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With the PGA Championship wrapping up another year of Major Golf Tournaments and the very young Rory McIlroy dominating the field, it occurred to me to ask: "Is winning a major only for the young players?" Also, despite Tiger Woods' recent back surgery and sudden...

Let it be duly noted that I used the euphemistic term rather than the pejorative “patent troll”. +1 for me!  What is Patent Trolling? When an issue makes to the Office of the President of the United States, you know it’s gotten big. Patent trolling, or using patents to...

There are people living in America today who did not have electricity in their home growing up. It cannot be overstated how much the power industry has changed since then. To understand and communicate those shifts, we turn to data. Some have done an outstanding...

Why would you need to use URL parameters in Tableau Server? Below is an example of a list of order dates.Thanks to Tableau's massive amount of built in date functions we can do just about anything with them but what if we want to find...

Most data analysis is concerned with understanding what the data tells us - for example understanding if business is growing or not and discovering how sales are developing in different territories or across product lines. But sometimes the story the data is not telling can be...

Do I have a healthy pipeline of sales opportunities? Ensuring a healthy pipeline of opportunities is a key concern of any Sales Manager. In this post I would like to share with you a way of visualizing your pipeline that has proven highly valuable in practice....

In Part 2 we simulated a Marimekko using stacked bars but since the boundary for each element / polygon of a Marimekko in Tableau is made up from 4 Cartesian Coordinates we are going to use scales of 0 – 100 % for both X and Y...

In Part 3 we created all the calculated fields necessary for our basic Mekko. Because we have preset the DTC (Direction of Table Calculation) for each calculated field we can simply drag them on to the view to create the mekko and be confident that the values...

In Part 4 of the blog we learned how to make a basic Mekko Chart. In this part of the blog we are going to add in some totals, thankfully we can use some of our existing calculations to do this. The first is the...

In Part 1 we learned how to use custom SQL to shape our data ready for use later on in polygons. In this part we will use parameters to allow dashboard viewers to exchange dimensions. This methodology can be applied to any chart type which is sliced...

Tableau has the ability to recreate any colour by using the RGB colour model. By using this you can customise your charts and dashboards to match your corporate branding guidelines. The chart below shows the top 5 BBC Television Channels by expenditure in 2012. It is...

This Marimekko chart was fun to get right. There are some great examples of complex table calculations built in to it. The use case is similar to that of a series of stacked bars. It has graphical similarities to a treemap but it lacks the...

The Tableau Customer Conference 2013 turned out to be a truly inspiring event. Hans Rosling captured the hearts and minds of the packed event room as did Andy Kriebel (Facebook), JP Rangaswami (Salesforce), Tableau’s own Christian Chabot and many customer speakers such as Cisco’s Rob...

Week two of the RBS 6 Nations Championship is now in the books. 3 excellent matches were scheduled over this past weekend, with the highlight expected to be the highly billed championship decider in Dublin between Ireland and England. Game Previews: The first match taking place on...

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