Piper Stull Lane, Head of Marketing Content and Editorial Manager at Tableau gives all of us a download on what to expect from Tableau 10.4 and why it is one of the worlds most important Visual Analytics Tools.

This is what he has to say.

“In this release, we’re getting the right data in front of the right people, across the enterprise. Data source certifications help organizations promote the best sources for teams to use. They work seamlessly with our expanded recommendations for data sources, which leverage machine learning to suggest optimal data sources for your specific analysis. You’ll feel confident exploring data whose quality and relevance is guaranteed.

When it’s time to share, with the ability to downgrade and publish workbooks, your collaborators will be sure to get insights they need—even if your organization is running an older version of Tableau Server.

Get everyone speaking the same language. Viz snapshots and commenting engage the experts around you in conversation threads that root your business decisions in the facts.

And for more powerful visualizations, we’ve added linear geometry spatial file support and enhanced the built-in controls for dashboard spacing.

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Your input drives our product development—we’re excited to get your feedback! Let’s take a look at some of the biggest features planned for Tableau 10.4:

Certified data sources come recommended

You’ve got data, and you’ve got smart people. In Tableau 10.4, join the two with data source certifications.

Your data experts can now approve data sources uploaded to Tableau Server and Tableau Online for broader use. You’ll trust your analysis, because it’s based on blessed, up-to-date data. IT will be happy, too, knowing that data prep and ETL investments are being used across your organization.

On the Data Sources pane, select the “certified” icon to ensure the quality of data sources for others to use. Try this for sources that are frequently accessed, perfectly prepped, or are the go-to resources for analyses that elicit multiple sources of data to choose from.


The magic doesn’t stop there. We’ve added recommendations for data sources to take advantage of the collective expertise of your organization. Eliminate unnecessary work by using data that’s already been prepared: Leverage machine learning-generated recommendations to find the data that’s right for your analysis.

Select the Recommended Data Sources tab in Tableau Desktop to discover which data will help you best answer your questions. Try it out for a confidence boost when beginning a new analysis.

Never worry about Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server compatibility again. You can now downgrade and publish workbooks when connected to older instances of Tableau Server (10.2 or higher). Now your data and visualizations will be available on Tableau Server, even if it hasn’t been upgraded yet.

Tableau automatically compares your Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server versions to guarantee that published workbooks are accessible to the rest of your organization.

Creating conversations with data

You publish your vizzes to Tableau Server or Tableau Online for others to view, explore, and iterate on. It’s time to take it a step further. With commenting, Tableau brings a new level of engagement with your data: Interact, share, discuss, and make collaborative, data-informed decisions directly in your viz.

But true collaboration is more than a conversation thread. Viz snapshots allow you to extend the analytical flow by storing filters, selections, and actions taken by other users. More than a static image, you can apply previous selections by clicking on a preview thumbnail to pick up where your fellow data explorers left off. It’s easier than ever to answer questions together, or to get the clarity you need for diving deeper into your analysis.

Click the Comments button in any workbook toolbar to access both these features. Viz snapshots are added directly in your comments, so you can bring the richness of Tableau to your data conversations.

Making your visual analytics an exact science

We’re taking mapping beyond polygon and point shapefiles: Tableau 10.4 supports linear geometries. Take advantage of your shapefiles to visualize powerful custom networks, from hiking trails to pipelines. We believe in a world where you can visualize all your spatial file data.

Connect to linear geometry files in Tableau to instantly see and understand your spatial data. Try it for visualizing roads, trails, pipelines, and more.

For the data designers among us, Tableau 10.4’s improved dashboard spacing will give you ultimate control of your viz. Configure borders, whitespace, and background color for any object on a dashboard.

Open the Layout pane to customize dashboard spacing to your heart’s content. Try it for dashboards with more than two views”