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You've waited patiently all month and it's finally here: the Best of the Tableau Web for November 2013! I've crawled through the darkest depths of the internet to find you some of the best Tableau related content out there. Enjoy!

By Jewel Loree Nov 5, 2013

The authors of Tableau Public have done it again. It seems like whenever we think we've seen everything that Public can do they come back with something fresh and different... something that we couldn't have expected or imagined. The past few months have been full of vizzes like that, as you can see below.

By Ross Perez Dec 9, 2013

Red Bull is a drinks company which is hugely successful at marketing itself as a lifestyle company. It's sponsorship of major sporting events, space-jumping endeavours, and music have built one of the most successful brands on the planet. Using data, what can we learn about the brand?

By Andy Cotgreave Dec 9, 2013

Do you wish there was an easy way to build a Twitter tracker for your event/campaign/brand? Here's a quick and simple way you can link Scraperwiki together with Tableau Desktop or Public to do just that.

By Andy Cotgreave Dec 4, 2013

SpareBank 1 Forsikring, a Norwegian insurance leader, knows—as the adage goes—that talent wins games but teamwork wins championships. The $114 billion group is actually a collective of smaller savings banks that together provide service across the regions of Norway. And since it's crucial to understand their myriad customers across the country, SpareBank 1 staff encounter lots of data. This customer story explains why the company predicts that Tableau will help them bring in an extra $40 million in just three years.

By Michelle Wallace Dec 4, 2013

We downloaded all the tweets about last week's Dreamforce conference using Datasift, and did some analytics in Tableau. We used the data to demo at the Social Data Day we held at Google's London offices yesterday. Check out Paul Banoub's review of the day here.

By Andy Cotgreave Nov 27, 2013

E-Nor is a digital analytics and marketing agency that has provided consulting to an impressive list of companies including VMware, ADP, Sony, and MIT. Originally founded in 2003, the agency works hard to help clients navigate what Feras Alhlou—E-Nor's Co-Founder and Principal Consultant—calls the "ocean of data" now available to businesses of all sizes. "You don't have to be a Fortune 100 today to be overwhelmed with data," says Alhlou, in this video.

By Michelle Wallace Dec 3, 2013

The Tableau Workbook Library has been live in the Tableau Community for just a couple weeks and already we have 37 amazing workbooks from 18 different authors.

By Tracy Fitzgerald Nov 27, 2013

Lee Mooney is an energetic man. He sways from foot to foot and is quick to smile. He’s a big football fan (“Liverpool, for my sins,” he says) and you can imagine him going a bit wild at a match. He’s also analytical, a corporate analyst by day. Someone who thinks with data as Lee does was bound to start looking at the numbers behind the matches.

By Ellie Fields Nov 27, 2013

In this post, we've curated a collection of your #81fav tweets.

By Andy Cotgreave Nov 21, 2013

Vertex Services is a worldwide supplier of flooring products and has operations on every single continent but Antarctica. A truly global business, Vertex conducts work through a number of offices and separately owned companies in multiple countries, including Hong Kong and the US. In 2012, Vertex was facing ongoing difficulties with its disparately stored data. Though the company was thriving in its industry, Vertex executives knew it was time to change the way the company handled data—especially when its largest client, The Home Depot, announced it would be sharing sales data with its vendors.

By Michelle Wallace Nov 20, 2013

We're happy to announce that Tableau 8.1 is now available around the world. In this release we're delivering a host of features inspired by your ideas.

By Ellie Fields Nov 19, 2013

Dan Murray is a firsthand witness to the time- and cost-saving benefits of Tableau for enterprises of all sizes. A leading business intelligence expert, Murray founded the Tableau support team at InterWorks, a Tableau Gold Partner, in 2008. Over the years, Murray and his team have helped organizations leverage Tableau for a variety of data visualization needs. And with Murray's new guidebook, Tableau Your Data!: Fast and Easy Visual Analysis with Tableau Software, he and his team share step-by-step instructions for making the most of Tableau.

By Michelle Wallace Nov 25, 2013

Everyone talks about extracting value from big data and specifically tapping into the value of unstructured data. Marklogic, a Tableau partner, is actually helping customers do it! Marklogic’s goal is to help customers rapidly make sense of large amounts of unstructured data. Marklogic is the leading Enterprise NoSQL database on the market due to how quickly they can process, catalog, store and search tons of unstructured data. This data can then be exposed to Tableau users through the “Other ODBC” connection in Tableau.

By Shani Nisman Nov 18, 2013

Tableau 8.1 is out now, and we've given this release a tagline: You asked, We delivered. The reason? While helping our customers see and understand their data always will be our guiding mission, half of the features in this release come specifically from our customers via the Ideas Forum.

By Daniel Hom Nov 20, 2013

In 48 hours from now I’ll be boarding a flight for San Francisco to join the other 70,000+ salesforce.com customers and Salesforce Live viewers at one of the Big Kahunas in the world of user conferences. I’ll be representing Tableau at Dreamforce 2013—along with the rest of the Tableau Dreamforce crew—and we have an awesome lineup of activities planned for you.

By Morgan Wierleski Nov 15, 2013

Minnesota is one of the most naturally beautiful places I’ve ever been privileged to visit—but with a population of more than 5 million residents and an $11 B tourism industry, it won’t stay that way without continuous effort.

By Kathleen Goepferd Nov 13, 2013

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts on the Tableau 8.1 release. With Tableau 8.1, IT gets a lot of new features that help ensure resiliency of Tableau Server as well as integrate it with their existing systems. In a short video series, Neelesh Kamkolkar, Enterprise Product Manager Extraordinaire, describes some of these.

By Ellie Fields Nov 11, 2013

Happy Birthday to me! Last October was the first time we did a "Best of". It's been a blast to follow the growing number of Tableau bloggers and showcase them on these posts. Keep up the great work, everyone! Here's the list of great Tableau content I've seen on blogs during October. It's been a great month with some diverse content. As always you can follow me on twitter (@acotgreave) if you want to hear about these posts the moment they are published.

By Andy Cotgreave Nov 5, 2013

One of the best ways to ensure your people have the data to make the best decisions is to embed analytics right into the systems they use every day. This is definitely true for sales: most salespeople live inside Salesforce, deciding who to call and when and planning account strategy. In this video we look at embedding sales analytics right inside Salesforce.com using Salesforce Canvas.

By Ellie Fields Nov 1, 2013