Tableau Server housekeeping made easy

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014

The best thing about administering Tableau Server is its self-sufficiency – the server manages its memory pretty well, processes that die are automatically respawned, and monitoring tools are already built-in via the administration dashboards. While this is all good stuff, Tableau Server does require a bit of housekeeping to keep the server clean, secure and backed up. Left on its own, a Tableau Server will quickly accumulate hundreds of MB in log files and leave your install at risk with no automatic backup processes in place. In this article I’ll show you a handy script and some...

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Tableau Blends and Joins – A Story

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014

Want to hear a Story about Joins and Blends? – click on the picture below to open up the visualisation.      

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How to change the visualisation of a Dashboard – [Updated]

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014

I recently helped someone out with a questions about how, in a published workbook, they would show a default table without any totals and then when the end user wanted to they could switch on the totals. On its own this idea was unique but the way I solved it can be used to do all sorts of great things and you can use this in many different ways. I will show you two ways here but the great thing about Tableau is that there is so many ways to achieve the result you want. Method 1 Step 1 – Create the Parameter You can either make the parameter in the calculated field window or make it...

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7 steps to improving your Alteryx – reward the way you think

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014

I was training a group of new Alteryx users the other day and one of the delegates asked a question that I thought it may be worth blogging about. The question was something along these lines: “What skills do I need to learn in order to be as successful as you are in Alteryx? Is it R, SQL or something else?” This is an interesting question, and it’s something I’ve thought about a lot over the years as I’ve both trained Alteryx analysts, and also recruited them, how do you improve your skills as an Alteryx analyst? Well let’s start by quantifying what we...

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Generating Tic Tac Toe Data – The Alteryx Way

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014

At The Information Lab we believe that anyone should be able to work with data and gain understanding from it. How do we do that? By using and reselling easy to use tools like Tableau and Alteryx which need no coding and no specialist expertise. So we love it when people like Joshua Milligan publish amazing Tableau workbooks like this pushing Tableau to it’s limits and showing the tool is capable of almost anything in the right hands. All Joshua needed in Tableau was a little bit of creativity in the way he used Tableau Actions (I’m clearly understating the effort here!) and he...

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Like to Tableau in Double Click Time?

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014

The Information Lab are not just proud to sponsor the Tableau London conference #DATA14UK, we’re excited to bring our Tableau speed challenge back for a second year. In 2013 we were inspired by the outcome and anticipate being blown away again this year. How does it work? The challenge is simple. Create this 3 chart dashboard as fast as possible How do I enter? Turn up at the London Tableau Conference 7-9 July and visit the Information Lab stand. Can I win anything? Isn’t the admiration of your fellow data geeks enough? OK, how about a Sonos PLAY:5 wireless hi-fi system. And for...

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