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VA Technical Reference Model v 21.8

Tableau Server
Tableau Server Technology

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Description: Tableau Server is a business analytics platform that is part of the Tableau workflow. This technology enables browser-based users to view and edit Tableau workbooks and dashboards published to the server from Tableau Desktop.

Tableau Server is hosted on VA premises and has the ability to access and pull data from multiple VA-supported data sources. This technology does not manipulate data within the data source. Views published to Tableau Server are interactive and may have a live connection to a database. As users interact with the views in a web browser, the data that is queried gets stored in a cache. Subsequent visits will pull the data from this cache if it is available, and caching can be configured to query the database as frequently or infrequently as needed. For most data connections, a server name and authentication information are required; some data connections support specifying an initial Structured Query Language (SQL) command to configure custom data environments and temporary tables to use during the session. Additionally, Tableau Server is available as a mobile application and can be optionally deployed in cloud environments including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud.

The TRM decisions in this entry only apply to technologies and versions owned, operated, managed, patched, and version-controlled by VA. This includes technologies deployed as software installations on VMs within VA-controlled cloud environments (e.g. VA Enterprise Cloud (VAEC)). Cloud services provided by the VAEC, which are listed in the VAEC Service Catalog, and those controlled and managed by an external Cloud Service Provider (i.e. SaaS) are not in the purview of the TRM. For more information on the use of cloud services and cloud-based products within VA, including VA private clouds, please see the Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office (ECSO) Portal at: https://dvagov.sharepoint.com/sites/OITEPMOECSO

This entry covers the Desktop Edition of this technology and not any mobile versions. Please note that the implementation of mobile technology applications that operate on Mobile Operating Systems must be reviewed and approved by the Mobile Technology and Endpoint Security Engineering Team: http://vaww.eie.va.gov/SysDesign/CS/MT/default.aspx
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has been assessed by the Section 508 Office and found non-conformant. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov. Please see reference tab for more information concerning product versions.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v20.6
Decision Date: 06/24/2020
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Tableau Software
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (06/24/2020).