One of the cool new features being show-cased in a preview release of Tableau is the new Data Model capability. It was announced at Tableau Conference (TC18) and a feature that I really like is that it greatly simplifies the data modelling process so you can get to analysis and insight faster. The Data Model capability leverages your existing star or snowflake schema to automatically build the relationships without having specialist database skills! Great for non technical individuals. Very cool!
Here’s a view straight out of SQL Server Management Studio from the Database Diagrams option for the “BikeStores” sample database.
Here’s the new view in a pre-release version of a data model enabled Tableau Desktop connecting live to the BikeStores database in SQL Server.
Getting started with your analysis is now super-easy…