Hi L M,
Tableau does not currently natively connect to SPSS. However, it may be possible to connect to SPSS using an ODBC driver.
So can you advise further about this---if you have data in SPSS including complicated labels etc, do you need to move that into Excel in order to analyze?
Yes, please advise a bit further on how to make this possible. There are no tutorials online how to connect Tableau to SPSS .sav files. I know there are many users of SPSS who want to directly connect Tableau to their spss files. Thank you.
You can export .sav file to excel, open your .sav in SPSS then File=>Save as=>Excel ( mark: Write variable names to spreadsheet) and click save like in this tutorial.
Your data in excel will be in cross tab, You have to make them more "Tableau friendly" by using Tableau Data Reshaper. Here is tutorial how to instal the Add-in.
Here is tutorial how to work with Data Reshaping Data Made Easy | Tableau Software
and film-tutorial showing the same http://www.tableausoftware.com/videos/survey-data
It's not the best solution, it's not automatical but just saying lol
Hope folks don't mind a late contribution to this discussion.
IBM SPSS does have both ODBC and JDBC drivers to query .SAV files. See this article for more information.
Leading operating systems are supported for ODBC, and JDBC is supported on virtually any java platform (I think 1.5 or newer).
Another late contribution but I am using the 9.0 data connector to SPSS via the "Statistical files" entry on the Connect menu. I was able to access my SPSS sav file easily.