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Some people say they like math because the problem always has one right answer. But Tara Kats says she loves math because there can be more than one right answer. Tara learned formulaic equations like the rest of us. But her perspective shifted while taking upper-division math classes in college.

By Erin Stevens Oct 8, 2015

Our partner Amazon has made a number of announcements at its re:Invent conference this week. Since many Tableau users connect to data stored in Amazon Web Services, we wanted to update you on how Tableau and Amazon can help you make sense of your data in the cloud.

By Ashley Jaschke Oct 7, 2015

I wasn’t expecting anything special to happen on a particular Tuesday in September. Then I got a note saying there was a package waiting for me. It was from Tableau. I knew that Tableau Zen Masters could be announced soon, so I rushed through Dallas traffic to get there before everyone would be gone for the day. With 10 minutes to spare, I opened the package to find this.

By Guest Author Oct 7, 2015

The 5th annual Iron Viz Championship is a little less than a month away, and it's time to take a look at our contestants.

By Ross Perez Oct 5, 2015

When Christine Birtel wants to understand her data, she digs deeper than the numbers. She first asks questions of the data. Then she asks questions of the data’s subjects—in her case, Wells Fargo customers. “I take the perspective that analyzing the data and behavior is really important, but you’re missing half the story—why they’re doing it—if you don’t talk to your customers or whoever is the focus,” she says.

By Erin Stevens Oct 2, 2015

I am a huge fan of doing things the right way instead of using workarounds or shortcuts. Tableau is an incredible tool for solving problems, and using the functionality within Tableau, I have rarely found a problem unsolvable. That being said, sometimes it just makes more sense to make the data easier to work with before bringing it into Tableau.

By Bronson Shonk Sep 30, 2015

The Tableau Foundation is proud to announce a free software program for non-profit organizations. All non-profits with an annual operating budget under $5 million qualify for this program. We’ve also established the Tableau Service Corps, a volunteer network of Tableau team members eager to help non-profits see and understand their data. Any non-profit, regardless of size, can tap the help of the many volunteers listed on the Tableau Service Corps website.

By Neal Myrick Sep 29, 2015

Tableau 9.1 lets you ask and answer more explicit questions of your data. Take advantage of these visual analytics features to dig deeper.

By Ian Coe Sep 28, 2015

Here’s proof that Tableau Zen Masters are much more than data viz whizzes. As part of our back-to-school series, we asked our Zen Masters to share tips for our community of data explorers. And what we got in return was a wealth of wisdom that range from data tips to life lessons. Here are their insights, which can benefit all of us—as data explorers and as human beings.

By Martha Kang Sep 25, 2015

When disaster strikes, Jennifer Chan starts gathering data. Jennifer helps NGOs deliver humanitarian aid. But data can be hard to come by amid a crisis, especially in remote parts of the world. “The format that it comes in can be anything from a spreadsheet to a paragraph, to a phrase in an email, to a PDF document. And it comes not in all one folder; it’ll come in bits and pieces all the time,” says Jennifer.

By Erin Stevens Sep 24, 2015

We are happy to announce Tableau has achieved official SAP certification integration with SAP HANA. In addition to the certification, we’ve added several new HANA capabilities in Tableau 9.1.

By Robert Green Sep 23, 2015

In its beginning days, cloud was seen as a cost-cutting tool. Now the top reason organizations embrace the cloud is business agility, according to a 2014 Forrester survey. Other factors like speed to deployment and lower costs now rank lower.

By Todd Talkington Sep 23, 2015

With the launch of Tableau 9.1, there are now four major areas of extensibility for developers to leverage to extend Tableau in new directions, automate tedious tasks, and connect to more data sources. We’ve also got a new home for developers to get everything they need.

By Ben Lower Sep 22, 2015

The Irish have a common greeting: “Céad míle fáilte,” which means “100,000 welcomes.” And we felt the warmth of as many welcomes when we opened our Dublin office with the Irish prime minster present this week. Taoiseach (“chief” in Gaelic) Enda Kenny TD joined us at our new space commemorate the opening.

By Kelly Genton Sep 18, 2015

An effective data visualization lets users see and understand the data at the speed of thought. You can visualize data from biology labs, accounting case studies, or any other subject you’re studying to find answers faster. Here are five ways to improve the overall value of your dashboards.

By Liz Feller Sep 16, 2015
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