Trust and value in university data is increased through common policies, procedures, tools and structures that emphasize data integrity, availability and usability.

A university rollout of Tableau is part of a larger strategy to provide more comprehensive analytics services though the release of a robust Data Commons at Ohio State.

Tableau Server is available to the Ohio State community at:

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About Tableau

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop translates data into optimized visual images to see patterns, identify trends and quickly discover visual insights. Users can shift between views with drag-and-drop technology and drill down to see additional details. It’s a self-service analytics tool that can be used by anyone. The software connects to your base data and generates queries for a quick visual display. You can connect to live data, data warehouses, spreadsheets or blend different data sources together.

  • Required to build the data connections and visual images and dashboards
  • PC Named User License
  • Requires license product key provided with purchase. (instructions below)

Tableau Server

Tableau Server is a server-based resource anyone can use via browser or mobile solution. Tableau Desktop is used to publish worksheets and dashboards to Tableau Server to share throughout the enterprise or for your use only. It provides live interactive dashboards that can be embedded in enterprise portals. Answer unexpected questions as they happen, filter data, or drill down to find your answers.

  • Required to share visual images and dashboards across the enterprise
  • Enterprise Site License
  • Licensed and Maintained by Ohio State’s Business Intelligence, Analytics and Reporting team (BAR).