This has changed the way we interpret information by giving us a look into past insights but also to forecast future events, allowing us to make informed decisions.

Tableau 2021.2. includes ‘ask and explain data’ for viewers, allow connected desktops, Collections, and many more valuable features. Some of the key enhancements are listed below.

Collections provides a new format to organize content across your sites on both Tableau Online and Server into manageable folders. You may group item together from different projects and workbooks and you can reuse content in multiple contexts without additional storage or resources. Collections also makes it easier to share content around a central theme. For example, you can create a “Daily Sales” collection that includes dashboards with daily sales statistics, ETL data flow, data sources, etc.

Collections helps you congregate your data. You are given the leeway to create, explore and save your content privately. Another key feature of ‘Collections” is that users can create customized collections which are by default private. However, you are given the option to share the collection with any authorized users you choose to provide access to.

1) User Management Enhancement

In earlier versions, a subscribed user, deleted by an admin, was not erased from the system entirely. They were then classified as an ‘unlicensed user’.

With version 2021.2, the subscribed creator will be deleted automatically when an admin deletes a user either via the UI or the REST API, without the extra step of reassigning the subscription ownership.

2) Ask Data Enhancements

Ask Data Lenses

A new feature introduced with this update is ‘Ask Data Lenses’. It allows for easy data curation with defined columns and value synonyms and also provides suggested questions to allow for more inclusive data from a variety of sources.

(The update brings a new content type that is Ask Data Lenses, making it easy to curate data with the definition of column and value synonyms and suggested questions so you can better leverage existing published data sources.)

They are created alongside published data sources Ask Data use case(s) while maintaining the underlying data source as its own entity.

These ‘lenses’ are comparable to ‘views’. For those of you who are adept with SQL, where you can write selected statements specifically to extract the required columns, give definitions, whilst maintaining the integrity of the data source. Similarly, once created, ‘lenses’ can be accessed by viewers, opening Ask Data to a new class of users that struggle to self-serve their needs today.

Entity Search

Entity Search shows users search results of keywords, like the Google search box. Ask Data gives you word-by-word search results, giving you instant feedback on your data and what Ask Data can do. Ask Data will automatically choose the most relevant interpretation of your search and these search results help you build that input more effectively by selecting the right fields and values in the data set. Ask data learns from your selections to choose smarter defaults for future searches.

MFA allows users to easily add an additional layer of security to their accounts.

This feature unlocks the ability for Tableau Online customers who utilize native Tableau ID authentication to enforce multi-factor authentication (MFA) when their users sign into their sites. End-users can use applications like Salesforce Authenticator or Google Authenticator to perform additional verification of their identity when they log on to Tableau.

MFA makes it much harder for common threats like phishing attacks and account takeovers to succeed. MFA is one of the easiest and most effective ways customers can enhance login security and safeguard their business and data against external threats.

Easily rename multiple fields in prep allows creators to transition seamlessly from web authoring to Tableau Desktop with a single click of a button. Creators will now be able to edit any workbook that they have permission to on Desktop.

Prior to 2021.2, users had to manually change each header name. For example, if a user wanted to change “Customer” at the start of multiple header names, they would need to click on each field name and individually change/remove “Customer” in the field name. Not a big deal when there are less than 10 columns to update. However, for customers with data sets of 50+ columns, it is more cumbersome to have to individually change each field name. This feature allows a customer to quickly add a prefix, rename or add a suffix to multiple fields collectively.

Tableau Prep is expanding its output capabilities to include Google BigQuery, enabling you to add or update data in Google BigQuery with clean, prepped data from your flow each time it is run.

TABLEAU DESKTOP 2020.2 – Key Features

1) Maps: Spatial File Support

The Marks Layers Control SP1 feature provides a control that allows users to toggle the visibility of layers on a map viz. The control works like a filter and the user is free to choose which layer(s) to view in order to answer their question. In addition, the user can control the interactivity of the map viz by selectively enabling or disabling selection on the layer in question.

Toggle button – Our users can now use a button to show/hide any dashboard zone, floating or tiled. This function was previously limited to floating horizontal and vertical containers only.

URL support for images – Users can now add images via external URLs, which also provides GIF support for images on the internet and workbooks. Loading these images will be time-efficient.