Posts by Craig Bloodworth

Where next for the Tableau Data Server

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016

Where next for the Tableau Data Server

Everyone knows Tableau is an awesome tool to help you see and understand your data with recent innovations in versions 9 and 10 being around the data aspect of that mission. Tableau acknowledges that the data in front of you isn’t always clean, or stored in a data warehouse, or even in an easy to analyse format. One of the earlier steps in that direction came in version 7.0 where Tableau introduced the Tableau Data Server as a way to enable an entire organisation to connect to data whether they had the correct drivers installed or even knew where the data was. Tableau Data Server v2...

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Easy Peasy Tableau Server Upgrades

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016

Easy Peasy Tableau Server Upgrades

A month ago I posted a script for Tableau Server designed to automate the upgrade process with the goal of keeping your server in-line with the latest release. Perfect if, like us, you like to have the latest and greatest Tableau features as soon as they’re released. Upgrading the Upgrader Last week we released a new version of the script to our Github repository. As well as some bug fixes we’ve added two new switches to allow you to get the exact update you want. The script now essentially has three modes of operation: Update to the latest release (no switches) Update to the...

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Rain, Destruction and a Modern Mapping Stack

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015

Rain, Destruction and a Modern Mapping Stack

A modern mapping stack needs to be quick and easy to create, integrate and update. Just as Tableau and Alteryx can plow through any and all data from parsing to visualising, with the addition of Mapbox taking on GIS is just as simple

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Auto Upgrade Tableau Server

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015

Auto Upgrade Tableau Server

Since 9.1 upgrading Tableau Desktop has been super simple, and most importantly automated. But what about Tableau Server? Shouldn’t we also be able to auto upgrade Tableau Server? With one script now you can, and here’s how!

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Alteryx Gallery Serves Fresh Data Straight to Tableau

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015

Alteryx Gallery Serves Fresh Data Straight to Tableau

At Tableau’s 2014 conference in Seattle The Information Lab launched our Alteryx Tools for Tableau, the key feature of which was a native publish from Alteryx Designer to Tableau Server. One year on and we’re at it again, this time turning it on its head, making use of Tableau’s new Web Data Connector to bring data directly from the Alteryx Gallery into Tableau Desktop. How fresh should the data be? We love democratising data across organisations, when a company makes its data truly accessible amazing things can happen. We practice what we preach internally with Info Lab...

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