Tableau Embedded Analytics Playbook


Embedding Tableau content allows you to add the power of interactive visualization to external applications. Common use cases of embedding are:

The act of embedding a single dashboard or visualization into a single webpage is quite simple, but a well-engineered integration requries handling other things such as authentication, authorization, content management, and performance. Depending on your integration goals, you may require the use of a variety of features and techniques.

Below, you will find a summary of the key APIs and features that are used in embedded deployments. The rest of the playbook will then dive into the key embedding requirements, explain how to accomplish those requirements, and supply you with resources necessary to get up and running.

Key features and APIs:

JavaScript API - API for embedding and programmatically interacting with individual dashboards. Useful for customizing the user experience of interacting with a dashboard and integrating with the functionality of the embedding application.

REST API - API for querying and managing Tableau Server or Tableau Online content and users. Useful for integrating the user management of Tableau Server with the user management of the embedding application, managing Server content and permissions based on the state of your application, querying Server metadata so the correct information is displayed to your user, and automating the management of Tableau Server amongst many other applications.

Trusted Authentication/Trusted Tickets - Method for Single Sign-On for embedded views. If users of your application sign in, when they attempt to access Tableau content, trusted authentication will allow you to pass their credentials to Tableau Server so they do not see a Tableau Server signin page.

SAML, OpenID, Active Directory, Kerberos - For environments that already use one of these systems, they can be leveraged to achieve Single Sign-On (and to leverage database security in the case of Kerberos).

Salesforce Canvas Adapter - Application to enable Single Sign-On when embedding in Salesforce. Embedding Tableau views into Salesforce gives you the insight of Tableau dashboards where sales people are spending their time, filtered to the correct account/opportunity/etc. To enable the use of trusted authentication or SAML in Salesforce, you must set up this middle-ware adapter.

Mobile App Bootstrap - Samples/Templates for embedding in mobile apps. A great way to get up and running if you have mobile apps and want to include Tableau content or if you want a customized mobile experience for Tableau.

Document API - API for updating data source connection information. Allows you to build content once (i.e. templates) in the scenario that you have many, structurally similar, databases for multi-tenancy or dev/test/prod scenarios.

User Filtering - Functionality for securely filtering a workbook based on the Tableau Server or Online login information. In multi-tenant scenarios, if you have a single database for multiple users or clients, you can use user filters to have the same content apply to the different clients, ensuring each user can only see the rows that he or she has access to.


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