offerings designed to deliver the right capabilities to the right people – and at the right price, which creates more value for our customers than ever before.

 

And don’t forget about all the 2018.1 features. Check them out here.

 

But don't just take it from us, our CMO Elissa Fink wrote a great blog post about this exciting launch. Read it in full here: Tableau celebrates a new day for data

 

Join the celebration!

 

+ Our new offerings are making it easier to empower everyone with data—and that means our data family is growing. To celebrate, we want you to highlight YOUR data family—whether it’s a data mentor, a colleague, or even that amazing software you love, we want to take this moment to celebrate everyone and everything that helps you see and understand your data.

     + Here's how to participate:

          1. Pick photos of you and your data family - these could be selfies or group photos from User Groups, conferences, or your daily life ... the list goes on and on!

          2. Choose from one of the attached #DataFam filters and add it to your photos - like the example below!

             3. Share these photos with the hashtag #DataFam on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

     + Check out this post from Tableau's senior social media specialist Marissa Michelotti for more info and other ways to participate: It's a new day for data!

 

2018.1 Features from the Ideas Forum

 

Our latest release is chocked full of great new features. A number of them have come straight from your ideas in the forums! Here is a list of Ideas that have been flipped to Released:

Portions of the following idea was released - but not exactly in line with the post. The product manager responsible has commented on the thread:

 

Thank you for being a part of the Tableau Community and our #DataFam!

Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

Cheers!

Amanda

 

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Hi Tableau Community!

 

This week we are excited to highlight the winning vizzes for Iron Viz Europe 2018! We loved following the chatter and camaraderie on Twitter and across the community and were incredibly impressed by the caliber of entries. You are all truly amazing analysts and storytellers!

 

From the topic of "European Cities" 29 entries were submitted. Out of those entries, three amazing vizzes rose to the top! Daniel Caroli's Metro Systems in European Cities, Klaus Schulte's Affordable Housing in Larger German Cities, and Sarah Bartlett's European Cities on a Budget. The authors of these three vizzes have each won a trip to London in July for Tableau Conference Europe where they will battle it out on the big stage for European Iron Viz Championship! You can read all about the scoring categories and process on the Tableau Public blog. Congratulations!

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Announcements

 

+ TC18 in New Orleans is coming up fast and we are just days away from a ticket price increase. Secure your tickets before April 13th to save $300. Learn more about Tableau Conference and register at this link: https://tabsoft.co/2qozvrl

 

+ We can't wait to hear from thought leaders across the Tableau community at conference! Dragging your feet on your speaker application for #TC18? Wait no more - the deadline is coming up fast! Get your application in before Sunday the 15th. Apply to speak at conference here: Tableau Call for Speakers

 

+ Project Maestro Beta #4 is under way! Try it out today by joining the Beta Program: Project Maestro | Tableau Software  If you are already in Project Maestro beta join the Community Group.

 

Recognition

 

+  We have eight community members that have reached the Viz Virtuoso level and another nine that have reached Analytics Ace in the last week. These tally-style badges account for overall engagement across the Tableau Community Forums with 6,700 points required for Viz Virtuoso and 5,600 for Analytics Ace! This is an incredible achievement and we are honored by all our community member's participation helping others see and understand data.

 

+ It's a little irregular for the Community Digest, but we would love to take this opportunity to recognize a huge achievement by Community leader and recently named Tableau Zen Master Chloe Tseng. Chloe is the founder of #VizForSocialGood, a community that promotes social good through data visualization. The important work she and the volunteers around the work have contributed through #VizForSocialGood has been recognized by Fast Company as a finalist in their 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards! Cheers and congratulations to everyone who supports this important work.

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

+ This week or most talked about thread with 20 replies is How to calculate sum of square of each element in the group from new community member Uday Kintali. The thread seems to go back and forth with Forum Ambassador Jim Dehner and community members Eric Hammond and Deepak Rai providing support. Thank you to everyone who continues to engage on this thread. Welcome to the Tableau Community Uday! We hope you are able to find a solution to your question. Please feel free to reach out to the community team for additional support if you are unable to resolve this on your own from the information provided.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

 

+ Our top voted idea was created by Darrin Schulte back in 2012. The idea Control what displays in View Data has been featured numerous times in our weekly reports as it has 1082 votes at present. Check out the thread to see unique work-arounds shared if this is something that impacts your work flow. We have discussed this idea at length with our development team and do not have any updates to share with the community at present. We will continue to monitor this idea and share any updates as they become available.

 

 

That's all I have for this week! Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

Happy analyzing!

Amanda

Hello Tableau Community!

 

We’re who we are, and we’re where we are, because of bold-thinking, problem crunching, idea-inspiring people like you. The Tableau community showcases some of the best Tableau has to offer – a place where like-minded data rock stars can truly shine. Thank you for being you!

 

This week I would like to shine a special light on the incredible connections being made in Tableau User Groups. There are amazing events and meetings happening around the world. Check out the Events and Conferences page and use the viz below to find a TUG near you!

 

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What's Happening Across the Community


+ Forum Ambassador Simon Runc has posted this Educational Brain Teaser: Scatter Plot+ including a packaged workbook (you'll need 10.5) + the data in Excel, along with a GIF
showing what the final viz should look like and how it should work. He'll post a written up solution by the end of the week!

 

+ MakeoverMonday: For week 12 MakeoverMonday is looking at the pet population in the UK. Find the dataset via data.world here. New to Makeover Monday? Check out the #MakeoverMonday tag on Twitter and visit their site to learn more: Makeover Monday | A weekly social data project

 

+ Do you think you're good with Tableau? Are you looking for an additional challenge? Workout Wednesday might be what you need. Check out the latest challenge here: Latest – Workout Wednesday. This is brought to you by Zen Master Rody Zakovich and Ambassador Luke Stanke

 

Announcements

 

+ We want to know: How do you deal with dirty data? Tableau Product Marketing Manager Tracy Rodgers has opened a thread in the forums to learn more about some of the frustrations and issues you are running into when you're preparing your data for yourself and for your organization. Check out some of her guiding questions and let it all out! We want to here the good and the bad. Thanks in advance!

 

+ Did you miss last week's Dev Office Hours? Check out the ongoing conversation and recording on the updated thread: Dev Office Hours: Mappy Hour – Working with Spatial Data in Tableau Thanks again to Kent Marten & team for their support!


+ Project Maestro Beta #4! Thank you for participating in the Project Maestro beta program.  Beta 4 is now available for download!  We heard your feedback and added some features we think you will enjoy. If you are already in Project Maestro join the Community Group! Project Maestro

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

+ The forum question What is best way to sum up number of checked columns was posted on March 14th by Buster Sammo and was successfully answer by Deepak Rai on the 15th. The thread had 17 comments just between Buster and Deepak, and four people have already marked it helpful!

 

Top Voted Idea

 

+ Community member Stephen Smirl's Idea 'IN' Operator equivalent from 2012 has received 8 more votes this week, and have 476 votes and 33 comments to date. In the Idea he shared, "I would like an equivalent to the SQL 'IN' operator.  Currently the only way to compare a list of values is by using an OR operator.  This is very cumbersome when comparing a large list of values." Check it out in the forums to add your thoughts.

 

+ Keep voting, creating and sharing Tableau Community Ideas that you want to see in the next version of Tableau. Our Beta program is another great way to stay in the know of all of the awesome new features coming soon: Coming Soon | Tableau Software

 

That's all I have for this week! Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

Happy analyzing!

 

Amanda

Hello Tableau Community!

 

DWftTKZVwAArFuX.jpgWe are in the third week of our celebration of Black History Month and are excited to be supporting Viz for Social Good. If you aren't familiar with the group here is a little backgroup: Viz for Social Good's mission is to empower nonprofits through data story. They help mission-driven organizations to promote social good and understand their own data through beautiful and informative data visualization. Check out their website to learn more: Viz for Social Good.

 

Viz for Social Good selected the civic technology organization Pollicy, based in Kampala, Uganda, to highlight for Black History Month. Pollicy is looking to celebrate the achievements that women have accomplished in the past, and highlight the opportunities that we have to support more women in leadership positions, and particularly, women leaders focused on women's issues. Curious to learn more and explore the data? Click this link to see all the details and to download the data set.

 

Learn more about all of the events available this month and get involved here: tabsoft.co/2FFEhGY

 

Remember to share your Vizzes with the world with #VisualizeDiversity on Twitter!

 

Announcements

 

+ As was shared in the last edition of the Community Digest, we have selected a new group of Tableau Zen Masters! We want to take a moment here in the forums thank Tableau Forum Ambassador Shinichiro Murakami for his countless hours of support, and to congratulate him on becoming a Zen Master. Your dedication and discipline to responding to questions from the community is above and beyond what we ask from any of our ambassadors. We all appreciate the work that you do to keep the community, and our team of community managers and support, engaged and aware of areas where we can improve. As we have shared widely, the spirit of Tableau is our customers. We build software for the everyday person. By listening to and engaging with our community, we not only build better software, but ultimately a better company. Thank you Shin for embodying ethos of the Zen Master program as a teacher, master & collaborator.

 

+ Project Maestro Beta #3 is under way!   New features include quick cleaning for string fields, quick filters for date ranges, wildcard union for Excel, drag/drop to add a file connection and more.  Check out the Beta.  Sign up here and a member of our team will be in touch to support you.

 

+ If you are already in Project Maestro join the Community Group. This is open and welcome to the public!

 

Recognition

 

+  We've seen a bit of a shift in the gamification this week in the community, with a massive number of new Vizitors (entry level), along with Dataprentices (level 3) and Data Wranglers (level 4). I want to take this opportunity to welcome you all to the forums and thank you for signing in! While getting new badges and being recognized for your achievements is great - what is important is that we as a community continue to support each other. We have heard from you that, "The Tableau Community will not let you fail." We hope you all agree, and we are excited to welcome new Tableau users and community members to the forums! This week we recognize all of you

And just in case you are curious about the badges and points, here is more info: Points, Levels & Badges.

 

Most Talked about Thread

Originally posted on February 15th by Greg Mooney he asked a question regarding, Create a calculated field to determine number of weeks selected in filter? Always quick to help, Tableau Forum Ambassador and newly appointed Zen Master Shinichiro Murakami responded just 10 minutes after the question went up! It took them to get on the same page, as you can see in the thread, but in between packaged workbooks and dozens of screenshots Shin and Greg were able to come to the correct solution. Cheers to your patience in troubleshooting!

 

Top Voted Idea

Community member Alex Kerin created the idea Horizontal Scroll Bar on tables back in 2012, and it remains incredibly relevant today, picking up 10 more votes in the last week.
This idea has come up before and has been elevated to our development team. We continue to read and share your feedback on this idea (and others) and want to encourage you to share specific use cases where this is impacting your work.

 

+ Keep voting, creating and sharing Tableau Community Ideas that you want to see in the next version of Tableau. Our Beta program is another great way to stay in the know of all of the awesome new features coming soon: Coming Soon | Tableau Software

 

That's all I have for this week! Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

Happy analyzing!

Amanda

Happy Holidays from the Tableau Community Team!

 

In the spirit of the season I am going to highlight this week's theme for MakeoverMonday. Eva Murray and Andy Kriebel shared a data set on Christmas trees sold in the US from 2004 – 2016 from the data source Statista. Here is Eva's blog rendition of the data: Fake Christmas Trees are Becoming Increasingly Popular in the US and Andy's: Americans Favor Fake Christmas Trees More and More.

 

Community Member Yanning Wang produced this creative viz:

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When you are looking at the data, it is clear the trend is that artificial trees are gaining preference in American, but I think this a great opportunity to ask why.


The data the #MakeoverMonday duo presented only covers up to 2016, but as this article from December 10, 2017 in NPR explores, "This Year's Christmas Tree Shortage Has Roots in the Recession." It would be interesting to analyze the data presented with data on the year-over-year average cost per tree, and supply vs. demand data related to the past couple years of Christmas trees to see other trends. Maybe next year ...

 

If you are interested in this making your own viz head over to the MakeoverMonday site and download the data and have a go! A blog will be shared next Monday highlighting lessons and favorites from the community submissions, as well as a Viz Review at 4:30pm GMT December 27th: more info here.

 

*MakeoverMonday is a fantastic weekly social data project created by members of the Tableau Community, and not a Tableau program. We are grateful for many of the opportunities they support, and the creative solutions and learning opportunities that are showcased through this work. #MakeoverMonday is community driven and a great way to grow your Tableau skills. Don't just take my word for it though, explore MakeoverMonday here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

+ It's that time of year again! Who do you think should be the next Tableau Zen Master? The nomination period is open until 10:00pm PST on Friday, January 19th. Further details about the Zen Master program can be found on the Zen Master page. Already know all the details? Here is a direct link to nominate a Zen Master. We will announce the new class of Tableau Zen Masters in February of 2018. We look forward to hearing from you!

    

+ Have you heard about the Project Maestro beta? We are rethinking data prep, to give you an intuitive experience that's visual, direct, and deeply integrated with the rest of Tableau. If you are a current Tableau customer you are welcome to test the latest version of beta. Sign up here and a member of our team will be in touch to support you. Please allow for a delay with the end of year holidays.

 

+ If you are already in Project Maestro join the Community Group. This is open and welcome to the public!

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Tableau Community members Brent Mathison for earning the Questions for Breakfast badge for having answers marked correct 25+ times and to Manuel Vasquez for earning the I love helping! badge for having answers marked helpful 25+ times! These are huge contributions to our community. Thank you both for your support!

 

Most Talked about Thread

The thread I need the Month name to be displayed in English, but it shows in Portugues posted by Silvia Assuncao was this week's most popular thread, with 13 replies, and has been answered. Silvia is new to Tableau so first and foremost - Welcome! We are very happy to have you as a new community member! She correctly attached a packaged workbook and was assisted by Tushar  More. Tushar first advised her to change her workbook's language and locale. Silvia followed up with additional questions and shared screenshots - great call! This makes it much easier to answer. It looks like a number of people found this thread useful so thank you to you both - and thank you for your help in getting this resolved so quickly Tushar!

 

Top Voted Idea

Community member Darrin Schulte shared the idea Control what displays in View Data with 11 new votes in the past week giving it 1,005 total to date. This was also the top voted idea the last time I wrote the Community Digest back in November. We are paying attention to this and as Zi Krostag mentioned in September, "We really want to do this, and it's on the list, but there are a lot of competing priorities. I'll update when I can say something more concrete." I am reaching out to Zi to share this news with his team and we appreciate all your feedback and votes for this idea.

 

That's all I have for this week! Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

Happy analyzing!


Amanda

I am excited to be writing you this week from our new home in DATA 1! Tableau's Fremont based marketing and support teams have moved west on 34th avenue to join our sales and team in a fantastic new building in the "Center of the Universe".  In addition to being LEED Gold registered, "the DATA 1 building is Salmon-Safe certified and features biofiltration retention planters that treat 160,000 gallons of the heavily polluted rainwater runoff from Aurora Bridge annually. Two additional future phases of remediation are planned on nearby properties with the goal of treating over 2 million gallons of polluted runoff annually every year." Read more about DATA 1 and Weber Thompson architects here.

 

This is incredibly important in Seattle considering on average 169k+ sockeye salmon pass through the Ballard Locks between June 12th and August 13th each year. If you, like me, find this fascinating, check out this great viz on the Daily Salmon Count Through Ballard Locks by Ondrej Sklenar on Tableau Public.

 

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Another reason this move is amazing: Your (US based) community team is now under one roof! Community Support leads Patrick Van Der Hyde and Patrick Byrne, along with User Group manager Jordan Scott and I are all able to collaborate and support each other more seamlessly. We hope this will help us continue to do great work for the Tableau Community. We are also conveniently located closer to some of your favorite alumnus Dustin Smith and Tracy Rodgers so I will be sure to bug them when I need advice and legacy knowledge We still have the incredible support of lenaic.ridinger in Dublin and dozens of other Tabloids around the world working hard to keep this space strong.

 

Thank you to everyone who helps keep the Tableau Community vibrant - most especially all of you, our amazing community members!

 

Announcements

+The Tableau 10.5 beta is available.  Interested in beta testing the next version of Tableau?   Explore all the features on the Coming Soon page, including mapping updates, Viz in Tooltip, Hyper, Linux, and more! Sign up today to take part in the Beta by following this link: Tableau Pre-Release Programs | Tableau Software.

The Beta Developer Tools announced at Tableau Conference may also be found online in the Developer Preview here: Tableau's Developer Tools & APIs

 

+ Think Data Thursday is back on the calendar! Steve Wexler from Data Revelations will be joining us on Thursday, December 7th at 8:00 AM Pacific time to show us how to use Tableau with survey data. You can learn more and sign up today for this online webinar here: Jump Start Visualizing Your Survey Data Using Tableau

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Tableau Community members Vishal Jethwa for earning the Helpful is my middle name badge for 50 marked "helpful" replies and to Tushar More for earning the Question Slayer badge for 50 answered marked "correct"! These are huge contributions to our community. Thank you both for your dedication and support

 

Most Talked about Thread

The thread Donut chart label overlap posted by sunitha k was this week's most popular thread, with 11 replies. "When there are more than one value, the labels display correctly as pic 1. When the chart shows only 1 value, the labels for both donuts overlap. Is there any way to fix this?"

Alvino Vaz responded with a workaround using annotations and shared screen shots with the packaged workbook. Thank you for your help in getting this resolved so quickly Alvino!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Community member Darrin Schulte shared the idea Control what displays in View Data originally in 2012, and the idea remains relevant today with four new votes in the past week giving it 949 total to date. With over 104 comments there are definitely a number of opinions on this. Check this out and add your thoughts if this is relevant to your work.

 

Other News

We are featuring Forum Ambassador Lei Chen in the latest spotlight: Tableau Ambassador Spotlight - Lei Chen! She joined our ranks as an Ambassador in January of 2017 and has contributed heavily to the community through the Tableau Forums, helping people with complex calculations, giving feedback on dashboard design, and helping answer Server questions. Lei is multilingual and has translated her interview into both Japanese and Chinese, so please check out those links for your preferred language. Thank you for all that you do for the Tableau Community Lei!

 

That's all I have for this week! Feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com

 

Happy analyzing!


Amanda

Happy Halloween!
In the spirit of this festive - fun holiday here is a question on Structuring Data for Spider Graphs from Steve Rohde that was shared in the Community Forums this week        The Objective: Render a "spider map" from a table of point-to-point trips in a station-based bike sharing system. Assign measures such trip count, average duration and elevation difference to station start-end pairs (i.e. spider line) as line attribute (e.g., line or colour). - The thread goes on from there in detail, and Tableau Forums regular Galen Busch provided the correct answer.

 

Now I don't know who Jeff is, but it looks like his house is the place to be on Halloween! A quick search on Tableau Public brought up years of results detailing daily traffic, peak times for crowd flow, and a forecast of how many visitors they are expecting. This Viz was my favorite, but a little dated. If you know Jeff, please encourage him to reach out to us at community@tableau.com with his 2017 results.

 

Trick or treat!   

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▲ Announcements

+ You likely saw this last week, but I wanted to share again: Tableau 10.5 beta is a out and ready for testing! This is version 2 of the beta. Explore all the features on the Coming Soon page, including mapping updates, Viz in Tooltip, Hyper, Linux, and so much more! Sign up today to take part in the Beta by following this link: Tableau Pre-Release Programs | Tableau Software.  The Beta Developer Tools announced at Tableau Conference may also be found online in the Developer Preview here: Tableau's Developer Tools & APIs

 

Recognition

Congratulations to community members Walter Allen and Ana C T Figueiroa who both earned Tableau Desktop Qualified badges, and Gene Moeller who has earned the Tableau Server Qualified badge! We also have four new Calc Contributors: Haruka Kinumura, haitham Farouk, Taisuke Ono and Brett Megaard. Cheers to all and thank you for your support!

 

Most Talked about Thread

**This is determined by the number of replies on a thread

On October 26th Gurpreet Singh Goraya asked a question regarding Exclude Unique values from Worksheet. This seemed to strike a cord in the forums and a thread of 22 comments led to a correct answer in just under an hour! That is some truly remarkable community engagement. Cheers to Katie Bridges who came through with the correct answer and thanks to all who helped get to the solution. * Pro tip: The original question included a packaged Tableau workbook. Remember this is incredibly helpful when you are looking for community support.

 

The top liked forum question this week comes from Anuj Chopra who was looking for support: Calculated Field Explanation required. This question, posted on October 19th is marked "Assumed Answered". It was found helpful by 4 people! Thank you to all who contributed to this thread, including Abhilash Sharma and Tableau Ambassador Jim Dehner.

 

Top Voted Idea

The idea to have the Option to uninstall prior version during Tableau Desktop upgrade was posted by Tableau Technical Support Engineer James Parsons, and has been popular in the community in the last week. This idea has received 7 votes, and one comment relating back to another idea from years ago. If you agree with James and think this is a great idea head over to the forums and vote for or against it - and please share comments on how this impacts your work.

 

Thank YOU for making the Tableau Community so special! Please feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or feedback to the community team at community@tableau.com

 

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Amanda

Coming Together at Tableau Conference Next Week: A note from Tableau's CEO Adam Selipsky

 

On behalf of Tableau employees, I want to express our deepest sympathies for the victims and their families that are forever changed as result of the tragedy in Las Vegas Sunday night. We believe the best response is to carry on as normally as possible to show our collective resilience and the force we can be for positive change. As such, we look forward to gathering at Tableau Conference to share and learn from each other, albeit with heavy hearts.

 

I want to thank all our customers, partners, sponsors, and the Las Vegas citizens, who have reached out with their support. We are extremely thankful that our team members who are already in Las Vegas are safe. Our first priority is the safety of our attendees and we have increased security measures for TC17. We are in close contact with the venues and local authorities in Las Vegas to ensure everyone is able to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

 

We have also heard from many of you, full of compassion and eager to help. We’re encouraged by your spirit. We are pledging a contribution to the National Compassion Fund to support the victims and their families. In addition, we will provide opportunities next week for all of us to help those affected.

 

In the meantime, one way to contribute is to donate blood to your local blood bank. Visit redcrossblood.org to find a donation station near you, or follow the #data17donates to join a blood drive during next week’s conference.

 

For more information about next week’s events, please visit the Tableau TC17 Response FAQ page. Also, look for updates from the Tableau Conference team in your email and in the #Data17 mobile app.

 

In moments like this, we find strength in community. We at Tableau are eager to stand together with you.

 

Looking forward to seeing you next week,

Adam Selipsky

President and CEO

Tableau

 

▲ Announcements

+ Tableau 10.4 has been released! From the Tableau Blog: With Tableau 10.4, we’re making data discovery a breeze. Save time and reduce mistakes by ensuring that you are using the best data for your analysis. Data source certification promotes approved data sources and works seamlessly with recommendations to guarantee you’re using the right data at the right time. Enable smarter conversations between teams with discussions and viz snapshots, and visualize custom transportation routes and other networks with support for linear geometries. Polish your dashboard design with dashboard spacing and publish to older versions of Tableau Server using the newest version of Tableau Desktop with downgrade and publish.


+ #WeAreDataPeople: Celebrating the Tableau Community: Starting September 25th, we mailed 5,000 #WeAreDataPeople flags to our community with one simple directive: Take a selfie. Didn’t receive a flag? We’ve got you covered. Complete this form, and we’ll get one sent your way as soon as possible, while supplies last. Terms and conditions apply.

 

Recognition

Cheers to new names and some familiar faces popping up with awards this week! Mike Dunning has earned the Tableau Server Certified badge and Tableau User Group Ambassador Donna Coles has earned the prestigious Help one, help all! badge.  It's been a big week with community support with jennifer.vonhagel earning Questions for Breakfast, Jayshree Dawrewar received Helpful is my middle name, and sesha.peram with the Help Desk badge! Congratulations to all and thank you for all your support.

 

Most Talked about Thread

**This is determined by the number of replies on a thread

suchit kulkarni asked How to Clean Excel Data to Avoid redundant entry being read as Two. Two people have marked the question as helpful and it has received 17 replies, but still remains unanswered. Follow the link to join the discussion!

 

The top liked forum this week comes from Tableau Product Manager for Maps and Spatial Data Kent Marten.Work with Maps and Spatial data? We need your feedback! The post is originally from July, but received 17 replies this week alone. He closed the survey for feedback in mid-August but shared, "If you are planning on attending TC17 in Las Vegas, please come by the Mapping kiosk, attend one of the many mapping breakout sessions, or to the Mapping in Government meetup in Thursday morning."

 

Top Voted Idea

Switch data sources by changing a parameter in a workbook shared by Fabio Galli has received six votes in the Ideas Forum. He shared, "it would be very useful for a scenario in which there are several identical data sources (e.g. SQL Server DB with the same data structures in different Databases) to have the possibility to change the Database to run a query against from a parameter, directly by the end user." Please visit the thread to read more.

 

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