BI connector is an innovative technology that acts the bridge between Tableau and OBIEE. It seamlessly manages the messages between these two platforms and ensures that they are compatible with each other.  BI Connector is a unique connector in the following ways:

  1. It is designed for self-service, easy installation, and configuration.  Installation is similar to the installation of an ODBC driver. BI Connector Desktop Edition is installed on the PC with Tableau Desktop.  BI Connector Server Edition is installed on the Server with Tableau Server. 
  2. BI Connector is designed for easy Tableau connection to OBIEE and is simple to use similar to other ODBC sources in Tableau from "Other Data Sources".  But, it is different from native ODBC driver and advantageous in four significant ways.  You can read about them here
  3. Once installed, BI Connector allows Tableau users to securely connect to the OBIEE Presentation Layer using their own username/password.  Users can then view the Subject Areas that they have access to and visualize them in Tableau. 

Check out our blog on how BI Connector makes discovery of OBIEE subject areas in Tableau Desktop effortless.