Tableau is a business intelligence data visualization tool that allows users to interact with data through dynamic and interactive dashboards, maps, and other presentation formats. UW-Madison has implemented a server environment to share Tableau visualizations within our campus community. Publishing workbooks to the UW-Madison Enterprise Tableau Server is currently limited to administrative units and offices that have an institution-wide service role to deliver data to campus audiences. More than 100 Tableau workbooks have been put into production.
Interested in learning more? Check out our FAQ!
The user group is open to Tableau users of all experience levels and invite participation from campus staff, faculty, and students as well as colleagues from other UW institutions. Our goals are to share knowledge, enhance skills, and promote best practices. We offer opportunities to see demonstrations, swap tips, ask for feedback, network with colleagues, and much more. Whether you are just starting out with Tableau, have become a Tableau Jedi, or fall anywhere in between, this is the group for you.
What information will I have access to if I log in to the Tableau Server?
It depends. Everyone can see some visualizations that have been intentionally designed for public use. Access to other visualizations are limited to individuals who have a need to know associated with their employment at UW-Madison because visualizations include some restricted or sensitive information.
Who can log in to the Tableau Server?
Anyone with a UW-Madison NetID and password can log in.
How do I get a desktop license for Tableau Software?
You may purchase a Tableau software desktop license on the enterprise contract here. The purchase price includes three years of maintenance. UW-Madison has negotiated a competitive price so buy your license from DoIT.
I want to publish to the Tableau server – how does that work?
Currently publishing activity is limited to units that have an institution-wide service role. Contact McKinney Austin to discuss participation. Units will need to identify staff members who will be trained in the policies and processes that govern Tableau Server use. A requirement of publishing on the server is participation in the Tableau Developer Community.
Why can’t everyone publish to the Tableau server?
Currently funding is limited so we are taking a “grow slow” approach.
I’m a developer, where can I find documents related to workbook publishing?
Box for Tableau Workbook Publishing – Access is limited to those with Tableau server publishing rights.