Analytics extensions are now available in Tableau Online

First thing’s first: I am thrilled to announce that Tableau’s analytics extensions are now available in Tableau Online!

Starting with R integration in Tableau 8.3, analytics extensions have allowed Tableau users to dynamically bring sophisticated analysis and integrations into their visualizations. Since then, we added support for Python via TabPy, an open API for creating custom integrations, we expanded our scalability and security features to include authentication and SSL, and we added the ability for Tableau Server to support multiple connections. All of these steps have led up to support for integrating Python, R, and other analytics extensions in Tableau Online.

Analytics extensions allow teams to build interactive dashboards and visualizations for viewers to understand and interact with advanced analysis tools and capabilities that are not available out of the box in Tableau—for example, predicting future trends using custom models with predictions that users can filter and test with different input scenarios. With integration in Online, deploying these tools becomes even easier in Tableau's fully managed SaaS environment.

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Get started with analytics extensions in Tableau Online

Today, in a Tableau Online site, site admins can navigate to the Site Settings menu, and under Extensions, check the box to enable analytics extensions on the site, and select “Save.” 

Get started with Tableau Online analytics extensions

The site admin can then select “Create new connection” to configure a connection to an analytics extension. Connections can be for R in RServe or to TabPy or other analytics extensions. For Tableau Online, connections must support both SSL and authentication.

Get started with Tableau Online analytics extensions

And with those simple steps, we’ve connected our Online site to an analytics extension. Once created, a connection can be modified, or deleted entirely. To run an analytics extension with Tableau Online, you’ll need to have your extension server or service (for example, TabPy) running on a machine that has access to the internet and is configured for traffic on the IPs used by Online. For more information, check out our product documentation

Get started with Tableau Online analytics extensions

Once a connection is configured, users can publish workbooks using the analytics extension, or even create new views using web authoring!

Now that analytics extensions are available in Tableau Online, we look forward to seeing how you use Tableau to bring the frontiers of data science closer to your users and customers! Please connect with me at nmannheimer@tableau.com to share any ideas or feedback.

Dive deeper into Tableau analytics extensions use cases and resources

Check out these additional resources on analytics extensions to make the most of your data science tools with Tableau:

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