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One of the best new features of Tableau 8.1 is SAML integration. SAML is an open source web-based authentication standard that uses XML to authenticate users. In Tableau, SAML can be used as an alternative to trusted tickets, so you will still need to create the...

One of the much anticipated features of Tableau 8.1 is integration with R. Following is a compilation of notes and observations about this integration for those of you beginning to use this new feature. This was done using 8.1 Desktop and R installed on the...

This is the first in a three part series related to the four types of pills in Tableau. The four pill types are discrete dimension, continuous dimension, discrete measure, and continuous measure. Grasping these concepts is important to understanding Tableau and relational databases in general....

A few months ago, I received a call from a close friend who was very elated and very frustrated. She was elated because after many weeks of difficult conversations with her company’s IT department, she had finally received access to the data warehouse. At the...

Occasionally, you will find the need to compare filtered data against the total data source. As Tableau's filters remove the data from the data partition, this can sometimes be a tricky problem. You might be tempted to try the "Total" function in a formula like the...

Neutrality has always been a key concern in data analysis. As analysts, it is critical that we not introduce our own bias into the interpretation of data. Anyone who has had a statistics class is familiar with the importance of random samples and neutral questions....

With Tableau 8, users gained the ability to color marks by multiple dimensions on a single axis with some automatic combined field magic. What happens though, when you want color by a dimension and a measure? In the past, I have separated out members of...

Wow.  Now THAT was an amazing conference. You got away from work for a couple days, met a lot of cool people, attended a lot of great sessions, learned a ton … now what? The day after kinda sucks. You’re probably still riding the wave from...

Rosetta Stone Inc. is a U.S. software company that develops Rosetta Stone, a computer-assisted language learning program that teaches more than 30 languages. Client Testimonial "Working with InterWorks helped Rosetta Stone jumpstart our Tableau implementation. The InterWorks team was able to quickly train the Rosetta Stone BI...

This year I’m going to try something different for the Tableau Customer Conference: I’m going to try to Sketchnote some of the sessions I attend. What's a Sketchnote? I don’t blame you if you’re not familiar with this term. I wasn’t until recently. In my mind, I position...

In the interest of full disclosure, I should let you know that I am a SAS user with a math background. I want to share my experience of exploring Tableau as a new user doing analysis in a relatively unfamiliar environment. For this first piece, we...

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