Tableau 10

Tableau 10 is new and improved!

Here is what you need to know:

1. New look and feel!

Tableau 10 has a new crisp, clean, and inviting interface. Its design is updated with new colors and a slick feel. The visualizations have new themes that minimize clutter and maximize insight. The interface is clean and simple; it lets your data shine with a "less is more" mentality. Tableau 10 offers cleaner visualizations with less "non-data ink". This "Smooth" default setting allows users to focus on what is important.

The Old Look

The Old Look

The New Look!

The New Look!

2. Highlighter

Tableau 10's highlighter lets you quickly find and highlight data while preserving the context of the data in the view. It allows the user to maintain a holistic view AND capture important details. After selecting "show highlighter" from the discrete field on the marks card, then search for data you're interested in seeing. This new feature has the ability for text search, dropdown menu options, and multiple highlighters per viz. For additional insight, the highlighter tool can be paired with reference lines, bands, mark labels, and parameters.

Here the highlighter is being used to show the copiers and fax sub-category against two benchmarks for sales and profit. This can allow for additional understanding of the data without filtering out important information.

Here the highlighter is being used to show the copiers and fax sub-category against two benchmarks for sales and profit. This can allow for additional understanding of the data without filtering out important information.

3. Drag and Drop Clustering

Tableau 10 uses the k-means clustering algorithm with a variance-based partitioning method that ensures consistency between runs. Clustering can be used on any type of visualization - scatter plots, maps, bar charts, etc. Tableau clusters with a recommended number of nodes, but the user can specify the number as well.

Without clustering

Without clustering

With Clustering

With Clustering

4. Custom Territories

There are two ways to create custom territories within Tableau 10 - groups or assigning a territory field as a geographic role. These territories can be created ad-hoc by selecting and grouping areas right on the map (seen below) or by including geographic information in the data and assigning it to a geographic role.

The above photo shows custom made United State regions. This viz shows 5 regions, but another option could specify 4 regions: Northeast, Midwest, South, and West. Some people consider Kentucky as a Midwestern state, some consider it a Southern state - all of these options are customizable in Tableau 10 by using the freeform lasso select tool and creating custom territories.

The above photo shows custom made United State regions. This viz shows 5 regions, but another option could specify 4 regions: Northeast, Midwest, South, and West. Some people consider Kentucky as a Midwestern state, some consider it a Southern state - all of these options are customizable in Tableau 10 by using the freeform lasso select tool and creating custom territories.

5. Device Designer

With this new feature, dashboards can be designed and previewed to fit numerous different desktops, tablets, and phones. The list includes iPad, Amazon Kindle, Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy S6, iPhone 6, Nokia Lumia, and many more! This simple feature is extremely powerful when trying to optimize viewing across all devices. 

Above is an Amazon Kindle Fire HD device preview with the layout set to "Fit All".

Above is an Amazon Kindle Fire HD device preview with the layout set to "Fit All".

Here is a Galaxy note 4 device preview with the layout set to "Fit All".

Here is a Galaxy note 4 device preview with the layout set to "Fit All".

6. Cross-database Joins

Now you can create, share, explore, and analyze an entirely new data source from disparate data sources such as SQL Server, CSV, Google Sheets and more! 

This picture above shows a number of different examples of cross-database joins. From Excel, MySQL, and CSV Files to Access, Google Sheets, and Text Files...cross-database joins are now a fully functional feature of Tableau 10!

This picture above shows a number of different examples of cross-database joins. From Excel, MySQL, and CSV Files to Access, Google Sheets, and Text Files...cross-database joins are now a fully functional feature of Tableau 10!

7. More data source options

With Tableau 10, users have more data source options including: Google Sheets, Kognitio, MemSQL, Presto, and Quickbooks Online.

8. Format THE entire workbook

Tableau 10 offers the functionality to format the entire workbook with just the click of a button. No more tedious clicking through each worksheet, dashboard, and story. Now formatting can be done with one single click!

If you haven't already done so - you MUST check out Tableau 10.0!

 

AUTHOR - TARA LAURITSEN