In an age when you can find out what’s happening around the world on Twitter faster than the news can report it, why should answering questions about your data be any different? Empowering our customers with real-time data is another way that Tableau is advancing our mission to help people see and understand their data. Whether it’s monitoring patient flow on the hospital floor or tracking sales quota from a cruise ship, we want to make your data available whenever and wherever you want to see it.
Tableau's superhero VP of Sales Operations Evan Randall is responsible for enabling a sales force that handles thousands of leads, works globally-- and by the way, has been doubling on a regular basis. Without good analytics, he likens the job to "flying a 747 at night." Last week he described how he uses sales analytics to bring visibility-- and sanity-- into his job.
If you work with data and you’ve had your ear to the ground lately, then it’s likely you’ve been hearing a good deal about big data, the cloud, and non-relational databases like Hadoop. Although these new technologies are changing the data analysis industry and deserve a large amount of attention, in fairness many people are struggling with a less glamorous but equally important tool: Excel.
April came and went quickly here at Tableau HQ, but it's been a busy month for the bloggers. Here is the monthly round up of all the exciting stuff I've seen in the last few weeks. As always you can follow me on twitter (@acotgreave) if you want to hear about these posts as they are published.
Wow! What an incredible roadshow it's been. While we still have Tableau 8 Tour dates coming up in Europe and Asia-Pacific, we've officially wrapped our North America tour after visiting over 60 cities in two months. In every city, our customers reminded us why we all love working at Tableau -- because we're building great products for brilliant, passionate users. Thanks to everyone who made it out to one of these tour dates.
One of the most popular sessions on the tour was the Visual Analytics Best Practices breakout. So many of you requested the slide deck for this session that we decided to just put it online. Keep reading for all the session materials.
Tableau Server has many built in features to promote data exploration, collaboration, and security. The Data Server is arguably the most powerful of these tools but is commonly overlooked and underutilized. Answer these questions to see how the Data Server can save you time and increase productivity.
• Are you struggling to manage and update many large extracts while removing duplicates?
• Do you want to refresh your extracts once and automatically update your workbooks?
• Do you want to provide centralized management of your metadata? The ability to author a calculation once and share it with everyone, creating a standardized definition for each field?
• Are you tired of having to deploy database drivers on each users local machines?
• Do you want to simplify how your users access data stored in your databases?
If you found yourself replying 'yes' to any of these questions, then it’s time to unleash the Data Server.
Header Concatenation: This was a new problem for me.
Heck, it was a new word for me up until recently.
Janet Shen, one of the incredible Viz Magicians from Tableau Professional Services sent me a great "How To" guide for overriding our default settings and I couldn't wait to share it. The useful content is ALL her. The silliness is all me. Hope you find this as helpful as I did!
Click inside to get the step-by-step tutorial.
Today, our friends at Cloudera have formally launched their SQL-on-hadoop offering called "Impala". Did you know that Tableau was one of the first ISVs to support Impala?