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Tableau Dashboard Cookbook: Chapter 1 - A Short Dash to Dashboarding!

With increasing interest and enthusiasm for data visualization in the media, businesses are looking to create effective dashboards that engage as well as communicate the truth of data. Tableau makes data accessible to everyone, and is a great way of sharing enterprise dashboards across your business. The deceptively simple Tableau interface hides a variety and complexity of features available for dashboarding, and this book will help you to become familiar with these features.

This book will familiarize you with the features of Tableau and enable you to develop and enhance your dashboard skills, starting with an overview of what a dashboard is, followed by how you can collect data using various mathematical formulas. It will also walk you through the various features of Tableau including dual axes, scatterplot matrices, heat maps, and sizing. Finally, this book will help you consider what to do next with your dashboard, whether it's on a server or in collaboration with other tools.


  • Utilize the features of Tableau to create, design, and develop effective, beautiful dashboards
  • Use data visualization principles to help you to design dashboards that enlighten and support business decisions
  • Explore Tableau’s functionality with practical lessons that help you to build your own solution as you progress through the book

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