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Back in October, I shared the Tableau challenge workbook with fellow data explorers at the Tableau Conference, and many people asked me, “How can I make something similar?” So I thought I’d walk you through the steps. There are three major components to building a Tableau application: data, framework, and formatting.

By Bronson Shonk Dec 21, 2015

We’re thrilled to share Montclare has named Tableau as one of the top 20 SaaS companies in the world!

By Ellie Fields Dec 18, 2015

Last week, we released a web data connector (WDC) to the Star Wars API. Judging from your Twitter conversations, we can tell there’s a lot of Star Wars excitement in the Tableau community! Today, we’d like to congratulate the fans (ourselves included) for enduring the long wait for Episode VII. We’re excited to share ten awesome visualizations about Star Wars, including many that you created with the WDC in just the past week.

By Michelle Wallace Dec 18, 2015

Do you know an exceptional Tableau user who helps others via social media? Nominate the person to be a Tableau Ambassador! Earlier this year, we launched our Tableau Ambassador program, which recognizes community members who go above and beyond the call of duty to help other Tableau users. The program began with a single branch, the Tableau Ambassadors for the Community Forums. We soon added two more branches: the Tableau Ambassadors for User Groups and the Tableau Ambassadors for Social Media. The Ambassador program now encompasses three different—but deeply-connected—areas of the Tableau community: the community forums, the user groups, and social media.

By Michelle Wallace Dec 17, 2015

With mobile devices now ubiquitous, more and more companies are looking to leverage the power of mobile analytics. Whether you’re at an offsite meeting, on a plane, or even in your pajamas at home, being just a few taps and swipes away from your data has tremendous value. But due to their small screen size and touch interface, phones pose a unique challenge as an analytics distribution platform. That’s why it’s critical to pinpoint your analytical focus when designing your smartphone dashboard. You’ll want to include only the metrics that truly matter to your audience.

By Miranda Li Dec 16, 2015

Last week, we posted a guide to formatting a beautiful, high-level dashboard in just 10 minutes. Alas, the second comment, from Cristian Vasile, was not complimentary. He called it “a complete failure.” Ouch. We took a step back and realized that we’d focused on beauty instead of functionality.

By Andy Cotgreave Dec 14, 2015

We're excited to announce a direct connector to Google Cloud SQL. This optimized connection will allow anyone using Tableau to take advantage of this fast and affordable MySQL database.

By Ross Perez Dec 14, 2015

Here at Tableau, we might be getting a little too excited about next week’s Star Wars release. But who can blame us? Star Wars basically has the perfect combination of brainy geekiness and excellent storytelling that we love here at Tableau.

By Michelle Wallace Dec 11, 2015

What makes a good data analyst? This is a question I get regularly asked as I help people explore ways to see and understand their ever-growing volume of data. Analytical skills, communication skills, math, and attention to detail are usually thrown around as the essential skills required to be a good data analyst. For me, the answer is much simpler.

By Mac Bryla Dec 10, 2015

Want more of your colleagues to dive into data? Introduce them to the data-informed way of life with an elegant dashboard about key metrics. A high-level dashboard that keeps the company updated at all levels and also drills down in seconds can help people evolve from passive consumers of data to self-service can-doers.

By Anika Martynowych Dec 9, 2015

You asked, and we listened. Tableau 9.2 includes a much-anticipated feature suggested by you, the community. You can now move your grand totals from the bottom of your viz to the top, from the right to the left, or a combination of both! Wouldn’t it be easier if you could just put that total at the top of the bar chart? Well, good news! Tableau 9.2 now gives you this flexibility. You can move grand totals from the bottom of your viz to the top, from the right to the left, or a combination of both.

By Tracy Rodgers Dec 8, 2015

Ring, ring! What’s that? It’s your data…on your iPhone. We’re thrilled to announce the release of Tableau 9.2, which includes the long-awaited iPhone app for Tableau Mobile. But the iPhone app is just one of the new features in Tableau 9.2, many of which have been influenced by our customer community. We loved watching your reactions to the new features as they were announced at Tableau Conference, the community event of the year.

By Michelle Wallace Dec 8, 2015

This month's viz roundup features a viz where you can set target CO2 emissions for your country, a viz showing Twitter's reaction to the tragic Paris Attacks, and another that allows you to see Premier League injuries by selecting parts of the human body.

By Lucas Stewart Dec 7, 2015

We are excited to bring the easy and beautiful Tableau Mobile experience to the iPhone with Tableau 9.2. The app is the fastest and most delightful way to stay on top of your data from anywhere, whether you are offline or on the go. The Tableau Mobile iPhone app includes rich interactive features. You can explore, analyze, and visualize data using simple and intuitive touch gestures. Here are some highlights of the iPhone app:

By Yiju Hou Dec 7, 2015

Today, we are excited to take another step in the cloud by extending our integration with Microsoft’s cloud platform with support for Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines. This is an important part of the broad integration that Tableau offers with Microsoft technologies.

By Dan Kogan Dec 4, 2015

We’re excited for the upcoming release of Tableau 9.2, which features powerful upgrades to Tableau Online. These include user-interface improvements, new authentication options, and a more powerful web-editing experience to help you easily share and explore data, all within your browser.

By Marshall Daly Dec 4, 2015

Here in the US, November is a special month. It’s when we come together as a country to celebrate Thanksgiving with all the food, family, and holiday fun that entails. It’s also the month when we indulge in another quintessentially-American tradition, football.

By Maris McEdward Dec 3, 2015

Tableau 9.2 comes with Mapbox integration. Mapbox is an awesome map service provider. With a Mapbox account, you can use a number of preset background maps or build your own custom map, complete with your cartographic design and even your own data.

By Kent Marten Dec 2, 2015
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