The Ultimate Write Back Extension for Tableau

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Infotopics | Apps for Tableau is worldwide market leader in Tableau Extension Development and is proud to present a new extension: Write Back Extreme.

Tableau helps people see and understand data. They make sure that, in the process of exploring and analyzing data, there are no changes made to the data. Most analytics tools are based on strictly read-only technology. Sometimes however, you want to have the ability to add, delete or edit existing data behind a Tableau visualization and instantly see how those changes are reflected in the Viz.

Infotopics | Apps for Tableau developed the ultimate solution for these challenges and many other use cases and proudly presents to you:  Write Back Extreme. You’ll love it!

Example Write Back use cases

  • Budget & Forecasting

  • Collaboration & Annotation

  • Data corrections

  • WHAT-IF Scenario’s

  • Financial adjustments

  • Check Lists

  • Evaluations & Surveys

Write Back Extreme extension for tableau demonstration of Forecast use case


With Data Helper you can create a custom table from within your Tableau dashboard to store data and join it back in your Tableau dataset or use it in a different process. For example custom date periods or a list of internal codes which need to be managed on a monthly basis. Use this module to eliminate Excel based workflows and sheets floating around in your organization.

The Data Helper allows you to create, edit and delete records from your custom table, without changing existing data. This module has a lot of practical use cases like.

Write Back Extreme extension for tableau demonstration of Forecast use case


Tableau by default does not allow you to add data. When you want to add a forecast or play a What-If scenario, the Write Back Extreme extension allows you to add or change data that is connected to the visualizations present in your dashboard. You can see the changes and experience the impact and the data is safely stored in your database!

The animation illustrates the application of the ADD DATA module of the Write Back Extreme extension for Tableau in a Forecasting use case. By adding and writing back adjusted forecasts the effect of changes is visible in the Tableau visualization almost instantly. Of course the data additions can also be edited or deleted. No need to leave your Tableau dashboard to complete your forecasting workflow.

Write Back Extreme extension for tableau demonstration of Forecast use case


Some Data Quality use cases demand the changing of existing data in your database. For example if you have a dataset based on sensor data, you might want to correct existing values or add missing data points. The Write Back Extreme | Data Correction module allows you to just do that! Your dashboard users can perform data corrections directly from the dashboards where they detect the inconsitencies. With the full audit trails of the extension your changes to the data are secure and governed.


The Write Back Extreme extension supports three basic types of write back mechanisms. You can choose the module(s) you need to solve your use cases, and expand when you have the urge for other modules. The basic write back scenario’s are Add Data, Data Correction and Data Helper with a brief description below.


And increase the quality and efficiency of your processes. Since the Write Back Extreme extension eliminates the need for separate tools and files outside your Tableau environment, it automatically increases the quality and efficiency of the process results in your workflow by reducing process steps, eliminating manual process steps and keeping the focus of your users on the dashboard. In short: there is no need to jump to other systems or Excel, or even better, there is no need for other systems at all.

  • Eliminate Excel from your workflow

  • Save money

  • Eliminate spreadsheet risk and shared files

  • Stay in the context of your Dashboard

  • Easy to add or edit data in the viz

  • Help people to analyze easier and faster and collaborate

  • Take data driven actions and close the analytics loop

  • Make better and faster decisions

  • Make people smile

  • Easy. Governed. Secured. Audited.


The Audit trail of the Write Back extension enables you to monitor the changes made to the data. All changes made to any record through the Write Back Extreme extension are carefully recorded in a full audit trail. Besides the username also the old and new value of the changes are recorded as being part of the audit trail. Your Security and compliance team will love the auditing capabilities of the Write Back Extreme extension. The Write Back Extreme extension takes care of monitoring:

  • User that changed the record

  • The affected dashboard

  • The database table

  • The type of change

  • The actual change (old value – new value)

  • Date and time of the change

Besides the integrated audit trail, operation of the extension is also role based. Access to the advanced back-end system of the Write Back Extreme extension can be proteced or granted as a special permission. Creating database connections and Schemas for tables can be assigned as a separate privilege.


Currently we support different database platforms to write data back to. Our goal is to support as many platforms and use cases our customers can think of. If your preferred database platform is not yet natively supported by the Write Back Extreme extension, you can still use the Write Back Extreme extension with a supported secondary use database platform. The DATA HELPER and ADD DATA modules can integrate seamlessly with your existing datasources using a supported database platform like MySQL or MS SQL.

Microsoft MS SQL Database Platform

Microsoft SQL

✅ WBE version 1.0.0

MySQL Database Platform


✅ WBE version 1.0.0

PostgreSQL Database Platform


✅ WBE version 1.1.0

Snowflake Database Platform


✅ WBE version 1.1.0

Teradata database platform


expected in 2021 Q2

Getting started with our YouTube tutorials

To get you started we have set up a special Write Back Extreme tutorial playlist on our YouTube channel. Check it out and subscribe to our YouTube channel to learn, stay informed and have fun with extensions for Tableau! Below you can enjoy the getting started tutorials on the three basic modules Data Helper, Add Data and Data Correction.


Add a Helper Table to your Tableau Dashboards in which you can Add, Edit and Delete records. This comes in handy if you need to store trackers, manage items in a ToDo list or even conduct a Survey. Get rid of your manual Excel and Outlook workflows!


Add extra data to your existing visualizations to enable Forecasting, Annotations and much more. Your existing data is not overwritten. The new data is added in a linked but separate table that can be integrated in your visualizations with relations, blends and joins.


Change existing data directly from your dashboard in a secure and governed way. If you have the need for changing existing data, this is the module to go with! No manual database corrections on sensor data tables, just correct, edit or add data from your Tableau Dashboard. Stay in the Flow!


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Enterprise-Ready Security

When company policy or IT security requires an on-premise installation / integration of the extension, we can help you organize it. This is particularly useful when your Tableau Server is not granted internet access, or you need to be in full control of the usage and management of your extension.

On-premise installations allow you to be in control of infrastructure, privacy, governance, and to comply with company policies. It also allows the installation/hosting of several individual extensions. Please contact us for more information regarding on-premise installation of our extensions.

  • Be in full control of your extensions

  • Respect data governance policy

  • Comply with company security policy

  • Installation support (remote)

  • Excellent operational support (Tableau Gold Partner)

  • Updates managed by IT

  • No internet access required

WriteBackExtreme Management Console

The WriteBackExtreme extension offers a highly configurable and governance induced management console. The control room of the Extension is Password protected and allows authorized acces to different roles of users. Permissions can be carefully assigned to specific users in order to comply to your governance and security policies.

Dashboard Designers (Creators ) have the ability to create Schema’s in predefined Database connections. The schema’s can be created in the most flexible way. The authorized dashboard designer determines what fields will be presented and prompted to the dashboard users in your unique Write Back scenario. Stay in the Flow, Stay in Tableau, Create your Write Back Scenario in a secure and governed way.

The Apps for Tableau Write Back Extreme Management Console or Backend


October 27th we launched the WriteBackExtreme extension. If you missed the Launch event, have a look at the event’s recording.


  • Why Write Back in Tableau (3:30)
  • Use Cases (4:27)
  • Live demonstration of Write Back Extreme (9:37)
  • Customer Stories (4:54 & 7:30)
  • Offering (21:51)


How can we manage the jurisdiction to correct or add data ?2021-05-19T10:15:55+01:00

Within the management console administrators will be able to create groups and assign permissions to the groups. 

What databases are supported by the Write back extension?2021-05-19T10:15:47+01:00

We are currently supporting: MySQL, SQL Server, PostgreSQL  and Snowflake. But we are working on other databases. Check out more on our product page: https://appsfortableau.com/writebackextreme/

How can we set permissions and authorizations for the write back users?2020-10-29T09:17:37+01:00

We have developed a permissions system which is very similar to Tableau Server. You can set permissions on your schema’s for every group. These permissions will be pushed to the extension automatically.

A printable extension part is something Tableau needs to incorporate as other dashboard items can’t be printed. To connect to the backend data would still be possible to join or relate it to the other data and do something printable, right?2021-05-19T10:22:47+01:00
That is correct. Tableau is working really hard to make that possible. Luckely you can query, join or relate the Write Back data right into your dashboard and visualize it and then print it of course :).
Do we need licenses to deploy the extension in development and test environments?2020-10-29T09:21:56+01:00

No, you only need licenses for your production environment and you can use the extension on your development and test environment without extra need for licenses.

We like to do a proof of concept with the Write Back Extreme extension. How can we start?2020-10-29T09:36:40+01:00

If you want to start with Write Back Extreme, you can contact us to plan a meeting to talk about your use cases and have a live demo that meets your requirements.

We can grant you access to our online demo server and after a functional PoC we can also agree on an installation on your server if you like to use your own data, infrastructure and dashboards.

Currently we work with the Annotations extensions. Can we migrate to Write Back Extreme Add Data module?2020-10-29T09:25:51+01:00

Yes of course. You can migrate and use all the value of Write Back Extreme. We can migrate your Annotations subscription to the Write Back Extreme | Add Data module at no extra costs.

Which users in my Tableau environment need to be licensed to use the Write Back Extreme extension?2020-10-29T09:27:11+01:00

Only users that are actually going to interact with Write Back Extreme need to be licensed license, this includes all Tableau  Creators, Explorers and Viewers that are going to use the extension.

We would like to purchase a subscription to the Write Back Extreme extension. Is it possible to start with 1 module?2020-10-29T09:28:26+01:00

Yes that is possible. You can start with 1 module and if needed you can upgrade to 2 modules or 3. We also offer a discount for the second and third module.

When we have extra wishes or general improvements regarding the Write Back Extreme extension, how do we let you know?2020-10-29T09:30:10+01:00

We understand you might have some extra ideas and use cases that might be solved with this extension with a slight addition of functionality. You can email support@appsfortableau.com or use our information form.

Can we use 2 instances or 2 different schemas of the Write Back Extreme extension in the same dashboard?2020-10-29T09:31:23+01:00

Yes you can! And they can all integrate in one container on your dashboard.