Announcing a new Actian ODBC Connector in the Tableau Extension Gallery By Chris Clark August 21, 2020 There’s now an easier way to connect to Avalanche from Tableau using the new Actian ODBC connector available in the Tableau Extension Gallery. Actian and Tableau have partnered for the past several years to deliver a seamless connectivity experience to our customers. To take advantage of Tableau’s latest analytical features, the two teams engaged in the development of an improved Tableau connector leveraging Tableau’s new Connector SDK. The benefits you will see with the new connector is support for Level of Detail (LOD) Expressions, no need for a TDC file, as well as a more streamlined connection dialog as well as easier updates when new features are added. The new connector is featured in the Tableau Extensions Gallery, where users can download the connector and quickly start their analysis in Tableau! The new connector for Avalanche is created and supported by Actian and is available for Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server. Users should get the latest connector from Tableau, but if you want to change how things work, you can pull the code down and modify it to suit your purpose. The Actian connector is open source so you can see how the sausage is made by checking out this link. There is also early access to a version of a JDBC based connector (the ODBC one is the recommended connector with Tableau). About Chris Clark Chris is the Engineering Manager for Connectivity, OpenROAD, Enterprise Access, and EDBC + occasional retrogamer. He has a background in frontline support, sustaining engineering, and new product development. Chris is focused on allowing existing customers to incrementally add to and improve existing systems whilst making it easy for new users to get up and running with new technology.