Now that I am in a job where I am doing Tableau development full-time, I was really excited to be able to attend the Tableau Conference this year. Unfortunately Data 2020 took place remotely, but there were still so many amazing sessions to attend!
I blocked time on my work calendar in order to attend as much of the conference as I could, and I was not disappointed. Fortunately the sessions were all recorded and posted online, so you can see them too! A few of the sessions that stood out to me included:
- Adding Hidden Context to Your Dashboard: A lot of my dashboards have small text here and there with instructions, but this session takes those tips and tricks to the next level. There are really creative ways to add that little extra help to your dashboard for newer users; in this session, we saw how pop-ups can be incorporated onto a dashboard to provide hints.
- Anatomy of a Dashboard – Financial Services: Since I am in Finance, I felt like it would be a good idea to attend this session. I really liked the clean dashboard design that was presented in the examples; I took a few screenshots during this session, and even implemented some of the design ideas into my dashboards at work.
- Stop Building Custom Admin Views the Hard Way. Just Stop. : If you have ever tried to build a Tableau report running off the Tableau Server usage metrics, stop what you are doing and WATCH THIS SESSION IMMEDIATELY. A set of pre-built Tableau Server data sources makes this development a thousand times easier than what I had personally tried to do on my own usage dashboard – a must watch!
- Iron Viz: I thought I was a pretty fast Tableau developer – but I am no where near a match for these experts! My heart was racing; this is so fun to watch if you just want to see the power of Tableau.
I am fortunate that I was able to text my Tableau squad throughout the conference. It was fun to see which sessions we were all in! I learned and was I was inspired by a lot of what I saw, and I hope that we are all able to be in person for the Tableau Conference next year.