Modern Business Intelligence 2018: Sunburst Visualization in Tableau

Business Intelligence has made surprising leaps over the past years. Traditional data warehouses, tabular reports, critical excel spreadsheets, and IT departments “owning” the reporting are things of the past. In 2007, mid-market companies running on QuickBooks had very few options. Now companies with more than $5 Million in revenue using QuickBooks have a range of BI solutions.


Characteristics of Modern Bi:

  • Data Visualization
  • Speed and time to insight
  • Self-service
  • Mobile
  • Governance
  • Affordable


Sunburst Visualization in Tableau:

The sunburst visualization is used for displaying hierarchical data. Each level of the hierarchy is represented by one ring with the innermost circle represents top of the hierarchy. The circle in the center represents the root node, with the hierarchy moving outward from the center.

Method to Make Sunburst Chart in Tableau:    

A sunburst chart is the outgrowth of a tree map in tableau.

Step1: Prepare Data:

Prepare data and create levels of the data in excel sheet

2. Creating Calculation Fields in Tableau:



(ii) Index


(iii) Slice level

(iv)Max Level

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