Tableau Online updates
With Tableau Online, you're always on the latest, most-advanced version of Tableau. We take care of all the updates, monitoring and infrastructure maintenance so you don't have to. But it's still important to keep informed about what’s happening. This page will help you plan for any occurrences that may affect your Tableau Online site. Below you'll find informational resources to make you aware of any upcoming events.
Not a Tableau Online administrator? Please see the following resource pages:
Tableau Online status
Visit the Tableau Trust site to learn more about the current status of your Tableau Online environment and upcoming scheduled maintenance.
New in Tableau Online 2020.3
Grant licence on sign-in
Designate roles to users for automatically granted licences upon their first time logging into Tableau Online
With grant licence on sign-in, we’re making it easier to optimise your seat investment. Site admins can now provision licences as users sign into their sites on Tableau Online. Previously, site roles were only changed by Active Directory (AD) sync, either manually or through a REST API. It can be a time-consuming process and licences were often given to people who never signed in, while other people who wanted to sign in could not.
Now, your organisation can get the most from role-based subscription (RBS) licensing by reducing unused roles and administrative burden. Grant licence on sign-in ensures your licences go to the people who need them, helps mitigate parking users in unused seats, reduces manual processes and instantly scales to your unique needs.
New Tableau Bridge features
Connect Tableau to your virtual private cloud data and get notified when a new Tableau Bridge update is available.
We are excited to announce a new version of Tableau Bridge designed to save time with centralised management, role separation with self-service for publishers and a more scalable product. With the new Tableau Bridge release, we have retooled how Tableau Online connects to your private network data – whether your data resides on-premises or within a virtual private cloud.Users can manage everything on the web:
- Manage Bridges
- Modify connections
- Track extract refreshes directly from Tableau Online without logging into a Bridge
Now, publishers are empowered to focus on creating content and can forget about managing Bridges.
- Users can publish and manage key reports with private network data sources using a centrally managed Bridge
- Run fewer Bridges, because Tableau Bridge can now process multiple extract refreshes in parallel and pool them together for better resource utilisation and simpler management.
- Access virtual private cloud (VPC) data by easily connecting to AWS, Redshift, Snowflake and other cloud data stores even within a VPC through Tableau Bridge.
Write to external databases in Tableau Prep
Prep users can now write prepared data to databases in the cloud or on-premises, enabling you to leverage your existing database and governance investments and manage trusted data at scale.
With this feature, you can write the output from your Tableau Prep Builder flows to external relational databases, so it can be used throughout the entire organisation. Previously you could only output your data as a flat file, .hyper, extract or publish to Tableau Online/Server.
Now you can leverage the investments you have made in your own databases by using the visual and direct field mapping experience in Tableau Prep Builder. It helps ensure your clean data ends up where it is intended to be. With the Tableau Prep Builder 2020.3.1 release, any flows configured with the "write to database" option in Tableau Prep Builder will also write the output to the database when the flow is run in Tableau Prep Conductor.This new capability works in conjunction with the 2020.2 features enabling you to write to .CSV and .hyper files and run your flows using incremental or full refresh options.
Known issues & release notes
Unusual behaviour or issues with Tableau Online may be caused by a known issue with the product or a third-party change in data delivery. These known issues are listed on the Tableau Support Known issues site.
When an issue is corrected, it will appear in the release notes for Tableau Online.
Many known issues and their possible workarounds are documented in the Tableau Support Knowledge Base, which also contains solutions for common problems and suggestions on how to use Tableau Online.