Tableau Prep Conductor enables you to leverage the scheduling and tracking functionality available in Tableau Online to run your flows automatically to update the flow output. Tableau Prep Conductor is part of Data Management introduced in Tableau Online version 2019.1 and must be enabled to schedule your flows to run.

Note: Starting in version 2020.4, the Data Management is only required if you plan to run flows on a schedule or set up email notifications. You no longer need the Data Management to publish flows and manually run them on the web, and as a Creator, create and edit flows directly on your server.

You must be published your flows to Tableau Online before they can be scheduled to run. Publishing flows is similar to publishing data sources and workbooks. You can package files with the flow or specify a direct connection to data sources to update the flow input as data changes. If your flow connects to databases, specify the authentication type and set credentials to access the data.

You can also publish a flow to share it with others or to continue editing it on the web. For example, publish an incomplete flow to Tableau Online and then open the flow on the web in Edit mode to continue working on it. You could also create a flow with only Input steps (that are properly configured) and share it with co-workers who can then download the flow to their computers and create and publish their own flows.

For flows to run they must include output steps and have no errors or incompatible features. For more information about publishing a flow, see Publish a Flow to Tableau Server or Tableau Online(Link opens in a new window). For more information about incompatibility, see Version Compatibility with Tableau Prep(Link opens in a new window).

The following table shows the flow management features that are available with and without the Data Management and Tableau Prep Conductor enabled.

Data Management with Tableau Prep Conductor enabled No Data Management
  • View and monitor the details about your flow, including recent activity in the Content pages.

  • Edit your flow (starting in version 2020.4).
  • View the results of the flow runs and any errors in the Run History tab.

  • Use Administrative Views to monitor server and site activity including a new view that tracks flow performance history.

  • View detailed alerts for failed flow runs.

  • Set up email notification alerts to send emails to flow owners notifying them when the flow failed to run and why.

    For more information about setting up alerts, see Monitor Flow Health and Performance.

  • View the details about your flow, including recent activity in the Content pages.

  • Edit your flow (starting in version 2020.4).

  • View and edit your connections on the Connections tab.

Enabling Tableau Prep Conductor on Tableau Online

After you purchase and license Data Management, you must enable Prep Conductor on Tableau Online. For more information, see Enable Tableau Prep Conductor on your Tableau Online Site and License Data Management

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