Free Tableau 10 Essential Training in Under 5 Hours

I am taking this course on Lynda.com, Tableau 10 Essential Training:

https://www.lynda.com/Tableau-tutorials/Tableau-10-Essential-Training/500540-2.html

If you are a Seattle resident, you can use the Seattle Public Library (SPL) for free acces access:

https://www.spl.org/about-the-library/library-news-releases/lyndacom-319

In under 5 hours, familiarize yourself with the Tableau interface.  For example, I am more familiar with Microsoft’s Power BI, so this is extremely valuable way to quickly ramp up on a comparative product.

 

Setup Tableau Extract for Your Workbook

You may have inherited a Tableau Workbook, with a mystery location for the extract, or the past admins’ local machine!

Go ahead and use this knowledge base article to remove, and regenerate the extract:

http://kb.tableau.com/articles/howto/changing-the-file-path-for-extracts

If you happen to be sharing your extracts on a network drive, then use UNC path format as shown in this knowledge base article:

http://kb.tableau.com/articles/howto/automatically-updating-data-in-server-workbook-that-uses-live-connection-to-excel

As I learned recently, an extract is useful as it avoids using a live connection to your database, and allows you and your business customers to have better Workbook loading performance.

Set a schedule for your extract and then it will refresh just in time for your users on the schedule you set!

A nice Tableau article below on Performance tuning your workbooks:

https://www.tableau.com/about/blog/2016/1/5-tips-make-your-dashboards-more-performant-48574

Power BI June Feature Summary

June release for Power BI Desktop:

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-june-feature-summary/

Interesting features at a scan:

  1. Data bars for new table & matrix view.  This makes a table/matrix easier to read.  More visual.
  2. Amazon Redshift connector

Watch the video

Read their blog:

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/

I really like that they have such frequent updates to the desktop and online service!

Another video on Data Visualization Design Discussion Lab, get inspired to create useful visuals for your team: