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New Features in Tableau 9.0

Jun 1, 2015 10:53:01 AM / by Jasmin Ritchie

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the new Tableau version 9 is even easier to use, quicker and smarter!  A few of the features I think you’ll enjoy are:

  1. Better Map Functionality
    • A new search button is available on the map. This allows you to search for a certain location by typing in a name. Tableau will find and zoom in to continents, countries, states, provinces, counties, cities and postcodes around the world. For example, type in Chicago, Illinois and the world map will zoom in to that location!
    • More intuitive map navigation is now possible. You can click to pan and double click to zoom.
    • Using the new select tools, you can group items anywhere on the map. The lasso tool lets you select in an abnormal shape and the radial select lets you start at a point and draw a circle as large or small as you’d like.  For example, this means you can click on your meeting location and draw a radius around it to select members around the area!
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    • Overlay your data with U.S. Census data. Updated United States layers provide context for your mapped data
    • The global data has been expanded. Tableau has updated locations to provide more detailed and accurate global maps.
  2. Level of Detail Calculations
    • Prior to Tableau 9.0, all aggregation was done at the level of detail based on the dimensions in the view. You could roll things up using totals and subtotals. You could even get a little fancy using sets or table calculations, but these all had their limits.
    • Now, you can use Level of Detail aggregations to provide aggregations based on any level of detail even if it is not in the view. For example, let’s say you have a list of customers and all the events they have registered for. You want to know how many customers registered for how many events. You can write a formula to calculate Events per Customer and fix it at the Customer level. (We’ll explain more details on this in a future blog.)
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  3. Direct Connect for Stats Package
    • Directly open your SAS, SPSS, and R data files in Tableau using the new Statistical File connector. You can then join and blend these data connections like other file-based data sources.
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  4. Now you can use Level of Detail aggregations to provide aggregations based on any level of detail even if it is not in the view. For example, let’s say you have a list of customers and all the events for which they are registered. You want to know how many customers registered for how many events. You can write a formula to calculate Events per Customer fixing it at the Customer level.
  5. Cloud & Big Data Connections
    • New: Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Spark SQL
    • Improved: Amazon Redshift, Salesforce
  6. New Server & Online
    • According to Tableau, Tableau Server has been rebuilt from the ground up to be faster, more scalable, and more extensible. This is all while sporting a new look and more intuitive navigation.
    • There’s a new welcome screen. You can see all your workbooks on a single page, search across all content, and see breadcrumbs as you navigate.
    • Admins will enjoy the new visual permissions page to see and adjust permissions for group and individual users.
  7. Faster Performance
    • Many performance improvements have been made in Tableau 9.0 which combine to provide significant speed increases across workbooks.
    • Caching and consolidation completely eliminate some behind-the-scenes queries.
    • Other queries run faster on data extracts or process in parallel for quicker load times.

These are just some of the new features available in Tableau 9 that allow you to build visualizations and explore your data faster.

Sources: http://www.tableau.com/new-features/9.0

Topics: Business Intelligence

Jasmin Ritchie

Written by Jasmin Ritchie