So if you're going to do any serious mapping in Tableau, there one name you have to know: Allan Walker, Tableau Zen Master of all things mapping, and Business Intelligence Analyst for Utah State University. Check out his website They Walked Together or follow him on Twitter to see some amazing mapping in Tableau.
So I've tried to figure out how to bring in aerial imagery for years, and just recently found how to do it from this post on Allan's blog. But before you can leverage that, let make sure you know how to leverage a WMS server in Tableau. Back to the SuperStore Data...
In a new workbook double click "City" and you should get a map that looks like this:
Now click on the Map menu and head to WMS Servers:
Select add and you'll put the url of the WMS in this box:
This is where you can now use either of the links that Allan provided in his blog post. I'm going to use the NAIP one as it's got better nationwide coverage. Here's the URL:
Once it's added, close those windows and select the Map menu again. You should now see the new WMS server map on there (if you used my link, it will have NAIP at the end). Select that new map and you should now see something like this:
Wa-la Aerial Imagery! Zoom in to get the full effect. Here's NYC:
Pretty cool, huh? Y'all be sure to thank Zen Master Walker before you leave. Thanks for stopping by!