Manual inputs on Tableau – a whole new set of opportunities

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Tableau is the ideal tool to help establish a data-driven culture where insights are part of the business process. Going beyond business knowledge and combining it with facts is key to improving decision-making and, in the end, increasing efficiency and innovation. When going through this process, a wide adoption across multiple departments or teams is required in order to ensure the biggest positive impact.

Sometimes your systems won’t be ready with all the data you need, and this can represent a barrier to wider adoption, leaving users outside the process. Besides that, as part of your analytics process, you might simply want to have qualitative feedback from your users. This is when being able to input manually straight from your dashboard becomes critical. Making your dashboard more actionable and agile can really make the difference between having a wider adoption or being constrained with just a few processes. You might even consider using Excel for manual inputs but this requires users getting out of Tableau and losing control over your data, bringing the additional risk of creating data silos, which is really something you want to avoid.

You might even consider using Excel for manual inputs but this requires users getting out of Tableau and losing control over your data, bringing the additional risk of creating data silos, which is really something you want to avoid.

That is exactly what Write-Back allows you to do, as an extension for Tableau that enables you as a dashboard creator to easily configure it to display a form or table so that users can easily provide manual inputs while staying within the flow. The configuration is so easy to do or change that you can keep working normally with Tableau while you iteratively improve your dashboard both from a visual perspective and also with Write-Back for inputs. In the end, everyone is happy, business users have more flexibility and get more value from analytics on their decision-making processes, complementing any missing information or simply registering their opinions. Moreover, the analytics teams can also keep track of what users are doing, ensuring you can manage everything easily overall.

You can look at how this allows you to widen a whole range of opportunities and apply them with Tableau on new use cases, and while it looks really promising you may still feel concerned about security. Well, you don’t have to! Write-Back is installed on your infrastructure and leverages your database. This means that your data is always under your control. Besides this, it was designed taking the most demanding security requirements into consideration, making it an enterprise-grade product with multiple security mechanisms, including single-sign-on for authentication or others.

Final thoughts

If you are looking to foster a data culture and need more flexibility by retaining manual inputs and consequently making your analytics processes more actionable, Write-Back is the tool for you and it’s available on our website for a free trial!  Using the simple installer and Write-Back manager, you can get it set up in a few minutes and begin the change your company needs.