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Tableau For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-119-13479-4
288 pages
November 2015
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Description

Make your data work for you!

Tableau For Dummies brings order to the chaotic world of data. Understanding your data and organizing it into formats and visualizations that make sense to you are crucial to making a real impact on your business with the information that's already at your fingertips. This easy-to-use reference explores the user interface, and guides you through the process of connecting your data sources to the software. Additionally, this approachable, yet comprehensive text shows you how to use graphs, charts, and other images to bring visual interest to your data, how to create dashboards from multiple data sources, and how to export the visualizations that you have developed into multiple formats that translate into positive change for your business.

The mission of Tableau Software is to grant you access to data that, when put into action, will help you build your company. Learning to use the data available to you helps you make informed, grounded business decisions that can spell success for your company.

  • Navigate the user interface to efficiently access the features you need
  • Connect to various spreadsheets, databases, and other data sources to create a multi-dimensional snapshot of your business
  • Develop visualizations with easy to use drag and drop features
  • Start building your data with templates and sample workbooks to spark your creativity and help you organize your information

Tableau For Dummies is a step-by-step resource that helps you make sense of the data landscape—and put your data to work in support of your business.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Tableau Desktop 5

Chapter 1: A Brief Introduction to Tableau Desktop 7

Chapter 2: Seeing What You Can Do with Tableau 17

Chapter 3: Understanding the Basics 35

Part II: Bringing in Data 57

Chapter 4: Understanding Data Connections 59

Chapter 5: Connecting to Data 67

Chapter 6: Visualizing Data 75

Part III: Analyzing Data 97

Chapter 7: Understanding the Tableau Desktop Environment 99

Chapter 8: Considering Data Display Options 119

Chapter 9: Adding Worksheets 145

Chapter 10: Creating Dashboards 155

Chapter 11: Building Stories 175

Part IV: Publishing and Sharing 183

Chapter 12: Publishing Workbooks 185

Chapter 13: Sharing Files with Tableau Reader 195

Part V: Advancing to a Higher Level 203

Chapter 14: Advanced Visual Analytics 205

Chapter 15: Creating Calculations 221

Chapter 16: Unlocking the Language of Calculated Fields 237

Part VI: The Part of Tens 241

Chapter 17: Ten Great Tableau Tips 243

Chapter 18: Ten Tableau Resources 247

Index 255

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Author Information

Molly Monsey joined Tableau in 2009 as a technical product consultant. She and Paul Sochan work together to lead the Tableau training team. Today she recruits, trains, and supports instructors who educate Tableau users all over the world. Paul Sochan joined Tableau in 2010 and serves as the Senior Director of Global Education Services. The training team he built with Molly Monsey develops all Tableau training offerings. Paul has been in the Business Intelligence space since 1994.

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