Posted by Anselm Lopes

March 15, 2018

15:31

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Tableau Master Challenge #5 – Data Filter Using Calculated Field

Recently while working with a client, I came across a challenging scenario: how do you filter the view, using a date filter, without impacting a calculation which included data that didn’t meet the date filter. In this case it was a moving average calculation (i.e., mean of specified time series). This is a tricky situation […]

Posted by Peder Enhorning

January 16, 2018

16:39

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Analyze Your Dashboards to Make Them Better

We know a thing or two about analytics! Unilytics has been in analytics consulting since 2001 and started out in web analytics. We turned our attention to business intelligence and building dashboards five years ago and see many parallels. Website designers are always trying to enhance site usage, encourage more engagement, and improve the user […]

Posted by Adam Jacobs

January 15, 2018

11:26

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Tableau Master Challenge #4

Many Tableau users are familiar with measure swapping, an approach to allow increased dashboard flexibility. Users can select metrics as if they were dimensions of the data, when the metrics are in fact columns in a data source. This is achieved with a combination of text parameters in a list, and calculated fields using the […]

Posted by Adam Jacobs

October 16, 2017

14:20

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New Mapping Features in Tableau 10.4

Last month, Tableau announced another major release, version 10.4. While there are several exciting new features relating to accessibility, dashboard design and Denodo, I’d like to highlight a big step forward in Tableau’s mapping capabilities. Although Tableau is not a full-fledged Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tool, we use its mapping features constantly at Unilytics in […]

Posted by Eric

April 10, 2017

20:43

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Tableau Master Challenge #3

Calculating Measures in Prior Years Tableau makes many things significantly easier, but not everything. One very common challenge Tableau designers wade through is computing prior period values. For example, sales data for prior periods that align with the current year to date (YTD). To further illustrate the example, if the current YTD is only 128 […]

Posted by John Strykowski

March 27, 2017

19:40

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Tableau Master Challenge #2 – Solution

Welcome back to our Unilytics Tableau Master Challenge, the second in this series. If you didn’t see the Tableau Master Challenge #2 blog post, you can see it here with details of the challenge and what you have to accomplish to succeed. What seemed easy at first was the fact that we know how to configure […]

Posted by John Strykowski

March 2, 2017

01:52

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Top 4 Skills to be an Effective Tableau Dashboard Designer

From Padawan Learner to Tableau Jedi Creating Tableau dashboards can seem easy at first, but the more you learn the more you appreciate that with so many options and choices, there are many complex decisions to be made. And very specific skills are required to go beyond simple visualizations. This article summarizes the top four […]

Posted by John Strykowski

February 22, 2017

15:35

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Tableau Master Challenge # 2

This is the second in a series of challenges for those that believe they have what it takes to be a Tableau Jedi. The series will call on your understanding of the intricacies of Tableau functionality and their usage. Let’s jump right into it. Say we’re working in Tableau Desktop, we put together a nice […]

Posted by Karen

February 7, 2017

19:21

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5 Most Influential BI Trends for 2017

I have been closely following and writing about trends in the business intelligence market over the past three years. During this time, I can’t say that I’ve seen any “radically new” trends, and I don’t expect any to emerge in 2017. What I have seen, and anticipate for 2017, is the “evolution” of the dominant […]

Posted by Peder Enhorning

Data challenges for accounting

November 6, 2016

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7 Data Visualization Challenges with Sage Financials

Little has changed in the collection of financial data, and reporting on it is just as complicated as ever. We hear this  from clients all the time. I am constantly frustrated with the reporting obtained from our own accounting and finance system. It lacks useful reports, and I am never (rarely) able to get answers […]

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