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A couple of months ago I did a speech in Vancouver, BC, and had the good fortune of getting to have dinner with Kelly Martin (Tableau Zen Master) and another amazing Tableau expert: George Gorczynski. George has an outstanding Tableau blog called Tableau Picasso. The...

We’ve kicked off 2015 with answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. Another problem that appears involves a simple piece of functionality – totals.  We know that Tableau can create totals for us through the Analysis menu. In Tableau 8.1, a new feature called...

In this tutorial I talk about the Tableau Level of Detail calculations  {fixed}, {include} and {exclude} which are new in Tableau Version 9. We see how {fixed} can be used to turn a measure into bands and give it the full functionality of a dimension. This...

Over the last few weeks, we at InterWorks have been putting the Tableau Desktop 9.0 beta through its paces and have already showcased some of the newly introduced features in this blog series. We hope you've been enjoying them; today I'll be talking through one...

Earlier this week you heard from Kevin, talking about the new user interface enhancements in Tableau Desktop 9. Today, I will be introducing the new data connections that now come as standard within Tableau 9.0 In Tableau Desktop 9.0, there have been some fantastic UI improvements...

I met Tableau Zen Master Andy Kriebel at the first Tableau Customer Conference (2008) at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle. Andy and I happened to sit next to each other at a meal, and we discovered that we both lived in Atlanta. Later that year,...

Today, we’re going to cover labels and some of the tricks and tips you can use with your visualization. To start, let’s take a simple horizontal bar chart. Our bar chart shows the penetration of Internet usage of countries with 200 million people or more. Now,...

Today, we’ll look at some formatting ideas that you can use on your next visualization. Specifically, we’ll look at using custom shapes to serve as our marks. Here is a simple table illustrating where players from the 2014 World Cup play their club football: Club Location field...

I met Ramon Martinez via Twitter before I met him in person. Ramon is a fellow Tableau Zen Master and works as a specialist in health metrics at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The first dashboard of Ramon’s that I recall seeing was this...

A couple years ago, Josh Varner was a consultant working on our BI team at InterWorks. The last time I saw Josh (when he was still on our team) was at the Vertica Conference in Boston. I was leaving early for a gig in New...

Of the hundreds of data visualizations I’ve seen, only a few stand out as exceptionally striking. The design, subject and uniqueness all come together perfectly. One of them is the animated Wind Map at Hint.fm. I can practically feel the air moving along the smooth, sweeping...

Chances are, several people have the same questions about Tableau as you do. The Questions from Tableau Training series spotlights these questions and provides answers. Questions are pulled straight from InterWorks' Tableau training classes. You can check out the full list of posts on the...

What is a maxim? According to Merriam-Webster: “A general truth, fundamental principle or rule of conduct.”  Recently, I read a book called “Clear and Simple as the Truth” that got me thinking about maxims. The authors reference a French essayist named François de La Rochefoucauld, who wrote a book...

Highlight tables can be a great way to help users quickly spot the most interesting values in a table of numbers. In cases where multiple variables are displayed, Measure Values can be used to apply a single color scheme to all of the values in...

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