RSS Tableau

  • Learn how to prepare your own data with Prep Builder and the Preppin’ Data project
    Self-service data prep is an extension of the same paradigm as self-service analytics: allowing people to answer their own questions with data that was previously inaccessible. Adding additional data sources helps answer further questions and allows the data worker to provide more context to the consumers of their analyses. You can greatly reduce your analysis […]
  • Best of the Tableau Web: Minesweeper, maps, and a sneak peek of parameter actions
    We’re back with Best of the Web—a roundup of some of the best Tableau blogs on the world wide web. Due to some administrative errors (ahem: “Andy didn’t send emails”), we missed a whole bunch of superb posts from the last few months, but don’t worry, we’re making up for it by posting even more […]
  • How data-driven storytelling helps your marketing stand out
    We already know that marketers can make better decisions, act with confidence, and demonstrate their impact when they are data-driven. But data can play yet another role in marketing departments: developing content. With an estimated 3 million blog posts published each day, content teams need ideas that will help them stand out. Data can help […]
  • Critiquing data visualizations: A discussion on channeling empathy and productivity
    This post comes from Alli Torban, Data Visualization Designer and host of the Data Viz Today Podcast. A version of this post was originally published on the Data Visualization Society Medium Page. Original illustrations in this article are by Martin Telefont. Critique is hard. Receiving it and giving it is full of risk and nuance, […]
  • SOX considerations for Tableau visualizations
    Across many organizations, the adoption of data analytics empowers users at every level to discover insights and improve the information they use for their day-to-day functions. For companies deploying Tableau, one of the immediate benefits is the ability for people to quickly develop—as well as access—insightful reporting to answer business questions. Self-service analytics provides immense […]
  • Parameter actions (now in beta) extend Tableau interactivity: Here’s how and when to use them
    Interactivity is at the core of Tableau visual analytics. It means you can get to insights faster and design flexible experiences that your stakeholders can leverage to ask more questions. In the past, interactivity in Tableau was focused on actions with specific effects. With a Filter Action, you can filter a sheet, while with a […]
  • 3 ways to learn from peers at Tableau Conference Europe
    Can you believe Tableau Conference Europe (TCE) is almost here? We’re thrilled to have Tableau executives joining us on stage—including CEO Adam Selipsky, Chief Product Officer Francois Ajenstat, and SVP of EMEA Sales James Eiloart—plus plenty of presentations from Tableau developers and product experts. But what we think you’ll really love is that Conference provides […]
  • Analytics resources for finance professionals
    Many finance teams, from accounting through FP&A and internal audit, are in a difficult situation: They’re aware of alternatives to spreadsheets. They know the value they offer, but the inertia of ingrained processes prevents them from making a transition to a modern analytics strategy. In finance, change can be hard because there's often little time […]
  • Rev up mapping with new vector tiles, map styles, and background layers (now in beta)
    Background maps in Tableau are an important element of building effective visualizations, because they're used to orient, frame, and contextualize your location data. We’ve taken the background map to a whole new level in the 2019.2 release (now in beta), with the new vector tiles feature. This capability means that your maps are now powered […]
  • 3 data governance considerations for deploying NLP in the enterprise
    There is a lot of buzz around natural language and more business intelligence (BI) vendors are adding a natural language interface so that users can ask questions by simply conversing with their data. This opens up a lot of powerful possibilities for people of all skill sets, but what does this mean for data governance […]

RSS Promatix BI

  • Reverse Geocoding in R 17th May 2019
    Last week in this series we looked at geocoding, read about that here. This week we are looking at the opposite process - reverse geocoding. Reverse geocoding gathers information about the location using the longitude and latitude values. Sometimes this can be very precise (as in down to the house number) and other times more […]
  • Geocoding with R 10th May 2019
    Last week we had a look at (blah blah blah), this blog will be looking at gathering longitudes and latitudes using R.
  • Using R in Tableau 2nd May 2019
    Back in 2013, Tableau 8.1 was released with the ability to connect with R, a popular statistics software and then later in version 10.1 Python integration was also available. This blog series should demonstrate just a fraction of the capabilities of R integration. We will kick of this journey here with steps on how to […]
  • How does the NHS Data Academy work? 25th April 2019
    In the previous post in this series we introduced you to the NHS Data Academy and how we find people to have Maths, Computers and Software, Data Communication and Passion to become great NHS Data Analysts. If you want to read more about it, you can here.
  • Introducing the NHS Data Academy 18th April 2019
    In this series we have already seen what makes a good Health Informatician and looking at the challenge of recruiting good Health Informaticians to the NHS. At Promatix, both myself and Chris have encountered these issues first hand and we want to help.    The big conundrum we have found is how can NHS organisations find […]
  • Why the NHS struggles to recruit Health Informaticians? 11th April 2019
    This is the second blog post on NHS Health Informaticians, in the first post we looked at what makes a good Health Informatician which you can read here, in this post we are going to look at why we struggle to recruit and retain them in the NHS.
    Chris Dickson
  • Health Informatics - What makes a good Health Informatician? 4th April 2019
    Over the last 15 years I have been involved in developing and managing informatics teams for the healthcare industry in the UK. Some have required coaching, some performance managing and in a couple of unfortunate cases outright restructuring. Over this period I have developed my own definition of what makes a good and great healthcare informatician. […]
    Chris Dickson
  • Tableau Dashboards - The Do's and Don'ts (Part 5) 15th March 2019
    In this final post of this blog series, I talk about personalising your dashboards for your audience and helping to drive your users from the start.  
    Matt C Atkins
  • Tableau Dashboards - The Do's and Don'ts (Part 4) 8th March 2019
    Due to being offline last week, I skipped a post, apologies, so let's catch up!  In the third post of this blog series, I talk briefly about a couple more things you should think about when designing and building a dashboard.  Using inspiration for your own build, and properly utilising your dashboard real estate.  
    Matt C Atkins
  • Tableau Dashboards - The Do's and Don'ts (Part 3) 28th February 2019
    Due to being offline last week, I skipped a post, apologies, so let's catch up!  In the third post of this blog series, I talk briefly about a couple more things you should think about when designing and building a dashboard.  Using inspiration for your own build, and properly utilising your dashboard real estate.  
    Matt C Atkins

RSS The Information Lab

  • Disabling the auto generation of phone layouts in Tableau 10th May 2019
    As Tableau users increasingly seek insight on the go, mobile dashboards are becoming an increasingly common request. For some time now, Tableau has included the ability to create layouts for different device types, notably, desktop (Default), tablet and phone. In the most recent release (2019.1) Tableau enhanced the capability by... The post Disabling the auto […]
    Tim Ngwena
  • Finding the last instance of a character withing a string using Alteryx 8th May 2019
    Note, if this blog looks familiar, that’s because its been ported from my personal blog site, I was doing some playing around, looking to manipulate file path strings to develop an application that unions all files in the same location and of the same type as a template file... The post Finding the last […]
    Ben Moss
  • Quick guide: ISO 8601 dates in Tableau 6th May 2019
    How do you read 01/05/2019? Do you read it as the first of May 2019? Or the fifth of January 2019? If you're an international organisation, you might have two different people reading that date two different ways. Awkward! The post Quick guide: ISO 8601 dates in Tableau appeared first on The Information Lab.
    Emma Whyte
  • Leveraging R to perform Sentiment Analysis in Alteryx 3rd May 2019
    Before we start, my colleague Paul Houghton has already produced a great blog on performing sentiment analysis via the MS Cognitive Services and via a dictionary, this blog is slightly different, in that I will look at how we can leverage the ‘code friendly’ aspect of the Alteryx Platform, through... The post Leveraging R to […]
    Ben Moss
  • The hidden ‘username variable’ available when running applications in Alteryx Server 1st May 2019
    Before I write this post, I must credit fellow Alteryx Ace Mark Barone, who provided a series of great responses in a post on the community which helped guide me on this subject area; also, Craig Bloodworth, my colleague and CTO of The Information Lab, who let me know this... The post The hidden ‘username […]
    Ben Moss
  • Quickly Generate Dummy Data in Alteryx 29th April 2019
    One of the great things about Alteryx is that you can quickly generate ideas or sketches of logic to test a theory or prove a concept on the fly. Recently, I needed to do this when helping someone with one of their Alteryx workflows, and they were impressed by a... The post Quickly Generate Dummy […]
    Peter Gamble-Beresford
  • How to get an authentication token to use the Tableau Server REST API in Alteryx 28th April 2019
    The Tableau Server REST API is a hugely powerful resource that allows administrators to develop their own applications which automatically perform tasks on an Alteryx Server.In this blog, I’ll detail how (using a ‘cheat’ method), we can quickly get a authentication token to perform such actions, without re-inventing the wheel.But,... The post How to get […]
    Ben Moss
  • How to show deprecated tools in Alteryx 26th April 2019
    In Alteryx, certain tools in the platform are deprecated (basically killed), with new releases.Now Alteryx aren’t stupid, they aren’t killing just any tools, they will be carefully monitoring usage and identifying tools in the stack which are both under-used, and difficult for them to maintain.An example of this would be... The post How to show […]
    Ben Moss
  • LODing and Benchmarking 25th April 2019
    In my latest client engagement I was working with a client to allow them to understand there performance at the lowest level, against a set of higher level benchmarks. In Sample-Superstore terms, my Sub-Category managers, wanted to understand how they were performing against others in there category, and others within... The post LODing and Benchmarking […]
    Ben Moss
  • Digging into Unions in Tableau 17th April 2019
    A question we had internally recently was whether Tableau’s union function was by position or by field name. The ability to Union data together was brand new in Tableau Desktop 9.3 A union is where you would add additional rows by effectively putting two data tables on top of one another.... The post Digging into Unions […]
    Ravi Mistry