Tableau FAQ

How do I get access to Tableau software?

Departments with a valid business need may be eligible for a licensed copy of Tableau Desktop Professional and access to the secure Tableau Server at UNH. To discuss using Tableau at UNH, contact EIM using our web form. We will respond to discuss your needs.

Students, Faculty and non-commercial Researchers can visit the Tableau website for more details about obtaining a free version of Tableau for educational use.

Tableau offers a free public version of its software for anyone who doesn’t meet the requirements for an EIM managed license or an educational license from Tableau.

If you have already been in touch with EIM and have been approved to set up an account, please visit the UNH Accounts Request Page (you can use these instructions to guide you through the process).

Who can interact with Tableau projects at UNH?

UNH has two types of clients who use our Tableau Server: those who develop data visualizations and those who interact with data visualizations that developers create. Developers may choose groups of interactors within the UNH community and grant them access to Tableau visualizations on the UNH Server. Developers that need to reach a wider audience can use Tableau public to distribute their work to the general public.

What’s the difference between Tableau Professional and Tableau Public?

 

Tableau Professional edition

Tableau Public edition

Free for anyone to use

No

Yes

File save options

Tableau Server, Tableau Public server,
or locally

Tableau Public server

Data source options

Wide variety of server and file types

Excel, text or Access files                 

Who can access  output

Only those granted access

Anyone with internet access

Has an installed Desktop tool

Yes

Yes

For academic use, we encourage you to visit the Tableau website to learn more about free Desktop Professional licenses for instructors and students.

Where can I find Tableau learning resources?

Please visit the Tableau Developer Resources page for training schedules, knowledge base articles best practices guides and must read information for UNH Tableau Developers.

What data can Tableau use?

Tableau can connect to key enterprise data or departmental data, from sources including:

  • Content on servers, such as Oracle, MySQL, Salesforce, Google Analytics and Microsoft PowerPivot
  • Content from files, such as spreadsheets, text files or MS Access files

How does Tableau Server work?

UNH has two types of clients who use Tableau Server: those who develop data visualizations and those who interact with data visualizations that developers create.

Any UNH clients who use data that cannot be made completely public and/or need a secure way to share visualizations with UNH stakeholders can use Tableau Desktop along with UNH's Tableau Server. Tableau Server securely distributes workbooks, which others in the UNH community can access with a web browser or mobile device. It allows developers to edit worksheets & dashboards, and to schedule automated data refreshes and get data subscriptions. The EIM team works with developers to maintain groups of interactors that need access to visualization projects stored on the server.

To discuss connecting to Tableau Server at UNH, contact EIM using our web form. We will respond to discuss your needs.

How do I request access to Tableau visualizations as an interactor?

Individual Tableau developers control access to their Tableau content on the server. Please contact the department that developed the visualization you are interested in for permission before requesting interactor access through the UNH IT accounts management system (you can use these instructions to guide you through the accounts management request process).

How do developers add interactors to a Tableau project?

Developers must approve access for all interactors. Developers can requested access on an interactor’s behalf through the UNH IT accounts management system. Alternatively, developers can send a list of approved interactors to the EIM team at EIM.Tableau.Support@UNH.edu and then instruct interactors to use the UNH IT accounts management system to request access on their own. These instructions guide users through the accounts management request process.

For assistance adding larger groups of interactors, more than 20 at once, please contact the EIM team directly at EIM.Tableau.Support@UNH.edu.