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I am an Alteryx partner and re-seller and your question is common. Each person that creates or modifies a workflow does need a designer copy to work with Alteryx. Typically, each analyst will have their own copy of the desktop designer and will publish their workflows to the server. While you can execute the workflows locally on your pc, the server affords you the ability to scale, share, schedule and govern the workflow processes. Along with these functions, the server allows you to publish analytic apps to the cloud and allow consumers of your analytics easy access to information.
If I can be of assistance to you, please PM me and I'd be happy to chat with you about Alteryx servers and designers.
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