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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! Learn more about how to use and get the most out of the community forums by visiting Getting Started in the Forums

 

Last Thursday, we had the great honor of hosting Simon Runc for the Tableau Community Group, Think Data Thursday.  Simon presented on the use of Action Filters with Tableau and showed us some advanced techniques to get the most out of this feature.  He also shared with us a peak behind the curtain into an upcoming beta version of Tableau and how we will be able to extend the power of actions with Button Navigation.  If you missed the presentation, you can watch the presentation here: Think Data Thursday - Lights Camera Action with Simon Runc - YouTube .

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Announcements

 

+ We will be performing maintenance on our licensing infrastructure on September 15th from 1:00 am to 3:00 am UTC (6:00 PM PST on Friday, September 14th). New activations and registrations will be unavailable while this maintenance is being performed. Please see our Trust page for details and updates.

 

+  In addition, 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

 

+ The Tableau Self Service team would like to hear from you about improving the landing experience for Tableau Server and Tableau Online.  #HelpUsHelpYou by visiting their online survey and answering a few questions.

 

 

 

Recognition

 

Congratulations to suman kumar this week for achieving the badge "Helpful is my middle name" for his contributions that have achieved 50 votes as helpful in the community. 

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

The most talked about thread last week comes from Simone Antorini who asked about how to modify a view when the Percentage goes over 700% so as to show a total of 100% instead on the range in the axis.  Hari Ankem  jumped in immediately to assist and ask for a workbook to better understand the challenges faced by Simone.  amar savale provides the first example but the working solution is provided by Mahfooj Khan with the use of LOD calculations and context filters and this is the post marked correct by Simone.  The Tableau Community achieves again!   Thank you Hari, amar and Mahfooj.

 

Top Voted Idea

 

This week's top voted idea is originally crated by Russell Lamb is Apply number formatting inside a calculated field. This idea relates to the suggestion to offer a conditional method to format numbers differently depending on a condition.  Thank you for your votes. 

 

Community Highlights

 

+ If you have not seen it, check out the article from Marie at the Medium about her experiences with Iron Viz in Europe and Makeover Monday.  We encourage you to check out this great article here.

 

+ Zen Master Bridget Cogley has published part 2 of her data ethics series article here: https://www.tableaufit.com/paper-rock-scissors-ethics-how-we-make-decisions/

 

+  There is still time to contribute to 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.  Please consider taking part and sharing your thoughts. 

 

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!

 

Patrick

Hello Tableau Community

 

There is a lot going on in the community lately as we start setting our eyes on Tableau Conference in a few months.  Tableau employees put a huge effort into making sure that attendees get the absolute most out of Tableau Conference each year.  Have you registered for Tableau Conference yet this year?  Don't delay as we sell out every year. Register via this link if you have not signed up yet. 

 

Have you ever grown tired of the same old work data and wanted to use your creative mind with Tableau to try something new?  Check out #makeovermonday on Twitter or head straight over to Andy Kriebel and Eva Murray's site - https://www.makeovermonday.co.uk/blog/

My favorite viz was this one designed by Andras Szesztai with data covering the journey of life of the great Anthony Bourdain.

 

Announcements

 

Speaking of #makeovermonday, Andy and Eva will be running a Tableau careers webinar series starting September 6th.  This series starts 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

 

Zen Master, Bridget Cogley has put together a great post titled 'How the EXCEL do I do Mapping in Tableau? The Toddler Guide to getting on Point - TableauFit '  to help you get going with shapefiles and mapping in Tableau.  This resource is one you will want bookmarked the next time a map project in Tableau is on your to do list.

 

Do you live near Washington D.C.?  If so, you will want to join in this Thursday night for the DC Tableau Users Group meeting at the Mapbox offices in Washington DC.   Zen Masters, Allan Walker and Tamas Foldi will be on hand to help with mapping, data needs and/or questions.  Remote teams are welcome via the google hangout registration.  Register for this event via Eventbrite (it's free) here: DC TUG - Hackathon Tickets, Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

 

Recognition

A huge Thank you goes out to Zen Master Ken Flerlage who achieved the Answer Wizard award.  This is the most challenging of all the awards on the community forums as it requires that over 100 of the replies posted have been marked 'correct' by the original poster of the question.  Thank you Ken for all your contributions to the forums!

 

In another remarkable achievement, Ritesh Bisht  achieved the Question Slayer badge for 50 correctly marked posts this week as well.  Thank you to Ritesh.

 

Most Talked about Thread

The most viewed thread in the forums this week was started by Peter Fakan in his post titled Has anybody ever done this type of viz in Tableau ? - where Zen Master,  Shinichiro Murakami recreates a customer 'turnip graph'.  Bookmark this one for the next time you need such a graph as it is somewhat similar to our own Crow's Nest.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

 

The Top vote getter this week in our Ideas area is Allow Server Administrators To View As Other Users.   This idea gained an additional 9 votes this week. Thank you to Adam Freeman for this idea post from 2016.

 

Community Highlights

 

Our very own Community Ambassador, Simon Runc, will be presenting at our next Think Data Thursday about Actions, one of the most powerful  features in Tableau.  Learn more and register here: Think Data Thursday - Lights, Camera...Action! with Simon Runc - September 6, 2018 - 8 AM PDT

 

Need a moment away from your visualizations to have a laugh and enjoy the day, check out the hashtag #KidsExplainData on Twitter.  Elissa Fink recently sat down with a group of kids to talk about data (and life in general).  You'll want to watch these videos.  We have even started a little contest that you can join. Create your own gif and post to twitter with the hashtag #KidsExplainData between August 16 and 23 to have a chance at  $100 gift card to the Tableau Store.   Read all about how Kids Explain Data and join in by clicking over to Here’s what happened when we asked kids to explain data—and how you can join our #KidsExplainData GIF contest | Tableau …

 

Rahul Motwani wrote up a blog to share the details of the new Tableau Mobile for the Blackberry Dynamics Platform.  Click on the link to learn more. 

 

And we have launched a new resource in the community to support the newly released Extensions API

 

Keep visualizing and have a great safe last month of summer! 

 

Patrick 

Hi Tableau Community,

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Welcome to the Community Digest for the week of July 23rd.  I hope you are enjoying your summer and any vacations that you have lined up.  Have you visited Seattle, the home of Tableau HQ and where most of your community team forum administrators reside?  Trying to find just the right month to avoid the rain or maybe you want to come here and cool down from that hot summer in Texas.   Be sure to check out the visualization from Data Duo (Adam Crahen and Pooja Gandhi) before you plan that trip to find just the right time of year for your precipitation and heat expectations.  Maybe your city has a visualization related to temperatures and precipitation?  Search Tableau Public and if you don't find a viz, maybe the one here will inspire you to make your own.  Thank you to Pooja and Adam!! 

 

I want to be the first to welcome our brand new Tableau Community Forum Ambassadors, Deepak Rai, Mavis Liu, and welcome back Okechukwu Ossai.  Each of our Ambassadors has been a leader in the community forums providing

hundreds of helpful replies to questions for users just getting started to some of the most challenging and advanced questions in the community.  I want to thank each of them for their contributions and welcome them to the Ambassador club.

 

Announcements

+ Have you wanted to up your game with Tableau but you don't have time to get away to full day training sessions with our Tableau training team?  Well Tableau Virtual Training might be just the thing for you. Tableau trainier,  Kristee Bingham provides an inside look at Tableau Virtual Training in the Tableau Blog this week.

 

+ We bring it up nearly every week because we it is our favorite event of the year.  Tableau Conference is the event where our community comes together to learn, share, and enjoy the company of each other.  Learn more about TC18 by visiting and come see for yourself: https://tc18.tableau.com/  

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

+ This week's most viewed thread covers a topic we see frequently in the forums, visualizing Month and Year to-date values.  This question was posed by Haan Haan and replied to by Mahfooj Khan with the use of level of detail calculations.   Ambassador Deepak Rai also contributed to the thread and then finally there were a few back and forth questions related to using parameters to adjust the selected date for searching.   Do you have a question related to Dates?  Be sure to search the forums as there are hundreds of

replies.  The community has compiled some very helpful resources related to dates in the FAQ:  Open & Close Dates and in the

Workbook & Calculation Library. Be sure to check them out.

 

Top Voted Idea

 

+ The top voted idea for this week is related to Tableau Prep.  Tableau Prep - add ability to schedule flows originally posted by Jennifer Vogeler and gaining votes every week.  Thank you for your continued engagement and votes! This idea has 615 votes at present.  Have you used Prep?  Let us know your thoughts by visiting the idea and voting up/down the idea.  We appreciate your comments and ideas about how to make each feature work best for you.

 

Community Highlights

 

As Amanda mentioned last week, the third and final feeder  for Iron Viz opens on Monday, August 1st and closes on August 28th. Check out this link for details!

 

+Do you ever get stuck trying to find the perfect viz type for your data?  Well this week, Zen Master Andy Kriebel is here to share his Visual Vocabulary   If you are new to Tableau or have been using it for years, you will find this helpful reference guide a time saver and go to guide for nearly any viz you can imagine.  Bookmark this page today and visit often.

 

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

 

Have a great summer.

 

 

Happy Analyzing!

Patrick

Hello Tableau Community,

 

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Tableau Conference Europe starts tomorrow, July 3rd.  For those attending the conference, please share your stories of Tableau Community with others.  You can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #TC18Europe. If you can not attend the conference this year, Tableau will be streaming live from London.  You can find the schedule of events and set reminders by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here in the US,we are excited to celebrate the 4th of July this week. I thought it would be a great time to revisit Zen Master Anya A'hearn's blog post Design Your Data Viz Like a product Designer.  Anya created this post back in October of 2013 and shows how using Tableau is a creative and iterative process.  This post provides inspiration to spice up your visualizations.

 

 

Announcements

 

+ 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

 

@datachloe announced the Data Plus Women Grant to attend TC18. The grant will include a ticket to #TC18 as well as $2000 towards travel and lodging.  Learn more about this opportunity here: bit.ly/2JMGbYU

+ As mentioned last week, the Community Founders Award—inspired by individuals like Michael Cristiani who embody the spirit of the Tableau community will be awarded an all-inclusive trip to #TC18. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, July 27, 2018 at 12:00 PST.

 

+ Speaking of TC - Iron Viz Global Feeder #2 is accepting submissions!

The second feeder of the 2018 Iron Viz Global competition remains 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.

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

+ Our most talked about community thread this week comes from Haan Haan.  Haan asked about comparing a measure value for today to a value from the most recent day before today in this thread.

Haan provided a sample workbook which enabled Amit Narkar to jump right in and assist Haan with his question and quickly assist with a resolution and an updated workbook. 

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

 

Top Voted Idea

 

+ This week's top Idea for votes is for Server Administrators to View As Other Users with a caveat noted by a few of our members to mask the actual data in the view for data security reasons.

 

 

Community Highlights

 

+ The World Cup is nearing the quarter finals and Tableau has you covered on the history, the teams, the players and the matches.  Find anything you ever wanted to know in the blog post 4 ways the Tableau Community visualizes World Cup data.

 

 

+ Gordon Strodel, from Tableau Partner, Slalom, has provided a post to the Tableau Blog to help you get control of your dirty data.  Don't sweep dirty data under the rug: A three-part approach to data prep.

 

+ And with all this talk of Europe TC18, you may be wondering why people keep going to Tableau Conference, year after year.  Full disclosure here, this will be my seventh TC this year! Gregory Lewandowski shares his thoughts on why he keeps coming back in the post I've been to 10 Tableau Conferences. Here's why I keep coming back.

 

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

 

The Tableau Community is known far and wide as the model for the Data Driven world because of you.  Thank you for making this place rock!!  Have a great week!

 

Happy Analyzing!

Patrick VDH

Hi Tableau Community,

 

The 2018 World Cup is about ready to kick off.  Are you from a country with a team that is  not participating this year and looking for a way to learn more about the teams competing (hello USA)?

Investigate the teams participating in World Cup 2018 and learn where each teams members play professionally to help determine if England, Spain, Portugal or another country is the better pick to represent you this year.  Check out this great visualization posted earlier this week by the Germany based Institute for Game Analysis:

 

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Announcements

 

+ 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

 

+  As we mentioned last week, 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 if you have not done so already: Please rate your experience when using Tableau Help

 

+  Have you ever been to Tableau Conference?  TC18 is the DATA event of the year and you won't want to be left out.  You can learn more about why every Data Rockstar should attend Tableau Conference in this new post from Amy Barone  Learn more about Tableau Conference and register at this link: https://tabsoft.co/2qozvrl

 

Recognition

 

Congratulations to Zen Master Ken Flerlage as he achieved the prestigious "Help one, Help all!" badge for 100 members of the community marking Ken's replies/posts as helpful. Joining Ken this week, Bryce Larsen received the "Helpful is my middle name" badge for 50 members acknowledging their posts as helpful.  Finally, Mavis Liu followed up last weeks 'Helpful is my middle name' badge by earning the 'Questions for Breakfast' badge received after 25 replies to questions have been marked as the correct answer.

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

The most talked about thread for last week from Rayvel Lopez titled Count each month greater than zero.   Rayvel posted a question seeking a LOD calculation to assist with finding a count of months with charge amounts greater than zero for the last year.  Wesley Magee jumped in with the first reply eight minutes after Rayvel posted his question.   Ambassador Joe Oppelt jumped in to remind Rayvel that posting a workbook helps the community better understand his data and question.  Rayvel added a packaged workbook file to the thread and then several other members of the community joined in to assist until Arvind Garg proposed a datediff calculation that looked at the difference in dates and the charge amount value in a single calculation.   Thank you to all that helped Rayvel.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

 

This idea ODBC connection for Tableau Prep was the idea with the most votes this week.  We welcome your votes and ideas on the direction of Tableau Prep.  Please be sure to categorize the Idea with "Tableau Prep" when adding new ideas.  Be sure to vote for your own idea and ask others to vote up your idea. 

 

 

Community Highlights

 

Andy Cotgreave has posted a recap of the Best of Tableau Web for May, 2018. This is a great way to catch up on many of the best and most helpful posts related to Tableau from May.

 

+  There is still time to register for the Tableau Prep webinar with  Joshua Milligan & Bridget Cogley covering Tableau Tips and Tricks Round 2 on Wednesday, June 27th! Click on this link to register.

 

+ Tableau's own Ed Barrie has posted a blog piece, How analytics helps cash flow management by uncovering key details to provide near real time view of your business.

 

+ Want to learn more about the Tableau Community and how to get involved, take a listen to the InterWorks Podcast Your Data podcast where you can listen to this weeks focus on Community with a few of our Ambassadors and Zen Masters followed by an interview with yours truly.

 

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

 

 

Thank you and have a great week!

Patrick

Hi Tableau Community!

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Announcements

+ 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.  This presentation will be recorded and may be watched on our YouTube channel if you are unable to attend.

 

+ 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

 

+ 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.

 

Community Tips and Tricks

Did you know you can create new "Streams" to follow in the community from the page - https://community.tableau.com/news.  Each Stream can be set up for unique communication options under your User Preferences page in the community. 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Eric Hammond this week.  Eric picked up both the "Helpful is my middle name" badge (50 helpful posts) and the "Questions for Breakfast!" (25 replies marked correct) badge this week.  Cathy Bridges and Mavis Liu picked up the "I Know Stuff!!" badges this week for 10 correct marked replies.  Thank you to each of you for being rock stars in the community and helping make this the best Community in DATA.

 

Most Talked about Thread

The thread How can one choose to include or exclude data with certain condition on a calculated field? was the most discussed thread this week with 16 replies.  Bryce Larsen supplied the answer in detail with examples of using a Join rather than data blending to arrive at the solution.   Several members of the community contributed ideas to the thread and helped here.

 

Top Voted Idea

The idea Apply number formatting inside a calculated field is the most voted on idea for the last week with 7 more additional votes. This idea of controlling formatting across the values in a single field is originally created in 2012 and can be worked around with string

 

Community Highlights

+ Reminder -  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

 

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

 

Happy Analyzing!

 

Patrick VDH

Tableau Community,

 

What a big week last week here at Tableau.  Amanda wrote up all the details on the release of 2018.1 Tableau offerings.  If you missed that version of the digest, be sure to check it out here

 

We hope you are enjoying Tableau Prep.  We have created a new home in the community forums to ask questions and discuss this new product release.  Be sure to visit to find a list of resources to get started: Tableau Prep

 

 

Announcements

 

+ Beta 2018.2 is now available   Now that the party is over we will shift our focus to the next release.  Join the Beta today if you want to be the first to see these features in action..

 

Here are a few of the many new features in this Beta.   A complete list of the new features can be found here but here are a few highlights of these from the ideas you created in our community.

 

Logarithmic scale on axis - no negatives allowed!  

Spatial Join (v. 11.0)

Shading/Fill on background when None should be transparent

Data-driven alert warning when add recipients who do not have permission

 

 

+ TC18 in New Orleans is coming up fast and we are just days away from a ticket price increase. Learn more about Tableau Conference and register at this link: https://tabsoft.co/2qozvrl

 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to Jennifer VonHagel for achieving 100 helpful votes and the 'Help one, help all!! badge. Congratulations to Zen Master Ken Flerlage for achieving the 50 helpful badge 'Helpful is my middle name'. 

These are big achievements.  Thank you Jennifer and Ken!

 

Most Talked about Thread

The most popular thread this week was our own Marissa Michelotti's post about the new release titled It's a new day for data!

 

Top Voted Idea

It's not even close this week.  The release of Tableau Prep has resulted in a feature faster than any before.  With over 131 votes in one week, the idea request Tableau Prep - add ability to schedule flows tops the votes this week far ahead of every other idea. 

 

That's it for this week.  We hope you are enjoying Prep and all the new features. 

 

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!

Patrick

Hello Tableau Community!

 

Are you heading to TC Europe?  You have one week left to enter #IronViz Europe.  Tell your favorite story about European Cities with data.  Learn more here: https://t.co/jduAZ3x75e 

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What's Happening Across the Community


+ You may have noticed that we are doing some spring clean up in the community in the last few weeks.  Here is a quick look at the changes

  • Renamed the "Community Canvas" area to "Getting Started in the Forums" to address the primary purpose of this location and make for a more unified welcome experience.
  • Moved the Tableau Online forums area to a new home on the Forums navigation to allow for a dedicated location in the forums for users of Tableau Online to ask questions and share resources.
  • And finally, we have cleaned up the front welcome page of the community to focus on the the information you asked be presented in a easy to use front page. 

 

We are always seeking your feedback on the community design and use so please feel free to email community@tableau.com at any time.

 

+ MakeoverMonday: For week 13 MakeoverMonday is determining the UK's favorite Chocolate Bar. 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 are looking for your stories about working with dirty data: 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! Thank you!

 

+ Have you ever helped shape the creation of a brand new product?  Now is your chance.  Project Maestro Beta #4 is live.   Beta 4 is still available for download and feedback!  There is still time to join the beta and learn about Maestro before the rest of the world sees it. If you are already in Project Maestro join the Community Group! Project Maestro  Join now and be the cool kid on the block when the first release is dropped. 

 

Most Talked about Thread

 

+ This weeks most talked about thread started with a post from  Sameen Majid regarding a topic dear to many long time users of Tableau. Re: 'Total' not showing properly.  Ambassador Simon Runc provided a detailed reply with links and background to share how Grand Totals are calculated. 

 

Top Voted Idea

 

+ This week the Idea Horizontal Scroll Bar on tables had 12 more votes.  This is an older idea that continues to see engagement and highlights the experience difference between Dimensions and Measures in the view.  Thank you for those votes and feedback. 

 

+ 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!

 

Patrick

Hello Tableau Community!

 

March is time to start thinking about Spring and around here this usually boils down to a few friendly bets on the College Basketball Championship tournament.  The team selection will be this Sunday, March 11th and that means its time to start thinking about your data visualization for 2018 March Madness.  Here is an inspiring visualization from last year to get the creative juices flowing:

 

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Announcements

 

+ Zen Master Allan Walker is going to share his tips for utilizing Mapbox with Tableau in a presentation to the Community this this Thursday morning.  Learn more and sign up for the webinar here.

 

+ 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 have three community members that have all hit major milestones this week with the "Help one, help all" badge.  This badge is a earned after all replies by a user achieve One Hundred "This Helped Me" clicks by members of the community.  Please congratulate Tableau's own Wilson Po and customer Justin Larson and Jayshree Dawrewar for achieving this milestone.  Thank you for all your contributions and helping to make the Tableau Community great.

 

Most Talked about Thread

The post Re: how to get MTD/YTD/Current Week selections in dashboard posted on February 25th is our most viewed thread this last week..  Community member Kemal Gürler replied with the solution for the poster - Sashank Kammili.  Thank you Kemal.  This is a great thread to see a method of selecting different to date selection options.

 

Top Voted Idea

Community member Elan Sofer created Ability to join Tableau Server data sources in 2015.  This Idea collected 11 additional votes this week.

 

+ 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!

Patrick

Hello Tableau Community.

 

We are celebrating Black History Month.  Have you ever thought about getting involved in #MakeoverMonday? Today is a great day to start as we #VisualizeDiversity.  Learn more and get involved here: tabsoft.co/2FFEhGY

 

 

This week, we celebrate the opening day of the Winter Olympics. Tableau Zen Master Rody Zakovich created a great Winter Olympics viz to learn more about the achievements of prior Winter Olympics here.

 

Announcements

 

+ Join us for Developer Office Hours on Tuesday, February 6th at 10:00am PST. The is the first in a two part series on Tableau Server Admin Tools and will be hosted by Tableau Product Manager Rahul Motwani. Register here: Dev Office Hours: Tableau Server Admin Tools Session 1

 

Session 1 will cover - TabJolt, Scout and Replayer

 

+ Think Data Thursday this month will be presented by Tableau Zen Master Tamas Foldi (Twitter:@tfoldi)    Tamas will present how he has added machine learning to dashboards, query live data from web services, and create animation and paiging in Tableau Server by utilizing the Extensions API.  Be sure to join us for this entertaining look at what's possible with the Tableau Extensions API on February 8th, 2018.    Register here: Zen Master Tamas Foldi: No Limits with Tableau and the Extensions API | Tableau Software

 

 

Project Maestro beta #3 is out today.   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

Congratulations to Tableau Community member Peter Fakan for achieving the badge Help one, help all! for having 100 replies marked helpful.   Jyothisree Rayagiri achieved both the I love helping badge for having 25 replies marked as Helpful! and the I Know Stuff!! badge for 10 posts that were marked correct.    Thank you for all the contributions to help each other learn and use Tableau.

 

Most Talked about Thread

The thread was posted on January 29th by user murtaza farooqui regarding Duplicate Records.  Ambassador Norbert Maijoor was the first to reply with a request for a bit of clarification and then user Neil Lord suggested one option of removing the duplicate records with the use of a custom sql statement on the data connection.  This solution was eventually the marked correct solution as a few other users provided ideas/solutions for murtaza.

 

Top Voted Idea

Community member Darrin Schulte created the idea Control what displays in View  Data which received another 9 new votes this week. This is the top voted idea again this week! The Tableau Development team is taking note of the popularity of the idea. 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!

 

Patrick Van Der Hyde

Hello Tableau Community.

 

Tonight is the biggest of nights for college (American) football fans as Alabama plays Georgia for the National Championship.  With that in mind, I wanted to share this great viz from Zen master (and former community ambasador)  Rody Zakovich covering last years game between Alabama and Clemson.

 

https://public.tableau.com/static/images/An/AnalyzingtheNationalChampionshipGame/AnalyzingtheNationalChampionshipGame/1.png

 

To see more from the author check out his Tableau Public profile: Rody Zakovichhttps://public.tableau.com/profile/rody.zakovich#!/

Share any visualization you make or find about tonight's big game in the comments please. 

 

Announcements

 

+ Think Data Thursday this month will cover the Tableau Extensions API on January 25th, 2018. More information to come soon!   

 

+  Who do you think should be the next Tableau Zen Master?  Remember that nominations are 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 member venkatram for achieving the I Know Stuff!! for having 10 replies marked correct!   Ritesh Bisht achieved the Helpful is my middle name badge for having 50 replies marked as Helpful! and Community member Kemal Gürler  for achieved the Help Desk badge for having 5 answers marked correct!  Thank you for all the contributions to help each other learn and use Tableau.

 

Most Talked about Thread

The thread Re: Calculating running total was posted on January 4th by user yamuna.kosireddi.  User Alex Paterson jumped in to assist Yamuna in showing running totals for months with data. 

 

Top Voted Idea

Community member Darrin Schulte created the idea Control what displays in View  Data which received another 7 new votes this week. This is the top voted idea for three weeks in a row! The Tableau Development team is taking note of the popularity of the idea. 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!

 

Patrick Van Der Hyde

Hello,

 

It's hard to believe but the Olympics are right around the corner.  The 2018 Winter Olympics will be hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Are you preparing to watch hours of Skeleton, Curling, and Nordic Combined?  While you wait for the start of the games, be inspired to create your own Olympic Dashboard. 

Here is a dashboard I found on Tableau Public from the four years ago. Building a viz for fun is where you take Tableau to all new levels. Do you have an idea for a 2018 Olympic viz?   Share in the comments. 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

+ Have you voted for the Business Intelligence Trend of 2018?  That's right, you the community of Tableau users are invited to vote on what you think the most important trend in BI today is?  Andrew Grinaker has this post explaining more - Introducing the Tableau Community’s “11th Trend” – Vote Now with a link to voting here: 11th Trend Survey | Tableau Software .  Please come on over and share your voice. 

 

+ Are you a Tableau Online user? If so, be sure to read Greg Bennett's post Get Ready for the Tableau Online Upgrade to 10.5 where Greg covers the new features with 10.5 and what they mean for you. 

 

 

Recognition

 

Congratulations to Glenn Kuly and Alvino Vaz for achieving the "Helpful is my middle name" badge this week with 50 posts marked "Helpful".  In addition this week, arvindgarg and sunil.sachdeva achieved the 'Questions for Breakfast' badge representing 25 answers marked as 'Correct'.  These contributions of Tableau users helping each other makes our community the special place it is. Thank you!! 

 

Most Talked about Thread

The post Making parameter that will change chart label by Dimitriy Shcherbenko was posted on December 7th.   Tableau Ambassador Shinichiro Murakami provided the answer marked correct after several other customers offered assistance and direction.   The solution shows off the power of table calculations in Tableau. 

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Top Voted Idea

This week's top voted idea is the 'IN' Operator equivalent idea going back to 2012 by Stephen Smirl  .  This idea gained 7 new votes this week.  The FAQ page FAQ:  'IN' operator is another resource to review if you too find this idea of interest. 

 

Other News

+ We had a great Think Data Thursday last week as Steve Wexler from Data Revelations presented how to use Tableau with survey data.  If you missed this presentation, you can watch it by clicking here.  Thank you again to Steve.

 

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

 

Happy analyzing!


Patrick

Are you planning a meal for Thanksgiving?

So Turkey is main dish for most everyone according to a FiveThirtyEight but what to serve with that bird? 

 

Zen master Pooja Gandhi created this viz last year to help you see the most popular sides and deserts:

 

https://public.tableau.com/static/images/Ha/HappyThanksgiving_0/HappyThanksgiving/1.png

 

I don't know about you but our family's favorite marshmallow jello salad seems to be missing.  Are you ready for the big day?

 

▲ 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

 

+It's been a few months since our last Think Data Thursday group presentation.  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:  Think Data Thursday: Jump Start Visualizing Your Survey Data Using Tableau

 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to community member Jay Morehart who achived the rare badge of Help one, help all! this week.  This badge is awarded to community members that have received one hundred This Helped Me clicks on their contributions.  Thank you Jay!  We also have two members, Alex Kerin and Ville Tyrväinen, receiving the Helpful is my middle name badge for 50 marked helpful replies.   We also have another new Calc Contributor this week: Brenden Goetz 

Thank you to our community members for sharing your talents and helping others learn and use Tableau.

 

Most Talked about Thread

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

Francesca Grisanti posted Compare single ids as days go by on November 7th.  Community Ambassador Norbert Maijoor replied to the question with a request for a detailed workbook to help see and understand the data structure.  And an hour later, Norbert supplied a reply with the marked correct answer by utilizing LOD calculations to find the Min and max dates.  That was a good start but after some investigation, Francesca found that the solution did not fully work for her.  Norbert and Francesca had some more back and forth before Shinichiro Murakami was called in to evaluate the issue.   Shin was able to find the final solution and get it to work using Table Calculations.

 

The top liked forum question this week comes from Raghu Gadiraju in the question Populating parameter values based on a query.  The solution provided by Vinnie Ahuja uses a query to bring in the values from another data source as a table that can then be set as the values to a Parameter from the 'Set from Field' option of the Parameter.   In addition, the request for a more straight forward solution was identified in an existing idea where it was suggested to vote up the idea.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

The idea to have configure number formatting from within a calculated field was originally created by Russell Lamb in 2012.  This idea received 6 votes last week.  Thank you for your voting contributions.

 

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 great week!

Patrick

▲ A great Tableau Conference 2017

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We are starting to recover from an amazing week of meet ups, games, tweeting, sessions and parties.  We hope you were able to attend this year's conference and renew or make friendships to enrich your journey with Tableau.  Our team looks forward to the Tableau Conference each year and we enjoy meeting each of you.  There's nothing like putting faces to the names we see here in the community forums. Most importantly, we want to share how wonderful it was to meet so many of you in person.  Thank you for stopping by and introducing yourselves.   #WeAreDataPeople

 

Did you miss Tableau Conference this year but you still would like to take in the content?  Register for Tableau Conference Live and watch the Tableau Keynotes, 200+ breakout sessions, and the Hands-On training sessions with their related workbooks and content.

 

▲ Announcements

+ Tableau Conference 2018 #TC18 is open for registration.  https://tc17.tableau.com/  is where you will find the link.  Now is the time to get the best rooms and rates on flights.


+ Tableau 10.5 beta is a out and ready for testing.  You may have heard our Developement team share the many new features available in this upcoming version at Tableau Conference Dev's on Stage event. 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

 

+ Tableau has several new and updated resources available for your exploration in the community including Logshark v2 and TabMon v1.2.

 

 

Recognition

This week we are happy to share that Michael Gillespie has achieved the Questions for Breakfast badge awarded for 25 correctly marked replies in the forums.  Thank you Michael for all your contributions!

Peter Fakan achieved the "I Know Stuff!!" badge this week marking his first 10 correctly marked replies.

Hari Chandan Reddy Maryada and John Kuo achieved a monster milestone with over 100 users marking their replies as Helpful.

Thanks to each of you for sharing your knowledge and ideas with each other to make the Tableau Community the best.

 

 

Most Talked about Thread

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

RamalingaRaju PS asked "Sort by ascending and descending in Tableau" and Tableau Community Ambasador Jim Dehner replied to the initial post within 2 minutes.  Wow Jim..   it took a bit of going back and forth to sort out the issue but Jim provided a solution using a Parameter.  Jim shared a common sentiment in the final post of this thread - helping others is often an opportunity to learn something new yourself.  Trying to push yourself to learn more Tableau?  Join Jim and see if you can help others in the community.

 

The Top 'Liked" post this week started with a question from Youwei Chen titled "Separate coloring per row".  The correctly marked reply with detailed steps and pictures was supplied by Subhankar Mishra.  Subhankar joined the community last April and has already received the Help one, Help all (over 100 users have found his replies helpful).  thank you Subhankar!

 

Top Voted Idea

The top voted idea for last week is Control what displays in View Data with 14 new votes last week.  This idea originally created in 2012 has several replies and ideas within the comments.  It's a pretty broad request so be sure to read through these as there may be a solution that will work for you within the replies.  There are also a number of related ideas that may be a better fit for your use case listed within the replies.  As always, your feedback and comments are welcome within these ideas to help shape the product.

 

 

Please feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or feedback to the community team at community@tableau.com

 

Best,

Patrick

Happy Monday - I raised awareness a few weeks ago about the solar eclipse but it's nearly here (next Monday).  I didn't want to let the theme pass us over quite yet.  Zen Master,  Matthew Chambers created a post and visualization examining the relationship between interest in the eclipse and the path of the eclipse.   Learn how Matt created that great eclipse path across the USA in his article. 

https://public.tableau.com/static/images/Go/GoogleSearchInterestfor2017Eclipse/GoogleSearchInterestforEclipse/1.png

 

 

 

Announcements

+ Today is the last day of the  virtual JavaScript API hackathon. #DataDev Hackathon is underway from August 4-14, and the winner will receive a free pass to Tableau Conference 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas! Learn more on the Tableau blog: Announcing Developer hackathon - Win a free pass to TC17!

 

+ I will be on vacation for the next several weeks as I am set to begin my hike of thehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir_TrailJohn Muir Trail on Tuesday, August 22nd. 

 

 

 

 

Recognition

Congratulations to our community Ambasador Zhouyi Zhang (ZZ) for achieving the Answer Wizard badge!  The Answer Wizard badge marks is received after 100 people have marked your answer 'Correct'.  This is a huge milestone in the Tableau Community forums that only a handful of members have achieved.  Thank you ZZ.  

 

Most Talked about Thread

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

 

Indre White asked a question about ranking data for the current year but showing data across several years.  Ambassador Joe Oppelt and Shinichiro Murakami both jumped in to assist Indre with this challenging question.  Joe went the Table Calculation route and Shin chose to use a LOD calc.  This is a great example of how you can use different methods to arrive at a result in Tableau.  Both offer an opportunity to learn more advanced techniques/tools. 

 

Top Voted Idea

The top voted idea this week is Ability to Rename Workbooks on Server originally contribute by Michael Lee with 579 votes for this Idea and 119 comments.  There are some conflicting ideas about what and who should be allowed to change a workbook name.  What are your thoughts?  Vote and share your comments. 

 

In other news

Learn how Zen Master Christopher DeMartini analyzed movie scripts with Tableau - Analyzing Movie Scripts with Tableau | Tableau Public .  A truly fascinating look at  what's possible with Tableau. 

 

That's all I've got for this week. Have a great one and until next time, happy analyzing!

 

As usual, feel free to send submissions, suggestions, or comments to community@tableau.com