Tableau Your Data!: Fast and Easy Visual Analysis with Tableau Software

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Book DescriptionPublication Date: November 11, 2013 | ISBN-10: 1118612043 | ISBN-13: 978-1118612040 | Edition: 1Best practices and step-by-step instructions for using the Tableau Software toolsetAlthough the Tabl...
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Publication Date: November 11, 2013 | ISBN-10: 1118612043 | ISBN-13: 978-1118612040 | Edition: 1

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.

  • Includes little-known, as well as more advanced features and techniques, using detailed, real-world case studies that the author has developed as part of his consulting and training practice
  • Explains why and how Tableau differs from traditional business information analysis tools
  • Shows you how to deploy dashboards and visualizations throughout the enterprise
  • Provides a detailed reference resource that is aimed at users of all skill levels
  • Depicts ways to leverage Tableau across the value chain in the enterprise through case studies that target common business requirements
  • Endorsed by Tableau Software

Tableau Your Data shows you how to build dynamic, best-of-breed visualizations using the Tableau Software toolset.


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Unlock the business intelligence hidden in your data using visual analytics

Every enterprise has data scattered across many different systems, spreadsheets, and databases. Expert Daniel Murray explains how to create insight by building your knowledge of Tableau Desktop, adding best practices learned from working with big data at the most demanding enterprise clients in the world. You will learn about proven methods for building dashboards that load quickly and clearly communicate the information you uncover. Then you'll learn the best practices for installing, configuring, and maintaining Tableau Server to insure high availability and good data governance. Case studies are provided to show you how other enterprises have leveraged Tableau to achieve excellent outcomes.

  • Reduce the backlog of information requests in your IT Group by enabling information consumers to build their own reports without sacrificing good data governance
  • Keep pace with the accelerating volume, variety, and velocity of data by leveraging Tableau's ability to connect to over 35 different enterprise data sources
  • Combine disparate data sets from proprietary and public data sources to build interactive dashboards in a fraction of the time required by traditional BI tools
  • Enhance information contained in your source data by leveraging Tableau's ad hoc sets, groups, calculation functions, and table calculations to provide dynamic and insightful analysis
  • Leverage Tableau's unique ability to run in memory or via direct connections to data sources to effectively manage limited hardware resources and insure high availability and good performance
  • Support your managers' intuition with timely and insightful analysis that can adapt at the speed of their thought

About the Author

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.


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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Tableau book out there! November 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was a consultant at Tableau for 30 months, and, have been an independent BI consultant for 15 years. I have every Tableau book written. This one is, absolutely, the best book, reference guide, examples, tips, tricks, etc. ever written, for Tableau.
It fully covers both Desktop and Server, theory, installation and use, Chapter 12, real customer solutions, showcases some great examples. This book will be with me in my consulting travels, and, will be recommended to all my clients!
Thank you, Dan, and every other contributor! Well done!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete View of Tableau Delivered Thoughtfully January 23, 2014
By ulrike
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been using Tableau at work for about 5 months and relying on their online tutorials, which are quite good, to perform given tasks. I also have another Tableau book, so I did not think I needed anything else, but the author spoke at our Tableau Users Group earlier this month and his talk was great so I ordered the book.

It turns out this book is probably the most helpful thing I've acquired since getting Tableau, itself. It has not only improved the way I use Tableau, it's changed the way I think about Tableau.

Unlike other books, this one provides a complete view of what Tableau actually is and how it works from the ground up. For the first time, I feel like I am thinking about Tableau's functions in context and in order.

The book also has this fantastic quality of being both readable and informative - like talking to a thoughtful, knowledgeable person about using Tableau versus reading a robotic user manual.


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