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7 Alteryx Tips you need to start using today

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014

Below are my top tips for beginners to help you get the most out of Alteryx and start getting answers in minutes not hours. Turn on Connection progress to see record counts across your workflow While connection progress shows when you run a module often it’s  very useful to see it all the time, so make sure you change your properties and turn connection progress to show. To do so then bring up the properties for your workflow (click on the background of your canvas) and select the Show option under “Show Connection Progress”.   Use Dynamic Rename to sort out header issues Do you ever...

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Show Me How: Text Tables

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014

Show Me How: Text Tables Whatever you’re doing in Tableau then I think it’s fair to say that you’re likely to be using Text Tables (also known as crosstabs) somewhere in your reports, though never more so than for users first dipping their toes into Tableau. Love them or hate them they are here to stay. Excel Pivot Tables or crosstabs are probably people’s first introduction to text tables and as such they have become the mainstay of the BI world as a way of quickly conveying important numbers at a glance, however they are often overused. Before you start with a text table make sure you ask...

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Show Me How

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014

Today we’re starting a new beginner Tableau series on blog focussing on the Show Me pane. Each week we’ll look at Tableau chart type from the pane, showing what it does and discussing the chart it produces. Also, importantly, we’ll be looking at how you can progress your Tableau skills and wean yourself off the Show Me pane and recreate these charts using standard functionality, giving you more control over the output. So whether you’re a Tableau newbie or a beginner user looking to expand their skills then this is a series of posts we’d encourage you to follow.   Blog Post Index Show...

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Exploring the Tableau Server database

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014

Exploring the Tableau Server database

It’s great to see more businesses investing not only in Tableau Desktop but in Tableau server as well these days, and with this we’re getting asked a lot of questions by enterprise IT folks about how to monitor and get ‘under the hood’ of the Tableau Server. Well, most Tableau Server admins can tell you that there are a set of administrative dashboards in the admin panel that provide information on server activity, user activity, background processes and more. The data source for these dashboards is, of course, the database that underlies the Tableau Server, otherwise known as the...

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Tableau Design Month – Part 2: Cash Crop Competition

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014

Hi, we’re getting involved with Tableau Design Month at The Information Lab. You can find out what’s going on during the month over at the Tableau Website here but in this post we wanted to start posting links to our teams redesigns for the competition announced there. If you haven’t seen it Tableau have called for people to redesign the infographic below, produced by Information is Beautiful. Click to be redirected to the full infographic:     At The Information Lab the team can’t resist a challenge and so here we’re going to feature our redesigns as...

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What Time Is It Alteryx? Part 1

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014

When preparing a data set for analysis one of the common issues is the date and time stamp used. Being able to prepare the data for use in analysis later can be confusing at time with all the different ways the data can be presented. This process is simplified greatly using the Date Parse tool in Alteryx but the particular data set you have can often format the date in a different way and then using the ‘DateTimeParse’ formula will be needed. The DateTime Tool The Date time tool is extremely useful for converting standard date strings into a date field. With the tool you simply define the...

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