Useful, fun, and sometimes off-the-beaten path, these Tableau tips will often challenge and inspire you
Cross database joins have been available in Tableau for a while now – and I love the ability to join data at a row-level across various databases and files! And union functionality is available, but for now, only if you are dealing with tables in the same database (or files or Excel tabs). But what […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I recently competed in the Tableau Iron Viz where Tristian Guillevin, Jacob Olsufka and I raced to build a dashboard in 20 minutes! One of the most incredible things about Tableau is how versatile it is as a tool. You can spend hours to build a stunning Tableau dashboard or just a few minutes to […]Continue Reading... 9 Comments.
I recently came across this post by Simona Loffredo in which she describes a certain type of data structure, why it wasn’t ideal for analysis, and how to reshape it using Alteryx. While I love Alteryx and really love how it can be used alongside Tableau, I get especially excited when I can do something without […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Wow! I’m still stunned to have won the first IronViz feeder contest for 2017! And excited! And humbled. And honored. Wow! Thank you to everyone who has had kind words of encouragement! You can read some broad description of my entry here: The Changing Shape of History: From the Colonies to the United States. In […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Tableau technique shown here is to use an action to update an entire dashboard, including the filter selection and the view which triggered the action. The trick doesn’t have to be used to navigate hierarchies or hierarchical data, but it happens to work very nicely for that purpose. Let’s say you have a Tableau […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I really love the Tableau Community Forums. If you haven’t ever experienced the forums, you really should! It’s a vibrant community all centered around helping people learn Tableau and solve real world problems! You can participate as a helper and provide answers to individuals who are asking Tableau questions or ask for help if you have a […]Continue Reading... 5 Comments.
Learn Tableau: something new every day! Years ago, one of my colleagues asked if Tableau was something that you could eventually learn everything there was to ever know. Naively, I said, “Yes.” But I was wrong! I learn Tableau every day. Consider all the areas Tableau touches: Analysis Data Structure Visualization Calculations Set theory […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
As I’ve been beta testing Tableau 10.0 and working on a new edition of Learning Tableau, I’ve been making all kinds of little discoveries. Big new Tableau 10.0 features like clustering, cross database joins, cross data source filters, union updates, Google Sheets are exciting! But little tweaks, cool UI additions, and little new features the Tableau […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Ever design a table in Tableau and wish you could insert a gap between columns or rows? Maybe you want to show several values, but set one apart from the others. Something like this: Or maybe you want to create some space between categories, like this: Whatever the reason, in some cases, it’s actually quite […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Excel spreadsheets and flat text files can be incredible data sources for Tableau. They are ubiquitous, easy to use, easy to create, portable. But, if you use Excel or text files as Tableau data sources, then you may not be aware of some landmines that can undermine your analysis. Step on one of these and […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.