Tableau is a popular data visualization tool for interactive self-service reporting and analysis. Tableau can be used by anyone at Northeastern wishing to create their own data visualizations for use within their organization.
Tableau at Northeastern is a combination of desktop software and the ability to publish desktop creations to a server for sharing. The two components you need to do this are explained below.
Tableau Creator is the software installed on your own machine for the purpose of connecting to many different types of data sources, exploring the data, and creating interactive dashboards, analyses, and repots. A Creator license entitles you to use Tableau Desktop for data exploration and visualization and Tableau Prep Builder for querying, combining, shaping, and cleaning your data. This license also allows you to publish your data visualizations to the Tableau Server.
Tableau Server is available to any faculty or staff member at Northeastern to publish and share Tableau workbooks internally. No Tableau license is necessary just to view Tableau workbooks that other people have published. The server is located at https://tableau.northeastern.edu.
The Tableau community at Northeastern meets approximately quarterly to exchange ideas and share information. If you would like to be informed about these events and other Tableau information, we encourage you to join our Teams site for Northeastern Tableau users. There, you can ask the group a question, look for information on upcoming user group meetings, and access training and education materials. Click on “Join or create team” at the bottom left corner of the Teams app, and then enter the Tableau User Group join code igwtf4s and click “Join team”.
Tableau Creator licenses can be obtained centrally via ITS. A limited number are available for use by the Northeastern analytics community, so if you need a license, please submit a ServiceNow ticket and mention the Business Intelligence and Analytics (BI&A) team.
Faculty who are using Tableau for teaching purposes may submit a request online on the Tableau website to receive a free license. Students are also eligible to receive a free license via the Tableau website request form.
No individual license is needed to log into the Tableau Server. Any faculty or staff member can log into the Tableau Server at Northeastern to view the content, but access to content is determined by the content publisher.
The Tableau Server, hosted and maintained by ITS, is divided into sites, typically along college, unit or departmental lines. Each site has a site administrator who controls the ability of faculty or staff to publish to their site via “permissions” and is responsible for communicating with Tableau users in their group (such as in the case of periodic server downtime for server maintenance). If your department does not have a site on the server but would like to start one, please submit a request via Service Now. Be sure to include the name of the new site administrator. For a list of current sites and their administrators, please see below.
As with any data at Northeastern, you must be granted access to the information source to be able to supply data to your Tableau workbooks. Also, any publishers of Tableau workbooks to the Tableau Server are responsible for properly securing the contents via appropriate permissions. It is a best practice to supply Viewer (and/or Interactor) privileges to those who will see your Tableau workbook, and remove download (data or workbook) privileges. Please use the Data Classification guidelines as well as the Confidentiality of University Records policy when determining who should see the information you are providing. These and other helpful policies can be found on the policy page, and Best Practices for permissions can be found on the Northeastern Tableau user group site.
|University Decision Support||John Bielaus
|College of Science||(currently no site admin)|
|Social Sciences and Humanities||Dana Ritter|
|College of Arts, Media and Design||Mary Corluka|
|EMSA – Student Affairs||Robert Birichi|
|Enrollment Management – Undergraduate||Tyler Brenneman
Mary Katherine Holder
|D’Amore McKim School of Business||Michel Feldman
|Bouve College of Health Sciences||Ben Brown|
|College of Engineering||Adam Rodrigues
|Khoury College of Computer and Information Science||Jon Frederick|
|Information Technology Services||Narsing Akula|
|Student Financial Services||Warren Lord|
|Research Administration||Amanda Ramos|
|Global Experience Office||Ilia Xheblati|
|Human Resources||Nishchitha Thuljaram Yoganand|
|NU Classroom||Rana Glasgal|
|School of Law||(currently no site admin)|
|Teaching and Learning Group||Janna Ferguson
|College of Professional Studies||Melanie Kasparian
|Enrollment Management – Graduate/Professional||Tyler Brenneman
|University Library||Scott Carlisle
|External Affairs||Greg Houghton|
|Internal Consulting||Sakshi Suri
Fabio Yeboles Chen
|Facilities Operations||Jing Chen
|Husky Card Office||Henry Ayala
|Campus Planning||Jim Brand
|PhD Network||Rana Glasgal
|Office of Global Services||Tyler Brenneman|
|Housing and Residential Life||Ryan Evaul|