Guest blog post by Rahul Motwani, Sr. Product Manager at Tableau Software

Tableau has announced support for both Citrix Endpoint Management and Microsoft Intune for Tableau Mobile using the AppConfig approach. Tableau has been associated with the AppConfig community since 2016. For our enterprise customers, this means that you can now securely deploy, configure and manage Tableau Mobile through the mobile device-management (MDM) platforms. These MDM platforms, also commonly known as Enterprise Mobility-Management (EMM) platforms, let you customize the Tableau experience including sign-in, configure app policies, and provide additional security and governance controls.

Tableau is now Citrix Ready verified with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix Endpoint Management. To get started with Tableau Mobile on Citrix Endpoint Management, we recommend IT administrators use the following approach:

  1. Secure communication with Tableau Server: If you use Tableau Server, first configure your network so mobile users can securely connect to confidential data. For details, see secure communication between Tableau Mobile and Tableau Server.
  2. Create a per-app Virtual Private Network (VPN) profile: For maximum security with MDM platforms, we recommend that you use a VPN. Then apply specific traffic rules to Tableau Mobile by creating a per-app VPN profile. To help you configure the VPN options, see Citrix Endpoint Management – VPN Device policy.
  3. Add the Tableau Mobile app to your internal app store: To make Tableau Mobile available to users from your internal app store, add it to your MDM catalog using the guidance outlined in the Citrix Endpoint Management – Add a public app store app.
  4. Customize Tableau Mobile using AppConfig (for iOS only): Custom app configuration is controlled by key/value pairs, which each MDM system handles a bit differently. To get started, refer to the Citrix Endpoint Management – App configuration device policy.

For the app configurations that are available for Tableau Mobile, see the complete list of key/value pairs here.

More flexibility to securely manage analytics on the go

Tableau Mobile is one of the fastest, most delightful way to stay on top of your data on your tablet or phone. It makes it easy for your entire organization to get access to data securely while on the go. With this announcement, Tableau Mobile now supports the most prevalent MDM platforms in the industry, which reiterates our commitment to enterprise customers and furthers our mission of helping you see and understanding your data in a secure way while being mobile.

For organizations that haven’t invested in a MDM solution, users can simply download the Tableau Mobile app from public app stores, including iTunes and Google Play, and then connect directly to either Tableau Server or Tableau Online. Tableau supports both of these enterprise deployment strategies.

Learn more about Tableau on the Citrix Ready Marketplace. To know how to plan your Tableau Mobile deployment, download our white-paper.

This announcement was originally sourced by Tableau.