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6 Steps to Faster Data Blending for Tableau

Today we released a new guide – 6 Steps to Faster Data Blending for Tableau. This is the first in our new cookbook series, which is a series of How To guides. In this series you will see first-hand how to use Alteryx step-by-step to solve specific problems.

As data analysts use Tableau to visualize data, they have to deal with increasing volumes of data, and the complexity of their data. This forces analysts to spend days dealing with:

Three Key Takeaways from Alteryx Sales Kickoff 2015

"Scaling Excellence" set the tone as our Sales Kickoff theme, igniting the energy and sharpening the focus for 2015. Alteryx Associates from around the globe were in attendance – representing North American & UK Sales, Marketing, Client Success and Customer Advocacy. MIP, Alteryx Emerging Partner of 2014, also joined to collaborate in participation throughout the 15 sessions held over three action-packed days.

In speaking with colleagues back at the office this week, here are three things that stand out amidst the vigor and excitement from all who've vowed to "scale excellence" in 2015.

Alteryx Analytics 9.5 Webinar: Learn and See How to Accelerate Analytic Insight

The recent release of Alteryx Analytics 9.5 is about delivering analytic insight faster and easier. To highlight how this is done, I am hosting a webinar later this week on Thursday, January 29th at 10am PST/1pm EST. This webinar will cover the overall value that Release 9.5 brings to your organizations by helping them overcome obstacles and deliver the insight analysts need faster.

Carpe Diem (roughly translated: Inspire 2015 early bird discounts end February 1st)

As we roar into 2015 one thing is certain: Time is flying! That's why I want to remind you that the early bird discount deadline for Alteryx Inspire 2015 is fast-approaching. By taking advantage of this early bird rate of $650, you'll save nearly $250 off the standard rate and guarantee your place in the training classes you want. This is an important point. Think back to college when you might have dragged your feet on registration, only to discover the courses you wanted were full.

This year, we're offering twice as much Alteryx product training as there was in 2014, including a wider variety of sessions. All training, workshops, and special sessions at Inspire 2015 are included with early bird pricing. However, even with these additional sessions, I can tell you from experience, they will fill up fast.

3 Key Takeaways from NRF 2015

NRF 2015, like any other year, was exhilarating, complete with flashing displays, huge multi-story booths and thought-provoking discussions. With global retail contingent, hundreds of vendors and 30,000+ attendees in one location, it is difficult for any one message or vendor to stand out. But despite the size of the show and the flurry of activity, certain things made impression. Some were momentary attention grabbers like a 3D pen that extruded plastic allowing you to draw/create products, or camera in a necklace; others more substantive.

Here are 3 key messages/ trends that stuck with me:

1. In the race to analytics, the winners will be ones that master data blending.

New Excel Reader and Writer

The release of Alteryx Analytics 9.5 brings many exciting new features to our users, including the ability to further empower data analysts by reading from and writing to various data sources. Of course, not all of these data sources see equal amounts of usage. In a customer survey last fall, over half of our customers reported Excel as one of the sources of data they require for data blending.

Accelerate the Alteryx Analytics Experience: One-Tool Examples

Alteryx Designer 9.5 includes example workflows that focus on the use and configuration for each tool in the Favorites category. Because these examples explain the use of one tool at a time, we refer to them as "One-Tool Examples."

To open a One-Tool Example, go to the Tool Palette, click on any tool in the Favorites category to open its tool-tip, and then click the 'Open Example" link.

Here is an image of the One-Tool Example for the Sort Tool:

Sharing Workflows and Macros in the Alteryx Analytics Gallery

Thousands of analysts use the Alteryx Analytics Gallery to publish, run and share analytic apps, giving them an easy way to deploy the analytics that they have produced and make them available for consumption by a larger audience through a web-based platform.

Alteryx Analytics 9.5 Introduces In-database Tools for Data Blending

In-database capabilities were first discussed at Inspire 2014. Later in August, Ned Harding, Alteryx CTO, shared the LockIn research project. Today, I'm happy to announce the availability of in-database tools as part of Alteryx Analytics 9.5! This new feature takes Alteryx value to the next level as tested and confirmed by the positive feedback we got from Beta customers:

"I am blown away… You have definitely gone to the next level. 9.1 took 5 minutes and used over 4 GB of memory on my side and 9.5 took 8 seconds and only used less than 1 MB ...wow!" Alteryx 9.5 Beta Program Customer

Alteryx Analytics 9.5: Accelerating Analytic Insight

I am very excited about today’s release of Alteryx Analytics 9.5. At Alteryx our goal is to empower analysts with the tools they need to make their jobs easier and free them from the reliance on IT and others within their organization. This release does this through additional data blending capabilities as well as improvements to existing functionality to help accelerate analytic insight. Register for the upcoming "Release 9.5" Webinar on January 29 to see it live. In the meantime here is a brief overview of some of the highlights of this release.

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