We have new versions available for each of our main tools. Here’s a quick summary of what you can expect in each update:

Power Tools for Tableau: Server (v1.4)

  • New usage and chargeback reports
  • New Environment Overview dashboard
  • Improvements to the menu and user interface
  • Official support for Tableau v10.3
  • Beta support for Tableau v10.4

Power Tools for Tableau: Deployment (Download v1.28)

  • Published data sources can be dynamically selected through rules
  • New data source transformation for replacing table/schema names
  • New option to maintain ownership information for workbooks and published data sources
  • Official support for Tableau v10.3
  • Beta support for Tableau v10.4

Power Tools for Tableau: Desktop (Download v1.25)

  • Official support for Tableau v10.3
  • Beta support for Tableau v10.4

What’s New in Power Tools for Tableau: Server

Since our release of Power Tools: Server at the 2016 Tableau Conference in Austin, we have heard a significant number of clients requesting usage reports. Many of them are moving toward having a centrally managed service for a shared Tableau Server. This is particularly helpful for internal departments that don’t have tons of users. They may not be able to justify a huge expense for their own separate Tableau Server, but they are willing to join in with others and pay for what they use. This is why more and more organizations are handling cost-sharing for Tableau Server through a chargeback method.

It can take a long time to build out accurate reports on the breakdown of shared Tableau Server usage. The good news is that Power Tools: Server is already collecting this usage data for you. With this latest version, we now provide you with the ability to quickly calculate usage for a particular site or project.  You’ll start by entering the total cost that needs to be allocated. After that, you’ll enter the date range that needs to be assessed. You will then be able to see a breakdown by: extract disk space usage, view load times and extract refresh time.

This chargeback overview (shown below) is available as a Tableau workbook, and it utilizes an extract that is generated at the time of report creation. You will be able to modify this report or reuse the extract as needed.

There is also a detailed report that the user can access when they click on a project or site in the overview screen:

We’re also excited for everyone to check out the latest improvements to the menu/navigation in Power Tools: Server. In an effort to streamline the experience for the user, we have decided to merge the Tableau Overview and Server Overview dashboards. The result is a brand-new Environment Overview dashboard that looks like this:

Next to the overview, you’ll see a brand-new tab for Servers. This now has all the charts that were previously on the Server Dashboard and is focused on monitoring the hardware performance of your servers. By default, the charts will show aggregated performance data for your entire environment. You are also able to see charts for a specific server.

The third tab in this screen is another new section that we’ve called Insights. This tab will display the Slowest Views and Longest Extract Refreshes. You are now able to click the marks in these charts to quickly navigate to the underlying data!

Several other improvements have been made to the user interface in other parts of the application.

  • The Incidents list can now be filtered by incident type (using a filter control similar to what is used on the other list pages).
  • The Environment Selection screen now shows a helpful message when there are no environments created (instead of showing an empty screen).
  • VizQL commands (shown on the request detail pages) have been improved.
  • Dashboard charts now zoom immediately when selecting a time range on the chart.
  • Dashboard charts now have a minimum resolution of one minute (previously was one section) in order to decrease frequency of data gaps during periods of very high server load.

If you’d like to get started on a free trial of Power Tools: Server, we would be glad to get you on the installation schedule.

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Support for Tableau v10.3 and v10.4

With these latest versions of Server v1.4 / Deployment v1.28 / Desktop v1.25, you will now have official support for Tableau v10.3. Updates have also been made in all of these applications for Tableau v10.4, and beta support is included for that as well. Our standard practice is to support only the eight most recent releases of Tableau. Tableau v9.1 is now the minimum version of Tableau Server that we support.

What’s New in Power Tools for Tableau: Deployment

In order to boost the performance of the Deployment tool, we have made some improvements on how the application handles extracts. Workbook and data source downloads for read-only purposes (as in the case of transformation previews) will, when possible, omit downloading extract files to keep download file sizes smaller. This can drastically improve performance in some cases.

Some users were also experiencing timeouts while uploading/downloading very large extracts. There is now an option in the Advanced section of the Settings menu that allows the user to specify how quickly a timeout will occur during a lengthy upload or download process.

We’ve updated the selection process for published data sources. You’ll now have the option for rule-based selection (similar to how it can be setup in the workbooks section: by project, tag or publisher).  There is also now a selection rule for published data sources that will only select published data sources if they are being used by workbooks that have been selected for deployment.

In the data source transformations section, we added a Replace Table/Schema Name transformation. This can be used to replace all (or part) of a table name or schema prefix in connections that are supported.

The other big addition is the ability to maintain workbook and published data source ownership information after deployment. This now happens by default, and we will attempt to match usernames between source and destination servers. This can be disabled on a per-plan basis in the Plan Options screen.

See a Demo at TC17

If you are planning to be at the 2017 Tableau Conference in October in Las Vegas, we hope you’ll plan to stop by our booth and talk with us about these tools. We would be glad to schedule a time with you in advance and look forward to walking through a demo with you.

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