Tableau 2023.2 is Now Available, Aims to Make Data Accessible to Everyone

Tableau, a Salesforce company, announced the 2023.2 version of its platform is now available with new capabilities to improve analytics platform productivity, efficiency, and security.

With Tableau Prep, users can now easily perform multi-row calculations that enable the computation of table calculations while preparing data.

With just a few clicks, users can perform calculations like the difference from, percent difference from, and moving calculations without the need for complex calculations or coding. Moreover, the expression editor in Tableau Prep now allows users to write LOOKUP calculations.

Line Patterns provide greater flexibility and customization when creating visualizations. Users can choose between solid, dashed, or dotted Line marks to highlight areas of interest in visualizations. Line Patterns help compare actual versus modeled values or distinguishing lines in dynamic or crowded visualizations.

Site Admins now get enhanced control over personal access tokens (PATs) within Tableau Cloud to follow organizational security requirements. Site admins can now manage who can create PATs and set their validity period, ranging from 1 to 365 days. Furthermore, for Tableau Cloud sites created after version 2023.2, PATs are disabled by default, and their default expiration is shortened to 180 days.

Content authors can now edit the automatically generated alt text. This can be done through the Data Guide panel or by selecting Accessibility in the Worksheet drop-down menu. The feature allows authors to add up to 2,500 characters of alt text, which provides a detailed description of the visualization's content.

Analyzing data from Data Cloud using Tableau has become seamless with the new, enhanced Salesforce Data Cloud connector. The connector requires no installation and is driverless. It is also Data Spaces aware, which means you can create visualizations specific to a Data Space.

Data Spaces are logical partitions used to organize metadata, data, and processes for relevant stakeholders in Data Cloud.

Additionally, the Data Cloud connector displays the object label instead of the object API name in Tableau's connect UI.

This creates a more user-friendly experience when selecting tables for building data sources. The connector also supports 11 additional functions, including datetime functions, which can enhance content creation and data analysis processes.

All updates are now conveniently found on the Known Issues page, a centralized location where users can track the status—whether an experience is working as expected—or whether the solution is in review, in progress, scheduled, or deployed.

The Known Issues page has drop-down capabilities to filter by Tableau—including Tableau APIs and Extensions, Tableau Bridge, Tableau Cloud, Tableau Desktop, Tableau Mobile, Tableau Prep Builder, and Tableau Server. Users can log in and subscribe to specific Known Issues and receive automatic status updates via email.

Also, Tableau Help content now has "Release Notes" documentation, formerly called “What’s New”, and includes documentation on new features and updates to existing ones. Release Notes are found on the Tableau Help page, and can be found by filtering versions, and by product, including Tableau Cloud, Tableau Server, Tableau Desktop, and Tableau Prep.

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