Bytes Software Services

Tableau Online Platform

Tableau Online is your self-service SaaS visual analytics platform fully-hosted in the cloud. bsscloud


  • Visual Analytics. Interactive, Creative, Analytical, Human, Perception, Insight, Science, Cognition
  • Hosted. Maintained, Administered, Upgrade-free, Dublin Data-Centre, Compliant, Trust, Available
  • Secure. AD, SAML, SSL, Authentication, Authorisation, Row-Level-Security, 2FA, SSO, Monitored
  • Platform. Valuable, Mobile, App, Device, Scale, Author, Collaborate, Share, Enterprise
  • Data Access. Spatial, Relational, Real-Time, Drivers, Unstructured, Cloud-based, On-Premise
  • Data-Science. R, Python, Open-Source, Advanced, Statistics, Forecast, Cluster, What-if, Parameterise
  • Prep. Re-structure, Pivot, Union, Join, Transform, Flow, Repeatable, Clean, Integrate
  • Automation through API, REST, Extract, Javascript, Extension, Write-Back, Bi-directional interface
  • Create ANY chart: Small Multiples, Heatmap, Bullet, Time-Series, Sankey, Bubble
  • Seventy Connectors. Applications (e.g.Anaplan), Files (e.g.JSON), Relational, 'Big'


  • Governance. Security, Consistent, Access, Permissions, Certified, Source, Protected, Audited, Alert
  • Creative. Flexible, Intuitive, Public, Community, Storytelling, Guided
  • Pedigree. Stanford, Stephen, Few, Disruptive, Gartner, Leader, Community, User-Group, Tufte
  • Time-Saving. Fail-Fast, Agile, Iterate, Collaborate, Inclusive, Quick-Start, Accelerate
  • Self-Serve. Empower Workforce, Browser-based, Question, Immediate Answers, Web-Authoring, Subscribe
  • Lower Cost. TCO, Efficient, Revenue-generating, Cost-reducing, Value, Subscription, Operational
  • Evolution. Data-driven, Not Opinion-based, Strategic, Decentralise, Adoption, Transformational


£0 to £1000 per user per year

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Service scope

Service scope
Software add-on or extension No
Cloud deployment model Public cloud
Service constraints No specific constraints
System requirements
  • Minimum Browser versions: Chrome, IE(v11), Firefox, Safari (iOS8.x)
  • Mobile Apps (Available from App Store or Play Store)
  • Up to 100GB storage available (per Site)

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times Details of Support Services are available at Case acknowledgement target is 4hrs. Standard support is 8am - 5pm Mon - Fri. Other options available on request.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility None or don’t know
Phone support No
Web chat support No
Onsite support Yes, at extra cost
Support levels Standard support is provided to every Tableau Online customer at no extra charge as part of their subscription agreement.
Support available to third parties Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started Tableau provides a great deal of training material and supporting collateral that is publicly available on the web. In addition we have a range of training courses that cover use and administration of the software. For example: Free training videos, free online training presentations, e-learning, classroom-based courses, on-site courses and virtual courses.

Another relevant aspect here is the huge community of partners, users, fans and collaborators across the world who regularly support Q&A forums and provide blog articles and other information that contributes to a collective body of knowledge that our customers find very valuable as they are developing their own skills.

In addition to this, Tableau can be engaged to provide Professional Services for a fee, with a bespoke engagement defined and conducted in accord with the customer's requirements.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats HTML
End-of-contract data extraction Users have full control over the content (including published workbooks and data extracts) that they choose to put into the Tableau Online Platform and they can regenerate, drop, download or retract these at any time.

Users can request a full copy of their data at the end of their contract which they could then restore to a local server if required.

As stated in our Terms of Service, once a Site is terminated all data, content and related metadata will be removed and is not recoverable.
End-of-contract process No additional cost. At the end of a subscription period, if a customer does not renew, then they will find their license is no longer active and all users in the organisation will be unable to publish, access or interact with any content in their Tableau Online Site.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface Yes
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari 9+
Application to install Yes
Compatible operating systems
  • Android
  • IOS
  • Linux or Unix
  • MacOS
  • Windows
  • Windows Phone
Designed for use on mobile devices Yes
Differences between the mobile and desktop service Published Tableau content can be accessed and edited via a web browser running on any PC or device. The user experience and interaction is defined by the Creator who published.

In addition Tableau provides a free mobile App so that when users access published content from iOS or Android devices the interaction and display is adapted to suit the touch-screen experience.
Service interface Yes
Description of service interface N/a
Accessibility standards None or don’t know
Description of accessibility The Tableau Platform as a whole does not fully comply with this standard, however the individual dashboards that are published can be made to be fully compliant, at the Creator's discretion.

We maintain various help pages and knowledge base articles to assist Creators with this task, under the heading of 'Building data views for accessibility
Accessibility testing Question to be sent to UX testing team.
What users can and can't do using the API Several APIs available to automate or enhance aspects of the standard platform: REST, Extract, Document, Javascript, Web Data Connector and Extensions (in beta May18).

A small number of specific functions are not relevant (or available) when using the Tableau Online Platform as they relate to the Tableau Server (hybrid-cloud) Platform instead. These differences are clearly identified in the online help pages. For example, search online for 'Tableau onlinehelp API Reference'.

The REST API can be used for managing users, groups and sites, updating workbooks or datasources and Integrating Tableau content with a custom app or portal.

Extract API can be used to create data extracts that improve performance and provide offline access to data.

Document API is used to create and deploy templates or migrate workbooks from test to production data sources.

Javascript API for embedding Tableau into custom web applications. Allows a bi-directional communication between Tableau and the host application.

Web Data Connector: connect to any data via HTTP/HTTPS, providing an HTML interface to end-user, storing into data extracts. Also allows automatic refreshes and authentication.

Extensions API can open up a range of capabilities from 'write-back' to custom interface options and bi-directional communication between Tableau and guest application.
API documentation Yes
API documentation formats
  • HTML
  • Other
API sandbox or test environment Yes
Customisation available Yes
Description of customisation The purpose of the Tableau Online Platform is to allow customers to create their own analytics, reports and dashboards, each of which is customised to meet specific needs. Automation can be applied to the platform through the use of APIs. In addition the interface can be adapted and tailored to reflect customer branding. At an individual level the users can personalise their experience through the use of favourites, selected 'home pages', custom filter settings on views, etc.


Independence of resources The Tableau Online Platform uses technical infrastructure hosted and maintained in our EU (Dublin) data centre, and we constantly monitor activity to ensure that peak periods are supported by appropriate levels of processing power so that slow-down does not occur as a result of increased activity. We publish a daily (historic) report of service availability and planned maintenance at


Service usage metrics Yes
Metrics types A Site Administrator has access to the following service status reports (displayed using Tableau interactive analytics and charts):
Traffic to views/data sources/'Bridge-connected' data sources (i.e. where data originates within your network), Actions by users, Scheduled task activity, Stats for space usage.
Reporting types Real-time dashboards


Supplier type Reseller providing extra support
Organisation whose services are being resold Tableau

Staff security

Staff security
Staff security clearance Staff screening not performed
Government security clearance None

Asset protection

Asset protection
Knowledge of data storage and processing locations Yes
Data storage and processing locations European Economic Area (EEA)
User control over data storage and processing locations No
Datacentre security standards Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency At least once a year
Penetration testing approach Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest Physical access control, complying with SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Data sanitisation process No
Equipment disposal approach In-house destruction process

Data importing and exporting

Data importing and exporting
Data export approach The Tableau Online Platform allows data to be exported in various ways. If using Tableau Prep (included in the platform) then a data flow can produce an output in .csv .tde or .hyper format. Creators can export data to csv from any chart they are working with. Explorers and Viewers can (depending on user permissions) export data from a dashboard or chart they have access to.
Data export formats
  • CSV
  • Other
Other data export formats
  • .tde
  • .hyper
Data import formats
  • CSV
  • Other
Other data import formats
  • Files, databases, web data connectors and applications.
  • Search for 'Tableau Connect to your data' for current list

Data-in-transit protection

Data-in-transit protection
Data protection between buyer and supplier networks TLS (version 1.2 or above)
Data protection within supplier network TLS (version 1.2 or above)

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability Tableau does not guarantee a particular level of availability for the Tableau Online Platform. We publish stats showing current (and last 30 days) levels of performance and maintenance breaks on the internet at

No refunds are provided as a result of degraded service.
Approach to resilience This information is available on request. For a summary please access the Tableau White Paper: 'Tableau Online Security in the Cloud'
Outage reporting A public dashboard is available at

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication needed Yes
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Username or password
  • Other
Other user authentication Only users you explicitly add to your site have access to your content and workbooks. Administrators that you designate are responsible for all account management functions including adding and removing users and assigning permissions. Account management is completely in your control.

SAML allows administrators to configure their site for single sign on using their own SAML 2.0 capable identity provider (IdP). For additional information refer to the Site Authentication section of the Online Product Guide.

Note: Features related to SAML and single sign-on are currently only available by request. To request these features, contact Tableau Support.
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels Access to the configuration settings for the platform and to published content is dependent on the Role of the user (determined at the Authentication login step), and the Security permissions model put in place by the customer's Site Administrator. There are many capabilities that are limited in this way, from the ability to download a particular dataset to the capability of publishing an item to the shared environment. For more details search the Tableau Online Help pages for 'Content Permissions and Ownership'
Access restriction testing frequency At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Username or password

Audit information for users

Audit information for users
Access to user activity audit information Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for Between 1 month and 6 months
Access to supplier activity audit information No audit information available
How long system logs are stored for Between 1 month and 6 months

Standards and certifications

Standards and certifications
ISO/IEC 27001 certification No
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification No
PCI certification No
Other security certifications No

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security Yes
Security governance certified Yes
Security governance standards Other
Other security governance standards Control procedures for our Tableau Online service are verified in a SOC 2 Type II report prepared under terms of the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 (SSAE 16) and the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) No. 3402. Tableau Online SSAE 16 report is available upon request.
Information security policies and processes Our customers, employees, and business partners trust Tableau to responsibly protect the data and systems under our care. The Tableau Information Security (InfoSec) Team are responsible for creating and maintaining the policies and systems that ensure this is done in line with our Information Security Policy, Employee Handbooks and Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.

Operational security

Operational security
Configuration and change management standard Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach The assumption has been taken that this question does not relate to the internal process and operation of the company. In terms of the release of software updates to the Tableau Online Platform, Tableau now operates a cadence where updates are made available roughly 4 times per year, on a quarterly basis. For the hosted solution the updates are made directly without significant downtime or loss of service to the customer.
Vulnerability management type Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach The Tableau Security team cares deeply about the security of our products and the data that our customers entrust to us. We will thoroughly investigate any reported vulnerability that jeopardizes either. Once a vulnerability is fully investigated and its content addressed, we will work with you to disclose the vulnerability in a way that acknowledges your work and protects our customers.

All security-related notifications will be announced to our customers via the Security Bulletins community page: This page also details our response to Internet-wide vulnerabilities that impact Tableau products, release notes about security bug fixes and disclosed vulnerabilities.
Protective monitoring type Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach In relation to Tableau Online Platform, there is no specific Protective Monitoring standard in place. Where highly-sensitive, high-impact customer data is concerned our recommendation would be to implement the Tableau Server (Hybrid-Cloud) Platform where the customer's own security standards and policies will apply.
Incident management type Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach For internal incident management, Tableau uses an industry-leading ticket-tracking platform that conforms to the ITIL standard.

Secure development

Secure development
Approach to secure software development best practice Supplier-defined process

Public sector networks

Public sector networks
Connection to public sector networks No


Price £0 to £1000 per user per year
Discount for educational organisations Yes
Free trial available Yes
Description of free trial A fully-operational instance of the Tableau Online Platform can be made available on a trial basis for a short duration.
Link to free trial Visit

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