Tableau 2021.1

Einstein Discovery in Tableau, quick LODs, and a new unified notification experience

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Einstein Discovery in Tableau

Einstein Discovery in Tableau brings trusted, intuitive predictions and recommendations from Einstein Discovery to every Tableau user across your organization. Get smarter, guided decisions for every team with cutting-edge, augmented analytics in a no-code required, rapid iteration environment.

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Einstein Discovery integrated into Tableau brings predictive capabilities to the existing inventory of dashboards companies already have, and when that’s combined with auto-generated machine learning models, businesses can explore patterns, trends and correlations in their historical data without ever writing a single line of code.

Quick LODs

Create Level of Detail expressions more easily. Use context menus or drag-and-drop a measure onto a dimension to automatically create a Level of Detail expression with the default aggregation.

A list containing notifications is expanded from the top right corner of the Tableau Server or Online interface

Unified notification experience

Manage all of your notifications in the newly redesigned notification center within Tableau Server and Online. This dedicated space shows your shares, comments, extracts, and prep flows all in one place, consolidating all of the important changes across your organization. You can also control where you receive these notifications via preferences—directly in Tableau, email notifications, or both—helping you to never miss an important alert to take action.

Tableau 2021.1 Feature Overview

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Tableau 2021.1 is here!

Read up on our launch announcement covering all the new features in this release, including Einstein Discovery in Tableau, quick LODs, and new unified notification experience.

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AI + Analytics

Learn about how Tableau brings AI into analytics to help users across your organization answer pressing questions.

On demand video

Dev Office Hour: Predictive Modeling

Dive into how to build powerful predictive models in this on-demand webinar from the Tableau product team.

Elearning

New Feature Spotlight

Curious about new Tableau 2021.1 features? Learn how to use select new features in this course, complete with practice simulations, video demos, knowledge checks, and more. Requires eLearning subscription to access.

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Einstein Discovery in Tableau

Easily build, deploy, and integrate custom predictive models into your workflows in Tableau.

Einstein Discovery in Tableau

Einstein Discovery in Tableau brings trusted, intuitive predictions and recommendations from Einstein Discovery to every Tableau user across your organization. Get smarter, guided decisions for every team with cutting-edge, augmented analytics in a no-code required, rapid iteration environment.

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Einstein Discovery dashboard extension

Einstein Discovery natively integrated in Tableau dashboards.

Einstein Discovery dashboard extension

Enjoy on-demand, interpretable ML predictions from Einstein Discovery natively integrated in Tableau dashboards. Users can click on one or more rows of data from a Tableau visualization to get dynamic predictions, see key drivers of predictions, and learn ways to improve predictions based on the model.

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Einstein in Tableau Calcs

Connect Einstein predictions directly into Tableau calculated fields.

Einstein in Tableau Calcs

Feed Tableau analytics with dynamic predictive intelligence and connect Einstein predictions directly into Tableau calculated fields. Construct, share, and scale interactive visualizations and dashboards incorporating dynamic predictions using existing Tableau infrastructure, and test new scenarios using Tableau parameters. Note: Available in Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server.

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Quick LODs

Create Level of Detail expressions more easily.

Quick LODs

Create Level of Detail expressions more easily. Use context menus or drag-and-drop a measure onto a dimension to automatically create a Level of Detail expression with the default aggregation.

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Unified notification experience

Manage your notifications in one single, unified space.

Unified notification experience

Manage all of your notifications in the newly redesigned notification center within Tableau Server and Online. This dedicated space shows your shares, comments, extracts, and prep flows all in one place, consolidating all of the important changes across your organization. You can also control where you receive these notifications via preferences—directly in Tableau, email notifications, or both—helping you to never miss an important alert to take action.

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Microsoft Azure connectivity improvements

Two new Azure connectors and Azure Active Directory updates.

Microsoft Azure connectivity improvements

You can now connect to your data in Azure SQL Database (with Azure Active Directory) and Azure Data Lake Gen 2. In addition, we now have support for Azure Active Directory in two of our existing connectors in Azure Synapse and Azure Databricks. For guidance and best practices around optimizing Tableau and Azure together for analytics, read our updated Tableau Server on Microsoft Azure Whitepaper.

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In-product Extension Gallery

Easily discover and install connectors and extensions.

In-product Extension Gallery

With the in-product Extension Gallery, all your connectors and extensions are a simple click away. Easily discover connectors and extensions with an enhanced browsing experience, search and filter options, and complete the installations all without leaving your Tableau workflow.

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Customer 360 Audiences Connector with Tableau

Natively connect Tableau to Customer 360 Audiences.

Customer 360 Audiences Connector with Tableau

Natively connect Tableau to Customer 360 Audiences to discover insights from your detailed customer data. From customer engagement to behavioral and transaction data housed in Customer 360 Audiences, you’ll be able to create custom visualizations in Tableau Desktop and Server. Drill down to campaign, channel, and multiple customer dimensions to understand the “who” and “why” behind all your cross-channel engagement results.

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Ask Data improvements

Easily find onboarding and help content

Ask Data improvements

The new Ask Data help center centralizes all onboarding and administrative information for Ask Data users. For admins and data source owners, you can find best practices and usage statistics to see what questions your end users are asking. For business users, find helpful training information to learn what kinds of questions you can ask and other helpful tips. Anyone can also submit feedback and suggestions directly to the product team.

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New dashboard extensions on Tableau Public

Further customize interactivity in your visualizations.

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Header and axes improvements

Improved header and axes display.

Header and axes improvements

Take advantage of new improvements to display headers and axes in Tableau Desktop, Server, and Online. Notice a better experience in how you draw borders, lines, and tick marks. You can also now reorder headers below a viz, overlapping labels will be skipped on the left, and scrolling will feel smoother. And as a part of this refresh, header and axis objects are now native HTML elements in the browser, so users can search for text with built-in browser search capabilities.

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KMZ spatial file support

Connect natively to KMZ spatial files.

KMZ spatial file support

We’re making spatial analysis with KML files easier within your workflow. In addition to KML files, you can now connect directly to KMZ files, the corresponding compressed file type.

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Snowflake spatial support

Connect natively to Snowflake spatial data.

Snowflake spatial support

We’re expanding Tableau’s spatial database connections to make solving location-based questions easier than ever. You can now connect directly to tables in Snowflake that contain spatial data, and instantly visualize that data in Tableau.

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Web authoring improvements

Improved formatting on the web.

Web authoring improvements

Enjoy expanded formatting options while creating and editing dashboards on the web. You can now format filters, parameters, and legends directly in the browser.

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Device designer for web authoring

Design device specific dashboards on the web.

Device designer for web authoring

You can now design device specific dashboards all within the browser. Add, edit, and customize your dashboards' layouts to create a design optimized for the best viewing experience on a phone, tablet, or desktop.

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JDBC for SAP HANA connections on Windows

SAP HANA database connections now use JDBC on Windows platforms

JDBC for SAP HANA connections on Windows

Connecting to SAP HANA databases from Tableau products on Windows platforms will now use a JDBC driver by default instead of an ODBC driver, which makes the connector consistent across Mac, Linux, and Windows systems. Connections from Tableau to SAP HANA on Mac and Linux platforms already use JDBC.

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Write to Excel in Tableau Prep

Tableau Prep can now write data to Excel files.

Write to Excel in Tableau Prep

Tableau Prep expands its output capabilities to include ability to write to MS Excel. In addition to writing your data to CSV and Hyper files, you will be able to create new excel files, or add/replace data in existing ones. With the Tableau Prep visual and direct interface, you can easily see what tables are available in your Excel file and determine how your flow fields map to existing fields in the Excel tables.

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Automated data quality warnings

Set a warning to easily monitor extract refresh jobs and flow run jobs.

Automated data quality warnings

Data quality warnings (DQW) will be automatically created based upon extract refresh and Tableau Prep flow run failures so that data freshness (or lack thereof) is communicated without any manual effort. These can be combined with existing DQWs set manually or via API to add another layer of data quality information to your environment.

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Tableau Catalog search improvements

Easily find databases and tables with the new search relevancy algorithm.

Tableau Catalog search improvements

Search for a table or a database, and see the most relevant results returned. Matches by name are now ranked higher than matches by columns. To ensure you are finding the most trustworthy content, certified tables and databases will be ranked at the top, and assets with a data quality warning will be ranked lower.

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Metrics improvements

See existing metrics on a dashboard.

Metrics improvements

You can now easily see all metrics on a viz by opening the metrics panel while viewing a dashboard. Having this visibility makes it easier to find and create the metrics relevant to the data you care about.

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Licensing improvements

New product activation type and zero downtime licensing.

Licensing improvements

New product activation method

Opt-in to Server Authorization to Run (ATR) product activation of Tableau Server deployed in cloud or virtual environments, which abstracts licensing from underlying hardware changes.

Zero downtime licensing

Admins can now apply term and capacity licensing changes to Tableau Server without requiring restarts that disrupt business activities. Additionally, upon subscription renewal, Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep Builder licenses will automatically be refreshed when they are nearing expiration.

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Tableau Server Management (TSM) improvements

Search and filter and Azure Key Vault support

Tableau Server Management (TSM) improvements

Support for Azure Key Vault for Tableau Server

As part of Tableau Server Management, integrate with Azure Key Vault for Tableau Server data extract encryption at rest to centralize key management and unlock more advanced security and compliance scenarios.

Resource Monitoring Tool (RMT) search and filter

Search and filter Tableau Resource Monitoring Tool data to quickly find specific content, events, and sessions generated by Tableau Server.

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Search Improvements on Tableau Public

Find vizzes and authors more easily.

Search Improvements on Tableau Public

Explore the millions of vizzes and author profiles on Tableau Public more easily with improvements to the search algorithm. Quickly scan through the results with an improved grid layout.