Breakout Sessions

These hour-long sessions are the heart of the conference content. The full TC17 catalog will be available in Summer 2017, but browse below for examples of last year's top sessions.

How to Excel with Tableau

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.

Forecasting with Tableau

Forecasting in Tableau is a simple as drag and drop, but how does Tableau's forecasting really work—behind the drag and drop? Why does forecasting behave the way it does? How can you change Tableau's forecasting model? Why doesn’t your forecast work? How can you leverage R? In this session, we will explore Tableau's forecasting capabilities as well as forecasting capabilities with R. Get ready to predict the future!

Intersecting Interactivity: A Guide to Legends, Filters, Highlighters, Parameters & Actions

Tableau offers deep and flexible support for your core analytical use cases, for both ad hoc analysis and production dashboarding. But have you ever been unsure of which interactive control to use? We'll clear that up in this session as we walk through the following:

  • Use cases, strengths, and weaknesses of different interactive controls
  • How to use them in conjunction with one another to unlock their full potential
  • One of the newest features, the data highlighter

Parameters, A Love Story

Parameters are at the heart of fantastic exploration experiences and also advanced calculations. They can be used to support deep analysis and engaging interactivity. If you are ready to go the distance and fall for parameters, this session is for you. Topics we'll cover include:

  • What parameters are, when and why they are useful, and their strengths and limitations
  • How parameters are supported in Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, and the Tableau API
  • The gamut of ways parameters are used in common and uncommon scenarios

Tableau Tips for Beginners

Are you new to Tableau? Curious about how to build views a bit quicker? Maybe you've created a few workbooks and you've learned how to follow a recipe that someone showed you. That recipe gives you useful results, but now you want to start doing more, become more spontaneous and creative, and start down the road to really mastering the art of Tableau. In this session, we'll show you best practices for visual analysis in Tableau, teach you some core Tableau concepts, and demonstrate useful tips that will help you become a data rockstar. In this session you will learn about:

  • Preparing your data in Tableau
  • Customizing the fields in your data
  • Exploring your data by asking questions and building views to find answers
  • Creating dynamic views and filtering views
  • Building interactive dashboards

Dashboarding on the Edge of Impossible

Know every trick and approach to using filters and actions in your dashboards? Confident that you've seen every creative approach for weaving an interactive data story using Tableau? This session will change your mind and is designed to show those deeply familiar with calculations, parameters, and actions how you can often stack, layer, and intertwine these capabilities. Learn how to go outside the box and get Tableau to do things that you never thought were possible. Join this Jedi session and learn to use tooltips, filters (specifically context filters), and the dashboard itself (specifically device designer) in a whole new way.

Advanced Mark Types: Going Beyond Bars and Lines

Want to design outside the box? Tableau's SHOW ME feature is fabulous, but sometimes you need to deliver something more specific. In this session, we will explore the multitude of chart types that are possible in Tableau, but aren't considered "defaults." Come learn how to build a pareto chart, hex tile map, trellis chart, heat calendar, doughnut chart, lollipop chart, bump chart (if you must) and waffle chart. We will also discuss the pros and cons of each chart, where you can find a good blog post about each chart and briefly discuss some other popular charts that you can build with Tableau.

Programming Tableau: An Intro to Tableau APIs

Do you need to work with data that Tableau doesn't have a connector for? Are there tasks on Tableau Server that you'd love to automate? Are there things you want to do with vizzes that you can't do with Tableau alone? In this session, we'll introduce you to how you can extend, automate, and customize Tableau using the growing family of Tableau programming interfaces (APIs). You'll see how to get access to data using web data connectors and the Extract API, automate server tasks with the Server Client Library, programmatically update workbooks with the Document API, and use the Javascript API to extend interactivity for vizzes on web pages.

Data Without Borders: Advanced Web Data Connector Topics

The Web Data Connector (WDC) allows you to bring data into Tableau from any data source that you can access over the web. After creating an initial connector, building a robust and delightful WDC for your users can require more advanced knowledge of the platform and how it fits in with the rest of Tableau. The team at Tableau that builds the WDC platform and API will share with you some advanced tips to help you write more impactful, high quality connectors. In this session, we will cover the following (and much more):

  • Advanced features such as multi-table connectors and pre-defined joins
  • The different types of authentication (including OAuth) and when to use them
  • Working with WDCs in Tableau Server and Online

Keeping Data Fresh with Tableau Online

You can keep your data fresh with Tableau Online for data stored anywhere, whether you're connecting live or using a Tableau Extract. This session will cover the basics of maintaining a live connection, when to extract your data and set a schedule, and sharing so that others can access fresh data. Although this is an intermediate session, it will be useful for people who are new to Tableau Online as well.

Cross Database Joins: The Unexpected Solution to Tough Analytic Problems

Often data is captured in a different format than what’s required for analysis. Have you ever needed to perform historical analysis on events-based data? For example, sensor data captures changes in a device’s state, but what percentage of each day was the device active? Join this Jedi session to find out!

Take Command with TabCmd

Ever wish you could automate some of the mundane tasks you have to deal with each day? With TabCmd, you can. In this session, we'll show you how to use the TabCmd tool and how to integrate it within a batch file for periodic execution through the native Windows Scheduler. We'll go over:

  • Getting started with TabCMD
  • Common TabCMD use cases
  • How to automate TabCMD tasks
  • Useful tips

Improving Tableau Server View Performance

Tired of staring at a blank web page with a spinner? Wonder why your Tableau dashboard loads quickly in Tableau Desktop but takes forever to load on the web? Come learn what factors play a role in how a dashboard performs on the server and what you can do to create better performance for your end users. We'll also share some of our processes for measuring performance and identifying bottlenecks, and how you can apply them in your own deployments.

Running Tableau as an IT Service

Tableau runs Tableau Server internally as a centralized service for every team in our company. In this session you'll learn the ins and outs of how we run Tableau Server at Tableau. We'll break down best practices and strategies we use to deploy and monitor our internal Server. We'll also dish out inside knowledge on how we provide a self-service portal to employees, handle customizations via APIs, and much more.

Getting Started with Level of Detail (LOD) Expressions

If you are familiar with calculated fields and are ready for a new level of analysis, join us for the introductory class on Level of Detail (LOD) expressions. Attending this session will enable you to articulate the meaning of "Level of Detail," incorporate best practices and use cases with LOD expressions in your daily flow, and demonstrate how they differ from other calculations. Get ready to ask new questions of your data, and have the freedom to show the answers how YOU want!

Deploy and Enjoy: Deploying Tableau Mobile at Enterprise Scale

Do you yearn to deploy the Tableau Mobile app throughout your org? Are you and your users ready to enjoy making data-driven decisions on the go? This session from two Tableau Mobile engineers will cover these questions and more, including:

  • How does the Tableau Mobile app work behind the scenes?
  • How is the app affected by authentication choices, like SAML and Kerberos?
  • What are HTTPS certificates and Tableau OAuth tokens, and why are they useful?
  • What is a Mobile Device Management system, and how do they work with Tableau Mobile?
  • How can the app be customized, and are custom mobile apps possible?

Come to this session and get ready to hit the road with your data!

Practical Tips from the Trenches: Rolling Out Self-Service with Tableau

How will you roll out Tableau at your organization? In this session, you'll hear real stories from Tableau champions who have gone through the journey and get practical tips on getting your organization over the hump.Learn best practices for:

  • Staging rollout
  • User onboarding
  • Organizing data
  • Structuring sites, projects and roles
  • Fostering collaboration around data