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How to Use Spatial Analysis Tools: Making Custom Shapefiles in Alteryx

Making Custom Shapefiles in Alteryx Last night I received a message from my colleague here at Tessellation, Alteryx ACE Nick Haylund. The message was a screenshot from a tweet that displayed an interesting map of the United States. Disregarding the … Read More

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How to Create Network Visualizations in Tableau

How to Create Network Visualizations in Tableau Network visualizations display relationships between elements by linking nodes with common characteristics. This allows the user to visualize clusters quickly and determine relationships. Unfortunately, the development process in Tableau isn’t as straightforward. To … Read More

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Choosing the BI Tool that is Right For You

Choosing the BI Tool That is Right for You Choosing a BI tool for your organization can be tedious. Get the decision right, and you’re a hero. Choose a tool that ends up not meeting people’s needs and being too … Read More

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How to Restructure Data in Alteryx: Files With Two Column Headers

How to Restructure Data in Alteryx: Files With Two Column Headers As analysts and developers, we don’t always have control over the data we receive and how it is formatted. We still need to do our best to deliver what … Read More

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Customer Retention Analysis: How Data Science Can Predict Customer Churn

Customer Retention Analysis: How Data Science Can Predict Customer Churn As an analytics consultant, I talk to a lot of managers that wonder what data science can actually do for their business. Oftentime I hear: … it’s just an overrated … Read More

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How to Use Multiple Collapsible Containers in Tableau

How to Use Multiple Collapsible Containers in Tableau Tableau 2021.2 presented a new feature that allowed for collapsible containers on dashboards. This tutorial shows you how to use multiple collapsible containers on a dashboard. For background, you will be embedding … Read More

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Dashboard Design Best Practices: How To Prototype

Dashboard Design Best Practices: How To Prototype This blog is the second in a series on prototyping. In this series, Autumn Battani and I will walk you through why prototyping can help benefit your development process, options that you have … Read More

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Taking Apart Toys to Tessellation: Taguma Nicholas’ Journey to Analytics Consulting

Taking Apart Toys to Tessellation: Taguma Nicholas’ Journey to Analytics Consulting Curiosity Turned to Passion The most distinguishing attribute I inherited from my Father is a sense of curiosity, his interest in Computer Programs and Design, and mine in whatever … Read More

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How I Used Alteryx to Solve Sudoku Puzzles 4,000 Times Faster

How I Used Alteryx to Solve Sudoku Puzzles 4,000 Times Faster Anyone who knows me well knows that I love board games and puzzles. I also love to develop algorithms that play board games or solve puzzles for me. In … Read More

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Why Your Data Analysts NEED to Know SQL

Live Stream – Why Your Data Analysts NEED to know SQL

Join this one-hour webinar with Data Coach Co-Founder & SQL expert, Alex Christensen, to learn why SQL is important for data analysts, which SQL you should learn, and how to master SQL quickly. … Read More

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Dashboard Design Best Practices: Why You Should Prototype

Dashboard Design Best Practices: Why You Should Prototype When building dashboards, there’s a large part of the job that happens outside of Tableau. In a previous blog, I talked about the importance of managing user feedback and how I go … Read More

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How to Create Custom Buttons in Tableau

Buttons are ubiquitous and self-explanatory to use, and yet it feels like our options for creating and implementing them in Tableau can be quite limited. Not anymore! This guide will walk you through the steps needed to create beautiful and functional buttons in Tableau for a variety of needs. … Read More

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Mastering the Network Analysis Tool in Alteryx

Mastering the Network Analysis Tool in Alteryx Alteryx comes packaged with lots of tools. Although there are over 200 tools to choose from, most users will never need to wander far from the standards: Select, Formula, Join, Summarize, and friends. … Read More

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5 Tips for Managing a Successful Analytics Project

5 Tips for Managing a Successful Analytics Project Like a lot of people in analytics, I have had a winding career journey that led me to Tessellation. I was an academic research scientist performing in vivo experiments on models of … Read More

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Live Stream – How to Become a Data Analytics Consultant in 2021

During this webinar, learn the essential non-technical skills that data analytics consulting firms require when hiring new analytics consultants from Tessellation partner, Alex Christensen. … Read More

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The CALCULATE() Function in Power BI

The CALCULATE() Function in Power BI For readers familiar with Power BI, you already know that the CALCULATE function is one of the most important DAX functions in the platform. This function is commonly used, extremely useful, and opens up … Read More

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How to Create YTD Calculations in Power BI​

How to Create YTD Calculations in Power BI Recently, Tessellation put out a blog covering how to create Year to Date (YTD) calculations in Tableau, which you can find here. Regardless of what industry or company you work in, comparing … Read More

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Live Stream – How to Become a Data Analytics Consultant in 2021

During this webinar, learn the essential non-technical skills that data analytics consulting firms require when hiring new analytics consultants from Tessellation partner, Alex Christensen. … Read More

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What to consider When Selecting Your Business Intelligence Platform

Live Stream – What to Consider When Selecting Your Business Intelligence Platform

Join Tableau Zen Master, Luke Stanke, and Power BI expert, Spencer Baucke, to learn the most important criteria to help you evaluate business intelligence tools for your organization. … Read More

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Alteryx 2-Minute Tools: How to Use The Scatterplot Tool

Alteryx 2-Minute Tools: Use This Underrated Tool to Quickly See Trends in Your Workflow Welcome to our latest data analytics video series in collaboration with Data Coach, called Alteryx 2-Minute Tools.  Every Tuesday, we’ll share a brief Alteryx tutorial video that … Read More

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From Cocktail Shaking to Analytics Enablement: My Journey to Tessellation

From Cocktail Shaking to Analytics Enablement: My Career Journey to Tessellation Welcome to our “Journey to Tessellation” series, in which we’re sharing the exciting, unconventional, and innovative career paths behind our entire team of consultants. Read on to discover how … Read More

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Alteryx 2-Minute Tools: How to Use The Input Data Tool

Welcome to our latest data analytics video series in collaboration with Data Coach: Alteryx 2-Minute Tools. Every Tuesday, we’ll share a brief Alteryx tutorial video that will teach you step-by-step how to use one of the 200+ most powerful, essentials … Read More

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Career Insights: One of the Most Important Skills You Need to Succeed in Data and Analytics Consulting

“Ambiguity brings out the best and worst in people.” – Luke Stanke, co-founder of Tessellation What I Look For in When I’m Hiring a Data Analytics Consultant What makes a good employee? What makes an outstanding data and analytics consultant? … Read More

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Mastering Business Analytics Across Industries: A Journey to Tesselation

Mastering Business Analytics Across Industries: A Journey to Tessellation Welcome to our “Journey to Tessellation” series, in which we are sharing the exciting, unconventional, and innovative career paths behind our entire team of consultants. Read on to discover how Jacob … Read More

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Live Stream – From Padawan to Jedi: How to Quickly Advance Your Data Analytics Career

During this hour-long webinar, join Jedi Master and Alteryx ACE, Nick Haylund, as he imparts his wisdom on how to start a career in data analytics and rapidly accelerate your career path. May the 4th be with you! … Read More

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Letter #2: Analytic PenPals featuring Alteryx and Tableau Developers. What’s the hype with Tableau?

Join Autumn Battani, Tableau Expert, and Jacob Kahn, Alteryx Expert, on their pen pal adventure exploring the tools of the others expertise. Autumn and Jacob are ready to share their letters with the public in hopes that the exploration of data processing and data visualization inspires readers to take the next step in their data game. … Read More

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MLOps Explained: What Is Machine Learning Operations?

Uncover the power and potentials of Machine Learning Operations (MLOps) and its importance in the creation of sustainable, scalable data science products. … Read More

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Building a Drop Down Select Tool in Alteryx: Analytical Applications for Dynamic Data Input

Building a Drop Down Select Tool in Alteryx: Analytical Applications for Dynamic Data Input Often when building an analytical application in Alteryx, I have to consider that my users will be uploading information that includes different header (i.e. field names). … Read More

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The Top 5 Best Alteryx Predictive Tools

The Top 5 Best Alteryx Predictive Tools Whether you’re combining data sets, cleaning a nasty spreadsheet, or constructing a sophisticated predictive model, Alteryx has great tools to help you out. But with so many options, new or inexperienced users can … Read More

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Power BI Power Hour Reporting Webinar with Spencer Baucke

Live Stream – Power BI Power Hour: Build an Amazing Report from Start to Finish

During this webinar, Spencer Baucke will walk you through precisely how to create a compelling business intelligence report in Power BI in under 60 minutes. … Read More

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Live Stream – MLOps Explained: Turn Data Science Models into Sustainable, Scalable Solutions

During this one-hour webinar, learn how to future-proof your data science solutions by improving your machine learning operations (MLOps) with Data Science Lead, Elizabeth Dinevski. … Read More

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Meet Zac Zinda, a Data Science Consultant at Tessellation

A Data Scientist’s Journey: From Evening Hobby to Full-Time Career

Welcome to our “Journey to Tessellation” series, in which we’re sharing the exciting, unconventional, and innovative career paths behind our entire team of consultants. Read on to discover how Zac Zinda, one of our newest consultants, switched career paths from teaching and the mortgage industry into data analytics. … Read More

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Master the Most Powerful Predictive Tool in Alteryx, the Optimization Tool. Tessellation Webinar

Live Stream: Master the Most Powerful Predictive Tool in Alteryx: Optimization

Join this 1-hour webinar with John Emery to learn how to best use the Optimization Tool in Alteryx to uncover powerful predictive analytics via optimal solution calculations. … Read More

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How to Create YTD Calculations in Tableau

How to Create YTD Calculations in Tableau One of the most commonly requested items in Tableau dashboarding is to show your metrics as Year to Date (YTD), Prior Year to Date (PYTD), and Year over Year change (YoY). Although seemingly … Read More

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Top 5 Power BI Basics

The Top 5 Basics Power BI Beginners Need to Know As someone just beginning their Power BI journey, I have been inundated with tips, tricks, and essentials from Power BI experts. There’s a lot to learn, and a lot to … Read More

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Learn the Essentials of Natural Language Processing (NLP) with Python

Live Stream: Learn the Essentials of Natural Language Processing (NLP) with Python

Join this step-by-step tutorial on how to use natural language processing (NLP) to assess the similarity of text documents with data scientist, Ankit Prasad. … Read More

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OAuth with Snowflake and Alteryx

Using OAuth with Snowflake in Alteryx Snowflake and Alteryx are two of my favorite tools. Many organizations choose to authenticate to their roles with Snowflake using OAuth, which isn’t always immediately straightforward when connecting via Alteryx and some other tools. … Read More

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An Introduction to Tableau Sets

A tableau tutorial introduction on how to create three common list scenarios with Sets in Tableau: Top, Bottom, and Other. … Read More

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From Worksheets to Workflows: My Career Change into Data Analytics

From Worksheets to Workflows: My Career Change into Data Analytics Welcome to our “Journey to Tessellation” series, in which we’re sharing the exciting, unconventional, and innovative career paths behind our entire team of consultants. Read on to discover how Jacob … Read More

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Letter #1: Analytic PenPals featuring Alteryx and Tableau developers. Why do people use Alteryx?

Join Autumn Battani, Tableau Expert, and Jacob Kahn, Alteryx Expert, on their pen pal adventure exploring the tools of the others expertise. Autumn and Jacob are ready to share their letters with the public in hopes that the exploration of data processing and data visualization inspires readers to take the next step in their data game. … Read More

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Mastering Time Series Analysis & Forecasting in Alteryx

Mastering Time Series Analysis and Forecasting in Alteryx For those of you that missed my free webinar last week, “How to Create a Time Series Forecast in Alteryx,” (which you can watch the recording of here) I’ve written up a … Read More

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How to Choose the Best Projects for Your Data Analytics Portfolio

Live Stream: How to Choose the Best Projects for Your Data Analytics Portfolio

Join this 1-hour webinar to learn how to easily build an impressive, award-winning portfolio for data analytics or data science that will help you land your dream job with Jacob Kahn! … Read More

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Live Stream: Transform Your Business Intelligence with Tableau Map Layers

Learn how to use map layers in Tableau 2020.4 to make dynamic, multi-layered data visualizations with Zen Master, Luke Stanke, and Data Viz Expert, Spencer Baucke. … Read More

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A Comparison of Clustering Text vs Non-Text data

A Comparison of Clustering Text vs Non-Text Data Over the last few months I have been focused on doing various flavors of unsupervised learning on text data. I’m eager to share with you some of the fundamental differences that exist … Read More

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3 Advantages to Time Series Analysis and Forecasting

3 Advantages to Time Series Analysis and Forecasting A time series is a collection of observations in chronological order. These could be daily stock closing prices, weekly inventory figures, annual sales, or countless other things. Time series analysis, then, is … Read More

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Live Stream: How to Create a Time Series Forecast in Alteryx

Join this one-hour data analytics webinar to learn time series forecasting in Alteryx. In this step-by-step Alteryx tutorial, you’ll explore the possibilities of forecasting in Alteryx with John Emery. … Read More

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Creating a Measures Table in Power BI

Creating a Measures Table in Power BI When navigating through your data model in Power BI Desktop, it’s easy to get lost, especially if you have a data model with several tables and a multitude of measures. In order to … Read More

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3 Reasons Why You Should Change Careers into Data Analytics in 2021

At this point in your career, I’m guessing you are probably curious about the world of data analytics. Perhaps you feel stuck in your current job during the pandemic and want to know how feasible a career switch into data analytics is. … Read More

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