587 Tableau Conference Sessions

Welcome to the Tableau Conference 2019 official session catalog. If you are already registered to attend, log in to the web schedule builder or download the mobile app to reserve a seat in your must-see sessions and hands-on trainings. If you’d like to see the schedule using Tableau Desktop, you can connect to the data directly here.

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Go with the Flow: Tableau Prep for Beginners (BYO Laptop)

Note: This is a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) session and computers will not be provided. Please bring your own! Does aggregating aggravate you? Are you pivoting in the wrong direction? Then come practice your ETL ABCs! In this technical introduction to Tableau Prep, we’ll connect to data, wrangle it, profile it, clean it, change it, join it, group it, aggregate it, pivot it, export it, and more. An introductory knowledge of Tableau Desktop will benefit you, but isn’t required.
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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GoDaddy: GoData Web Analytics Lessons Learned

When we launched Google Analytics a year ago, we encountered challenges such as sampled reporting, lack of flexibility, and GA revenue not tying to actual revenue. We turned to BigQuery -> ported unnested GA data into Hadoop for data resource collocation -> created enhanced “hybrid” tables/aggs -> developed Tableau reports, both at a glance monitoring dashboards and self-service diagnostic tools. This session shares our learnings, walking through the Tableau dashboards that are enabled by this process, including unique tips and tricks like calculating bottom line impact from visit/conversion/etc. trends, isolating out mix as a driver of rate, and clever visualization for optimal pairing with Tableau out of the box features like alerts and subscriptions.
Speaker(s): Amy Song
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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Google BigQuery ML in Tableau

Machine learning has been topical in analytics. While powerful, it can also seem a bit nebulous and deter anyone that works with data, given the skill set required to train and create predictive models. This is where Tableau comes in: Pairing Google Cloud’s machine learning feature with Tableau BigQuery connector enables embedded machine learning that helps train models and manipulate parameters easily. We’ll demonstrate with publicly available data and a set of predictors to show how easy it is to see Google’s ML analysis in Tableau. We'll consider some use cases that predict basketball outcomes, customer lifetime value, wine quality, beer prices, gas prices, home prices, and storm surge.
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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Governance with Tableau Data Management: Very Scenario Focused (Catalog Focus)

This session walks through common data management tasks we see and how to do it with the DM Add-On, keeping data fresh, communicating data quality, tracking the impact of changes, and getting changes to happen.
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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Greatest of All Time Analytics: Conquering Date Calculations

In this session, you will learn how to analyze metrics over different periods of time using advanced date calculations. If the idea of comparing a current month-to-date versus previous month-to-date makes you shudder, then this session is for you. You will also get to know best practices for visualizing KPIs, actual against target analysis, as well as combining these visualizations into a well-structured scorecard.
Speaker(s): Jade Le Van
Session Type: Session
Level: Advanced

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Guiding and Informing with Text, Labels, Tooltips, etc.

Once you've done the data analysis, you need to present and communicate our findings to others. Often, you're not there when somebody consumes the presentation you've prepared for them, risking misunderstanding. We’ll look at how effective news graphics address this issue and extract ideas to use in your own dashboards. You will learn how well-placed labels, tooltips and annotations can guide your audience through a visualization so they understand the data and the points you want to get across.
Speaker(s): Kelvin Liu, Robert Kosara
Session Type: Session
Level: Beginner

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Hands-on with Ask Data

Learn how to be effective using Ask Data to ask questions and get answers from a published data source. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how Ask Data works, its analytical capabilities, and tips for enabling others to self-serve analytics.
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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Hands-on with Ask Data

Learn how to be effective using Ask Data to ask questions and get answers from a published data source. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how Ask Data works, its analytical capabilities, and tips for enabling others to self-serve analytics.
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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Hands-on with Ask Data

Learn how to be effective using Ask Data to ask questions and get answers from a published data source. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how Ask Data works, its analytical capabilities, and tips for enabling others to self-serve analytics.
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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Hands-on with Ask Data

Learn how to be effective using Ask Data to ask questions and get answers from a published data source. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how Ask Data works, its analytical capabilities, and tips for enabling others to self-serve analytics.
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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Hit the Analytic Jackpot with Spatial SQL

Do you have spatial data? Spatial questions outside the normal Tableau analytic realm? This session explores how spatially enabled databases can enhance and extend the analytic capabilities of Tableau using custom SQL and RawSQL. Contents include looking at spatial intersections between points, lines, and polygons, generating new spatial data sets from multiple sources, and routing between locations. While the material in this session is considered advanced, it offers an introduction to spatial SQL from install to insights to turbocharge your spatial analytics in Tableau. Basic knowledge of SQL and geospatial concepts will be helpful but not required.
Speaker(s): Sarah Battersby
Session Type: Session
Level: Advanced

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Honeywell: Transformation Towards Self-Service Digital Analytics

This session entails how we are driving a Self-Service culture in the organization with Tableau and are bringing in a Digital Culture enabling better decision making primarily driven by data and scaling to an Enterprise Level.
Speaker(s): Rajesh Garudammagari
Session Type: Session
Level: Advanced

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Hot, Hotter, Hyper: How to Handle Big Data

Is your organization drowning in the data lake too? Leading big data organizations are leveraging a multi-tiered approach to data for consumption in Tableau. In this session, plan to discuss the challenges of visualizing big data, establish best practices for leveraging big data solutions directly, talk about our new in-memory data engine Hyper for fast visual analysis in Tableau, and learn how to use Tableau Prep to structure data within your big data strategy.
Session Type: Session
Level: Advanced

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HotelTonight: How to Get Stakeholders in Bed with Your Data

Most people have an aversion to change. This is why building new tools, especially for sales teams with challenging goals and deadlines, can be so difficult. This session will focus on best practices to evangelize new tools. By sharing some design control and still leveraging your analytical perspective and expertise, you will drive increased adoption rate and then success of your dashboards and tools.
Speaker(s): Kristin McManus
Session Type: Session
Level: Everyone

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How a One-Person Team Built an Impactful Reporting Analytics Platform from the Ground Up

Lima One Capital is one of the fastest growing companies in the specialty mortgage lending industry, focused on bringing affordable lending to local real estate markets. However, the company's journey to that achievement contained numerous obstacles: Limited capital, time and people resources along with a lack of data strategy and supporting technology. To accomplish some ambitious goals to grow revenue, Lima One Capital recognized the need to mature its data strategy and invest in a new data analytics platform. In this session, learn how Lima One Capital, along with their strategic technology partner, Data Meaning, selected Tableau and Matillion to help build a new data analytics platform which allowed the business to: Double in size over the last 10 months, Create an analytics program that is 85 percent self-service, Automate 5,200 manual task hours across the company so far this year, and Reduce the workload on data entry by up to 20 percent.
Speaker(s): Lucas Whaley
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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How Brown Forman’s Analytics Catalog has Consolidated and Improved their Use of Tableau and Reporting

Sam Sorsa, who leads the advanced analytics team for Brown Forman will share his journey from distributed reporting chaos to a unified, trusted, and collaborative reporting hub. He will share his organizational challenges, what he has learned, along with the benefits of having an analytics catalog (hub) strategy. This new technology has enabled his users to increase their productivity and has provided the organization with the capabilities to govern BI content (report and dashboards) across varied BI tools and through examination of all report usage, to optimize license utilization and infrastructure cost (development and maintenance). This session sponsored by ZenOptics is a must-attend for anyone who has multiple analytic / reporting environments.
Speaker(s): Sam Sorsa
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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How Expedia Evolved from On-Premise to the Cloud

Learn how Expedia is evolving their Data Services Platform (DSP) from an on-premise solution, to a cloud native solution that reaped benefits of having better connectivity and sharing of platforms and data, while being cost efficient. Expedia will discuss how they leverage Snowflake’s data warehouse built for the cloud together with Tableau’s enterprise BI tool to produce cost management insights and services for the business, have quicker access to data and overall flexibility within the cloud.
Speaker(s): Aaron Dane, David Smith
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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How Tableau uses Google Analytics

Learn how Tableau uses Google Analytics to capture and measure its website performance, and how that data informs our design strategy. We use Google Analytics 360 (GA) to track visitors to our site. When looking to optimize site features like the global header or CTAs, we use GA to gather baseline metrics and track performance pre- and post- site changes."
Speaker(s): Amanda Lapid
Session Type: Session
Level: Beginner

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How to Build a Tableau Portal in 60 Minutes or Less

In this session, we will walk through a complete Tableau portal and the key Tableau technologies used to build it such as: integrated authentication, the REST API and the JavaScript API. You’ll learn through specific examples how to approach building your own embedded Tableau portal. The portal used will be at a level of functionality such that the session is also about the art of the possible.
Speaker(s): Gordon Rose, Ron Dugger
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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How to Excel with Tableau

Back by popular demand—a top TC breakout session... Are you in a love-hate relationship with Excel? Frustrated and feeling like you're not moving forward? Bring back the romance. Let Excel do what Excel is good at. Move the analytics tasks you depend on and supercharge them in Tableau. This session will cover not only how to duplicate and improve Excel functionality in Tableau, but how to move beyond the constraints of rows and columns. Join us and repair your relationship with Excel. There's a happy world of dynamic, interactive analytics waiting for you.
Speaker(s): Jim Sun, Yun Zhou
Session Type: Session
Level: Beginner

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How to Lie with Statistics

There is more data surrounding us than ever before. People want to become "data-driven" and believe data is the "new oil". But how easy it is to be misled by the data? Do you always apply critical thinking to the figures that surround you? Are you facing an uphill battle discussing data literacy in your organization? Join this humorous session on the common pitfalls in analysis and decide for yourself whether you want to use your new powers of data analytics for good or evil.
Speaker(s): David Sigerson
Session Type: Session
Level: Beginner

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HRSA: Data Analytics for Enhanced Financial Management and Internal Controls

This session discusses how HRSA's Integrated Resource Management System, with visualizations powered by Tableau, provides auditors, accountants and risk managers with advanced analytics and self-service tools to reach data-driven decisions across areas such as internal controls, financial operations, and enterprise risk management. You will see interactive demonstrations with data analytics and visualizations that sift through voluminous financial transactions to identify transactional risks and anomalies in areas such as credit card, use of prior year funds, grants and acquisition management, etc., through near real-time access to a broad array of data sources.
Speaker(s): Joseph Roach
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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Humana: How We Created a Silver Bullet Dashboard and Improved Compliance and Efficiency

Have you ever walked into a department that looked like a spaghetti bowl of data challenges? A year ago, thousands of our compliance metrics were locked away in clunky management systems and inundated by hundreds of excel documents being passed around. All of this changed when we embraced data science solutions, modernized data management systems, and built a self-service reporting experience using Tableau products. In less than a year, we saw a double-digit increase in operational efficiency as thousands of compelling metric visualizations are now available within three clicks of a mouse, with the entire experience built around a website-like look-and-feel that enables thousands of employees to get to compliance information, from the highest to lowest level details. Whoever says you can't design a dashboard for every type of user is right, but you can design a navigational experience consisting of many different types of dashboards that solves for all levels of your company.
Session Type: Session
Level: Beginner

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Hunkemöller: How Europe's largest lingerie retailer uses Tableau to drive Consumer Sales

This session explains how Europe's largest lingerie retailer, operating more than 900 stores across 24 countries, uses Tableau to realize efficiency and effectiveness gains across the value chain.
Session Type: Session
Level: Beginner

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Hyper API: Automating Data Connectivity to Solve Real Business Problems

Tableau helps people quickly analyze their data. But what if the data model doesn’t exist? In this session, we will explore how users can leverage Tableau’s Hyper API to create data models. We will share our use-case for how we created one of the world’s first data models for analyzing patient continuous infusion drugs, as well as the five-minute version of how we are leveraging this data to better treat critically ill pediatric patients. Finally, we will focus on the nuts and bolts of the Hyper API, new features, review our customer use-case in detail and walk everyone through a few examples using the Hyper API to create their first data model.
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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IBM: Using Tableau to Foster Agile, Data-Driven Culture Change

How do you grow a strategic part of your business...and fast? Learn how a team of data analysts posed with this problem prototyped new solutions in Tableau to provide stakeholders with analytic insights and prescriptive actions on a weekly basis. This approach united marketing and sales leaders across the company to make quick, data-driven decisions, move to agile as a discipline, and grow a critical part of IBM's business.
Speaker(s): Kelsey Perkins
Session Type: Session
Level: Beginner

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Ice, Ice, Baby: Cubes, Tableau and OLAP Data

Want to further explore your business intelligence data? OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) databases like SQL Server Analysis Services and Oracle Essbase are likely the peas to your carrots. In this session, we’ll tackle efficient methods for maximizing the use of Tableau against cubes. (Note: this isn’t a deep-dive into OLAP cubes, and will focus on specific exercises in Tableau.)
Speaker(s): David Sears, Bill Buttling
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Advanced

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Ice, Ice, Baby: Cubes, Tableau and OLAP Data

Want to further explore your business intelligence data? OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) databases like SQL Server Analysis Services and Oracle Essbase are likely the peas to your carrots. In this session, we’ll tackle efficient methods for maximizing the use of Tableau against cubes. (Note: this isn’t a deep-dive into OLAP cubes, and will focus on specific exercises in Tableau.)
Speaker(s): David Sears, Bill Buttling
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Advanced

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Ice, Ice, Baby: Cubes, Tableau and OLAP Data

Want to further explore your business intelligence data? OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) databases like SQL Server Analysis Services and Oracle Essbase are likely the peas to your carrots. In this session, we’ll tackle efficient methods for maximizing the use of Tableau against cubes. (Note: this isn’t a deep-dive into OLAP cubes, and will focus on specific exercises in Tableau.)
Speaker(s): David Sears, Bill Buttling
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Advanced

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Informatica: Your Blueprint Partner for Achieving Trusted and Governed Data

Transforming into a data-driven organization is no easy task. Luckily, Tableau built Blueprint and enlisted partners such as Informatica to help customers accelerate their data-driven digital transformations. Informatica is truly unique: We are 100% focused on everything data, nothing else. We are the Leader in Enterprise Cloud Data Management, #1 in Data Management for on-premise, cloud and any hybrid data management requirements you have. We have the industry’s only Intelligent Data Platform with integrated set of best of breed solutions ​Learn how Informatica can help you with your Blueprint journey.
Session Type: Session
Level: Everyone

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Interactive Analytics with Parameter Actions

Tableau continues to bring new capabilities to interactive analytics. With parameter actions the possibilities in computational exploration with the viz are endless. Join this session to learn how you can interactively derive new insights from your data.
Speaker(s): Denny Bromley
Session Type: Session
Level: Advanced

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Into the Wild: What Tableau Catalog Revealed about Tableau

Tableau Catalog was just released in 2019.3 as part of the Data Management Add-on, but the Tableau Analytics team has been using it long before it launched. Come hear what Tableau Catalog has revealed about the way Tableau employees are using Tableau. Plus, learn how Tableau Catalog has helped the Analytics Team be more efficient in managing data across Tableau.
Speaker(s): Kate Davis
Session Type: Session
Level: Everyone

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Introduction to Ask Data

This session is an introduction to Ask Data, Tableau’s Natural Language Querying (NLQ) feature. With Ask Data you can ask questions directly of your data. In this session, members of the Ask Data team will introduce you to the feature, walk-through concrete analytical examples in a live demo, discuss the high-level technology, and give best practices on how you can get started. If you’re new to Ask Data or need a refresher, this session is for you.
Session Type: Session
Level: Beginner

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Introduction to Calcs: What is a Calculation?

This hands-on session will focus on if statements and aggregation amongst other topics.
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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Introduction to Calcs: What is a Calculation?

This hands-on session will focus on if statements and aggregation amongst other topics.
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Level: Beginner

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Introduction to Calcs: What is a Calculation? (BYO Laptop)

Note: This is a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) session and computers will not be provided. Please bring your own! This hands-on session will focus on if statements and aggregation amongst other topics.
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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Introduction to Sets

In this session we will demystify sets, one of Tableau’s most powerful analytics features. Whether you haven’t used sets, or deeply know their ins and outs, this session is for you. If you enjoy sunsets, dislike being upset, and possess an analytical mindset… well, you will love sets.
Speaker(s): Ashley Mitchell
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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Iron Viz

Calling all champions: This is a showdown you don’t want to miss. Starring three contestants chosen as feeder competition winners, Iron Viz Championship unites them in one final match. Tune in to see each pitted against each other. Wielding matching data sets and Tableau Desktop, these finalists will race to make the finest visualization in the room. The ultimate winner walks with a cash prize (and eternal glory, of course). Data sets provided by Pitney Bowes.
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Session Type: Keynote
Level: Everyone

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Is Your Tableau Deployment Creating Value?

Learn how to Discover, Document and Communicate the value of your Tableau Deployment in this session in which we will talk about Why organizations should create a process of documenting value out of Tableau, HOW it should be done and What are the impacts of it. The most important part of any transformation journey is to understand the impact and value which will help in increasing adoption and create passionate users.
Session Type: Session
Level: Everyone

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It’s a Breeze: Use the Weather Dataset to Easily Build Smarter, More Informative Dashboards

If you work in insurance, government, manufacturing, retail or hospitality, come to this session and learn how to incorporate insights from one of the most powerful data sets in the world: Weather! The Weather Company and DataBlick show you the steps to build weather-infused dashboards. You will see clear examples of how weather insights improve business forecasting across various industries and we will walk you through the steps of building your first dashboard using weather insights.
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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It’s a Breeze: Use the Weather Dataset to Easily Build Smarter, More Informative Dashboards

If you work in insurance, government, manufacturing, retail or hospitality, come to this session and learn how to incorporate insights from one of the most powerful data sets in the world: Weather! The Weather Company and DataBlick show you the steps to build weather-infused dashboards. You will see clear examples of how weather insights improve business forecasting across various industries and we will walk you through the steps of building your first dashboard using weather insights.
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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iVantage Health Analytics: Creating an Embedded Application Powered by Tableau

In this session, we explain how we developed a cloud-based application using Tableau that delivers market insights to leading healthcare providers across the country, embedding dashboards and using APIs to create a feature rich embedded application. You will learn our best practices for delivery of near real time ingestion of big data for fast performing dashboards, how we reduced load times by 50 percent and shrunk the database by 65 percent, and how we integrated Tableau development into an agile continuous development cycle, with automated testing, publishing, editing and source control.
Session Type: Session
Level: Advanced

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I’ve Got My KPI on You

At this session, see how to leverage Tableau to create and showcase KPI performance in an evolutionary manner, from point-in-time performance for a single measure, to adding color and shape to enhance the point-in-time performance, and ultimately combining that technique with performance over time to provide a complete focus on measure performance. Finally, we’ll leverage multi-KPI bands to top off the session.
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Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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I’ve Got My KPI on You

At this session, see how to leverage Tableau to create and showcase KPI performance in an evolutionary manner, from point-in-time performance for a single measure, to adding color and shape to enhance the point-in-time performance, and ultimately combining that technique with performance over time to provide a complete focus on measure performance. Finally, we’ll leverage multi-KPI bands to top off the session.
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Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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I’ve Got My KPI on You

At this session, see how to leverage Tableau to create and showcase KPI performance in an evolutionary manner, from point-in-time performance for a single measure, to adding color and shape to enhance the point-in-time performance, and ultimately combining that technique with performance over time to provide a complete focus on measure performance. Finally, we’ll leverage multi-KPI bands to top off the session.
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Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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Jedi Calcs: Your Calcs Awaken

Think you have what it takes to be a Tableau Jedi? We’ve scoured the universe for the toughest calculations known to mankind and bring them to you. Come test out your calculation skills in this trial-by-fire desktop challenge session. We’ll dare you to solve questions that hit on Pareto calcs, Trellis charts, data blending, table calcs and more! Expect to tackle the hardest calcs in Tableau, learn the theory behind them, work with your classmates, and become a Jedi Master!
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Jedi

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Jedi Calcs: Your Calcs Awaken

Think you have what it takes to be a Tableau Jedi? We’ve scoured the universe for the toughest calculations known to mankind and bring them to you. Come test out your calculation skills in this trial-by-fire desktop challenge session. We’ll dare you to solve questions that hit on Pareto calcs, Trellis charts, data blending, table calcs and more! Expect to tackle the hardest calcs in Tableau, learn the theory behind them, work with your classmates, and become a Jedi Master!
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Jedi

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Jedi Calcs: Your Calcs Awaken

Think you have what it takes to be a Tableau Jedi? We’ve scoured the universe for the toughest calculations known to mankind and bring them to you. Come test out your calculation skills in this trial-by-fire desktop challenge session. We’ll dare you to solve questions that hit on Pareto calcs, Trellis charts, data blending, table calcs and more! Expect to tackle the hardest calcs in Tableau, learn the theory behind them, work with your classmates, and become a Jedi Master!
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Jedi

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Johnson County KS: Reduce EMS Frequent Users with Help from Location Intelligence

We launched a program in 2017 to provide mental health outreach to those who frequently use emergency medical services (EMS) and to reduce unnecessary dispatches of EMS units. In this session we will discuss how our near real-time, interactive Tableau dashboards enable staff to monitor spatial and temporal patterns of frequent users, so as to provide timely care. You will see how our maps show distribution of patient locations and EMS transports from patient locations to local hospital emergency rooms. In addition to the current use, we plan to show the dashboards and other analysis results to local hospitals when we go seek their collaboration in tackling the problem of frequent users.
Speaker(s): Jin Yao
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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JPMorgan Chase: Implementing our Tableau Blueprint Skill Belt Program

How does your company turn developers into Tableau experts? At JPMC, we implemented the Tableau Blueprint Skill Belt Program with a training curriculum that incorporated Tableau online training, white papers, webinars, hands-on activities and more. In this session, we will show how you can roll out this effective 17-week training boot camp to benefit your organization.
Speaker(s): Heather Gough
Session Type: Session
Level: Everyone

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