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In Case You Missed It

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Alter.Everything Podcast
In early March we introduced Alter Everything - a podcast about data and analytics culture! — Each episode features Alteryx customers and associates discussing a wide range of topics related to the industry and what excites them about analytics. Our first episode, 1: There’s a lot of coastline in Alaska, brings together Heather Harris (@HeatherHarris) and Tara McCoy (@TaraM) to discuss data culture and the Women of Analytics movement.

 

In the second episode, 2: All data is guilty until proven innocentKen Black (@Ken_Black) and Garth Miles (@GarthM)  join us to discuss “big data”, the process of creating great content, and the Data Scientist role. Give it a listen, subscribe and rate it in your podcast app of choice. 

  

Women of Analytics Group

On International women’s day, we introduced the Women of Analytics group – a dedicated space to network, learn, motivate, unite to think and act to drive change. Read the announcement.

 

2018 Alteryx Analytics Excellence Awards
With the re-launch of the Excellence Awards this year there will be no pre-defined categories that use cases must fit into. We want to encourage as many people to so submit their use cases and workflows as possible. Excellence winners will split $25,000 equally to donate to a charitable organization. Submissions will be accepted until April 26th, 2018. Read the Announcement.

 

New Data Science Blog
We launched a new blog that caters to the advanced user with a focus on machine learning & data science. We're excited to move forward with our efforts to deliver the next wave of engaging and insightful content. Subscribe here.


Never. Stop. Learning.

*Alteryx Academy. All the training resources you need.

 

Weekly Challenge

In recognition of Women's History Month (March), the Weekly Challenge has highlighted the contributions, achievements and representation of women. Completing Challenges 107, 108 or 109 automatically entered participants into a drawing for the chance to win a copy of the book Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

 

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We are pleased to announce the winners of this prize: @kat@Ilías@ggruccio! We'll reach out to each of you directly with the details. Thank you for your participation, and keep up the great work! 

 

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

Join us every Tuesday in April at 10 AM Pacific / 12 PM Central for training sessions!

 

April 10th |  Underrated Tools in Alteryx

Do you feel like you are in a rut using the same tools over and over again? Do you feel like there might be an easier way to accomplish your task but don't know what tool might accomplish your task more quickly? Join us to find out which tools Alteryx thinks are both powerful and under-utilized.

 

April 17th | Your First In-Database Workflow

Working with large database instances? Why waste time moving data to and from the database server? See how to utilize the In-Database tools to blend and analyze the data directly within the database environment to realize significant performance improvements.


April 24th | Parsing with Regular Expressions

Sometimes using a text-to-columns or complex string functions can be burdensome, time-consuming, and difficult to disseminate. In this training, we will demonstrate how to build Regular Expressions (RegEx) in Alteryx, and the many ways to unlock its powerful and flexible parsing abilities. 

 

May 1st | Analytics App Development for Intermediate Users

If you've created some great workflows that others need to run, this session was made for you! Learn how to turn your workflow into an analytic app by constructing a graphical user interface (GUI) so fellow 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.


 Nuts & Bolts

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

 

In March we started off the month with a thorough introduction to our new licensing process for 11.8+, along with how to troubleshoot common issues:


@SydneyF also added a wealth of information around Decision Trees, including a new Tool Mastery on the tool!

 

Also be sure to check out a new guide on making quicker, and shorter, conditional statements with the newly added article on Conditional Statements: Using IIF instead of IF THEN:


A sure gem for anyone who frequently schedules to or operates on server environments or folks who just use database connections frequently, @JessicaS compiled the best advice yet on how to ensure your data connections are managed, shared, and used most effectively between environments!


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*Alteryx For Good news.

 

Community members Do Good in India!
On March 17th, Yughandar Muley (@ydmuley), along with ACEs Mark Frisch (@MarqueeCrew) and Sean Adams (@SeanAdams) helped launch Alteryx For Good in India. Charity organizations and University representatives in India were invited to a day long event at the Silicrest Hotel, Bangalore. Mark and Sean spoke about the importance of education in Business Intelligence and how the Alteryx platform can help provide analytical insights through Alteryx For Good.  Read the announcement.

 

Attendees walked away from the event excited about the launch and are looking forward to continue to solve data related challenges in order to create an impact for their organizations.


The Funnies

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

 

From @JoshKushner singing an entire Queen song,  @tessaenns depiction of @MarqueeCrew and his poodles, to the amazing whiteboard quote in the background of @David-Carnes video -- the submissions we received for our Road to inspire contest are guaranteed to provide some good chuckles.  

 

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For those who are eagerly awaiting the final results, make sure to tune-in to the next Top Contributors Blog (posted to Community News on Wednesday April 11th!)-- where we plan to announce the winning entries.  


Thanks for tuning in to this month's edition of Community Highlights

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