What is included with this book?
Best practices and step-by-step instructions for using the Tableau Software toolset
Although the Tableau Desktop interface is relatively intuitive, this book goes beyond the simple mechanics of the interface to show best practices for creating effective visualizations for specific business intelligence objectives. It illustrates little-known features and techniques for getting the most from the Tableau toolset, supporting the needs of the business analysts who use the product as well as the data and IT managers who support it.
This comprehensive guide covers the core feature set for data analytics, illustrating best practices for creating and sharing specific types of dynamic data visualizations. Featuring a helpful full-color layout, the book covers analyzing data with Tableau Desktop, sharing information with Tableau Server, understanding Tableau functions and calculations, and Use Cases for Tableau Software.
Tableau Your Data shows you how to build dynamic, best-of-breed visualizations using the Tableau Software toolset.
Daniel G. Murray founded the Tableau/BI practice at InterWorks, Inc., one of Tableau's trusted professional services partners. He was selected to write this book by Tableau Software, reflecting InterWorks' leading position in consulting and training on Tableau Software.
Part I Desktop 1
1 Creating Visual Analytics with Tableau Desktop 3
2 Connecting to Your Data 35
3 Building Your First Visualization 65
4 Creating Calculations to Enhance Your Data 109
5 Using Maps to Improve Insight 137
6 Developing an Ad Hoc Analysis Environment 161
7 Tips, Tricks, and Timesavers 177
8 Bringing It All Together with Dashboards 211
Part II Tableau Server 281
9 Installing Tableau Server 283
10 Using Tableau Server to Facilitate Fact-Based Team Collaboration 317
11 Automating Server with Tableau’s Command Line Tools 357
Part III Case Studies 371
12 Use Cases for Rapid-Fire Visual Analytics 373
Part IV Appendices 393
A Understanding and Using Tableau Functions 395
B Tableau Data Shaper Excel Plug-In 475
C Companion Website 479
D Glossary 481