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*Community news & announcements.

 

Developer Community 1-year Anniversary

 

On November 28th we celebrated the Alteryx Developer Community's birthday! In the announcement blog @NeilR shares a few of his favorite year-1 highlights, we introduce a new badge for our founding members, and we reveal the inaugural Dev Space top contributors: Happy Birthday Dev Space!

 

 

New Getting Started on Community Articles

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We've published a handful of new resources to help you make the most of your experience here.

 

SEARCH THE COMMUNITY

 

There is A LOT of stuff on Community. We try hard to organize it intuitively, but most of the time you'll probably end up searching for what you need. Learn how to make the most of basic and advanced search functionality.

 

WHY SOLUTIONS & STARS MATTER

 

Some of the most popular areas of the Community are the discussion forums and the knowledge base. These discussion styles have two methods for acknowledging helpful or awesome content; Solutions and Stars.

 

You can find additional Community Resources in the Getting Started area here: Alteryx Community Getting Started Resources

  


Never. Stop. Learning.

*Alteryx Academy. All the training resources you need.

 

Weekly Challenge

 cat.gifChallenge #142: Life Certainties - Workflows, Death, and Taxes

Happy Anniversary, Developer Community! To celebrate, dive into the world of the Alteryx SDKs with Challenge #143! Use the provided macro to replicate the macro's UI with the HTML GUI SDK. Choose a difficulty level, either Basic or Advanced, to stretch your skills with extending the Alteryx platform.

There are three certainties in an Alteryx user's life: workflows, death and taxes. In Challenge #142, assign a tax rate to each salary. Solve the challenge as is, or up the ante: don't use a Join, Crosstab, Transpose, Multi-Field Formula or Multi-Row Formula tool to find the solution.

Challenge #140 was special not only because each Challenger got to create their own input data, but also because we proved the Birthday Paradox on Joe Miller's own birthday! How many people in a group (or in a single Weekly Challenge thread) do you need before there is a 75% chance that two people share the same birthday? A 90% chance?

Aside from completing a Weekly Challenge, there's nothing more thrilling than World Series baseball! In Challenge #138, analyze data on previous World Series match-ups to determine each team's number of World Series appearances, list the years in which each team won the World Series, and calculate each team's winning percentage based on their World Series appearances.

 

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

 

December 4th | In-Database Workflows

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.

 

You’ll Learn How to:

  • Process data quickly on the server without needing to write SQL code
  • Blend data from the server with other data sources in your workflow

 

December 11th | Fuzzy Matching for Beginners

Have you been doing Fuzzy Matching and want to make sure you're getting the best results and understand all your options? This webinar is a follow up to our Intro to Fuzzy Matching webinar and reveals the different methodologies available and how to choose the best one for your data. Attendees should be familiar with Fuzzy Matching.


You’ll Learn How to:

  • Differentiate between the methods for generating keys and for the matching functions
  • Implement best practices in fuzzy matching

 

December 18th | Making Dynamic Workflows

This session will not be around building workflows, but rather address theory and examples of how to make your workflows more (or less!) dynamic

 

You’ll Learn How to:

  • Make your workflows more repeatable than ever!

 

If you missed a live session, or are curious to see what's available on-demand, check out the Live Training Index & Welcome.

 


Nuts & Bolts

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November was a big month for the Knowledgebases in the Community. Not only did we see two new Reporting Category Tool Mastery articles with the Interactive Chart and Insight tools, but a new Tool Master 3rd Degree has climbed the ranks! Join us in congratulating the brilliant @SydneyF on mastering eight different tool categories in Alteryx!

If you haven't been to the Connect or Promote Knowledge bases lately, don't forget to stop by and check out the wealth of new content. Since October, over 27 new articles have been published by our resident experts!

Other notable content additions from November include:

 


Read our Blogs

 

The 2018.4 release made November a big month - check out @AshleyK's post to see what's new and also read @RachelW's take on the Fresh New Modern Look.

Also big this month was the announcement that Alteryx has been recognized as a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Data Science and Machine-Learning Platforms. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for Alteryx with Gartner - if you're interested in learning about other ways you can spread the love, @KimA has you covered.

On the Analytics blog, @SethG discusses how organizations can take tangible steps to resolve the skills shortage within their own businesses.

Over on Engine Works, @BlytheE kicked off the Dev Toolbox Series. Read all about Alteryx developers favorite tools for coding in C++ and Python; and Alteryx ACE @patrick_digan treats us to an Inception-style mind-bend: Using the Alteryx API from….Alteryx.

 


Culture & Events

*Immerse yourself in data and analytics culture.

 

YOU. AMPLIFIED | Inspire 2019 Announcements

 

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We are excited to announce the availability of the Inspire 2019 | Buzz forum --  THE go-to community resource for Alteryx Inspire Nashville conference attendees. Ask questions about the event, connect with peers & share your experience!

 

Not sure where to begin? Check out the Welcome post for some tips on how to get started.

 

 

embrace the stage_small.jpgYou too, can learn to Embrace the Stage!2019 Call for Analytics Rockstars is now open!

 

The stage is set. You’re solving what once was considered impossible and now going after your company’s most challenging opportunities. We know you’re pushing the limits of data science and analytics. You deserve the spotlight as you present key learnings to a chorus of peers in your breakout session or on center stage in Nashville at Inspire 2019. Submit Your Demo Tape.

 

If you're looking for inspiration or perhaps some words of encouragement, be sure to read @joe_lipski's recent blog post where he reflects on his personal journey presenting at several Inspire conferences: Embrace the Stage | Inspire 2019 Call for Speakers

 

  

New episodes | Alter Everything Podcast

 

Two new episodes of the Alter Everything Podcast dropped in November!

 

 

In the most recent episode, 21: I only scrape once a week, we're joined by Daniel Brun (@danielbrun) for a chat about his cat, Harry Potter, and the Designer Expert Certification exam at Inspire Europe.

 

In episode 20: It's like playing 'Eruption' by Van Halen Andrew Derbak (@ADerbak) joins us for a chat about how his musical background led to a career in analytics.

 

Visit the Alter Everything Podcast home on Community or subscribe on your app of choice: Apple Podcasts | Soundcloud & more!

 

 


Community Tips

*Tips to help you make the most of your community experience.

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Advanced Certification & Community

 

The Community is chock full of resources to help you achieve your Alteryx Certification dreams!

 

This month we'll focus on how to leverage the Community to pass the Alteryx Designer Advanced exam. See last months highlights blog for Core Exam tips. 

 

The Alteryx Designer Advanced certification exam builds on concepts included in the Core exam and also requires users to understand a wider breadth of tool functionality and apply their knowledge to more complex applications.

 

On Demand Training

 

While we host live training sessions on the Community every week, you also have the ability to playback previously recorded sessions. If your studying for the Advanced Exam we recommend watching the following on-demand trainings:

 

 

On the Road to Advanced with Weekly Challenges

 

bergschrundcrevasse.pngGetting involved in the Weekly Challenges is a great way to flex your Alteryx muscle and prepare for the practical application questions. Practical application questions require you to connect to a provided data set in Alteryx Designer and build a workflow to arrive at the correct answer. While there are only four of these types of questions this time around, each is worth a whopping 10 points!

 

We recommend completing the following challenges to take your superhero status to the next level:

 

 

Improve your skills with Interactive Lessons

 

For the Advanced exam, you can direct your energy towards completing the Spatial Analytics, Writing Expressions, and the Creating Analytic Apps courses.

 

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Exam Preparation Guide

 
The prep guide includes exam details, the tools and topics covered on the exam, a self-assessment, a curriculum to help you study and prepare, and a practice exam. Download the Advanced Certification Exam Guide here.

 

The exam outline (see pages five and six) provides a summary of what tools and categories are included on the exam:

  • Advanced Prep
  • Advanced Join & Parse
  • Spatial Analytics
  • Reporting
  • Macros/Apps
  • Alteryx Gallery

 

 

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On the next page, you'll find a self assessment grid which you can use to evaluate your familiarity with each tool as well as your ability to differentiate the functionality of similar tools. This resource should help you decide which areas to focus on before attempting the exam.

 

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Remember that the exam isn't just a test, it's also part of the learning journey. If you don't pass on your first attempt, identify areas of difficulty and study up before taking the exam again.

 
Passing the exam isn't the end -- it's just the beginning. Share your knowledge with others on the Community and continue your certification journey by joining the elite crowd of Alteryx Certified Experts

 

Visit the Alteryx Certification page to learn more about all of our Product Certification offerings.


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

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Leah Knowles
Community Engagement Programs Manager

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

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ACE Program Specialist
ACE Program Specialist

This was jam-packed with goodness! Great job, @LeahK!