What is Tableau?
Tableau is a leader in data visualization and analytics software. It has become very popular within higher education with its drag and drop functionality, ability to mash up data from disparate sources, interactivity, and ability to develop and deliver analytics in minutes. The tool itself has two variants: a desktop installation component that runs directly on the computer of an analyst or information worker and a server component that enables analysts to share the dashboards and views of data that they have created with others across the university through simple use of a web browser or a tablet device.
How to Get the Tableau Desktop Software
If you don’t have Tableau Desktop yet and you want to take it for a spin, you can download a free, fully functioning trial version from Tableau using the links provided at the Tableau 10 at IU Knowledge Base page.
IU students, staff, and faculty who are interested in purchasing Tableau Desktop can go to the Tableau 10 at IU Knowledge Base page for more information by scrolling down to the section called "Purchasing a desktop license for IU".
Tableau has an academic program that provides free copies of Tableau Desktop to faculty and students.
The Tableau website also offers a variety of training options to help users get the most out of their data. New users can visit the Training & Tutorials page to select from several free courses. Registration is necessary before you will be given access to the training. For more information, see the next section of this document.
Data Analysis Fundamentals with Tableau is an excellent option for new users who prefer a more in-depth step-by-step learning approach. This video-based course from Pluralsight is 4 hours and 47 minutes long, but it is broken down into sections so you needn't watch it all at once. It covers an introduction to Tableau, connecting with data, and charting your data, as well as some additional features such as calculations and parameters, creating dashboards, and sharing your work. Please note that this video uses Tableau 8.0, but still provides an excellent in-depth training of Tableau Desktop for the new user. To learn about the new features available in Tableau 10, check out the Pluralsight course, What's New in Tableau 10.
Pluralsight is a leading provider of video-based online training with a focus on more technically oriented and design related topics. Yearlong subscriptions for IU students, faculty, staff and affiliates are available for $84. See our Pluralsight page for more information and to order your Pluralsight account.
Once you have a Pluralsight account, to access the Tableau training, from the Pluralsight home page, enter “tableau” in the Search Our Library field to find all Tableau courses, or follow the link to the blog at the top of the page and enter “tableau” in the Search blog field to find Tableau blog articles.
Training on Specific Tableau Topics
Tableau Self-Study Syllabus is useful if you don’t need complete, step by step instruction, but are looking to fill in some gaps in your understanding of this BI tool. The syllabus organizes the many training resources from the Tableau website, so users can find what they need quickly and easily.
IMPORTANT: In order to watch videos or participate in other areas (e.g., community groups) on the Tableau web site, you will need a Tableau account. To get a Tableau account:
- Click on the Sign In link in the top right corner of the Tableau web site and then click Register at the top of the next web page.
- Enter your information in the required fields and click Register at the bottom of the form.
- You can sign into your account next time by clicking on the Sign In link in the top right corner of the Tableau web site and entering in your credentials (i.e., email address and password).
Using Tableau at IU
Using Tableau at IU: https://kb.iu.edu/d/bfto
To see more Tableau resources, visit our additional resources page.