Category: Tableau

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Getting Started with the Tableau Javascript API

Tableau offers an API that lets you embed visualizations on the web and then control them via javascript functions.  This handy utility can be used to do all kinds of cool things which I will share in the future.  First though, here’s how you can get started.

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Triggering Cubes & Extracts

One of the functions that never seems to be included in BI tools is an easy way to kick off an application cache job once your ETL is finished.  MicroStrategy’s Cubes and Tableau’s Extracts both rely on manual or time based refresh schedules, but this leaves you in a position where your data will land in the database and you’ll either have a large gap before...

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Facebook Jeopardy: Hack Edition

The presentation that Andy Kriebel and I did at the 2014 Tableau Conference is now available on YouTube.  Unfortunately, there isn’t video of us so you won’t be able to see our stage antics, but the presentation was packed with demos so all of the action was on the screen anyway.  Everything we demoed will be blogged in detail here and on Andy’s blog as we...

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MicroStrategy vs Tableau

**DISCLAIMER** This post was written in May 2014, and so as it should be obvious, some parts of it are outdated.  I actually don’t use MicroStrategy or Tableau any more on a daily basis, so I’m not going to be able to update it.  I’m somewhat aware of both companies making some recent improvements that have addressed some of the weaknesses I talk about, but...

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Presenting at Tableau’s Customer Conference 2014!

Update: The video is now available As previously mentioned when rebranding this blog about more general BI topics, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be presenting at Tableau’s Customer Conference this September with my colleague, and fellow blogger, Andy Kriebel.  I humbly say that Andy is to Tableau as I am to MicroStrategy, and having the chance to work with him for the last two years...