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Our new Tableau Mobile app is the fastest and most delightful way to stay on top of your data. And we want to make it easy for your entire organization to leverage it.
To support your enterprise needs, we’re adding support for VMware Airwatch and MobileIron using a new industry approach called AppConfig. This means you can now securely deploy Tableau Mobile through mobile device-management (MDM) platforms.
MDM platforms, also commonly known as enterprise mobility-management (EMM) platforms, are used by IT departments to govern the use of mobile devices that need access to corporate resources. They’re used to distribute applications, data, and configuration settings for all types of mobile devices.
AppConfig defines a new way to deploy enterprise apps, leveraging the native capabilities of modern mobile-operating systems. The most requested enterprise capabilities such as tunneling, single sign-on, and customization are available through AppConfig. Now you can quickly and easily deploy Tableau Mobile across your enterprise while ensuring security.
Our support for MDM has two main components:
This allows administrators to preconfigure certain settings for their mobile users, providing a more seamless experience.
When the Tableau Mobile app starts up, it checks for the existence of these settings and changes its behavior to match. Currently, supported settings include sign-in dialog customizations, such as the ability to preset the Tableau Server URL/names and the username. All the supported settings can be found here.
We recently enabled app customization on the iOS platform, so go ahead and get started! We anticipate it being available on Android later this year.
As part of our support for MDM, Tableau is joining the AppConfig community. We are proud to be part of this impressive community of vendors.
The next platforms we’ll be looking to support include Good Technology (now Blackberry) and Citrix. The approach AppConfig proposes is vendor-agnostic and should work with them as well.
Finally, keep in mind that it’s also possible to deploy Tableau Mobile with other MDM platforms that we haven’t mentioned, even if Tableau doesn’t yet provide documentation.
To learn more about Tableau and mobile security, download our whitepaper.
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