It’s an end to another week and time for another “10 things about Tableau 10” blog series entry. This time I’ll be talking about a feature that has been long overdue; Web Authoring. In fact this used to be one of the most popular “Can you…” questions by our customers.
Creating beautiful dashboards in Tableau has always been super easy. And with the new overhaul of the user interface, visualizations created in Tableau have even more reason to be a part of a dashboard. This of course is not a problem if you’re a Tableau Desktop user and have time to build them. But what if you’re more of a consumer of information? Maybe you’re a manager, and you access the data published to Tableau Server through your browser?
Previously anyone consuming datasources or visualizations published to Tableau Server were limited to editing precreated vizzes through the browser. With the new Web Authoring feature of Tableau 10, creating stunning dashboards and meaningful insight into your data is available directly through your browser with the power of Tableau Server.
To get started creating dashboards on Tableau Server, you’ll need to create vizzes. The way you’d do this is find a datasource that’s been published to your Tableau Server and create a new workbook from it with the ‘New workbook’ button.
Here I’m using the already familiar Tableau demo dataset EU Superstore, but I could just as well use a datasource connected to a database or cloud service. Using Web Authoring, I’ll build a few vizzes to analyze my Product Profitability. In a matter of minutes, I have a viz showing my Product Sales in a table, a scatter plot with product profitability by segments and then a quarterly analysis of sales.
Before, this is what I would’ve been able to accomplish but ultimately would have to have someone using the Deskop version of Tableau to combine my sheets into a dashboard. Now with the new Web Authoring features, I can just do it myself without having to ask someone else! Just click on the New Dashboard button and create the dashboard yourself.
Just like with the desktop version, I can drag the different sheets from the left pane to the dashboard, apply filters and color legends. All the important dashboard building tools are available through Web Authoring meaning I can get things done independently without having to ask for IT to help. Quick and easy.
After I’m finished, I can hide the sheets in the workbook and save the dashboard onto the Tableau Server for others to consume.
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