TEG 24 Jan 2022

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We covered the difference between Tableau Reader and Viewer (online license access) and a little about packaged workbooks.

We talked briefly about Zen Masters ([https://www.tableau.com/community/community-leaders/zen-masters](https://www.tableau.com/community/community-leaders/zen-masters)) and the fact that when you search the web for “how to…” then its great to use their blogs as your primary source (as well as past Zen masters).

Another great generic source of information are the leading Tableau partners. Googling “tableau sankey without data prep” led us to a blog on the Information Lab’s site which shows us how to create a Sankey chart without having to load the data multiple times or do any data prep prior to Tableau – [https://www.theinformationlab.co.uk/2018/03/09/build-sankey-diagram-tableau-without-data-prep-beforehand/](https://www.theinformationlab.co.uk/2018/03/09/build-sankey-diagram-tableau-without-data-prep-beforehand/).

This also led to a discussion about what Tableau Public is and why it is also a great resource. We used the search to look up **Andy Kriebel** (Tableau Zen Master Hall of Fame’r!) and see his workbook covering the FT’s Visual Vocabulary ([https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/andy.kriebel/viz/VisualVocabulary/VisualVocabulary](https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/andy.kriebel/viz/VisualVocabulary/VisualVocabulary) – which has been viewed no less than 2.9M times!) as well as looking at how most of the workbooks on Public are downloadable enabling you to re-use them, reverse engineer or use as a starting point for your own data source.

We briefly talked about Dashboard extensions, which can be useful for complex visualisations (as well as many other applications). However, there are concerns over maintenance of a 3rd party extension with future upgrades of Server. One use case is to use them for Proof of Concepts (POC) to save time for requirements analysis and demonstrations.

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