Tableau 2020.3 - Feature Highlight

This year, we’ve already covered our top 10 new features for both Tableau 2020.1 and Tableau 2020.2 here at Empirical. And, of course, 2020.3 wouldn’t dare to be an exception!

A new bunch of features and enhancements came with Tableau 2020.3, and we’re excited to share with you our top 10! Here you are:

1 Code directly into Tableau Prep

Tableau Prep simplifies the process of creating Tableau Extracts and CSVs from data prep flows. It allows you to quickly visualize, clean, merge, and prepare your data for analysis.

Even though Prep has been a long-praised feature, it lacked the ability to export to external databases, meaning you could only export your data in CSV format. This also meant that if you needed to use the cleaned data for your data science projects, such as running a machine learning model, you’d have to export the data to the external database connected to your data science tools so you could run your code there. But not anymore!

The Tableau team has listened, and now you can load your data in Tableau Prep to your external data science tool! This makes the process even easier since users don’t have to worry about network errors causing partial data loads. Now your data will be loaded to a temporary database table first to then move to the destination table after the data is completely loaded.

Write to external databases in Tableau Prep Tableau 2020.3

Apart from that, you will be able to write to external databases from Tableau Prep, incrementally loading data directly to database tables, appending only newly added rows to your destination table.

The external databases available are: SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Teradata, Snowflake, and Amazon Redshift, with more databases planned for future releases.

And if you use Tableau Prep Conductor to schedule flows to run regularly, you can ensure your data is always up to date.

Write to database flow in Tableau 2020.3

Write to database is integrated with Tableau Catalog, so database tables are included in the lineage and impact analysis, so admins can track where the data is going. Admins can also monitor where the data is being written since it is also available via the Metadata APO and Postgress database.

Newly created tables are now more accessible since they are available in the Tableau Server, Tableau Online search, and when connecting to data in both Tableau Desktop and web authoring.

2 New Table Calcs for Predictive modeling

Table calcs for predictive modeling in Tableau 2020.3

Use the new MODEL_QUANTILE table calc to return a target value at a specified percentile, based on other predictors. Also, use MODEL_PERCENTILE to return the probability of the expected value being less than or equal to the observed mark, based on other predictors.

With these 2 new functions, users can now build models that understand how your data is distributed.

3 Better calculations with "IN" operator

IN operator for calculations in Tableau 2020.3

You can now test whether a specified value matches any value in a list of comma-separated values, a set of combined fields like City/State combinations with the IN operator. This new operator supports string, numeric, Boolean, and date data types.

4 Union and explore multiple tables with spatial data

Union and explore multiple tables with spatial data in Tableau 2020.3

You can now analyze spatial data from multiple tables directly from Tableau. Union two or more tables with spatial data and combine unique geographies within the same administrative level, or working with geographic events from different periods of time.

5 Ask data and explain data improvements

Ask Data and Explain Data got some improvements with Tableau 2020.2, and in this 2020.3 version, they’ve got even more!

Suggested questions improvements for Ask Data in Tableau 2020.3

Ask Data has improved its suggested questions, and you can now customize suggestions and add display text to use more comprehensible language for your users. Absolute data filters have also been updated with new refinements, and on-boarding and curation resources can now be accessed directly from Tableau Online.

Explain Data improvements in Tableau 2020.3

As for Explain Data, the model can now handle more cases, supports Relationships, improved explanation scoring, and all of Tableau’s data modeling enhancements.

6 Access the new “Shared with me” tab

Shared with me tab in Tableau 2020.3

From the home menu, access the “Shared with me” tab, where you can see all the projects, workbooks, and dashboards that others have shared with you on Tableau Server or Tableau Online. Customized views are saved separately for easier access.

7 Tableau Server installation pre-check

When you start the upgrade process of Tableau Server, it will perform a number of checks that detect common errors and issues that can arise during the install. This capability is only available in Windows for now, but it is expected to arrive to Linux soon.

8 Subscription email on extract refresh

Subscription run extract refresh in Tableau 2020.3

Set a subscription email to run after an extract is refreshed, so you will get the latest data out as soon as it’s available.

9 Designate members’ site role on sign-in

Grant permission or site role in on sign-in in Tableau 20203.

Site admins can now grant license roles to members upon their first time they login to their Tableau Online or Tableau Server account, so admins don’t have to manually respond to license requests.

10 Add new map backgrounds (further down)

Background maps menu updates in Tableau 2020.3

Add new map backgrounds from third-party services like Mapbox Maps or WMS Maps from the background maps menu with an updated UI.


Did we miss any features you think are worth mentioning? Let us know in the comments below!

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