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Tableau 10 Business Intelligence Cookbook

By : Donabel Santos, Paul Banoub
Book Image

Tableau 10 Business Intelligence Cookbook

By: Donabel Santos, Paul Banoub

Overview of this book

Tableau is a software tool that can speed up data analysis through its rich visualization capabilities, and help uncover insights for better and smarter decision making. This book is for the business, technology, data and analytics professionals who use and analyze data and data-driven approaches to support business operations and strategic initiatives in their organizations. This book provides easy-to-follow recipes to get the reader up and running with Tableau 10, and covers basic to advanced use cases and scenarios. The book starts with building basic charts in Tableau and moves on to building more complex charts by incorporating different Tableau features and interactivity components. There is an entire chapter dedicated to dashboard techniques and best practices. A number of recipes specifically for geospatial visualization, analytics, and data preparation are also covered. By the end of this book, you’ll have gained confidence and competence to analyze and communicate data and insights more efficiently and effectively by creating compelling interactive charts, dashboards, and stories in Tableau.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Tableau 10 Business Intelligence Cookbook
About the Author
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Creating a URL action

The URL action allows the dashboard to invoke a webpage, either using the user's default web browser or using a web page placeholder that exists in the dashboard. Adding a URL action can add a lot of value to a dashboard because it can allow additional information to be searched or fetched in addition to information the dashboard already offers. This can definitely engage the end users.

In this recipe, we will create a dashboard that uses a URL action to look up information about an NBA team from Wikipedia.

Getting ready

To follow this recipe, open B05527_04 – STARTER.twbx. We will use the following worksheets:

  • Teams

  • Points History

How to do it...

The following are the steps to create the dashboard in this recipe:

  1. At the bottom of your Tableau design area are three tabs with plus signs, which allow you to create a new sheet, dashboard, and story point respectively. Click on the middle icon with the grid to create a new dashboard.

  2. When in the dashboard design area, the sidebar...