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Tableau

Overview

Tableau is a reporting and data visualization solution available for use by any staff or faculty member.
There are 2 different types of users in Tableau.
  • Report consumers (viewers) - Report consumers can log into the server and access any report to which they have been granted permissions.
  • Report creators (publishers) - DePaul’s license agreement with Tableau does not include licenses for report creators, so in order to become a report creator, you will need to work with your budget manager to purchase a license to do so.  Please see below for more details regarding report creator access.

How Do I Get Started with Tableau?

Whichever type of user you will be, to get access to the Tableau server, you will need to send a request to the Tableau Administrator at tabadmin@depaul.edu .  In the request, please provide your user name, and what department you are in.  There are data owners in each college and functional area, so the Tableau administrator will work with you and those data owners to determine which report security group you will be granted access to.

Creating Reports in Tableau

After completing your purchase of a Tableau Desktop Creator license, follow these steps to install the client software on your desktop system.

  • Install the correct version of client software.  It is extremely important that you install the correct version, or the reports you create may not work on the Tableau Server
    • The most current version that should be installed can be found here
    • You may download the DePaul server compatible version from Tableau's alternate download site (it may not be the most recent version available)
  • Most commonly used database drivers are now included in the desktop install package.  If you have questions regarding a specific database driver or need help connecting to the Data Warehouse, please contact tabadmin@depaul.edu

Publication Guide/Instructions – Information Services has worked with different departments in the University to define standards for publishing reports to the server.  These standards outline how to get database access and approval, how to publish reports, what security access to grant when publishing a report, etc.  The report publication standard is available here.

Publishing Reports in Tableau.pdf

Support

Support and Requests - If you experience any issues with the Tableau server, or need any other support, please email tabadmin@depaul.edu.
Training - Tableau software has created training materials that you can access on their website at http://www.tableausoftware.com/learn.  If you need training or details on how to read or interact with a specific report that someone has published, please contact the report creator for additional details.

A Note About Upgrades

As with all software vendors, Tableau makes updates to their systems to address bugs and add new features and options.  Although Tableau software is frequently releasing updates to their software, Information Services will only update the server twice each year, and will notify users by email when upgrades are occurring.  If you have questions about what the plans are to update the Tableau system, please send an email request to tabadmin@depaul.edu . ​