Best of the Tableau Web: New features and growth opportunities

It’s February and it’s Valentine’s Day, so here are the blogs I loved in January. Yes, that is one of the cheesiest opening lines I’ve written for this series! I remain unapologetic. The content team asked for something Valentine-themed and that’s the best I have. 🙂

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This month, I’ve seen some great posts on animations. Did you know our next release of Tableau Desktop has animations? Marc Reid has a fantastic overview of the why, what, and how and Jonathan Drummey has delivered a seismometer-style animated display. With every new feature, we open up new vistas of opportunity. Where do you think you will go with animations?

Another post I really enjoyed was from Meera Umasankar (@LosaniMeera), who helps run the Singapore Data Plus Women chapter and is a Tableau Public Ambassador. In the post, she describes her involvement with Makeover Monday and how it has helped her grow.

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The big takeaway for me is how an initial feeling of intimidation gives way to a feeling of engagement, involvement, and excitement. I think this is a big issue for everyone starting out– everyone else might seem highly skilled and already well-connected with everyone else. I can reassure everyone reading this that if you’re nervous about diving into any of the Tableau/dataviz community projects, everyone started off knowing nobody. I highly recommend you take the first few steps and reap the rewards Meera describes.

As always, enjoy the list! Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn as I try and share many of these throughout the month. Also, you can check out which blogs I am following here. If you don’t see yours on the list, you can add it here.

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