Thursday, April 17, 2014

GOTUG's entry to the Tableau User Group contest

This entry was created by our group's own Matt Reinsch (Werner), and Nolan Gaskill (Carlson), exploring baby name trends from the past 50 years:

Fantastic work! And a great collaboration across our group. And here's another point of view on baby names, this one focusing on the first names of NCAA basketball players. This was created by Nolan Gaskill as well:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The next GOTUG meet up will be from 1-4pm on Thursday April 24th at UNO's Mammel Hall

We're excited that UNO is hosting this quarter's event and we have an great agenda: Dr John Konvalina and Dr Mahbubul Majumder will talk about the new data science initiative at UNO that starts in the fall. Hint: Data Visualization is the center piece of the program! Mark Johnson from Alteryx will show how Alteryx can prep the data for Tableau to speed up and improve the analysis process. Also you see how you can easily include sophisticated analytics in your Tableau dashboards. The even is going to be held at Mammel Hall on UNO's Pacific Street Campus. The address is 6708 Pine St, Omaha, NE 68106

Friday, March 14, 2014

Presentation: Nathan Vanderwyst, Carlson Hotels

Here is the great presentation, from Nathan Vanderwyst, on how they set up a Tableau Server instance at Carlson Hotels.  If you missed this one at our last GOTUG, it's definitely worth a readl
GOTUG Presentation - Nathan Vanderwyst

Download here: GOTUG Presentation - Nathan Vanderwyst

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Track Tableau's Rise to the Top of Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms

The first post in this blog was the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms and Catherine suggested this visualization idea: Track each company's progress through the Magic Quadrant over the past few years using Pages animation.

Check out this viz by GOTUG member Branden Collingsworth.

How to use it: To compare Tableau against another BI platform just hold the control key down, select the platforms you want to compare, slide the page control left to 2010 and click through.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tableau User Group Viz Contest!

We mentioned it during our last meeting, and here's the official link to the Tableau User Group Visualization Contest , "a head-to-head friendly contest across user groups worldwide. "

So let's win this thing!!

The official rules:
  • All dashboards must have a width of 680 pixels or less
  • Must be published to Tableau Public
  • There must be an explanation or story written with the submission

We must turn in our submission to Tableau by March 31st - so please turn in your entry to our group here by Tuesday, March 25th.

For data sets, if you have some to share, we can do so through this blog (and thanks for those who offered!).  Here are a few I had on hand for now:

Flight information runs from August 2012-2013, and was pulled from the US Dept of Transportation (found via, here:
There is a data set for arrivals, and one for departures.

Omaha Airport Arrival and Departure Statistics - 12 Months

NFL data sets were pulled from - an excellent site for things like this.  They are all standardized, e.g. they have the same set of values for fields of the same name, like Team, so join away:

NFL Final Record Stats by Team
NFL Full Game Stats

NFL Player Category Leaders
NFL All Pro Data
NFL Pro Bowl Selections

Let us know if you have any issues with downloading, or questions about the rules.  And have fun, we look forward to seeing your submissions!

Member Survey Results

Thanks everyone for participating in our user survey at our last meeting!

We had 51 responses, and got a lot of great insight.  (Everyone loves some good Tips & Tricks...)

More to come on how we might try out some new things in upcoming sessions, but in the meantime, here's everything in (what else?) a Tableau visualization:

Any thoughts or further ideas? Let us know in the comments!  Did you miss the meeting or forget to complete the survey?  Email me and I can pass on the link to participate.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Welcome GOTUG members!

Our first post, the newest Gartner Magic Quadrant results for Tableau.  They are now at the top in execution, closing in on completeness of vision (with notes on moves toward enterprise-wide solutions):

Link to full report through Tableau's website, here.

Visualization idea:  Track the progress of each company's progress through this Magic Quadrant over the past few years, using Pages animation.