Tableau Prep is a new visual data preparation tool that integrates with Tableau Desktop. Prep makes it easy to clean your data and to complete many data transformations that would be tedious or even impossible in Desktop or in the data source. As a self-proclaimed sports nerd, when I have free time, I like to dive into sports data sets. When the NFL Draft season arrived, I couldn’t help but to look at some NFL Draft data to analyze the incoming draft class against active NFL players. With so much talk about the NFL Draft this year, I decided to look at the money being paid to each player being drafted.

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Categories:Tableau, Data Visualization, Tableau Prep

Tableau 101: Filters

By: Saira Chawla | June 27, 2018 | Comments

The filter is one of Tableau’s most essential features. It allows users to efficiently comb through large datasets and focus on relevant information to find valuable insights. Imagine you have a massive dataset containing information on different countries over the last decade. You can spend lots of time working through a mass of data or more efficiently focus your information on specific countries and years. Filters enable you to target your analysis.

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Categories:Tableau, Data Visualization, Tableau Filters

Gartner Magic Quadrant: The Animated Series

By: Benjamin Hart | May 13, 2018 | Comments

Every year Gartner provides an overview of the analytics and business intelligence landscape. Around February, we all wait anxiously to see what will remain after the dust of development frenzy and market shifts settles. Which of these new hopefuls and industry titans are leading BI’s path into the future?

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Uncovering the Value of Tableau's Workbook XML Metadata

By: Christian Corona | February 27, 2018 | Comments

Tableau, at its core, is a visual tool. While its main purpose is to serve as an industry-leading data visualization platform, Tableau offers many other ways to help you get the most out of your data. One of those ways is by providing metadata, in the form of a structured XML tree, in the un-packaged versions of its workbooks. In this post, we’ll use a workbook built on Superstore datasets to highlight some of the major elements of this XML tree structure and illustrate some of the ways you can access and extract valuable information from this Tableau workbook metadata.

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Dynamic Units in Tableau

By: David Babayev | January 21, 2018 | Comments

Tableau’s number formatting is not inherently dynamic. For a given measure, number formatting is fixed regardless of value. If you set your measure to display in ‘thousands,’ or with a ‘K’ suffix, and your measure contains values that are orders of magnitude smaller or greater than a thousand, your measure values will sometimes display in a way that makes it difficult for the dashboard user to glean information. 

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Categories:Tableau, Data Visualization, Dynamic Units

Keys to Tableauing in an Excel World

By: Jon Ganzarski | October 2, 2017 | Comments

This is an Excel world, and we’re all living in it. Whether it's financial models, healthcare information, sales records, or HR stats – the spreadsheet program is ubiquitous across industries and business units, and some level of proficiency in it is expected for more jobs each year. My CoEnterprise colleagues know that I love working with Excel, but it's also because of Excel that I feel so comfortable as a Tableau and analytics professional. If you’re nervous about making the jump from Excel to Tableau, let me take you down my path from spreadsheet enthusiast to visualization fanatic.

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Using Parameters Within Calculated Fields in Tableau

By: Justin Christensen | September 12, 2017 | Comments

Tableau’s parameters give the end user the ability to control many elements of their dashboard. Many use cases employ parameters to switch between measures, determine sort order or, control other aspects of how data is displayed. Parameters can also be made useful in analysis by including them as an input to a calculated field. In this post, I'll show you how to add parameter control within a calculated field to extend the estimated end dates of projects and determine which would be most affected by anticipated delays.

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Categories:Data Visualization, Parameters, Tableau

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