Getting Started with Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server


Tableau is easy-to-use data analytics software for exploring and visualizing data. Tableau places an emphasis on visual analytics, allowing you to move quickly from question to insight. 

Use Tableau Desktop authoring software to create dashboards, workbooks, and analyses using the University Data Warehouse, local databases, spreadsheets, text files, and more. This work can then be shared with University faculty and staff via the Tableau server available at All Pitt faculty and staff members have access to the Tableau Server. However, they will only be able to see dashboards and data for which they have permission.

Tableau Desktop users at Pitt meet monthly to share tips, techniques, and their work. If you receive a Tableau Desktop license, you’ll automatically be added to the invitation list for those meetings.



Tableau Products for Student, Instructor, Faculty, and Administrative/Staff Use

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Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep


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Instructors (for classroom and/or non-commercial research use)

Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep


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Staff, Faculty administrators (for administrative purposes)

Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep



Getting Started with Tableau is Easy

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2. Get started with Tableau by exploring sample Tableau data visualizations


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