Now Available in Tableau 2022.3–Data Guide, Table Extensions, Dynamic Zone Visibility, and More

Tableau 2022.3 delivers new capabilities to help you easily unlock insights about your data at scale—including Data Guide, Table Extensions, dynamic zone visibility, and more.

The newest version of Tableau is now available! Tableau 2022.3 delivers new capabilities to help you easily unlock insights about your data at scale.

Let’s take a look at the 2022.3 highlights:

  • Uncover key business insights quickly. Get faster time to insights with a new guided experience
  • Infuse advanced analytics and predictions into your data. Enrich your analysis for deep insights with scripting and predictions from data science tools
  • Build sophisticated and dynamic dashboards. Dynamically show and hide dashboard zones to create custom experiences 
  • Optimize performance and cost. Balance speed and cost by scaling Backgrounder services on a schedule
  • Understand your environment. Receive detailed event data and audit permissions to implement a robust book of controls 

Try Tableau or upgrade to Tableau 2022.3 today to take advantage of all these great features and more. Now, let’s take a closer look at what’s in this release.

Uncover key business insights quickly with Data Guide

Your first encounter with a dashboard can leave you with more questions than answers. It might be difficult to navigate a dashboard—much less uncover insights from it—without training. But what if you had a trusty companion to guide you? 

That's where Data Guide comes in. Data Guide has descriptions and resources to help you get oriented and provides full visibility into your data, so you know where it is coming from and how to interact with it. 

With Data Guide, you can quickly derive insights informed by Tableau’s AI features. Explain the Viz helps you identify outliers in your data and understand the causes behind them. Now you can spend more time acting on notable outliers instead of searching for them.

Animated GIF of the Tableau web authoring interface showing the user opening Data Guide, viewing a notable data change surfaced by Data Change Radar, and exploring a detected outlier from Explain the Viz.

Infuse advanced analytics and predictions into your data with Table Extensions

Raw data on its own is valuable, but transforming it unlocks new possibilities and insights. To realize the full potential of your data, you need to be able to modify it with tools you’re familiar with before you analyze it in Tableau. 

It's now easier than ever to bring scripting and predictions into Tableau's data model. Using Table Extensions, you can unlock new data and transform, augment, score, or otherwise modify your data using Analytics Extensions like Python, R, and Einstein Discovery. By infusing rich data into Tableau's data layer, you can uncover deeper insights at the speed of business. 

Animated GIF of the Tableau web authoring interface showing the user connecting a Table Extension through TabPy, producing an output table, and filtering through visualizations using data from the output table.

Build sophisticated dashboards with dynamic zone visibility

Dashboards rarely benefit from a one-size-fits-all approach. While viewers have grown to expect custom content and tailored experiences, it’s often unsustainable and inefficient to create distinct dashboards for each audience.

You need a way to show different versions of a dashboard based on what’s relevant to each user. The dynamic zone visibility feature empowers you to do this by programmatically showing and hiding dashboard zones, creating sophisticated experiences without needing any complicated workarounds. In just a few steps, you can have an interactive dashboard that updates based on your users’ inputs and actions.

Animated GIF of the Tableau web authoring interface showing the user control visibility using a boolean value in the Layout pane and filtering through images to dynamically update the image shown.

Optimize performance and cost for Backgrounders

Scaling Backgrounder services for your Tableau Server deployment can be a delicate balance between performance and cost. So how can your organization optimize Backgrounders for both?

With Advanced Management for Tableau Server, you can now schedule scaling for Backgrounders. This new capability allows you to remove and add Backgrounders based on your needs. As batch job loads increase, you can add Backgrounders to improve speed. Once jobs have been processed, you can remove Backgrounders to save on costs. Best of all, you can do this without downtime. 

Understand your environment using Activity Log

It can be difficult to track everything going on in your Tableau environment. As you scale analytics in your organization, the complexity grows with every new user and event. But scale doesn’t have to come at the expense of manageability. 

Activity Log is now available in Advanced Management for Tableau Server; this feature was first released in Advanced Management for Tableau Cloud in Tableau 2022.2. You can better understand how individuals are using Tableau with Activity Log, which surfaces structured and documented event data through a log file and serves up granular insights you can use to implement a robust book of controls. Plus, using Tableau’s powerful visualization capabilities, you can create aggregate views to analyze activity in your environment at scale. 

Image of the Visual Studio Code interface showing a JSON file of event data produced by Activity Log.

Thank you, Tableau Community!

You inspire us every day, and your partnership and support make each Tableau release possible. We couldn’t do this without your incredible expertise, creativity, and dedication to using data to solve problems.

Visit the Ideas forum to see all the capabilities we’ve incorporated in Tableau based on your suggestions. And don’t forget to upgrade to the latest version of Tableau to start using all these exciting new features.