Accomplish the Impossible: Utilizing Feature Classes in Tableau
Over the last year, Tableau has made great strides in bulking up its processing capabilities, adding spatial data to its brunch menu. The ability to pull file types like shapefiles directly into Tableau provides data ambassadors with spatial analysis options unlike they have never seen before.
The caveat to this, however, is that the more advanced GIS user is locked out of the room. Those analysts who are using spatial data regularly are likely not using shapefiles. It is probable that they utilize data types like feature classes and tables, exclusively. These file types? They are not yet supported within Tableau, as of version 10.3.
To aide users in facilitating the round trip from ArcGIS to Tableau, we have developed Integrated Portage. Employed as an Add-In for ArcGIS, this toolkit quickly converts feature classes and tables into Tableau Data Extract (TDE) files as well as facilitates the import of Tableau exports into the ArcGIS environment. It offers a simple workflow for a complex task, providing you with data you can visualize to your heart's desire.
Don't just take my word for it. Check out the video below to learn more about how the application aides the user in their data viz endeavors, ArcGIS and beyond.