What’s New in Tableau Online

This topic contains an overview of some of the key new features added in Tableau Online.

Tableau Online Release Notes(Link opens in a new window) | Known Issues(Link opens in a new window)

Web authoring and interacting with views

For new features and enhancements related to web authoring and interacting with views, see What's New in Tableau Desktop and Web Authoring(Link opens in a new window). For more topics related to those tasks, see Using Tableau on the Web(Link opens in a new window).

What's new in June 2021

Tableau with MFA

As the security landscape evolves, and threats that can compromise user credentials grow more common, it's important to implement strong security measures to protect your organisation and users. If your organisation doesn’t work directly with an single sign-on (SSO) identity provider (IdP), you can enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) with Tableau authentication to better secure your user sign-in process.

For more information, see one of the following:

Streamlined site settings for Ask Data

Streamlined site settings for Ask Data now disable or enable the feature site-wide for all data sources. If it's enabled site-wide, indexing frequency remains customisable for each data source. For more information, see Disable or Enable Ask Data for a Site.

Organise items in a collection

Collections are like playlists that let users organise content in a way that is meaningful to them. Viewers, Explorers and Creators can all create and share collections. For more information, see Organise Items in a Collection.

Note that if you participated in the limited preview for collections, the site setting to control public collections no longer exists. Now, permissions for collections are controlled in the same way as other types of content. For more information, see Permissions for Collections.

Create workbooks with Salesforce data

You can now integrate Salesforce data into Tableau Online to create starter content for users on your site. Once you connect to Salesforce, Tableau publishes ready-to-use workbooks and data sources to help jump start analysis into your Sales and Service Clouds. For more information, see Create Workbooks with Salesforce Data.

Configure settings for extracts in web authoring

You can now configure settings for extracts that you create in Web Authoring. Optionally, configure options to tell Tableau how to store, define filters for and limit the amount of data in your extract. For more information, see Create Extracts on the Web.

Bring Einstein Discovery predictions into your Prep flows on the web

Beginning with version 2021.2, you can bring prediction models built in Einstein Discovery directly into your Prep flows on the web.

Note: You must have a Salesforce licence and user account that is configured to access Einstein Discovery to use this feature.

With the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence, you can bulk score your flow data and generate new fields for predicted outcomes at the row level, as well as add top predictors and recommended improvement fields to include data about which fields contributed to the predicted outcome. Add a Prediction step to your flow, sign in to Einstein Discovery, choose from deployed models and apply them to your flow data. Then generate your flow output and use the new data source to analyse the predicted outcomes in Tableau. This feature was first introduced in Tableau Prep Builder in version 2021.1.3. For more information, see Add Einstein Discovery Predictions to your flow(Link opens in a new window) in the Tableau Prep help and Create and Interact with Flows on the Web.

Multiple analytics extensions in a site

Beginning with version 2021.2, you can now create multiple analytics extensions connections for each site. This means that organisations with different language or connection requirements can use analytics extensions on the same Tableau Server site, with different workbooks using different connections. For more information on configuring analytics extensions for your site, see Configure Connections with Analytics Extensions. For details on using analytics extensions, see Pass Expressions with Analytics Extensions(Link opens in a new window) (Tableau Desktop and Web Authoring Help).

Note: As of 2021.2, Einstein Discovery analytics extensions are still limited to one per site.

Share explanations from Explain Data in published dashboards

Explain Data has a reimagined user interface optimised for a broader audience of business users. Authors (Creators or Explorers with editing permissions) can now enable Explain Data for viewers of dashboards and sheets in published workbooks. Viewers can select a mark of interest in the view and run Explain Data to explore their data more deeply than before.

Access to Explain Data in viewing mode is not enabled by default, so authors will need to enable this option. For information on how to enable Explain Data in viewing mode, see Enable Explain Data in viewing mode in published workbooks and dashboards.

For more information on Explain Data, see Discover Insights Faster with Explain Data, Get Started with Explain Data and Requirements and Considerations for Using Explain Data.

Configure custom OAuth

As a site admin, you can now configure custom OAuth clients for your site to override default OAuth clients. For more information, see Configure custom OAuth.

Keep more data fresh using Bridge

Bridge adds support for the following connectors:

  • Alibaba AnalyticsDB for MySQL
  • Alibaba Data Lake Analytics
  • Databricks
  • Denodo
  • Impala
  • Kyvos

For more information about Bridge connectivity, see Connectivity with Bridge.

Explore new Admin Insights data sources

Get more visibility into your Tableau Online site with new Admin Insights data sources. You can now connect to the Groups data source to identify the group membership of users or the Site Content data source for governance information about content items on your site. For more information, see Use Admin Insights to Create Custom Views.

Tableau Catalogue – part of the Data Management Add-on

Add Field Descriptions - You can add descriptions for fields in a published data source that then display in the Description column on the data source page Lineage tab. You can also see the description on the Data tab when you build a visualisation. For more information, see Describe fields in a published data source in the Tableau Desktop and Web Authoring Help.

Data Quality Warning Updates

  • Formatted text support for warning messages - When you create or edit a data quality warning message, you can format the text with bold, underline and italics and include a link or an image. For more information, see Set a Data Quality Warning.
  • Message required for warnings - When you create a data quality warning, you're now required to enter a message to display to users. (This doesn't apply to warnings generated when you set Tableau to monitor for extract refresh or flow failures.) For more information, see Set a Data Quality Warning.

Inherited descriptions appear in Tableau Desktop - When a description for a field exists upstream from the field, it now appears in Tableau Desktop with information about where the description is inherited from. For more information, see Describe fields in a published data source in the Tableau Desktop and Web Authoring Help.

Full table name appears - The table's full name has been added to the table page.

Filter by tags - You can now filter databases, files and tables by tags in the Connect To dialog box.

Filter by embedded or non-embedded - On the External Assets page, you can filter databases, files and tables by asset category: embedded or non-embedded.

Create parameter actions on the web

You can now create parameter actions in both Tableau Online and Tableau Server. When you create a parameter action, you customise how data is displayed in your viz. And users can change a parameter value by interacting directly with your viz. For more information, see Parameter Actions(Link opens in a new window).

Create set actions on the web

You can now create set actions in both Tableau Online and Tableau Server. Use sets to define a subset of data, and then use set actions to control how members in a set compare to other data in the view. For more information, see Set Actions(Link opens in a new window).

Thanks for your feedback!