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No Lat, No Long, No Problem: Isolating Geographic Elements in Tableau

It’s entirely possible that one must be a country music fan (Kenny Chesney, generally, and his song “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem,” specifically) to understand the reference in the title. I’ll grant that up front! But whether you are or aren’t a fan, when you...

Video: Improving Workbook Performance Using the Tableau Performance Checklist

Just a few days ago, I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the latest Baton Rouge TUG meeting. As an LSU alumnus (Geaux Tigers!), I was thrilled at the opportunity. It was also great to see how much the Tableau community has grown...

Extract Web Data Directly to Tableau with Our import.io Web Connector

I was excited when Tableau announced the upcoming web connector at last year’s conference. I had envisioned it getting data from web pages into Tableau as easily as when I use import.io. Just enter a URL, automatically parse the structure and return the data. It...

Tableau Essentials: Calculated Fields – Date Functions

Today, we’ll continue our exploration of the functions you can use when you create a calculated field. We covered Logical Functions and Number Functions in the two previous articles on this topic. Now, we’ll cover Date Functions. To bring up the Calculated Field window, right-click anywhere...

Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Dual-Line Chart (Non-Synchronized)

A dual-line chart (also referred to as a dual-axis chart) is an extension of the line chart with a notable exception: It allows for more than one measure to be represented with two different axis ranges. This is done by assigning the right and left sides...

Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Line Charts (Continuous & Discrete)

The line chart is ideal for when you want to illustrate trends over time. To use the line chart, you must have a date field. In the below example (Figure 1), we are comparing the quarterly profit by SubRegion over the course of several years....

Tableau Essentials: Chart Types – Side-by-Side Circle View

The side-by-side circle view is a variant of the circle view. The side-by-side circle allows you to add more measures to be compared next to each other for a richer analysis. To examine the side-by-side circle view, let’s take a hypothetical retail company and use...

4 Things I Wish I Knew Sooner as a BI Consultant

Today, I noticed an interesting series of blog posts float up in the SQL community. Mike Walsh started things off with his post: "4 Attitudes I wish I had earlier as a DBA" This was followed closely with posts by Kathi Kellenberger and Brent Ozar. I like the theme, so...

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