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Tableau Data Analyst/Specialist Desktop Certification

From beginners to skills needed for Data Analyst or Desktop Specialist certifications. Tableau 2021, 2020, 2019

14:46:48 of on-demand video • Updated October 2021

  • Download for free and install and run the full version of Tableau Public, the BI and analysis software.
  • Be able to create analyses, such as line charts, stacked bar charts, or geographic analyses using maps.
  • You will also be able to show an overview using dashboards, and tell a story using storyboards.
  • You will be able to format numbers and dates, and add labels, tooltips and animation.
  • You can also become used to more advanced features, such as Calculated Fields, Parameters and Hierarchies.
  • By the end of the course, you will, with some experience, have the knowledge to take (and pass) the Tableau Qualified Associate certification.
English Narrator: Now the first thing we have to do is instal Tableau. So if you go to Google and type in the word Tableau, you'll see right at the top an ad for Tableau.com but that's not what we want. Scroll down to after the ads and you'll see here the main web page. Because this gives us access to lots of different types of Tableau. Now we're going to be using Tableau Public and you can see the website at the bottom left public.tableau.com. It's a completely free version. There is a drawback to it being completely free of course and that is, you can only save your visualisations, your end products onto the internet. In other words, they can be seen by other people. So if your data is sensitive, if your data is not to be shared with other people then Tableau Public is not the way to go. Now let's just have a look at some of the other versions. Now, we've got Tableau Desktop. In the version before 2018, there were two different versions of Tableau Desktop. A professional and a non-professional version. In the 2018 and now 2019 version, that has rather gone away. What they are offering, instead of a stand-alone Tableau Desktop and a stand-alone Tableau online, which would enable you to get your Tableau online, they now have a single item which is this Tableau Creator. And not coincidentally, the price has gone up enormously. It used to be that Tableau Creator costs 45 dollars a month now it's gone up to 70 dollars. Yes, you get more. You get not just Tableau Desktop but you get Tableau Prep and you get Tableau Server or Tableau Online. But the point is that the previous low-priced version has gone away. And you'll see at the bottom of the screen why have Tableau changed their pricing models. Well we want to help all our customers see and understand data. It doesn't really answer the question can you still buy Tableau Desktop, can you still buy Tableau Personal? No. And I don't really like this. However if you keep scrolling, you'll see that if you're a student and sadly it's not just a student of this course, if you're an actual student or instructor at university or something like that, then you can get Tableau for free. It's a little bit of form-filling but it gives you a big product. The whole 70 times 12 months or 840 dollars a year for absolutely no money whatsoever. So this could be an alternative to Tableau Public which is what we're using in this course. Now, if you notice, all of these big items, they are all the paid-for versions. Tableau Public is on the right-hand side. There is an additional product which isn't there and is Tableau Reader. Tableau Reader again is completely free and allows you to open already-made visualisations. So in other words, if you've got Tableau Desktop, you're the only one who has Tableau Desktop you don't want them on the web but you want to share them with 10 other colleagues, then those other colleagues could download Tableau Reader and read the visualisations. Not edit, just read. So as I said, in this course we are going to use, not exclusively but mostly Tableau Public. We'll use Tableau Desktop when we need to but most of this course is on Tableau Public. So the way to do this is enter your email address so I'll enter mine (keyboard clicking) and click download the app. It's available for Windows and for Mac. It's a fairly big installation, it's about 295 megabytes. So I'll just wait for it to download. Where it downloaded after about a minute. So I'll just click on it. You need to read and accept the terms of the licence agreement and it doesn't say anything too controversial. So I'm going to click instal. You'll need to give it administrator rights but it is a very easy installation. So you just have to decide which version of Tableau is best for you. Are you a student? In which case you can get the free licence of the full version. Are you willing to pay 70 dollars a month for the full licence? And sadly it looks like you have to buy a year's worth of licence. Or should you go for the free version? Which is what I have gone for. Now, just one word about the numbering. The version that I have downloaded is 2019 point 1 or dot 1. Now if you noticed a couple of videos ago, you'll have seen that as of the time of this recording, the certifications were being tested on 2018.2. What happens is that it used to be that Tableau created Tableau version 9. A major new version. And then several months later created .1, .2, .3 and so forth. Now, they are putting it as a year so 2018.1 was the next version after 10.5. And they seem to be releasing about three updates, three or four updates a year but nothing much really changes. So if you're here and you're downloading 2019.2, 2019.3 don't worry. Everything that we've got on the course, you'll be able to do with whatever version you're downloading. So at the end, what you'll get is your Tableau interface. Now, just a quick point. If you go to help and go to choose language, you can choose whichever language you want. So you've got Chinese, German, Spanish, French, English, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. And it will change all of the menus and so forth. So in the next video we'll start to use Tableau and create our first visualisation.