Sending Textual content Messages Straight from Tableau Utilizing URL Motion
This month is « Motion Month » at Tableau, so here’s a little Tableau viz that makes use of a URL motion to ship textual content messages immediately from Tableau. On this viz I exploit 3 parameters. One for the telephone quantity, one for the message and one for the API Key wanted to ship messages. I then mix the three parameters collectively right into a URL with a dashboard motion. This viz requires an API Key from ClockworkSMS.com. The price to ship a textual content is 3 cents within the U.S., however additionally they provide textual content messaging in different international locations at totally different value factors. You may join free and get a 50 cent credit score to do that out. Additionally they have 2 further options that might be very helpful, one to permit « lengthy texts » and one other to restrict the texting capabilities to particular IP Addresses (set on their web site). The later might be very helpful as a management in order that the API Key might be printed with the viz.
Be aware that the parameters may be calculated fields, making the telephone quantity and textual content message pushed by the information and the API Key might be hard-coded right into a calculated discipline. This might be helpful as an « alert » button to ship a textual content alert (however nonetheless requiring somebody to execute an motion). For instance, possibly a report is up to date for a person after which a button is clicked to « Notify Consumer » by way of textual content message that the report is prepared.
Detailed directions on how one can construct this Tableau workbook can be found here.
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Jeffrey A. Shaffer
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