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The Tableau 9.1 feature I'm most excited about is the Web Data Connector. With this feature, any developer can write his or her own connector to a web data source and bring that data directly into Tableau. Many of our beta participants and Tableau team members have already written their own connectors with the Web Data Connector. These allow Tableau users to connect directly to sources like Facebook, Mapbox, and import.io for the first time. Tableau 9.1 will open many new possibilities for developers. To celebrate it all, we’d like to invite you to meet our developers.

By Michelle Wallace Sep 2, 2015

Most people understand the value and benefits of cloud as a deployment model. These include increased agility and efficiency of hardware resources, elasticity, metering, and lower cost. But cloud analytics solutions have evolved further to provide new drivers of business value–namely helping businesses become more integral and responsive to their customers’ needs.

By Ajay Chandramouly Sep 1, 2015

Can we set a default value for a quick filter based on an action? Don’t be too quick to say, “No!” That was my first inclination. But I was wrong; there is a way!

By Guest Author Aug 28, 2015

Sixteen Tableau User Groups around the world spent the month of July fiercely competing in the War of TUGs. From Colorado to Atlanta, to Paris, our user groups tackled school performance data from the Ohio Department of Education, and created vizzes to benefit StriveTogether, an education-focused non-profit. We received 28 submissions from 16 TUGs who participated in the competition organized by Shawn Wallwork of our Albuquerque group.

By Lauren Rogers Aug 28, 2015

Visual analytics is transforming the way government leaders make critical decisions, meet their mission goals, and interact with the public. New trends in measuring performance management promise opportunity for growth, sustainability, and efficiency. Here are four ways in which government agencies can use visual analytics to improve performance management.

By Christine Carmichael Aug 26, 2015

We’re proud to announce Tableau Online has successfully completed its SOC 2 Type II audit. We worked with MossAdams LLP, an independent certified public accounting firm, to perform an in-depth audit of the control objects and activities for Tableau Online. The Type II audit validates the strength of our controls over time and highlights our ongoing commitment to security.

By Ariel Companioni Aug 24, 2015

The web is an amazing source of data. It’s big, free, and constantly being updated. But data on the web is hard to access. That’s where Import.io comes in. It’s a web platform that turns websites into structured tables of data that are actually useful. With structured data, you can find unique insights and spot new trends leading them to make better, more informed decisions.

By Sophie Sparkes Aug 24, 2015

There are no boring building roofs in Shanghai. Because “everything needs a proper cap,” says Thomas Yap, who leads the charge to establish Tableau in China. So to put on a “proper cap," Tableau co-founder and chief scientist Dr. Pat Hanrahan and I travelled to Shanghai to officially launch our operations there.

By Adriana Gil Miner Aug 21, 2015

The ideas section of the Tableau Community is one of the biggest sources for product feedback. Tableau developers often look at it to get their inspiration for creating new features and improving existing ones. Tableau 9.1, currently in beta, is no exception. Close to 20 ideas have been marked as Released.

By Tracy Fitzgerald Aug 20, 2015

I love podcasts. They’ve lightened my commutes to and from work for years. For people interested in data, now is a great time to be subscribing to podcasts as there are a growing number of fantastic podcasts. Here are the six podcasts I recommend to you all.

By Andy Cotgreave Aug 19, 2015

Which Tableau-related sessions would YOU like to attend at SxSW next year? There are quite a few Tableau team members and users who’ve applied to speak at SXSW 2016. Check out the full list below and vote for your favorites using the SXSW PanelPicker.

By Maris McEdward Aug 17, 2015

Tableau has been named one of the best places to work in Washington state—again! Puget Sound Business Journal recognized Tableau as a “gold medalist” in the large-company category of its 2015 Washington’s Best Workplace ranking.

By Brett Thompson Aug 14, 2015

Tableau 9.1 includes the much-anticipated Web Data Connector, which lets you build connections to data that lives beyond the existing connectors. With this new feature, you can connect to almost any data accessible over HTTP including internal web services, JSON data, and REST APIs.

By Ashley Jaschke Aug 14, 2015

Moving data and analytics to the cloud can be a challenge. Given their variety, there’s no one-size-fit-all approach. Still, the immense benefits of the cloud outweigh those challenges, concluded a recent panel on cloud analytics at the Hotel Zetta in San Francisco.

By Dustin Smith Aug 11, 2015

Databases are populated with many large tables of tabular data, making them problematic to conceptualize. The ability to see and understand the data within a database easily is crucial to beginning any analysis. It turns out there are many database administrative tools that map out data models, but mapping hundreds of tables in a database tends to be a mess. Plus they are generally not available to the end users.

By Bronson Shonk Aug 10, 2015

Much like cycling fans following their favorites in the Tour de France, I spent the month of July tracking the best of Tableau and data visualization content out there so that I could turn around and tell you all about it. Pretty nice of me, huh? I’ll never be a visual analysis guru and I’ll never be a professional cyclist, but it’s my absolute pleasure to deliver this roundup with a hearty dose of Tour de France terminology!

By Lari McEdward Aug 7, 2015