About Tableau

Tableau is a family of interactive data visualization products from Tableau Software.  The family includes desktop, server, and cloud-based products.  Tableau Desktop application lets you analyze structured data and produce highly interactive graphs, dashboards, and reports from local files or server data sources.  Tableau Server is a business intelligence solution that provides browser-based visual analytics.

Tableau Desktop is used in some areas of the university. The BICC fully supports Tableau and Tableau Server as BI tools at Purdue.

Tableau Desktop
  • Required to build the data connections and visual images and dashboards

  • PC Named User License (can be used on two devices)

  • Requires license key provided with purchase (The BICC provides two licenses for departments with a role as information producers.  Licensing requests can be submitted to itap@purdue.edu.  Additional licensing can be purchased by individual departments).

A PC based tool that translates data into optimized visual images to see patterns, identify trends, and quickly discover visual insights. Users can shift between views with drag-and-drop technology and drill down to see additional details. It’s a self-service analytics tool that can be used by anyone. The software connects to your base data and generates queries for a quick visual display. You can connect to live data, data warehouses, spreadsheets, or blend different data sources together.

Tableau Server
  • Required to share visual images and dashboards across the enterprise

  • Enterprise Site License

  • Licensed and Maintained by Information Technology…

A server based resource anyone can use via browser or mobile solutions. Tableau Desktop is used to publish worksheets and dashboards to share throughout the enterprise or for your use only. It provides live interactive dashboards which can be embedded in enterprise portals. Answer unexpected questions as they happen, filter data, or drill down to find your answers.

Tableau Reader
  • Used to view visualizations built in Tableau Desktop

  • Free from Tableau

Tableau Reader is a free desktop application used to open and view visualizations built in Tableau Desktop.

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