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Community Manager
Community Manager



Welcome to the second edition of Alteryx Community Highlights, an ongoing series aimed at helping you make the most of your time in the community!


Each month we deliver a just the right size dose of the best community happenings so that you can keep a pulse on what’s hot, who’s in, and all of the latest trends.


It’s like a celebrity gossip magazine, but for the Alteryx Community (except it’s free…and about something you care about…and classy).




*In Case You Missed It -- Community news & announcements.


TC-17 Badge_140.pngAlteryx at Tableau Conference 2017

If you happen to be in Vegas for the Tableau conference this week, don’t forget to swing by Booth  152!  As a thank you to Alteryx Community members who stop by, we created a special TC17 themed badge just for you!


And, don’t forget to tell your friends all about the Alteryx Community while you’re there.


Community 4.0 | Alteryx Academy

On September 25th, we went live with Community 4.0! Read the Announcement.


With the new release, we updated the construction of Alteryx Academy to accommodate customers who learn in different ways or find themselves at different points in their journey of Alteryx greatness.




Choose between interactive lessons created by professional instructors, join live training sessions hosted by Alteryx experts, or work on fun weekly challenges at your own pace, alongside your peers. Many of you have been participating already in Live Trainings and Weekly Challenges and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on the Interactive Lessons!

Never. Stop. Learning.

*All the training resources you need.


New Interactive Lessons

The new Alteryx For Excel Users course comes jammed packed with everything you need to know to quickly translate and leverage your knowledge of Excel into Alteryx.


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1highlights-E_SDG_Logo_UN Emblem-02.pngAre you Socially Challenged? Don’t worry, this one has data…


Challenge #89: Analyzing Social Data, is a little bit different than the traditional Weekly Challenge.  It’s a choose your own adventure of sorts.


We collected the most recent data on #hashtags related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and are curious to see what insights you, the Alteryx Community, derive from the datasets. 



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

The following live training sessions are part of the Lunch & Learn series.


October 11th | Alteryx Essentials

Learn how Alteryx helps users of varying technical skill levels to cleanse, prep and transform data using the Favorites tools. These 15 tools are the core building blocks of any Alteryx workflow and will allow you to build useful production workflows.


October 12th | Parsing for Intermediate users

Take the next step with Alteryx and learn how to use some of our favorite tools for preparing and blending challenging data sources: Text to Columns, Dynamic Rename, and Multi-Row Formula.


October 25th | Data Parsing for Beginners

Do you have data that can come in formatted or unformatted, on one or multiple rows and can have odd characters thrown in. Alteryx has many tools to help you parse data and make it useable.


October 26th | Alteryx Platform & Introduction to Apps

See how the Alteryx Platform offers multiple ways to scale your enterprise analytics and offload data intensive processes to a scalable, reliable server architecture. Learn how to develop simple applications to share with your end users. 


Featured Solution

*An Accepted Solution that caught our eye…


 SMALL_SolutionsChampion.pngWhile it’s not uncommon to see @ned, Alteryx Founder and CTO, answering questions in the Community, it’s always an event worth highlighting.


“This is one of those problems that is much harder than it appears at first…”



@mstern was looking for assistance eliminating overlap with the Trade Area tool, and it wasn’t long before @Philip, @patrick_digan, and of course @ned jumped in to save the day!


Check out the Solution here: Solved: Non overlapping Trade Areas of different sizes


Nuts & Bolts

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


The Ultimate Tool Mastery Index


The Tool Mastery Series is a compilation of Knowledge Base contributions designed to introduce diverse working examples for Designer Tools. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of @MarqueeCrew, @mceleavey, @SophiaF and @MattD, discovering individual articles just got a whole lot easier! Check out the end result here.


A huge shout out to @MarqueeCrew for sharing his thoughts with the Community.


Without your brilliant idea and proof of concept to piggyback off of, we wouldn't have known where to start! It's folks like you that make our work so easy - and even more rewarding.”


Read our Blogs

Looking for a unique perspective of the Alteryx user? You may just find what you’re looking for on Engine Works!


Harness the Power of Your Data Lake with Alteryx Spark Direct

Find out how the new Alteryx Spark Direct functionality will open the floodgates on your Data Lake, unleashing its full potential. Read more...


An Alteryx Newbie works through the predictive suite: Boosted Model


@TanyaS, is new to Alteryx and ready to help improve the documentation. She’s jumping in with both feet to tackle some of the wildest: the predictive suite.



Data and Information are Two Different Things


We interchange these two words often... but... are the really different? YES!!!



The Funnies

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


For fans of HBO’s popular sitcom Silicon Valley, you’ll find a nice little easter egg in the Interactive lesson, How to Fill Your Data. Props to @dricke for being the first one to catch-on!


Silicon Valley1.jpg"From the middle-out? That does make sense."How to Fill Your Data_Q2.jpghint: it's not middle-out compression

Community Tip of the Month

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


As you look to help your fellow Alteryx users solve problems on our forums, consider recording a quick how-to video!  It’s super easy to embed YouTube & a selection of other supported video providers within Community Posts.


To insert a video in a post:

  1. Start a new post.
  2. Click Insert Video.
  3. Insert link to YouTube Video and follow the on-screen instructions.


It’s ultimately up to you to decide how best to convey your thoughts and impart your knowledge within the community, and we encourage you to experiment with different formats (GIF’s, audio, video or whatever else catches your fancy)!


This newsletter was created with YOU in mind! Let us know what you like, what could be better, or any ideas you have for future Highlights by commenting below.


Want more Community Highlights? Check out the inaugural post, and don’t forget to subscribe to Community News to stay up-to-date on what's happening in the Alteryx Community!

Leah Knowles
Community Manager

Leah is the Community Manager at Alteryx, 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 the Community Manager at Alteryx, 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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Hey @LeahK,


I've created some video content!  A Vlog about the benefits of community.


Please see:




Hi Leah,


When are we supposed to see the new badges post? I didn't see it yet. Also love the Pied Piper reference!

Community Manager
Community Manager

@AndrewDataKim -- Glad you're excited about the TC17 Badge!  We'll be granting badges to those who stopped by the booth no later than next week.  Thanks in advance for your patience.