Tableau Dashboard Cookbook

Over 40 recipes for designing professional dashboards by implementing data visualization principles

Tableau Dashboard Cookbook

Cookbook
Jen Stirrup

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Over 40 recipes for designing professional dashboards by implementing data visualization principles
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ISBN 139781782177906
Paperback330 pages

Book Description

With increasing interest and enthusiasm for data visualization in the media, businesses are looking to create effective dashboards that engage as well as communicate the truth of data. Tableau makes data accessible to everyone, and is a great way of sharing enterprise dashboards across the business. The deceptively simple Tableau interface hides a variety and complexity of features available for dashboarding, and this book will help you to become familiar with these features.

Tableau offers an easy-to-use and fun way of designing, constructing, and sharing your dashboards. This book will familiarize you with its features and enable you to develop and enhance your dashboard skills, starting with an overview of what dashboard is followed by how you can collect data using various mathematical formulas. Next you'll learn to filter and group data, as well as how to use various functions to present the data in an appealing and accurate way. The book will also teach you how to use the key advanced string functions to play with data and images. You will be walked through the various features of Tableau including dual axes, scatterplot matrices, heat maps, and sizing. Finally, this book will help you consider what to do next with your dashboard, whether it's on a server or in collaboration with other tools.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Short Dash to Dashboarding!
Introduction
Preparing for your first dashboard
Showing the power of data visualization
Connecting to data sources
Introducing the Tableau interface
Interacting with your first data visualization
Sharing your visualization with the world
Chapter 2: Summarizing Your Data for Dashboards
Introduction
Arithmetic – the queen of mathematics!
Dashboards and dates
Grouping your data with calculations
Correlation with calculations
Using cross-tabs flexibly
Simplifying your business rules with custom calculations
Chapter 3: Interacting with Data for Dashboards
Introduction
Fun with filters – grouping your data with clarity
Hierarchies for revealing the dashboard message
Classifying your data for dashboards
Actions and interactions
Drilling into the details
Working with input controls
Chapter 4: Using Dashboards to Get Results
Introduction
Enriching data with mashups
Page trails
Guided analytics with Tableau
Sharing your results in a meeting
Notes and annotations
Using external data to enrich your dashboard
Chapter 5: Putting the Dash into Dashboards
Introduction
Choosing your visualization
Using parameters in dashboards
Using custom geocoding in Tableau
Profiting from Big Data to rev your visualization
Filtering your data for focus
Creating choices in dashboards using conditional logic
Chapter 6: Making Dashboards Relevant
Introduction
Adding an infographic to your Tableau dashboard
String manipulation in dashboards
Correcting data exports from Tableau to Excel
Blending data
Optimizing tips for efficient, fast visualization
Chapter 7: Visual Best Practices
Introduction
Coloring your numbers
Dueling with dual axes
Where is the three-dimensional data?
Eating humble pie – Pie charts or not?
Sizing to make a data story
Chapter 8: Tell the World! Share Your Dashboards
Introduction
Packaging workbooks with data
Publishing dashboards to Tableau Server
Publishing dashboards to Tableau Public
Mobilizing your dashboards
Mixing Tableau with SharePoint 2013 Power BI
Wrapping up with R – Dashboards as a tool

What You Will Learn

  • Customize your designs to meet the needs of your business using Tableau
  • Use Tableau to prototype, develop, and deploy the final dashboard
  • Communicate and share your dashboards internally within the business, or externally with the rest of the world via Tableau public
  • Integrate your data to provide mashed-up dashboards
  • Be inspired with color, motion, and other design tricks when designing dashboards
  • Formulate your business rules into Tableau formulae that you can reuse
  • Consider your business users and data consumer needs as you learn about color theory and psychology and put them into action

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Short Dash to Dashboarding!
Introduction
Preparing for your first dashboard
Showing the power of data visualization
Connecting to data sources
Introducing the Tableau interface
Interacting with your first data visualization
Sharing your visualization with the world
Chapter 2: Summarizing Your Data for Dashboards
Introduction
Arithmetic – the queen of mathematics!
Dashboards and dates
Grouping your data with calculations
Correlation with calculations
Using cross-tabs flexibly
Simplifying your business rules with custom calculations
Chapter 3: Interacting with Data for Dashboards
Introduction
Fun with filters – grouping your data with clarity
Hierarchies for revealing the dashboard message
Classifying your data for dashboards
Actions and interactions
Drilling into the details
Working with input controls
Chapter 4: Using Dashboards to Get Results
Introduction
Enriching data with mashups
Page trails
Guided analytics with Tableau
Sharing your results in a meeting
Notes and annotations
Using external data to enrich your dashboard
Chapter 5: Putting the Dash into Dashboards
Introduction
Choosing your visualization
Using parameters in dashboards
Using custom geocoding in Tableau
Profiting from Big Data to rev your visualization
Filtering your data for focus
Creating choices in dashboards using conditional logic
Chapter 6: Making Dashboards Relevant
Introduction
Adding an infographic to your Tableau dashboard
String manipulation in dashboards
Correcting data exports from Tableau to Excel
Blending data
Optimizing tips for efficient, fast visualization
Chapter 7: Visual Best Practices
Introduction
Coloring your numbers
Dueling with dual axes
Where is the three-dimensional data?
Eating humble pie – Pie charts or not?
Sizing to make a data story
Chapter 8: Tell the World! Share Your Dashboards
Introduction
Packaging workbooks with data
Publishing dashboards to Tableau Server
Publishing dashboards to Tableau Public
Mobilizing your dashboards
Mixing Tableau with SharePoint 2013 Power BI
Wrapping up with R – Dashboards as a tool

Book Details

ISBN 139781782177906
Paperback330 pages
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