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Welcome to the Community Digest, #DataFam!


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Today's Viz of the Day is a Companion Planting Web from William Strouse! "Growing your own food is a simple way to live a more sustainable life. This user-friendly guide will help you distinguish between flora friend and foe" This Viz is inspired by Tableau Community Founder Joe Mako's handoff-map.

 

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Announcement

 

+ We are switching things up and are moving the Community Digest to a monthly post instead of a weekly post. We love that this has become a trusted resource for some, but we are not seeing the same level of engagement or views that we used to so we are taking some time to re-evaluate the focus of this post and how it can be most helpful for our community. If you have any thoughts or feedback please comment below - we would love to hear your thoughts!

 

+ We need your help! Tell us about your experience on the Tableau Community Forums! Please take this 5-minute survey and let us know how we're doing. Thanks in advance!

 

+ Are you studying for your Tableau Certification? If so, we recommend reading up on these fantastic tips by Christine Reitmann: Becoming a Tableau Desktop Specialist and Marie Le Bars: Pass the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Like A Boss

 

+ Have you had a chance to check out the 2019.4 Beta yet? The "Coming Soon" page on the Tableau site has a full list of the upcoming features in the next release. Click to Join the Pre-Release Program!

 

Top-Voted Idea

 

Our top-voted idea this week is Apply number formatting inside a calculated field from Russell Lamb - This idea was updated this October with a note from Tableau Community Manager Ciara Brennan: "We are investigating this feature request and if you have use cases that can't be solved with calcs, please reach out with your feedback to Tableau Product Manager  Thomas Nhan at tnhan@tableau.com"

 

Thank you for all the new votes and comments! Please reach out to Thomas with your feedback. We need your help to continue to make these improvements!

 

* 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 was Re: Need month parameter that covers two years. Kristin Fitzpatrick shared: "I have two different sets of dates (both covering 2017-2018) that I want to control with a single "month" parameter formatted as a list of months. The catch is, I want the month to include data from that month in both 2017 and 2018." There were 17 responses on the thread and Forum Ambassador Jim Dehner came through with the solution! Thank you to everyone who participated on this thread!

 

Community Highlights

 

We have tons of updates from Tableau Ambassadors and Zen Masters this month! With the Community Digest moving to a monthly cadence rather than weekly you can stay connected with most of our community champions on Twitter. Here are links to lists from the Tableau Twitter to follow all our Tableau Ambassadors & Zen Masters! Once you give them a follow say hi! We're here to stay connect and help everyone grow and learn

 

+ Tableau Ambassador Adam Crahen and 2x Zen Master Pooja Gandhi released a new course on dashboarding on Plural Sight. Check it out here: Building Effective Dashboards with Tableau Desktop

 

+ Social Ambassador Sarah Bartlett published a blog post which summarises the #IronQuest #SportsVizSunday collaboration: Iron Quest Sports - Recap

 

+ Public Ambassador Joshua Smith shared A guide to Tableau Conference for the Invisibly Ill (and their friends)

 

+ Zen Master Joshua Milligan has another brilliant Tableau Prep resource - this time for all you IoT lovers: Tableau Prep Tackles Nest Thermostat Data

 

+ Zen Master Bridget Cogley has shared a post "What Makes a Legend?" Reflecting on the amazing life, standout career, and enduring impact of Kelly Martin. Thank you for sharing this, Bridget.

 

+ Also from Bridget Cogley, she shared an updated recruiters guide to finding Tableau talent, "Hiring Tableau Talent in 2019: The Machine Learning Edition for LinkedIn Recruiters"


+ Zen Master and lead for Tableau's Server & IT Admin User Group Mark Wu has shared a great summary and slide deck for 2019.3 server feature demo: Tableau 2019.3 Server Features : Encryption at Rest, Data Management Add-on and Server Management Add-on

 


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

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Amanda

Welcome to the Community Digest, #DataFam!https://public.tableau.com/static/images/Th/TheTableauChartCatalog/TableauChartExamples/1.png

 

Coming right out the gate after being named a Tableau Public Ambassador, kevin flerlage has released a Tableau Chart Catalog - with examples created in Tableau by the Tableau Community! From the blog, "Have you ever wanted a single resource that showed the different types of charts possible in Tableau?  Personally, I have...many…many times.  I have tried to use my favorites for this purpose, but the fact is, I am missing many charts and I now have so many favorites, it is difficult to work through them." He continues, "The goal of the Tableau Chart Catalog is to provide you with one source of reference for the dozens and dozens of charts that can be created within Tableau.  It should allow you to better understand these charts, their use cases, and what they represent, but more importantly, this should act as inspiration for your next visualization."

 

This is a bookmark-worthy resource if I ever saw one! I've included a link to the viz on the right. It's mall here but available in full size on Kevin's Tableau Public profile. Check out his blog and dig in & enjoy!

 

Announcement

 

+ Did you know you can save $200 off the cost of a ticket to Tableau Conference if you purchase a ticket before August 16th? To join the conversation about all things TC and #data19, come visit the forums board Tableau Conference

 

+ Have you had a chance to check out the 2019.3 Beta yet? Tableau Product Marketing Senior Manager Ryan McShane put together a great blog breaking down the leading new features. Check it out here: Explain Data, Tableau Catalog, and Project McKinley now in beta | Tableau Software.

 

If you want to connect with our developers directly we encourage you to get involved with the Tableau Pre-Release + User Research Community! This site fosters direct collaboration between the Tableau Development team and our customers and partners throughout the product development lifecycle. Tableau Pre- Release + User Research programs let you evaluate, experience and provide feedback on emerging ideas and new product capabilities. Again here is the link:https://prerelease.tableau.com/welcome/

 

Top-Voted Idea

 

Our top-voted idea this week as Change datasource on one worksheet and not others. This idea, originally posted back in 2012, received 8 new votes this week. The comments are great and we are flagging this for review with the dev team. If you have anything to ad, please feel free to comment and 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!

 


Most Talked About Thread

 

Our most talked about thread this week was How to show a diagram only if the n is bigger 5 f.i.? from Tobias Ganowski. The thread had 24 replies and was answered by Lena Boehnke! Thank you to everyone who participated and helped Tobias find a solution.

 

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Tableau Public Ambassador Ravi Mistry added his latest blog on Project Griffon to this forum doc: Project Griffon: Beyond Custom Administrative Views Check it out!

 

+ Hall of Fame Zen Master Craig Bloodworth has a new blog post & command line app that was just released using the new Hyper API: Extracting before you can say Comma Separated Variable

 

+ For back to school season Zen Master Bridget Cogley put together a new blog: Tableau + Schools = Opportunity. This is a must-read for all our community members in higher ed. While you're at it check out the Student Resource Page & the Instructor Resource Page

 

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

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Amanda

Welcome to the Community Digest, #DataFam!

 

This week we want to celebrate all the incredible Data + Music vizzes we are seeing! Music is a part of our identity. It defines us and unifies us. Data + Music is a collection of visualizations from the Tableau community highlighting the data behind the music we love. Turn the volume up with the most powerful and flexible analytics platform for your data.

 

Have you seen this incredible (ie: ridiculously amazing) collection of vizzes?! Check out the Tableau Public Gallery here: Data + Music Viz Gallery | Tableau Public The best thing about this is it applies to EVERYONE! No matter where you're from, what language you speak, what you feel your level of experience is, or what genres of music you are into - all of us have felt the rythym of a song, heard a lyric you couldn't get out of your head, or been carried away by a melody. Music (along with math) is my favorite universal language! For real - go check out the gallery! It's amazing.

 

In honor of the best CMO Tableau has ever had, here is a Tom Petty Viz by Karen Hinson! Elissa Fink, this one is for you

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Announcements

 

+ Have you had a chance to check out the 2019.3 Beta yet? Tableau Product Marketing Senior Manager Ryan McShane put together a great blog breaking down the leading new features. Check it out here: Explain Data, Tableau Catalog, and Project McKinley now in beta | Tableau Software.

 

If you want to connect with our developers directly we encourage you to get involved with the Tableau Pre-Release + User Research Community! This site fosters direct collaboration between the Tableau Development team and our customers and partners throughout the product development lifecycle. Tableau Pre- Release + User Research programs let you evaluate, experience and provide feedback on emerging ideas and new product capabilities. Again here is the link: https://prerelease.tableau.com/welcome/

 

Recognition

 

We are excited to celebrate two strong contributors in the community forums this week! Data School Alum and Viz Whiz Diego Parker earned both the "Help one, help all!" badge for having 100 of their answers marked as helpful, and the "Question Slayer" badge for having answers marked correct 50 times. These are massive contributions and we are so appreciative of your support of the forum, Diego, thank you!

 

Second up we have Data Monarch (1ok+ total points!) Paul Wachtler who just earned an "Answer Wizard" badge for having answers marked correct 100 times! Paul has only been a forum member since September 2018 and has blown us away with his contributions.

 

Cheers to you both! We hope we will get the chance to meet you at Tableau Conference this November and we can connect on all things Community!

 

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

 

Our Top-Voted Idea this week comes from Brad Earle, Change datasource on one worksheet and not others. The idea was originally posted back in 2012 and has 581 votes to date and 72 comments. It doesn't look like there has been any engagement on the idea from our developer team so we are working on connecting with the proper product manager to make sure they are aware of the recent activity. If this idea is relevant to your work - or if you want to add a comment we encourage you to log in and share your feedback.

 

* 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


This Week's Most Talked About Thread was Last Year to Latest Quarter Sale Difference by Chaitanya Kulkarni.  In the post Chaitanya shares, "I'm trying to calculate last year (2017) sales minus current year (2018) quarter (Q4) sales difference." The thread evolves from there with 16 comments so far and a handful of people contributing. Follow the link above to read the thread and add your comments or learn along with the rest of us. We hope to see a resolution and correct answer on this soon!

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Tableau Zen Master and User Group Ambassador Simon Beaumont shared that the July SportsVizSunday challenge is live! The challenge runs until the end of July and is being hosted by fellow Zen Master Rob Radburn. Simon shared that they've already seen one VOTD and would love to see the community submit lots of amazing Tableau Public vizzes! Here’s the link to the data: Tour De France - dataset by sportsvizsunday | data.world

 

+ Forum Ambassador Jim Dehner recently had the opportunity to present "Mapping - Dots, lines, shapes and more" to the graduate level Marketing Analytics class at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea Ohio. He took the group beyond mapping basics in to navigating with maps and using maps for visual impact. Thanks for the update and great work Jim!

 

+ Zen Master and Social Ambassador Eva Murray put together instructions on how to build a Voronoi diagram in Tableau. She also included the steps for modeling the data, as well as a dummy dataset of 1000 records so people can build their own version. Check it out here: Controlling space in football - Exasol

 

+ Zen Master Bridget Cogley put together a post on where I think data viz falls between art and science: Art, Science, or Something in Between.

 

+ Zen Master Joshua Milligan has a new post covering some simple, but useful scripts using Python in Tableau Prep 2019.3: Python in Tableau Prep: simple useful scripts | VizPainter. Josh also shared that Tom Christian has another Python post with a different use case here: TabPy + Prep == <3 (yellow heart)

 

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

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Amanda

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!

 

Announcements

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!

-Stephen

 

Welcome to the #DataFam!

 

Recognition

 

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 ► http://bit.ly/2IjPX7x Video version ► http://bit.ly/2ImzNdL

 

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

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Amanda

Hi Tableau Community!

 

Welcome to a new edition of the weekly digest! This week we are celebrating all the mind-blowing entries we have seen for the Iron Viz First Round Global Qualifier on agriculture data. Seriously, you are all amazing! There were a total of 75 entries all highlighted on this blog: Explore the 2019 Iron Viz entries on agriculture data | Tableau Public

 

I'm not involved in the judging and am only highlighting this viz to the right from Jessica Minton because of 1. I think it's really unique, and 2. I like the story that it tells on regional identity: https://public.tableau.com/static/images/Ag/AgroEgo/AgroEgo/1.png


I encourage everyone to check out all the incredible submissions and participate in the next two global qualifiers before Data19 - Tableau's Annual Conference - in Las Vegas! Congratulations to everyone who participated! I do not envy the judges, you are all brilliant

 

Iron Viz is a data visualization contest, giving you the opportunity to compete with data rockstars from around the world. The winners of a series of qualifier contests advance to the championship, a live competition at either Tableau Conference Europe or Tableau Conference. Want to learn more about Iron Viz? Check this out: Iron Viz | Win or learn—you can’t lose

 

Announcements

+ Tableau Senior Product Manager Harveen Kathuria is keen to hear your feedback on exporting to Excel and table visualizations. Please take 5 minutes to take her survey: Exporting to Excel and Table Visualizations

 

+ 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

 

Our Top-Voted Idea this week is from Joseph Pirraglia. Originally posted in 2012: Ability To Export Whole Workbook To Excel Similar To The PDF Function.

 

A notable update was shared from Tableau Principal Product Manager and frequent forum contributor Sean Boon: "Just want to add that this is possible now using a Tableau Dashboard Extension that you can find here: https://extensiongallery.tableau.com/products/25 The .csv scenario is a bit more complicated since it would have to produce a .zip file as a .csv file can only have a single structure in terms of its fields.  Packaging them up into a zip would solve this, but also create a bit more complexity for users as they wouldn't be able to just click on the zip and open that in Excel if that is the desired workflow." This is free to download and use!

 

Thank you to everyone who has voted - and to Sean for sharing the update! There are a couple of related ideas in the forum we have highlighted: Export All sheets to excel & Download Dashboards To Excel

 

* 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!

 

Top-Viewed Thread


The top-viewed thread this week already has 20 replies but remains unsolved. In Difference between dates "Day" fields new community member JASON SYLVIA asks,

 

"I have 2 date time fields 4/19/2019 7:49 and 4/18/2019 23:59.  Using my Datediff function of datediff ('hour', 4/18/2019 23:59. 4/19/2019 7:49)/24 I end up with a difference of .125.  I simply want to distinguish the number of days between the day fields and if the difference is greater than 0.  I was using Datediff "day" initially but when I had used that function and ran into data like 4/10/2019 7:17 and 4/9/2019 23:59 it counts it as 0 when I would want that calculated as 1 (I assume because it is not a full 24 hours). " There are a number of people contributing to the conversation, and it looks like the last step was asking Jason to recreate the calculations to help others better understand how to help. There hasn't been any further activity on this thread since the 9th so hopefully, this can be solved soon. If you want to join the conversation and try end help click on the link above.

 

Welcome to the Tableau Community Forum, Jason! We're excited to have you and hope we can help you find your solution

 

Community Highlights


+ Tableau Social Ambassador Mark Bradbourne has made an Escape Room on Tableau Public! It's a learning tool to get people to explore vizzes. Check it out here: Can You Escape? Tableau Escape Room by Mark Bradbourne

 

+ Zen Master Anya A'hearn shared: DataBlick Blog Dashboard Drama  - from Flat to Fabulous.  Using lighting to draw attention to what is critical: Dashboard Drama - From Flat to Fabulous! — DataBlick - there is a pretty fantastic .gif in the blog that we can't share here but you should definitely check out!

 

+ Zen Master Bridget Cogley wrote a long-form read on data literacy examining through a linguistics and educator's lens: A Linguistics-Centric Take on Data Literacy

 

+ Tableau Public Ambassador Pablo Gomez shared,  Last Thursday’s Tableau DataVizDebate at LondonTUG between Andy Cotgreave and Andy Kirk was epic and if you didn’t see it, here is your chance to catch up and relive the moment! - Watch the full debate here:

 

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

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Amanda

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

+
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 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

Hi Tableau Community,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Announcements


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Most Talked About Thread


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

 

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

 

Community Highlights

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Amanda

Hi Tableau Community,

 

Welcome to the weekly Community Digest! We have a number of announcements and things to highlight this week, but I wanted to lead off with a diagram and an excerpt from a blog I recently read from Ben Jones - former Senior Evangelist and head of Tableau Public and founder of Data Literacy. The blog titled On Giving and Receiving Critique in DataViz Communities opens with a simple question, "When, if ever, is it okay to give unsolicited, constructive feedback in public to someone who shares something they’ve made broadly online?"


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This is something our team thinks about a lot as we support our growing global community. We strive to support the full spectrum of skills and abilities in data viz, from novice and those just exploring the field to Zen Masters. I often wonder, How do you show support, while also building capacity and helping people build confidence? When is it your place to do so - and how do you approach this professionally and positively? How can we do more - and where are we falling short? How can we nurture a culture that continues to do this as well - and what can we learn from our community? These are rhetorical questions and they do not have one clear answer. I encourage you to read Ben's blog and think about how this may apply to your work and your professional and social circles. I enjoyed Ben's thoughts on this topic, and the blog was supported by many leaders in data viz that I greatly respect. If his writing resonated with you please let him know If you would like to discuss this, or any other topics about the Tableau community with me, please don't hesitate to reach out! I can be found here or on Twitter @ettaboyle. Thank you for being a part of the Tableau Community and continuing to support each other and our mission to help people see and understand data.

 

Announcements


+ Last week we announced the 2019 Tableau Zen Masters! Here is a link to the blog with all the details: Introducing our 2019 Tableau Zen Masters | Tableau Software . If you would like to follow the group on Twitter check out this list: @tableau/Tableau Zen Masters on Twitter.

 

+ Follow all the Zen Masters in the forums! Here is the full list with links to their profiles: New 2019 Zen Masters: Simon Beaumont Ken Black  Merlijn Buit Rosario Gauna Chantilly Jaggernauth Yukari Nagata Klaus Schulte Luke Stanke &Mark Wu. Returning Zen Masters: Anya A'hearn Paul Banoub Mike Cisneros Bridget Cogley  Christopher DeMartini Ken Flerlage Tamas Foldi Yvan Fornes Ann Jackson Yoshihito Kimura Chris Love Lilach Manheim Adam McCann Joshua Milligan David Murphy Eva Murray   Shinichiro Murakami Rob Radburn Jeffrey Shaffer Ryan Sleeper & Emma Whyte

 

+ Our next Think Data Thursday is scheduled for Thursday, February 21st with Tableau Zen Master Bridget Cogley titled Think Data Thursday: The Logic of Dashboards - Designing for the Whole Picture - February 21st, 2019 8:00 AM Pacific . Register here: Webinar Registration - Zoom

 

Top-Voted Idea


Two ideas in the forums received top marks for engagement; 'IN' Operator equivalent from Stephen Smirl and Ability To Select All Filters First Before Applying - Desktop & Server from Joseph Pirraglia. Joseph's idea has some valid comments asking how this is different than pausing live updates, and Stephen's has a number of workarounds showcased, and feedback shared from various Tableau employees. If you agree that these are needed features on the platform, or if you have more thoughts to add to the conversation, please log in to your community forum account to vote and connect with others.

 

Most Talked About Thread

 

This week we are showcasing a thread from Rogier Koning : Date is randomly changing format form DD/MM/YY to MM/DD/YY  where he shared, "I have an Excel sheet as data source. One column is a date in dd/mm/yyyy format. If I read the data into Tableau it changes the dates. Days with lower numbers get switched with the month while those with higher day-number (more than 12) day in the correct order." The issue was resolved when the contributors to the thread determined that OpenOffice was the source of the issue. If you have run into similar problems please read through the thread and continue to use the forums to look for solutions and to help others across the community!

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Singapore based Zen Master David Murphy recently updated his Find-A-Zen Tableau Public dashboard with the 2019 cohort. Check it out to see where the whole group is based and more quality info!

 

+ Thailand based Ambassador Siroros Roongdonsai shared that they are having their second Tableau User Group in Bangkok on February 18th. We don't always highlight Tableau User Group meetings here - but we are incredibly excited to see the increase in engagement across APAC and very excited to support Siroros! Thank you for all your hard work.

 

+ Zen Master Eva Murray 's latest Forbes blog looks at using data visualization to drive (and be) change in organizations and beyond. The piece features vizzes from the community, including Operation Fistula who are supported by the Tableau Foundation. Read more here: Data Visualization And The Power Of Persuasion https://www.forbes.com/sites/evamurray/2019/02/11/data-visualization-and-the-power-of-persuasion/#56f7344c4612

 

+ Ambassador Amanda Patist shared that Data + Women Amsterdam is having a meet-up next week, Tuesday February 19th. For more info and to register follow this link: Data + Women Amsterdam

 

+ Zen Master Ken Flerlage hosted a guest post on his blog by Kasia Gasiewska-Holc in which she talks about how to create custom animations and integrate them into your Tableau visualizations. The viz and the write up is brilliant! Check it out here: Creating Custom Animations for Use in Tableau (Guest Post)

 

+ Five-time Zen Master Anya A'hearn shared a blog on hosting a "Building off the Grid Dashboards" workshop based on the first Tableau "Kenya Day for Data" in Nairobi in November. "Off the Grid" - building Lo-Fi dashboards to create use and value outlines the activity + all the nitty gritty details so you can hold a similar workshop at your local Tableau User Group or office

 

+ Ambassador and #IronQuest Founder Sarah Bartlett published the summary of month 1 of #IronQuest last week. This post: Iron Quest - Analyzing Crime Data, includes all 27 crime-themed entries & the links to view the vizzes on Tableau Public. Iron Quest is a monthly community-led data visualization project that follows a similar format to the Tableau Iron Viz feeder competitions. Participants have a calendar month to source a suitable data set and then design, build and submit a data visualization. To read more and learn how to get involved check out Sarah's post: Introducing Iron Quest

 

+ Our first Danish Tableau Zen Master Merlijn Buit shared this Tableau Tip: How to hide user prompts for extensions on Tableau Server. If you are developing features with the extensions API you should definitely follow and get to know Merijn's work. You can follow him on Twitter along with all the other Zen Masters with this list: Tableau Zen Masters

 

 

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

Greetings Tableau Community,

 

Welcome to the weekly Community Digest! We are starting 2019 off strong and healthy here in our Seattle headquarters. We have our global sales and operations teams in town this week for our annual kick-off, and we are all very excited to be together. As we look towards our many goals for 2019 I want to quickly reflect back on some of the more remarkable work that was done in our #DataFam this past year. This week I would like to highlight and give attention to the Tableau Foundation and their living annual report:

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In 2018 alone, the Tableau Foundation awarded over $8.8M to at least 37 grantees though Mission Grants which combine our two most valuable resources - our people and our products - along with financial support to help nonprofits demonstrate how to do good with data. Look under the "featured grants" tab in the viz above to learn more.

 

At Tableau we have a 55% employee engagement rate, we have $1.5M in matched donations, Tableau employees have volunteered or donated to 3,038 unique organizations, and volunteered almost 38 thousand hours. This is a company culture we are honored to support. Often in these weekly posts, we choose to highlight incredible things we witness in our customer community, but I hope this reflection on the generosity we have seen from our colleagues has helped inspire you and shown you a bit more about how we do things here at Tableau.

 

I encourage you to explore the living annual report, and if you work at or support a non-profit, maybe consider creating one of your own! Foundation Senior Program Manager Jason Schumacher even built you a template: Build your own Living Annual Report with this Tableau template | Tableau Software Enjoy!

 

 

Announcements

+ We hope you have had a chance to demo 2019.1 in beta, available now at our pre-release site https://www.tableau.com/getbeta Tell us what you think about Ask Data and Tableau Prep Conductor.

 

+ On January 18th Tableau Online will be removing support for TLS 1.0/1.1 in favor of the more secure TLS 1.2. For full details, please refer to the post by John BlackieImportant: As of January 18th, 2019, Tableau Online will only support encrypted connections over TLS 1.2 

 

+ Our next Think Data Thursday is scheduled for Thursday, January 24th with Tableau Zen Master Steve Wexler on "Data, Art and Infographics: What you can show v. What you should show." For more information and to register, check out this link: Data Art, Infographics, and Business Dashboards: What You Can Show vs. What You Should Show | Tableau Software

 

Top-Voted Idea


This week an old but a goodie is topping the charts as we see Multiple Instances of Measure Names/Values Variable from long-time community leader Shawn Wallwork in with the most votes. In this idea, Shawn shared that the idea would "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." As much as I would like to think we all have Gryffindor prefect level wizarding skills, I have to admit Shawn's idea makes sense. If you agree, please log in to your community forum account and give it an upvote.

 

Most Talked About Thread

 

We're watching a great conversation between forum newcomer afam okudoh, and some heavy hitters on the thread Previous Value based on From and To date . Afam asked for a little help, "I have about 8 different KPI's on my dashboard, I want to display previous values for all these kpi's based on the interval of the FROM and TO date parameter selected by the user, I already started by creating a previous date- DATEDIFF('day', [From Date], [To Date]) , I need help going further." The post includes a sample workbook and a great conversation between Afam and Zen Master Ken Flerlage. The thread remains unresolved so please feel free to join the conversation.

 

Community Highlights


+ Ambassador Rajeev Pandey recently shared a post Stacked Onion Chart In tableau Practical blog for Viz Enthusiasts on his blog Tableau Learners. His post "sets out how to build an Onion chart without any data prep before Tableau."  Enjoy!

 

+ The Data Duo of Pooja Gandhi and Adam Crahen shared a ballad of Adam's affection for Tableau and Alteryx in Tales from a COE | The Alteryx Server Usage Report meets a Tableau Zen Master.  Adam's most recent blog opens with, "It’s been said (by someone smarter than me) that Tableau is the lead singer and Alteryx is everything else." You'll have to read the blog to find out more. Great work, Adam!

 

+ Ambassador David Pires asks the reader to think about whether having more data to analyze is always better in his blog post The Internet of Things and Data Inundation. Be sure to check out his examples showcasing the use of sensory data in a factory - and the use of transparent sheets and buttons.

 

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

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