5 New Features in Tableau’s 2022.3 Release

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Tableau releases a version update every quarter. The aim is to improve user experience based on ideas raised by users in the Ideas Forum

The new Tableau 2022.3 is now available, and there are five key features you should be aware of – let’s explore each feature individually. 

1. Tableau Data Guide

The new Data Guide tool enables dashboard users to get valuable visualization insights, by providing details about the underlying data. Encounters with dashboards aren’t always intuitive, especially if you’re not familiar with the data. The Data Guide tool eases this complexity when users are presented with deeper dashboard insights. 

There are two sections to the tool:

  1. Explain the Viz looks at the outliers in dashboard measures and what could be the root cause of such instances. 
  2. Data Change Radar (Tableau Clad only) provides time series information on how the measures have changed over time, visually highlighting unusual movements. 

Dashboard creators often find themselves needing to describe data in various formats and spaces (such as subheadings, subtitles, or tooltips, etc.). Tableau has provided a data guide tool for all dashboard insights to be summarized in one accessible space. Not only does this enhance the user experience, but also makes visualizations even neater. 

2. Data Science Tools Within Table Extensions

You can now use Table Extensions to connect to your preferred scripting tooling such as Python, R, and Einstein Analytics to analyze data before any work is done in Tableau. This is a much easier and faster way to mine, collate, and forecast your raw dataset. 

The new Tableau 2022.3 feature enables businesses to get analytics done much faster, eliminating the need to use different tools to run and schedule actions elsewhere – increasing analyst velocity. 

3. Dynamic Zone

The goal of this particular feature is to provide dynamic filtering to those dashboards that require focus on several different audiences. It works by dynamically showing and hiding zones in your dashboard controlled via the layout pane. This way the data will be displayed based on each user’s selections. 

We know that it is not feasible to create and maintain dashboards to suit various audience needs – therefore, the dynamic zone tool gives that extra functionality without complicated measured filters. 

4. Activity Log

Tableau Server now has an activity log in Advanced Management. Originally, the feature was introduced in the Tableau Cloud 2022.2 version, but it is now also available in Tableau Server. 

The activity log is a log file of user events. It provides deeper visibility on dashboard user events which could be important when trying to understand user experience. Logs providing audit information are also useful for governance. Regularly surveying who is accessing dashboards ensures sensitive information is protected. 

In addition, the logs will enable Tableau developers to debug issues, understand root causes, and push updates accordingly. 

5. Backgrounder Services

Another addition to Advanced Management for Tableau Server is scheduled scaling for Backgrounder. As the batch load jobs increase, Backgrounder can be added to improve speed.

It can then be removed once the job is complete (to reduce cost). The aim of this is to optimize performance and the costs that businesses incur. 

Summary

If you’re a Tableau user, creator, or developer, there is something new and useful you will find in the latest Tableau’s 2022.3 release. Most importantly, each of the five new features is a step forward in improving the speed and efficiency of analytics within a business. 

Information has been sourced from the official Tableau 2022.3 release announcement.

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