The latest enhancements to Salesforce’s data visualization platform also help users build better dashboards.

Salesforce’s Tableau Software is introducing a major update that aims to help customers unlock more data insights, the company announced. The updates will also help users build better dashboards and make more accurate predictions using artificial intelligence, according to the Tableau 2022.3 release notes.

The main feature announced this week is the new Data Guide for Tableau dashboards. Tableau admits that a new user’s first encounter with a Tableau dashboard can be a confusing experience that leaves them with more questions than answers. The Data Guide seeks to remedy that.

Data Guide is described as a new pane that provides helpful information about a dashboard and the data behind it. “With Data Guide, you can understand if the data can answer your questions, build trust that the data is accurate, and establish confidence in your understanding of the viz”, the organization said. “This feature makes it even easier to find data related to the selected viz, dashboard, marks, and important information like outliers and trends in your data.”

Getting the most out of ‘the viz’

Data Guide also introduces two new tools to help users decide which parts of the dashboard to focus on so they can get to insights faster: ‘Explain The Viz’ and ‘Data Change Radar’. Explain the Viz scans the user’s dashboards for outlier measures and potential key drivers behind them. Data Change Radar — which is available for Tableau Cloud only — tracks measure values in dashboards over time and automatically flags unexpected values outside of normal business patterns as data refreshes.

Tableau also added Table Extensions. The functionality adds new depth to seeing and understanding data by “bringing deep analytics and data shaping with code and APIs to the core of Tableau”, the company said. With this, users can dynamically bring entire data tables from analytics tools like Python, R, and Einstein Discovery into Tableau’s data model.

The last major enhancement is dynamic zone visibility. With this feature, users can tailor experiences for end-users so they only see the dashboard elements relevant to them. It helps to “create sophisticated and interactive dashboards that dynamically reveal dashboard elements”, Tableau promised.

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