APIs and Alteryx: The Basics

APIs and Alteryx: The Basics So you want to pull data into an Alteryx workflow, but there isn’t an ODBC driver or native connector. Don’t despair! The next best option is using a custom API call to pull data into … Read More

Create a Hex Map without Data Blending

Create a Hex Map in Tableau without Data Blending I love hex maps, plain and simple. They look great and are a good solution to the problems created by representing a measure using the land mass of a state. There’s … Read More

Logistic Map

Logistic Map When people think of dashboards and data visualizations, they often conjure images of business dashboards; bar charts showing sales, quarterly revenue trends, and so on. Visual storytelling is so much more than that. Data visualizations can be about … Read More

Sample Superstore

Sample Superstore Every installation of Tableau comes preloaded with a data set called Sample Superstore. Virtually everybody that has ever used Tableau has seen and used this data. In our visualization of the Superstore data set, we took a look … Read More

A Tool to Compare Data Stream Variances

A Tool to Compare Variances Across Data Streams As consultants, we regularly have to deal with unique problems. Every industry, company, and internal unit has their own unique data, needs, and questions. Conversely, similar questions arise regardless of who the … Read More

Using Set Actions to Zoom-in on Map Selection

Focus on your data with Zoom To Feature While reviewing the dashboard I created for my previous post on proximity analysis in Tableau, Steve Fenn made the comment that it would be great if the map would zoom to just … Read More

Tableau Fringe Festival – Date Fields

A Better Way to Learn (and Teach!) Date Fields in Tableau The Tableau Fringe Festival is an online conference where members of the Tableau community can gather to share their knowledge with their peers. If you miss the presentations live, … Read More

Using Tableau to Answer the Spatial Proximity Question

Using Tableau to Answer the Proximity Question This is the first of two blog posts on the simple and innovative ways Alteryx and Tableau can be used for spatial analysis. This post will get into two very spatial (pun intended) … Read More

Chart Talk! Building Bar Charts

Chart Talk! Bar Charts In this edition of Chart Talk!, we want to discuss bar charts. Bar charts are the classic data visualization – simple to create, and virtually anybody can interpret one’s meaning rapidly. The first modern bar chart, published … Read More

Chart Talk! Small Multiples

Chart Talk! Small Multiples Chart Talk! is a series of posts exploring when and how to use different charts and design principles, primarily in Tableau (although general principles can be applied anywhere). In this series we will discuss appropriate use cases … Read More