Using subscriptions to deliver reports via e-mail
The Subscriptions feature is considered to be one among the most important features in Tableau’s interactive data visualization product. It is by far the easiest way to ensure that you review the most critical and valuable information on a regular basis. The information is shared via email once you have subscribed to a dashboard.
In Tableau, you can easily subscribe to reports that you need on a recurring basis. Subscribed dashboards/sheets will be delivered to your inbox in the form of a PNG image linked to jump directly to the interactive version of the dashboard.
Busy managers sometimes like to have their reports delivered. Tableau supports this through subscriptions. The user will be notified via e-mail when the report is updated. These schedules are defined by a server administrator, allowing administrators to ensure that any additional server load is balanced appropriately. Subscription e-mails also contains links to their live and interactive counterparts located on the server.
To subscribe to a report, a user follows these steps:
Log into tableau server.
Open the view or dashboard to which you wish to subscribe, or subscribe to an entire workbook by opening a single view or dashboard belonging to that workbook.
Click the subscribe icon on the top right corner of the dashboard. This is represented by the small e-mail icon on the left side of the download link.
This causes the subscribe dialog box to appear.
Select or enter the following values:
For TABLEAU SERVER users to receive subscriptions, the following things need to be in place:
How To Configure and Subscribe to Tableau Views & Workbooks
Step 1: Configure the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) server in Tableau from the Configuration Alerts and Subscriptions Section. Restart the server once the configuration is done.
The following screenshot shows a configuration for Gmail.
Step 2: Login to the Tableau Server and Create a New Schedule (Admin > Schedules >New).
Step 3: Open the workbook you wish to subscribe. Click on the subscribe icon (email icon just beside the download link on the top left of the screen).
Select the desired schedule from the drop down menu.
The content will give you two options:
Select the one you need to view on a regular basis. You can view the option from the image below:
Administrators subscription management
Allowing subscriptions on tableau server requires a few additional steps to be performed by an administrator. You can change these in the tableau server configuration to enable subscriptions using the following steps:
Creating subscription schedules
Administrators have to enable the subscription notification system on the tableau server in order for the feature to be available to users. To create subscription notification schedules, the administrator should follow these steps:
Define the desired schedule, ensuring schedule scope is set of subscriptions and click on the create schedule button to finish the definition.
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The Schedules page shows a list of schedules, including their name, type, what they’re for (scope), number of tasks, behaviour (concurrent or serial processing), and when they are scheduled to run.
1. To create a new schedule, click New Schedule:
2. To modify an existing schedule, select it, then click Edit:
3. Specify a descriptive Name for the schedule (for example, Every Saturday Morning, End of the Month).
4. Choose a Task Type the schedule will handle—either refreshing extracts or delivering subscriptions.
5. Optionally define a Default Priority from 0 to 100. This is the priority that will be assigned to the tasks by default. If two tasks are pending in the queue, the one with the higher priority runs first. See MANAGE REFRESH TASKS to learn more about modifying a task’s priority.
6. Choose whether the jobs in the schedule will run at the same time (Parallel, the default) or one after the other (Serially).
7. Finish defining or editing the schedule. You can define an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly schedule.
8. Click Save
Your users will now have the option to subscribe to workbooks and views using the schedule(s) you’ve defined. Like all the scheduled tasks you have the option to initiate them manually by using the run now option on the schedule page.
In the last two posts you’ve learned how to install tableau server and were introduced to the features available to tableau server users.
The next post is geared towards administrators who are charged with the responsibility of keeping information up-to-date and maintaining the environment. You will learn how tableau’s command line tools (tabadmin and tabcmd) can help you automate repetitive administrative tasks.
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