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In just a few weeks, I'll have been working at Tableau for a whole year! What better way to celebrate my "Tableau-versary" than to present this month's round-up of amazing blog posts about Tableau? October was a busy month in the blog-o-sphere. We saw an explosion of creative tips, tricks, and vizzes—and even found out that the Tableau Zen Masters don't know everything. The Tableau community also got wickedly creative this month. KK Molugu built an amazing piece of viz art. And I must give a shout-out to Jonathan Drummey, who wrote what I think may be the best title I've ever seen in a blog post: "O Extract, Where Art Thou?" So what are you waiting for? Check out this month's round-up of Tableau tips, tutorials, and wickedly creative hacks!

By Michelle Wallace Nov 11, 2014

Over the last few years we've seen a huge shift in mobile analytical apps. Mobile analytics is transitioning from limited, standalone apps to analytics that work tightly with other systems. In this video we take a look at how salespeople would use mobile analytics in the field to be more productive. The solution combines SalesforceOne, the mobile app for Salesforce, together with Salesforce Canvas and embedded dashboards from Tableau. We use Heroku Connect to enable real-time updates from Salesforce to the embedded dashboards.

By Ellie Fields Nov 10, 2014

Planes! Trains! Automobiles! Today’s transportation industry is fueled by data. And tons of companies are involved in travel processes—everything from manufacturing your car to flying you halfway around the world. We recently got to interview three of these companies, each of which is using data differently.

By Michelle Wallace Nov 6, 2014

We use data visualizations to tell compelling stories, explain trends, and make persuasive arguments. Communication of data insights is becoming a critical skill for college graduates entering the workforce. We provide free Tableau licenses to teachers and students through our academic programs in the hope of students developing skills working with visualizations. Some colleges and universities are seeing this need and creating specific ways for students to explore data, regardless of their academic background. One of these programs is the Temple Analytics Challenge, hosted by Temple University’s Institute for Business and Information Technology.

By Liz Feller Oct 27, 2014

Last summer, the Governor of Virginia challenged his state agencies to a data competition. Called the “Datathon,” the contest called on government agencies to build data-based applications that could help streamline government, attract businesses, and serve the state’s citizens.

By Christine Carmichael Oct 23, 2014

Organization leaders leverage the power of both Tableau and Amazon Web Services to see their data cloud at incredible speed and see it visually in a way that makes it easy to understand, share and make decisions on.

By Lyndi Thompson Oct 15, 2014

We received an email from Louis Booth, a 16yr old, looking for advice on how to prepare for a career in data analysis and visualization. We gave him some advice and also sought yours. What should students do today to prepare for a great job in the future?

By Andy Cotgreave Oct 15, 2014

It’s been great to see Salesforce embrace the idea of analytics for any business user at Dreamforce 2014. That’s the very idea that the entire company of Tableau was built on and something most of us here feel very strongly about. And we are passionate advocates of the cloud, which is why we launched our cloud analytics product Tableau Online over a year ago, and why Tableau is a big customer of Salesforce and other hosted solutions. We both help customers use sales analytics, and use them extensively ourselves. Here’s a view of Tableau analytics embedded in a SalesforceOne using Salesforce Canvas.

By Ellie Fields Oct 14, 2014

Do you think big data doesn’t apply to marketing? Wrong: it does. The good news is that it's not too daunting.

By Jen Bachand Oct 14, 2014

Why do Tableau and Salesforce go so well together? Salesforce is a great system for managing sales, marketing and service. At Tableau, we’re big Salesforce users. And all that sales, marketing and service activity in Salesforce generates a lot of data. That’s where Tableau comes in. Tableau can connect directly to Salesforce data and update it automatically on a schedule. Tableau Desktop lets you create sophisticated, interactive analyses with drag-and-drop ease. And you can embed those dashboards right back in Salesforce, to get data to people where they are doing their work.

By Ellie Fields Oct 10, 2014

Are you obsessed with mapping? So is Tableau's Maps Service team. Our customers care about maps ... a lot. So when our Maps Service team shared with the rest of the dev team some insight into what's new in our most recent releases--and the team's philosophy about maps overall--we thought our customers would want to hear it, too. The following is pulled from a message written by our devs for our devs--an inside look at how Tableau thinks about maps.

By Sasha Pasulka Oct 10, 2014

Social media analysis is becoming more important as conversations continue to shift into the digital realm. Many organizations are struggling to combine elusive social data sources into one cohesive analysis, but social media does not need to be difficult to analyze.

By Ross Perez Oct 9, 2014

As the self-service analytics movement has grown, it has replaced the traditional “command-and-control” approach to analytics. At Tableau we’ve been been a proponent of empowering people through analytics via our products as well as our company mission, to help people see and understand data. We studied successful enterprise deployments of self-service analytics and discovered a number of best practices as well as a more agile approach. That's when we created the Drive methodology.

By Ellie Fields Oct 8, 2014

September was an amazing month for the Tableau blogosphere, we collected close to a hundred tips, walkthroughs, hacks, and #data14 Conference highlights. Our favorites are included in this months Best of the Tableau Web. Enjoy!

By Mike Klaczynski Oct 7, 2014
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