Best Practices for Designing Efficient Tableau Workbooks, the V10.0 edition

With the impending release of Tableau 10, I have been refreshing my whitepaper on how to author efficient Tableau workbooks.


Once again, I would like to acknowledge that the document is a distillation of materials written by many authors. Much of what I have done is to bring their work together into a single document and apply some structure. Some people reading it will recognise their fingerprints across sections (in fact some will recognise entire swathes of text). To all of you I give thanks because without your continued excellent work and lack of copyright infringement claims, the document would not exist.

I would also like to thank the many people who have reviewed this document for accuracy and readability. Your attention to detail, and patient explanations have made this into a much more legible document than I could ever have produced on my own.

Herewith, I present…

Best Practices for Designing Efficient Workbooks, the V10.0 edition.


About Alan Eldridge

Hi. I'm Alan. By day I manage the APAC sales engineering team for Snowflake Computing. By night, I'm a caped crusader. Or sleeping. Most often it's sleeping.
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6 Responses to Best Practices for Designing Efficient Tableau Workbooks, the V10.0 edition

  1. Awesome work Alan! I highly recommend a ‘cover-to-cover’ read through by anyone looking to better understand what impacts, and how we can optimise, performance.

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  4. Alex says:

    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for the awesome document! Will we see an updated version at some point? A lot has happend since Tableau Version 10.


    • Hi Alex – it’s not something I’m working on as I haven’t worked at Tableau for over 2 years now. TBH I’m not sure I’m the most qualified person to write an update anymore… although I use Tableau most days I’m no longer pushing the envelope like I did when I worked there.

      There is an update to the Snowflake + Tableau whitepaper being worked on at the moment by a team here at Snowflake. Watch out for that to be released soon-ish. 🙂

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