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Accomplish the Impossible: Utilizing ArcGIS Feature Classes in Tableau's Data Visualization Software

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 Geographic Information System (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.


Integrated Portage is an Add-In for ArcGIS built to assist users working with both ArcGIS and Tableau software secure an easier transition in their data workflows. With specialized tools, it allows users to convert spatial data files to formats, like Tableau Data Extracts (TDEs), consumable by Tableau as well as convert Tableau files to formats used by the ArcGIS platform. For more information about this toolkit, visit the Solutions page or go to the Solution Shop to purchase now.


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