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So you didn’t get an email from Microsoft welcoming you into the MVP program yesterday, and now you’re wondering, “What happens next? What does all this mean?”  First off, you’re not alone.  I didn’t get that email either. Let’s step back a moment and think about what...

After working in Seattle with the wonderful folks at Tableau for the last week I was reminded of the incredible significance of Tableau Server. I have found that we often look at Tableau Server as a self –service tool. We see it as a tool...

Recently NASDAQ OMX released their NASDAQ Economic Calendar Reports on Facebook. One of these reports attempted to explain that consumer confidence rose 6% month-over-month in July 2012. Unfortunately the visualization was so poorly designed that this information is almost impossible to extract. Thankfully for you,...

This is our second belated post on producing art in Tableau. Well strictly speaking the visuals are more mathematically generated patterns with parameterised variables...

‘The enormous multiplication of books in every branch of knowledge is one of the greatest evils of this age; since it presents one of the most serious obstacles to the acquisition of correct information by throwing in the reader’s way piles of lumber in which...

While teaching an Advanced Tableau session in Washington DC last week, we ran across a great little puzzler that highlighted to me the value of discussing data structures. Working from one of Tableau's standard data sets, the Superstore, the question was "Can we use Tableau to...

As with all things Tableau, some of the more surprising tricks happen when you’re asked a seemingly simple, yet surprising, question. In this case, it went something like this: ‘Yes, the line chart is good but can we get a ‘fake’ line in there that is...

Have you locked yourself out of your Vertica cluster, but still have SSH or console access to the servers themselves? If you're using the default authentication method (not LDAP/Kerberos/GSS), you can temporarily use the "trust" Vertica client authentication method and reset the password. The steps...

If you’ve ever wanted to be able to send an email to a colleague because the dashboard you’re viewing in Tableau is just too good to pass up, this might help you out. In the following dashboard, we’ll accomplish a few things: 1.)    Use URL actions to...

Heading to my house in Durham, North Carolina and looking forward to a long bike ride and fresh peaches at the market. Spent this last week in New York City working with a great client with some true Big Data; as part of a follow-up...

Kickstarter has been making waves in recent months as the premier place for crowd funding.  Projects range from big to small, from purely entertainment to potentially life changing. There’s a lot to love about this dream factory. However, there’s been controversy as well.  All projects are not always what they appear...

Building on the KPI tutorial from Tableau found here, I would like to add a neat trick to increase your data-pixel ratio and remove additional clutter from your KPI charts by using a custom shape. The premise is based on Stephen Few and Edward Tufte's...

Loading data into Teradata can be done quickly and fairly easily using the Teradata FastLoad utility, but the utility isn’t exactly friendly to new users. This article provides a quick introduction into the FastLoad utility, which is included in the free Teradata Tools & Utilities...

Fresh off a West Coast swing that took me from the Central Valley to Silicon Valley and into San Francisco, I'm back in Oklahoma for Independence Day. This quick blog post explores a question that always comes up during Tableau Training sessions - "What locations can...

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