Week at a Glance

Get the lay of the land at Tableau Conference. Plan your travel, check out the overview of the week, typically presented Tableau sessions, past customer speakers, and training & certification opportunities.

Planning for your conference week
    When can I check in on-site and get my badge? Registration will be open from Sunday, October 18, through Thursday, October 22.

    What’s included in my conference registration? All conference-related sessions, meetups, activities, and parties that take place from Monday through Thursday, excluding any workshop training and certification opportunities. All workshop and certifications require additional fee on top of your conference registration (price varies per session, please see Training & Certification section below).

    When should I arrive in Las Vegas? Plan to arrive by Sunday if you want to take a workshop or certification test on Monday, or attend industry meetups. Otherwise, plan to arrive on Monday with enough time to get to the Welcome Reception at 5:00pm.

    When should I plan to depart from Las Vegas? Most conference attendees depart on Thursday afternoon after the end of scheduled sessions if they are not planning to take a certification test on Thursday afternoon or a workshop or certification test on Friday.

Monday, October 19

  • Tableau Workshop offerings*
  • Tableau Certification offerings*
  • Expo Hall (evening)
  • Welcome Reception (evening)

Tuesday, October 20

  • Tableau Keynote featuring Christian Chabot, Chris Stolte, and Tableau devs
  • Tableau breakout sessions, customer presentations, hands-on training labs
  • Expo Hall (all day)
  • Data Night Out party (evening)

Wednesday, October 21

  • Keynotes featuring Daniel Pink and Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Tableau breakout sessions, customer presentations, hands-on training labs
  • Expo Hall (all day)

Thursday, October 22

  • Guest keynotes
  • Tableau breakout sessions, customer presentations, hands-on training labs
  • Select Tableau certification offerings*
  • Expo Hall (all day)

Friday, October 23

  • Tableau Workshop offerings*
  • Tableau Certification offerings*

*Full conference registration required to purchase any add-on item.

Tableau Sessions

This year's amazing line-up of sessions will be posted soon. In the meantime, here's the types of content that you can expect to find at this year's conference. From sessions for those just getting started to deep-dive total Tableau geek-out options, we've got you covered. Check back for updates.

How to Excel with Tableau

Are you in a love-hate relationship with Excel? Frustrated and feeling like you're not moving forward? Bring back the romance. Let Excel do what Excel is good at. Move the analytic tasks you depend on and supercharge them in Tableau. This session will cover not only how to duplicate and improve Excel functionality in Tableau, but how to move beyond the constraints of rows and columns. Join us and repair your relationship with Excel. There's a happy world of dynamic, interactive analytics waiting for you.

Tips & Tricks for Beginners

Are you a Tableau newbie? Or just curious about how to build views and slice and dice the numbers a bit quicker? In this session, we'll show you several powerful tips that will help speed up your work in Tableau Desktop. In this session, you will learn all about:

  • Customizing the fields in your data
  • Linking from dashboards to the web
  • Creating presentations with Story Points

Best Practices for Visual Analytics

Designed for attendees who are new to visual analysis, this session will cover the cycle of visual analysis, best practices for communicating with data, and examples of use cases for visual analytics. You’ll find out how visual analytics can be best applied to transform the way you and your team see and understand data. You will also learn the top 10 default settings everyone should double-check before sharing those vizzes.

Architecting Tableau Server For Enterprise Deployments

Have you struggled with what deployment architecture makes the most sense for your enterprise? Have you wondered if HA (high availability) is for you? Have you considered how you are going to bring Tableau Server into your DR strategy? In this session, we will walk you through reference deployment topologies for Tableau Server based on learnings from real deployments. Join us at this session to learn about some of the more complex deployment topologies and how to address some of the common challenges

Capacity Planning for Tableau Server

Congratulations, your Tableau Server is very successful. Your users are depending on it more and more. More people want access to your Tableau Server. Now what?

As a Tableau Server admin, we will arm you with the skills to plan for Tableau Server growth using data from Tableau, and data from your servers. Figure out when to add capacity—before you are at capacity. This session is designed for Tableau Server administrators and champions of the Tableau platform.

10 Tips to Becoming a Tableau Jedi

Are you an advanced Tableau user wondering how to get to that next level of skill with Tableau? Wondering how to master the more sophisticated features of Tableau? Want to know how to impress your colleagues with amazing feats of analytics? In this session, we'll show you up to ten powerful tricks that will make you truly the master of your analytics:

  • Achieving advanced layouts
  • Mastering the "condition" tab
  • Leveraging actions to aid analytics and statistics
  • Premium uses of the "condition" tab
  • Ways to get the most out of every query

The Art of Filtering

Want to make your visualizations more interactive? Interested in showing vast amounts of data in a concise, easy-to-understand view? Come learn about all the great filter options that come with Tableau and how they can take your dashboards to new heights.

Turbocharging Dashboards for Performance

Want to make your visualizations more interactive? Interested in showing vast amounts of data in a concise, easy-to-understand view? Come learn about all the great filter options that come with Tableau and how they can take your dashboards to new heights.

Dashboards that Persuade, Inform & Engage

Do your dashboards tell the story you want to get across, or does your data get lost in a sea of pixels? Tableau strives to keep our users in the flow with software centered on principles of design, cognition, and perception. The same principles apply to great dashboards. In this session, you will learn three specific actions you can take with all of your dashboards to make them more informative, compelling, and effective, and the top 10 things you should check to improve flow before publishing.

You did WHAT with your JavaScript API?

The Tableau Server JavaScript API is commonly used to make integration with your custom portals or web pages easy. However, it can also induce extreme joy. With only basic JavaScript skills, you can combine Tableau and your web pages to do things never before possible. In this demo-heavy session, Tableau’s JavaScript API experts will make your imagination run wild. We'll show you cool stuff using Tableau, JavaScript, and other tools, including tricks to make integrations more robust and tricks to make dashboards do things they couldn’t previously do. Then, we’ll reveal how it was done.

Hot. Dirty. Sets.

This session will start at the beginning and then offer a fast ramp-up on the various methods for creating sets, a deeper dive into calculated sets, a look into combining sets, and tips and tricks for using sets. You’ll learn how to quickly visualize set membership and relationships, simplify and extend elementary cohort analysis, reduce expressions in your workbooks, and run complex comparisons amongst set members.

Become a Mix Master with Data Blending

Have you ever worked with data blending, and found that it’s so easy that it’s automagical? What’s really happening under the hood? How can you troubleshoot if you’re not getting the right result? When should a join be used instead? What are best practices around performance? And finally, how can mastering data blending turn you into a Tableau Jedi? Join this session to find all out these answers and more.

Tableau Enterprise Governance & Data Strategy for Assuring Adoption

The most successful large-scale Tableau server deployments have a customer-centric focus around data assets and governance. Join the session to learn from real use cases how Tableau Software can turn BI practices and analytical teams into machines that turn out data sets, reports, and ultimately value to their end users. These successful customers used a proper implementation of data strategy and data/report governance to launch enterprise use of Tableau with great success. You will also learn best practices or and guidelines around have having a data strategy that leverages existing investments and compliments large investments in Tableau.

Customizing Calculations

Have you been asked some tough analytics questions by your colleagues, and weren’t sure how to get there? You're not alone. This session will cover powerful examples of calculations that address common business scenarios. The examples will be broken down step-by-step to provide best practices on developing your own custom solutions.

Off the Beaten Path with Advanced Geographic Analysis

This session is a bag full of Jedi tips and tricks for Tableau maps and spatial analysis. Join us if you want to go beyond the basics of plotting marks on a map and:

  • Have fun with custom polygons
  • Look at better ways to do custom geocoding
  • Perform advanced spatial selections
  • Use R to power advanced mapping
  • Integrate with third-party map tile providers
  • Play with custom marks

Always On: Administering a High Availability Installation of Tableau Server

Are you a seasoned single node Tableau Server admin? Have you heard about HA (high availability) and wondered what that means? Or do you currently administer an HA installation of Tableau Server and want to know more about it? Either way, this session is for you. In this session you will learn what an HA installation means, how to configure a server for HA, and how to add a failover gateway (making your installation even more available). We will also cover how to make the shift from 7.0/8.0 (32-bit only) to 8.1 /8.2 (32- or 64-bit) since system requirements have changed. We'll cover some common scenarios you may face as an admin and how you can use the logs to investigate issues on your own.

Look Ma, No Hands! Automation Using Tabcmd

Tableau commandos are on the front lines for enterprise deployments of Tableau Server. This session will bring you up from basic training to full-on commando status with help from tabcmd to automate server tasks. You and tabcmd: Making the world a safer place for the data public. In this session, we'll cover the following topics:

  • What is TabCmd and what can it do?
  • Settings and things to know about TabCmd and Windows
  • TabCmd syntax commands and global Options
  • Simple useful commands
  • PDF language switch script
  • User sync script
  • Publish files in a directory script

Agile, Powerful Integration with Tableau APIs

You asked, we listened: Tableau has invested heavily in adding APIs to make your experience with the product even better. In this session you’ll learn about Tableau’s Extract API, JavaScript API, and the new kid on the block – our REST API for server management. We’ll cover each at a high-level, demonstrate an application which takes advantage of each feature set and then dive into code to show you how it ticks. Even though we’ll be showing Python and JavaScript source, you don’t need to be a coder to follow along.

R You Ready? Advanced Stats with R

This interactive training covers statistical analysis using Tableau and the R programming language. The topics covered include correlation, time series analysis, Q-Q plots, significance testing, and more. Our focus will be on Tableau, so this class is for Tableau users who have experience with the R language. By the end of this course you will be able to use your R knowledge to perform advanced statistical analysis in Tableau.

What you will learn:

  • Correlation
  • Time series analysis
  • Q-Q plots
  • Significance testing

Join Us at the Custom SQL Table

This session is geared towards the advanced business user or techie who needs to connect to databases with custom SQL in an RDBMS. Typical users do not have permissions to write custom views in their RDBMS natively, but using the power of the Tableau Data Connection you can write these custom SQL statements to join information within your databases without the need for IT interference

In this session, you will learn to:

  • Connect to data using custom SQL code written in Tableau
  • Create inner, right and left joins of tables in your database
  • How to leverage stored procedures to expand capabilities of your interaction with Tableau and your database

How Tableau makes your SAP BW & HANA Implementations Fly

Curious about how to extract data from BW? Want to know what's coming next for SAP support? Attend this session for examples and demos for HANA and BW interoperability and roadmaps.

We'll highlight:

  • Connecting to ODS, Multi cube, and SAP Tables
  • Best practices for connecting live
  • Tips and tricks to working with HANA and BW data
  • Answers to questions on Cube vs BEx Query
  • What is new in Tableau 8.1/ 8.2
  • AP BW & HANA Implementations Fly

Turning the Tables with Advanced Calculations

This session goes over advanced calculations in Tableau. We will cover year-over-year growth, weighted averages, cohort analysis and more. As we move through the class, you’ll gain a better understanding of table calculations as well as the new level of detail (LOD) expressions that can be used to improve your analysis in Tableau.

You will learn:

  • How to leverage previous value and lookups to create powerful
  • Interpreting and strengthening the built-in table calculations that Tableau offers
  • Power up your analysis using advanced LOD expressions in Version 9

Customer Sessions

At Tableau Conference you can hear straight from our customers on the successes they’ve had and advances they’ve made using Tableau in real-life business situations. Take a look at the previously presented customer sessions below to get a feel for the caliber of content our customers deliver at conference. Do you have a Tableau story to tell? Apply to be a customer speaker.

DATA@NFLX: Building a culture of analytics everywhere at Netflix

Netflix relies on data to make decisions ranging from buying and recommending content, to improving the streaming experience on devices. Hear about Netflix's BI architecture and the tools and techniques used to make data easily accessible throughout their business, focusing on how Tableau fits into their organization and why it aligns well with their culture. Tableau has become a go-to tool for data visualization and story telling with Netflix's business and engineering partners. Hear about the value-add, how Tableau has been adopted, and how Netflix is using Tableau today.

Forging an Analytics Center of Excellence at Cisco

Data is the new currency. See how Cisco is uses analytics to accelerate their competitive advantage by understanding the past, managing the present, and especially...changing their future. In this session you will be taken through the rise from concept to C-suite in the development of an enterprise analytics center of excellence including:

  • Why it was needed, and how it was formed
  • Creating and influencing a governing body...and why you should have one, too
  • Differentiators and impact; including how DataViz aided credibility
  • Driving culture change
  • Lessons learned
In a short time frame, Cisco's Analytics CoE is making a difference; find out how they did it.

Data-Driven Storytelling: Tips from an Iron Viz Champion

This session provides more than fifteen actionable tips on balancing design, data visualization best practices, and functional requirements to improve your company’s Tableau dashboards. You have likely seen Ryan Sleeper’s Tableau Public work at the 2013 Iron Viz Championship, Tableau’s Viz of the Day, or popular websites such as The Guardian, but in his day job, he applies the same principles that help his dashboards go viral to corporate dashboards just like yours. Now he shares his advice to help improve the organizational adoption of your dashboards, increase stakeholder interactivity, and escalate the business value of using Tableau.

Facebook Jeopardy: Hack Edition

Andy Kriebel and Bryan Brandow squared off in a bout of Facebook Jeopardy: Hack Edition! Topics included a wide range of challenges that everyone faces in Tableau and how they can be solved in the form of a Hack. The categories are: Sanity Savers, Life Changers, Tipping the Scale and No Assembly Required. Get inspired and find new ways to think about solving problems. So sit back, relax, and be entertained and amazed at how Facebook has taken the Hack to Tableau..

How Zillow is Transforming Data Into Knowledge

Zillow’s goal is to give people as much real estate data and information as possible, for free, to help them make the best-informed real estate decisions possible. Their living database of 110 million U.S. homes powers their analytic products. But huge amounts of data alone are not enough – that data needs context and translation and nuance to make it truly useful and empowering. Zillow Research analyzes housing data in order to provide trustworthy, transparent, unbiased and accurate local real estate information. This session covers how Zillow Research constructs dashboards while keeping different audiences in mind: researchers looking for a way to incorporate our data in their own work, journalists searching for a data-driven story, and home shoppers wanting to see what is happening in their local area.

Leveraging Tableau for Program Assessment at Purdue University

Higher education institutions are facing increasing demands and expectations, both internally and externally. Purdue has nearly 400 academic programs, many of which have grown without critical evaluation of their ongoing need or health. Without the resources to support every program going forward, and with no desire for across-the-board cuts that would simply lead to mediocrity everywhere, Purdue leveraged Tableau to help them make the tough decisions about reallocation of resources.

Learn how the process has evolved over time to become an easy-to-use query tool for busy university leadership as well as a deeper analytical tool for the provost to use for assessment. Live examples of advanced dashboards provide food for thought for those in higher education who use Tableau.

A Journey Toward Self-Service BI for the Business at Target

100,000+ workbook views and counting: Armed with 60+ Tableau Desktop licenses and 4 BI team members focused on self-service strategies, the Target Property Development Tableau journey has been nothing short of amazing!

The journey began with a client-designed prototype in excel and a request to scale to over 2,000 field team members. Concurrently, the BI team was actively seeking ways to expand their self-service BI strategy beyond report querying tools.

What transpired over the next year was beyond their wildest expectations. With true end-user enablement, the BI team built a culture of exploration, innovation, and collaboration, enabling their clients to build visualizations perceived as impossible six months earlier.

In this session, Target presented the most memorable moments along their self-service journey, including getting started, obtaining buy-in, key successes, managing challenges, and what's next.

ExxonMobil: Using Dashboards to Monitor & Measure Data Quality

Even the best visualizations in the world are useless if built on suspect data. Even worse, poor data quality can cost time and money and lead to incorrect decisions and missed opportunities.

The geoscience and engineering communites at ExxonMobil rely on their Data Quality Center of Excellence to know where their data comes from, and that it is complete and compliant. The team uses Tableau to create flexible, intuitive, data quality dashboards to display metrics of ExxonMobil's corporate data repositories. Data consumers use these dashboards to interact with their data and verify data quality. Learn tips and tricks for building example dashboards, including maps, crosstabs, and filters.

Providing “Open Happiness” through Business Intelligence & Tableau at Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC) prides itself as being leaders in the Coca-Cola system and in the beverage industry as a whole. The first strategic goal of the company is to “Make, Sell, and Deliver Products and Services Better than Anyone Else.” CCBCC’s foundation of success relies heavily on cutting edge technology and innovation. The company introduced the use of iPads as a mobile solution for the entire organization approximately two years ago. At that time Tableau was introduced as the BI solution to leverage data mining and analytics. As a result of this new technology, hours of manual reporting, inefficient quality assurance processes, and lack of actionable analysis and recommendations became extinct for the organization. Tableau drastically changed the culture of how the organization visualizes and digests data to make better business decisions.

Tableau significantly impacted CCBCC by providing a professional reporting tool for the sales team, total visibility of key metrics by position, automation of key reports and analysis, mobility via iPad, great end-user experience, drill-down functionality to understand wins and losses, and on-the-spot decision-making.

Just ‘Bout That Action, Boss: Translating Seattle Children’s Hospital Strategy

What do the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Children’s Hospital have in common? Both organizations believe that the best offense is a good defense in a highly competitive environment. Seattle Children’s Hospital, a non-profit 323-bed pediatric hospital that serves children and adolescents in the Pacific Northwest, is vulnerable to a dynamic and uncertain environment of health care reform, market consolidation, and increasing consumerism. Learn how the strategic and business development team at Seattle Children’s Hospital utilized Tableau to transform data-driven strategy into action. In this session, learn about:

  • Their data-driven approach in developing a facility expansion strategy
  • How we track our progress. Specifically, visualization tools including layer maps, path mapping, Harvey Ball comparison, 2x2 prioritization matrix, and box-and-whisker plots.

Training & Certification

Take advantage of reduced pricing on Classroom Training and Certification courses, only available to conference attendees. These sessions require pre-registration and are known to sell out quick. Lock down your session during registration.

Classroom Training

Accelerate your skills and empower your learning with hands-on education. Our expert trainers will guide you through intensive one-day courses that will help you get the most out of Tableau.

Many of these courses are condensed versions of our 2- to 5-day training courses regularly offered throughout the year. They are a quick way to learn the basics or build on your skills with specific topics selected from our multi-day courses. With these courses, newer Tableau users can build a solid working foundation, intermediate users can expand their skill set, and expert users can immerse themselves in advanced training content only available through Tableau Conference.

Each classroom training is an additional $595 and is an all-day course (9:00 am – 5:00 pm).

Tableau Desktop I: Getting Started

This workshop is geared toward beginning and intermediate-level Tableau users and is a condensed version of our popular Desktop Fundamentals. Whether you are the lone data soldier, or delivering powerful analytics for a worldwide base of users, you will gain useful experience and practical know-how in this session. This workshop covers the product’s ins and outs, how to sort, group, and slice data, and tips and tricks for dashboard design. (Monday only)

Tableau Desktop II: Next Steps

This workshop is geared toward advanced Tableau users who want to take their skills to the next level, and is a condensed version of our Advanced course. It focuses heavily on advanced techniques for manipulating and visualizing your data, how to harness the power of table calculations and parameters, and advanced dashboard design. (Monday & Friday)

Introducing Tableau Server Architecture

This course is designed for users who will be implementing or architecting Tableau Server. The Tableau Server Architecture one-day training explores Tableau Processes, Scalability, Architecture Scenarios, and Suggested Configurations, including Distributed Installations and High Availability. (Monday only)

Administering Tableau Server

This course is designed for users who will be implementing or administering Tableau Server. The Tableau Server one-day training is a great way to learn about all aspects of Tableau Server. This training includes instructions on general Tableau Server usage, administration, automation, permissions, and data/row-level security. (Monday only)

Tableau Analyst

This course assumes that you are already comfortable with the functionality of Tableau Desktop. You are interested in learning how to become a more effective analyst using Tableau as well as learning some of the fundamentals of good visualization design so that your message comes through in your visualizations. (Monday & Friday)

Tableau Jedi

Are you an advanced Tableau user wondering how to get to that next level of skill with Tableau? Wondering how to master the more sophisticated features of Tableau? Want to know how to impress your colleagues with amazing feats of analytics? In this session Tableau’s own data and visualization gurus (the best of the best) show you powerful tricks that will make you truly the master of your analytics. (Monday & Friday)

Tableau Desktop Performance

Do you want workbooks that load quickly, respond rapidly to user inputs, and refresh in a flash? This class helps you learn the best practices in designing efficient workbooks. (Monday only)


Being Certified should carry weight. That's why we offer two levels of testing, for both Desktop and Server. Whether you choose to become a Qualified Associate or Certified Professional, your title showcases both your expertise and skill. Validate your experience using Tableau, and augment your career with data analytics training.

Certification exams for Version 9 products will release 1-2 months after the product release. If you have achieved Version 8 Qualified Associate or Certified Professional, you will only need to pass the Version 9 Delta exam to receive a new certificate and title of Version 9 Qualified Associate or Version 9 Certified Professional. Delta exams will be available online. If you have not achieved one of those titles on Version 8, you will need to take the full Version 9 exams to be certified on the Version 9 products. If you are a Version 8 Qualified Associate and wish to take a Version 9 Certification exam at the Conference, you will need to pass the Version 9 Delta exam first. Questions? Look for more information to come or email certification@tableau.com.

Learn more about Tableau Certification.

Price varies per exam and is in addition to the conference registration fee. All certification tests will be available on Monday, Thursday, and Friday unless otherwise noted below.

Tableau Desktop 9 Qualification Exam

Plan for 2 ½ hours

Tableau Desktop 9 Certification Exam

Plan for 3 ½ hours
Pre-requisite: Must have achieved Desktop 9 Qualification

Tableau Server 9 Qualification Exam

Plan for 1 ½ hours

Tableau Server 9 Certification Exam

Starts at 9:00 am for the 7-hour exam
Pre-requisite: Must have achieved Server 9 Qualification
(available Monday & Friday only)