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  • 1.  How to Start Tableau Skill Building?

    Posted Jun 09, 2017 10:22 AM

    Hi all.

        Being forward looking - looks like I need to start building some new skills. For Tableau, what are the tools and what is a good plan? I've found free training videos on the Tableau website. What else?


    am1 & others - a big 'Thank You!' in advance for your wisdoms.

  • 2.  Re: How to Start Tableau Skill Building?

    Posted Jun 09, 2017 12:42 PM

    Hi Rob,


    I'm considering presenting on the wider dashboard subject (not tool specific) at CA World if there is interest. 

    This is way more than I could write in a post


    I guess I should write part 2 to my tableau series

    Tableau Part 1 - Getting Started 




    So there's two main tools for tableau, desktop and server. You need both for a proper enterprise solution. 

    You'll also need a presentation layer, ether connecting directly or embedding via the JS api.


    The doing

    1. Identify the datasources and extraction routines based on business needs. (I like to keep logic DB side)
    2. Take the data from the various sources and assemble the "datasource"
    3. Build the reports as needed and publish to the server
      1. consider the screen size layouts!
    4. Share the published report


    Example set up

    Security layer - allows external access for authenticated users

    Presentation layer

    • responsive website, mobile friendly
    • mobile app - custom

    Embeded tableau via JS API

    Datasource: ca ppm warehouse, extracted into tableau db for performance



    I suggest just having a go at creating a workbook as per the getting started blog.

    Once you've done that, get to grips with the tool with some real life data and business needs.


    Tableau · GitHub is a good source for techie information


    Custom mobile app template

    GitHub - tableau/mobile-app-bootstrap-cordova: A Cordova template for creating iOS apps that embed Tableau vizzes 




  • 3.  Re: How to Start Tableau Skill Building?

    Posted Jun 09, 2017 03:09 PM

    Thanks Andrew - no rush on Tableau Part 2 - just trying to be a little forward looking. Thanks for your Part 1 and all you do.


    Thought I'd share this with the Community. I'm a big Udemy fan. They have some Tableau courses:

    Online Courses - Anytime, Anywhere | Udemy 


    Never pay full price. Wait for deals or scour the internet for discount codes. I just picked up a course for $10.