We’ve been hearing about all of the great things you’re doing since we released the spatial file connector in Tableau 10.2, but we also know many spatial analytics scenarios are not limited to local data. We are excited to unlock these scenarios with spatial database connectivity, coming to Tableau in 2018! Kent Marten, Product Manager for Maps and Spatial, walked us through how you can simply connect to your spatial database and start building a viz.
And there’s more! When analyzing spatial data you often want to analyze points within a geographic area. With spatial joins, coming next year, we’re making it easy, even if the only common element between two data sets is location.
When you make a spatial join, you’ll be able to instantly see marks within a polygon. With spatial joins, you can analyze customer information inside your trade areas, group shipping vessels by nautical boundary, and even count birds in a watershed or habitat range.
And things are getting even hotter with our maps! Kent Marten also showcased how it’s been difficult to understand concentrations on a map, so we’re excited to bring an entirely new viz type to Tableau next year—the heat map! With heat maps, it’s easy to answer spatial distribution questions by using color to understand density. And density doesn’t only apply to maps; the density mark type works for scatterplot as well! (Mic drop, cheers from crowd!)
Then there’s that moment when Software Engineer Shahaf Nuriel made everyone in the audience “ooh” and “ahh” because of her vizzing powers. Yep, Tableau has added another viz-tastic update that we know you’ve been asking us for! Now you can maximize your dashboard real estate and engage with your data at an even deeper level with Viz in Tooltip, in beta with Tableau 10.5. All you have to do is hover over a mark to display details-on-demand, all while staying in context of the original view.
And to make it easier to create beautiful dashboards, we’re bringing a new grid view, and the ability to finetune dashboard object placement with a keyboard. Coming to Tableau in 2018, these dashboarding tools will allow you to design beautiful and precise dashboards even faster. Software Engineer Shahaf Nuriel entertained this highly requested feature with a ruler drop, and a prominent “Thank You!” could be heard from the crowd.