Tools for Reporting and Analytics

The right tool for the right type of analysis is key to understanding information. These highly interactive reporting tools designed to make the access to information easier than ever. These tools provide campus the data access it needs.

KnowledgeBase includes some helpful resources related to these tools.




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. Find out more about UW–Madison’s Tableau environment.

Learn more about purchasing a Tableau desktop license.


SAS is a business intelligence tool used for statistical analysis and data visualization. Licenses are available through the campus software library for UW–Madison faculty and staff to install on university-owned devices.

There are two different license types:

Teaching & Research License: As defined by SAS, is software used for purposes of classroom instruction, academic (non-commercial) research, and course work primarily related to the customer’s post-secondary degree requirements, including the formulation of theses and dissertations.

Administrative Purposes License: As defined by SAS, is software used for purposes directly related to customer’s operations as a post-secondary degree granting institution. This includes institutional research and any such use related to reporting about the UW to the UW.