Business Intelligence Blog


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

Did you catch the Ask Andy Anything About Data webinar? I talked with Andy Kirk (of about the state of data visualization, appropriate chart choices, and the etiquette of critiquing others. It was great fun and we managed to tackle ten questions in the hour. We discussed a lot of different resources which are gathered here.

By Andy Cotgreave Dec 1, 2015

It’s an exciting time for the Tableau Community. We recently added a new feature to make it easier for everyone to connect with each other. At Tableau, we believe that data isn’t limited by language; data is understood across the globe. That’s why we are proud to announce that the Tableau Community now has auto translation for forum threads!

By Tracy Rodgers Dec 1, 2015

In Tableau, parameters work like knobs on an old-school TV. Like those channel-changing knobs, parameters offer inputs the user can control.

By Lari McEdward Nov 30, 2015

We’re thrilled to share Tableau has received an Industry Excellence Award from Dresner Advisory Services. Dresner recognized Tableau as an overall leader for business intelligence. The award honors “vendors who demonstrate excellence across all categories of measurement: technology, sales/service, value, and confidence,” according to the firm.

By Ajay Chandramouly Nov 27, 2015

Oh, the poor, maligned pie chart. The chart type that gets pushed around and bullied on the data-viz playground more than any other.

By Ben Jones Nov 26, 2015

Understanding how our brains interpret the world can help us become better storytellers. That’s where neuroscience comes in. The field of neuroscience covers anything that studies the nervous system, from studies on nerve endings, data processing, and even complex social behaviors like economics.

By Rawi Nanakul Nov 24, 2015

Go to a tech conference, and you need only to look at the restroom lines to know that it’s a man’s game. Men often have a long wait while women can march right in. Things fare a bit better in the data industry. Go to the Tableau Conference, for example, and women, too, have to wait in line. Women in the data industry share anecdotes of a slightly better-balanced field (though, ironically, there’s no data to support this). And that, in short, is why you might consider hosting a Data + Women meetup.

By Erin Stevens Nov 23, 2015

A little over a year ago, I started playing bass for a band called Golden Idols. Aside from my extreme bass riffage and overt super-cool-rockstar energy, the band was excited for me to join and bring the skills I had learned over the past couple of years as a marketer. As a result, I got put in charge of the social media efforts of the band.

By Jewel Loree Nov 21, 2015

This is a little tip that started out with a “Tableau doesn’t do that” and then an “Ooh…it does…that’s so cool!” Here’s the problem: In a single-measure table, I want the name of the measure column as a header. In this worksheet, using the coffee chain data, I want the header “sales” to show up on top of the sales column:

By Guest Author Nov 20, 2015

This is an analysis of Twitter hashtags over the weekend following the terrorist attacks in Paris. I chose to try to tell the story with Twitter's data. I used the website to get the data. The data set is aggregated by the hour starting on Friday, Nov. 13.

By Guest Author Nov 19, 2015

“Shut up about the y-axis. It shouldn’t always start at zero,” reads a headline.

By Martha Kang Nov 19, 2015

"There is no evidence that anybody has been converted by a pie chart." So said Martin Palmer, secretary general of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, on BBC’s Beyond Belief in June. He went on to say, "People are converted by stories, by narrative, by emotion, by an appeal to the heart." This was a discussion about climate change and the Pope’s encyclical on the issue. Palmer's opinion is a serious indictment against those of us who try to use data to make change. As Palmer states, data analysis often doesn’t drive the change we hope it will.

By Andy Cotgreave Nov 17, 2015

Scatter plots are my favorite visualization type, hands down. From my very first interactive data graphic about The Great One to the most recent visualization below on major league pitchers, I’ve learned a great deal from these Cartesian classics over the years. In this post I’ll show you how to make them even better than the standard ones in Tableau.

By Ben Jones Nov 16, 2015

Recently at work, my colleagues and I were introduced to a new map type that one of our users saw on FiveThirtyEight—tile grid maps! I quickly searched Google images to see what she was talking about. Immediately we knew this was possible in Tableau, and I'm excited to share the steps.

By Guest Author Nov 13, 2015

The National Football League has a huge fan base that pledges to 32 different teams. In order to serve each team and its fans, the league needs to know what each one wants and needs. In other words, the league has to make sense of data—and lots of it. The NFL collects data from traditional websites, mobile websites, and mobile apps. To make sense of the numbers, the teams had to sift through multiple spreadsheets and a dizzying array of reports. The league knew there was a better way.

By Diane Camber Nov 11, 2015