474 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.

Not yet registered? Use the filters on the left to take a look at all of the sessions offered and identify the ones that interest you most. Check out this blog for explanations of different formats and session themes or you can watch this short webinar to learn more.

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WeWork: Rapid Server Growth & Data-Driven Dashboard Design

This session reviews how we deployed Tableau Server at scale, obtaining initial buy-in from leadership, meeting demands from our growing user community, and learning from mistakes along the way. You will learn about our Space & People Analytics, which enabled us to prototype and provide workplace insights to enterprise customers, develop dashboards to do UX research and help drive efficiencies in the workplace.
Speaker(s): Gabriel Horwitz, David Hey
Session Type: Session
Level: Everyone

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What Happens in Alteryx Slays in Tableau

Alteryx or Tableau? BOTH! Experience how leveraging this “better together” solution delivers game-changing insights by empowering users to: • tackle basic to sophisticated data prep via repeatable workflows • unleash the power of machine learning • apply advanced predictive and spatial analysis - code-free! Join this session to embark on your Alteryx + Tableau journey, get a free trial of Alteryx, and experience the thrill of solving! Prior to attending the session, download these analytic templates: https://www.alteryx.com/TC19StarterKit
Speaker(s): Jimmy Garrett, Brandon Bak
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Beginner

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What’s New with Tableau and SAP

This session introduces the SAP HANA connector, including HDI containers and Level Hierarchies, a walkthrough of technical details (SAP tables and views used, UI decisions, etc.), and a demonstration followed by Q&A.
Speaker(s): Jie Deng, Evan Rademacher
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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When Sets Rock, When Parameters Roll

With 2018.3, Tableau launched Set Actions allowing anyone to change the membership of a set by visually selecting marks! This is an amazing feature that opens insane new interactive possibilities such as proportional brushing, benchmarking, cohort analysis, period comparisons, conditional aggregation, and asymmetric drill down to name a few. However, the supremacy of sets as the ultimate action was quickly challenged by parameter actions. But what are the similarities and differences between set and parameter actions and when is best to use them? This session will provide you with a framework for making that choice.
Speaker(s): Selchuk Emin, Ivan Coelho
Session Type: Session
Level: Jedi

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White-labeling Dashboards

This hands-on session will focus the Creator role, and how to take formatting to the next level: create dashboards that match a corporate aesthetic, including custom shapes, custom colors and logos. Knowledge of advanced formatting recommended.
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Intermediate

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Whole Foods Market: How We Engaged 10,000 People to Effect a Transformation

Tableau helps people see and understand data. These seven words create a fundamental shift in our approach to data, and along with it, change. While we prepare technically for report migration, we often forget to prepare our most important resource: people. A successful Tableau deployment involves more than creating pretty dashboards. Strong engagement at the executive level is critical and challenging the way people think about data is required. In this engaging session, you'll receive an in-depth look at the case study of scaling financial and operational dashboards to 10,000 people across 450 retail stores in under one year while leveraging tech-specific change leadership to secure strong executive engagement, adapt to retail-specific challenges, and ensure adoption at the store level.
Speaker(s): Jamie Lahiere
Session Type: Session
Level: Advanced

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Workout Wednesday LIVE

Calling all problem solvers! Join us as we tackle one of the most revered community initiatives: Workout Wednesday! What is #WorkoutWednesday2019 you ask? The idea is simple: Participants challenge themselves to rebuild a dashboard from scratch using predefined requirements and a fully built dashboard as inspiration. In this interactive session you’ll flex your brain and grow your Tableau skills as you work through the weekly challenge. Plus, you’ll get to see the dashboards re-created and explained in real time by our coaches.
Speaker(s): Curtis Harris, Luke Stanke
Session Type: Session
Level: Everyone

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YETI Coolers: A Field Guide to Analytics

Dive in to the world of YETI sales operations and how we derive insights from our geo data. We'll take a look at how YETI implemented Tableau and how we use Tableau Maps to blend consumer sales channels and drive business value.
Speaker(s): Samuel Santos, Wenbin Zhao
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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You Did WHAT with the Extensions API?

You will laugh. You will cry. But mostly you will learn what is possible with the Extensions API when some of the brightest people from the Tableau Developer Community stretch the limits and demo their most creative Dashboard Extensions.
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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You've Been Served! Simplifying Tableau Server Administration

Governing a well-tuned Tableau Server environment doesn't have to be complicated. With this hands-on training, you will leave armed with the knowledge to effectively govern Tableau Server using techniques that both empower your business users and keep your environment organized and secure. We will be covering best practices in adding users, setting permissions, organizing content, when to create sites versus projects, and leveraging Tableau Data Server. Since this is an introductory course, topics such as integrating authentication methods or APIs will not be covered, but some basic Tableau Server UI knowledge is recommended.
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Intermediate

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Your Data Does Not Tell You That

Everyone wants to know what caused what. But most attempts to determine causality from observed data are ineffective in ways that surprise people. This session covers running experiments, observational data, internal validity, external validity, and controlling for confounding factors. You will learn how to do this analysis visually in Tableau, because causal analysis is a domain where automated tools often don't work, and human understanding of the situation is a requirement.
Speaker(s): Madeleine Thompson
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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Your Journey to an Analytics-Driven Culture

Every organization aspires to be analytics-driven, but the journey to get there is riddled with obstacles. Most organizations simply fall short, whether because of a shortage of analytics talent or talent with the technical skills but a lack of business/domain expertise, complex analytics landscapes, limited data and applications access, data quality issues, or a lack of collaboration across departments, to name a few, resulting in low analytics adoption across the enterprise. At Neebo, we set out to solve these challenges and developed a virtual analytics hub where cross-functional teams of analytics professionals can easily connect, find, create, reuse, and collaborate on data and other analytics assets scattered in the cloud or on-premise, putting the power back into the hands of business with the domain expertise to perform the analytics needed to make the right strategic decisions.
Speaker(s): Steven Egan
Session Type: Session
Level: Beginner

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Your Swiss Army Knife for Administering Tableau Server

You’ll get an overview of our Tableau Server tools and learn how to use them. In hands-on exercises we will use Tableau Services Manager (TSM), custom admin views, Tabjolt & LogShark to equip you with a profound IT toolkit. This session will help you to increase your server admin knowledge by utilizing the right tools to monitor and improve performance, identify bottlenecks and troubleshoot your environment. At the end you will have a comprehensive understanding on how to successfully run & maintain your Tableau Server platform.
Session Type: Hands-on Training
Level: Advanced

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Zen Master: "Surprise Me" Creating Advanced and Unique Charts

Ever wondered whether you can create something completely custom in Tableau? Come along with Zen Master and Iron Viz Champion Klaus Schulte and Tableau Ambassador Ivett Kovacs for an in-depth view of how to draft and create completely custom visualizations. Attendees of this session will learn how to approach the advanced techniques used to build surprisingly innovative visualizations with Tableau and how to apply these techniques in real world business scenarios.
Session Type: Session
Level: Jedi

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Zen Master: 3...2...1...GO! Two-Minute Tableau Tips and Tricks

Join us for a fast-paced session of tips and tricks, charts, maps, dashboards and more. Anything is game, but the clock will be ticking. You will learn what's possible to create in Tableau in two minute or less.
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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Zen Master: 50 Reasons Your Organization Should Have a Center of Excellence

This session will provide fast-paced, rapid-fire tips from two experienced COE leaders. No matter what stage you are in planning, building or growing your organization's analytics COE, these tips will help you succeed. You'll learn how to overcome challenges, get users engaged and keep your COE growing.
Speaker(s): Simon Beaumont, Emma Whyte
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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Zen Master: Beyond Design—Secrets for Creating Engaging and Effective Information Experiences

In this session, two Zen Masters well-known for their design expertise will outline an approach to making exceptionally successful visual products in Tableau. You'll hear about how great designs are built, what decisions designers are making during the creative process, and, most importantly, how EVERYONE who uses Tableau can become better and more consistent designers. If you’ve ever lacked confidence in your “design skills,” this session is for you, because the biggest secret to be revealed is that success in dataviz creation lies … beyond design.
Session Type: Session
Level: Advanced

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Zen Master: Design Secrets for a Non-Designer

This session shares visualization design processes and concepts for creating stunning dashboards in Tableau. Attendees will learn 5 design process elements: purpose, flow, typography, color and art. By the end of this session, attendees will know how to leverage design requirements documents to capture top KPIs, determine the dashboard style based on the audience and key stakeholders, create a layout with a clear hierarchy and grid-like structure, construct dashboard wireframes/templates directly in Tableau, use color effectively to engage and highlight content, and incorporate custom icons/images to reinforce the dashboard’s subject matter.
Speaker(s): Chantilly Jaggernauth
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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Zen Master: Exploring and Using New Releases of Tableau and Tableau Prep

How do you stay up-to-date with new releases of Tableau and Tableau Prep? How can you learn the new features and leverage them in your visualizations and dashboards? In this session, we will give tips and tricks and strategies for learning and using new features in everything from games to practical business dashboards. Along the way we'll see some of the major new features from the past few months and a sneak peek of a few yet to come!
Speaker(s): Joshua Milligan
Session Type: Session
Level: Everyone

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Zen Master: Tableau Speed Tipping

Currently, the record for the number of tips shared in one session is 100. Can we break that record? Join our exciting session about bit-sized tips and tricks using Tableau, including our favorite shortcuts and how-tos using Tableau Prep Builder, Tableau Desktop, and Tableau Server. Regardless of your skill level, you will learn something new!
Speaker(s): Ann Jackson, Lorna Eden
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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Zen Master: Taking Tableau to the Extreme by Using Extensions API to Do Anything You Want

In this session, we will take one of last year's top-rated sessions to the next level: Demonstrating several Tableau extensions vetted by the top Fortune 500 companies and showing how to write extensions that produce stunning visualizations and rocking performance. You will see each extension's build process, including advanced visualization techniques and capabilities like Kepler.gl integration, data annotations or AI generated insights. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of how to leverage the Extensions API within their own environments.
Session Type: Session
Level: Jedi

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Zen Master: The "Tableau Twins" Take You Beyond Show Me

"Show Me" provide many "out-of-the-box" charts you can create in Tableau, but it only scratches the surface of what's possible. In this session, we will provide detailed tutorials on building advanced charts, starting with required fundamentals and then moving to the use of mathematics, data densification, etc. We will demonstrate how to apply these techniques using a variety of charts, including Radial Bar Charts, Radar Charts, and Sankeys. No prerequisites required, you don’t need to be a math genius or even remember 10th grade trigonometry! We will provide you with everything you need to take your skills from intermediate to advanced.
Session Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

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Zen Master: The What, Why and How’s of Extensions for Tableau

Join Tableau Zen Master and Founder of AppsforTableau, Merlijn Buit, to learn everything about the what, why, how’s, and security of the Extensions API. This session will have lots of live demos, NEW extensions like write-back, scrollytelling and annotating as well as playable games built with Tableau!
Speaker(s): Merlijn Buit
Session Type: Session
Level: Jedi

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Zen Master: You Did What to Your Data? A Deep Dive into Imputing and Densifying Data

Scaffolding, imputing, padding, densifying, pivoting...there are many words for the structural data metamorphoses that we require for transforming our raw data into analytics-ready sources, custom chart types, and/or gorgeously interactive dashboards. In this densely packed high velocity session Tableau Zen Master Hall of Famer Jonathan Drummey will help you navigate the landscape of possible use cases so you know when & why you need to densify and go deep into the details of how to set up your data sources & views in Tableau Desktop, Prep, and/or SQL. Prerequisites: knowledge of pivots, unions, and cross/Cartesian joins.
Speaker(s): Jonathan Drummey
Session Type: Session
Level: Jedi

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