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In Case You Missed It

*Community news & announcements.

 

WIN BIG on the Road To Inspire

On February 14th, we launched the first Community contest of the year — and we're inviting EVERYONE to get involved! Not only do you have the opportunity to share your passions outside of work, you also get a chance at winning some pretty awesome prizes.

  

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Even better, it's REALLY easy to participate. All you have to do is answer two simple questions and include either a video or photo(s) in your submission. Visit RoadtoInspire.alteryx.com for further instructions. Contest deadline is March 14th.


Never. Stop. Learning.

*Alteryx Academy. All the training resources you need.

 

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We are thrilled to bring you the first of our “Think Like a CSE” series in Weekly Challenge, brought to you by our fearless team of Customer Support Engineers. Each month, the Customer Support team will ask Community members to “think like a CSE” to try to resolve a case that was inspired by real-life issues encountered by Alteryx users like you! You'll receive the same information that the CSEs did, including symptoms of the issue, assets, screenshots, and pleas for HAAALLLLLPPP! Look for “Think Like a CSE” themed Challenges on the last Monday of each month. 


Our first “Think Like a CSE” challenge asks you to solve the issue of the missing tool. Thanks to @MikeSp for the case!

 

A co-worker builds a workflow and shares the YXMD (workflow file) and a YXMC (macro file) with a colleague. However, when the colleague attempts to open the workflow, they receive a message stating:

 

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Can you resolve the case?

 

Are there other Alteryx skills you’d like to put into practice? No problem. We’ve got you covered. You can browse all of the available challenges by difficulty and subject, right here.


Upcoming Live Training

 

March 13th | Reporting for Intermediate Users

Looking to create more complex reports? Learn to create and display report snippets to share insightful results from your analyses. You'll learn how to create individual report snippets and organize multiple snippets into a single report.

March 20th | Data Blending for Beginners

Ever have to combine data from very different data sources (text, Oracle, spreadsheet)? Tired of cutting, pasting and doing lookups? This session shows how data from disparate data sources can be easily and automatically combined into a use dataset using the Join Tools.

March 27th | Introduction to Building Macros

You have created some great workflows that others need to run. Learn how to turn your workflow into an analytic app by constructing a graphical user interface (GUI) so users can easily set the required parameters.

  

If you missed a live session or would like to revisit a prior one, all recordings are available on the Alteryx Academy Live Training page.


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*Get the scoop on all things Code Free & Code FRIENDLY.

 

Earlier this year @NeilR floated the idea for a hackathon on the Inspire Buzz. We got a lot of great feedback, and can't wait for you to join the fun this summer in Anaheim! 

 

Introducing Alteryx BUILD

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Alteryx BUILD is our inaugural day-long hackathon. Spend your first day of Inspire (Monday June 4th) working by yourself or with a team on a project that leverages the Alteryx platform. You'll have the opportunity to treat the day as a learning experience by collaborating with Alteryx developers and experts to bring your project vision to life. You will also get the chance to compete for prizes by submitting your project to judges at the end of the day on Monday. You choose your project — for example:

 

  • Create a data science tool by building an R-based macro
  • Build a connector to a web API with the Download tool or use one of our SDKs, like Python and HTML
  • Embed Alteryx analytics into an app by leveraging the Server API
  • Dedicate the day to support one of our Alteryx for Good projects

 

The best part? It's FREE. 

 

To sign-up all you have to do is let us know when you Register for Inspire.

 

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If you've already purchased an Inspire pass, you can adjust your current registration by entering your confirmation at the bottom of this page


 Nuts & Bolts

*Alteryx in Practice. Noteworthy Articles, Blog Posts + other pearls of wisdom.

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This past month, we had a handful of Tools added to the Tool Mastery Series, along with the crowning of another Tool Master, @JoshKushner

 

Josh believes "the Spatial Info Tool is essentially the Babel fish of all spatial tools."  Check out his article below to find out why.

Check out the Tool Mastery Index for a list of all available series articles.

 

If you're looking to improve your use and understanding of the Decision Tree Tool, @SydneyF and @MichaelF created a wonderfully detailed introduction to Decision Trees!


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Innovation Days, for those who aren't familiar, is a quarterly event where Alteryx gives its associates an opportunity to work on side projects. A lot of people think of it as

"a chance to work on something you're passionate about and that your boss didn't assign to you."

 

@NeilR was kind enough to provide a fantastic overview in his blog: A brief history of Innovation Days.

 

Check out @AlanS's three part blog series about a recent project.


The Funnies

*Where we share the random, bizarre, and usually hilarious things that pop-up in our Community.

 

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If you're a fan of small dogs like me, you're not going to want to miss out on @MarqueeCrew's poodle themed Vlog comment!


Thanks for tuning in to this month's edition of Community Highlights.   If you're enjoying this series as much as I LOVE writing it, please share the link with friends and colleagues!

Leah Knowles
Manager, Global Community Engagement

Leah is responsible for building and growing engagement programs that enable community members to make the most of the Alteryx product suite. She is passionate about building customer communities to collaborate and solve real world business problems, and believes that connecting with people and building relationships leads to better work. Follow her on twitter @LeahMKnowles

Leah is responsible for building and growing engagement programs that enable community members to make the most of the Alteryx product suite. She is passionate about building customer communities to collaborate and solve real world business problems, and believes that connecting with people and building relationships leads to better work. Follow her on twitter @LeahMKnowles

Comments
Nebula
Nebula

This has been a big month for the community - and the excitement for Inspire is building!

 

@MarqueeCrew is on his global tour around the world - we're hoping to have him with us very soon with @ydmuley leading the charge on an AFG project that we're kicking off here in Bangalore.

 

🙂 changing the world, one small step at a time.

Community Manager
Community Manager

It certainly has been a big month and we appreciate your support @SeanAdams!  Can't wait to learn more about the big AFG project in Bangalore!

Quasar
Quasar

 Thanks, @SeanAdams @LeahK

 

Really looking forward to @MarqueeCrew 's trip and the AFG Event

 

Our team is super excited about this event considering it's first ever launching of AFG in India

Alteryx
Alteryx

@MarqueeCrew, this poodle gif was the perfect way to approach a Monday. Thanks, @LeahK!