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Score 8.2 out of 101

Tableau Server

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Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Online

Tableau Online is appropriate for companies that want a scaleable and user friendly data visualization software and are willing to invest in this area given the price of the solution. It's not appropriate for scrappy companies who are looking to trim costs.
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Tableau Server

Tableau Server should be considered in organizations where you have several consumers of data and fewer creators. The licensing of the server will make you save and allow you to have some governance over your dashboards.In an environment where you have a lot of creators, the use of a server might not bring a lot of benefits, because creators using the desktop version can open and modify other people's dashboards.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Online
7.9
Tableau Server
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Online
7.7
Tableau Server
8.2
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Online
8.7
Tableau Server
8.9
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Online
7.2
Tableau Server
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Online
8.0
Tableau Server
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Online
8.0
Tableau Server
8.3
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Online
7.6
Tableau Server
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Online
7.9
Tableau Server
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Online
8.4
Tableau Server
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Online
8.1
Tableau Server
8.1
Publish to Web
Tableau Online
8.8
Tableau Server
9.2
Publish to PDF
Tableau Online
8.3
Tableau Server
8.1
Report Versioning
Tableau Online
7.7
Tableau Server
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Online
7.5
Tableau Server
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Online
8.4
Tableau Server
6.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Online
8.5
Tableau Server
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Online
9.1
Tableau Server
8.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Online
8.8
Tableau Server
8.6
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Online
7.7
Tableau Server
7.0

Access Control and Security

Tableau Online
8.6
Tableau Server
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Online
8.6
Tableau Server
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Online
8.5
Tableau Server
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Online
8.5
Tableau Server
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Online
8.8
Tableau Server
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Online
8.2
Tableau Server
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Online
8.3
Tableau Server
7.8
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Online
8.0
Tableau Server
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Online
8.1
Tableau Server
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Online
8.3
Tableau Server
8.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Online
7.5
Tableau Server
7.2
REST API
Tableau Online
8.4
Tableau Server
8.4
Javascript API
Tableau Online
8.4
Tableau Server
8.1
iFrames
Tableau Online
7.8
Tableau Server
7.6
Java API
Tableau Online
7.7
Tableau Server
6.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Online
6.5
Tableau Server
6.5
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Online
6.5
Tableau Server
5.9

Pros

Tableau Online

  • Easy to use and set up
  • Scales well within a growing organization
  • Works well with mobile or cloud based platforms
  • Easy to customize access for a variety of users
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Tableau Server

  • Tableau server's portal and general look is really convenient and pretty. Users feel comfortable using it.
  • The learning curve of Tableau Server from an end-user perspective is really short. For the creator of content, it is a little more complex but easy to learn. Tableau has really succeeded in creating a user-friendly software.
  • From an administration point of view, Tableau is great. Installation and housekeeping are really easy and quick.
  • Visuals are really appealing and will help "sell" your presentations.
  • Tableau allows connectivity to a huge selection of data sources and data formats.
  • Online training for software is free and of very good quality.
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Cons

Tableau Online

  • Expensive for small businesses and individuals
  • Custom formatting is a feature currently missing and would be great to add
  • Lacks report scheduling/emailing feature
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Tableau Server

  • Tableau doesn't (at least when I used it) have custom widgets or elements in the creation of dashboards. Its main competitor, Power BI, allows this. Because of that, some visualizations are challenging and need the use of advanced tricks that most users don't know about.
  • Tableau logs a lot of information, and sometimes, getting the right information from these logs when something goes wrong is challenging.
  • Tableau support is not the quickest. This sounds bad, but I have to specify that I very rarely had to contact them. However, when I did, the answer took a few more days than with other providers.
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Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Online

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 10.0
Based on 20 answers
It simply is used all the time by more and more people.Migrating to something else would involve lots of work and lots of training.The renewal fee being fair, it simply isn't worth migrating to a different tool for now.
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Usability

Tableau Online

Tableau Online 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Simple, easy and straighforward interface.
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Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 11 answers
Tableau Server is unbeatable at creating easy to use, interactive dashboards for busy executives. The software also saves time for the busy analyst that is tired of always using Excel. Tableau Server is a head and shoulders improvement over Excel.
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Reliability and Availability

Tableau Online

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 9 answers
Tableau Server is very stable. But Tableau desktop has crashed (or become unresponsive) on a few instances.
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Performance

Tableau Online

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 8.1
Based on 8 answers
Again, assuming that you are working with 100k rows of data or less, it works great. When you increase the number of rows of data by a magnitude of 5 or 10+, there is a significant deterioration in performance
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Support

Tableau Online

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.1
Based on 12 answers
I think the folks that work in support are generally pretty good at what they do (when you get them on a WebEx). But the process of reporting issues to them and waiting for a response (via email only) is a hassle. I never understood why you can't just call them up and discuss the issues with them. It would take a handful of email exchanges before they would agree to a WebEx session. That was frustrating.
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In-Person Training

Tableau Online

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 8.0
Based on 4 answers
In our case, they hired a private third party consultant to train our dept. It was extremely boring and felt like it dragged on. Everything I learned was self taught so I was not really paying attention. But I do think that you can easily spend a week on the tool and go over every nook and cranny. We only had the consultant in for a day or two.
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Online Training

Tableau Online

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 9 answers
The tutorials are self paced and self-explanatory.
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Implementation

Tableau Online

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.1
Based on 13 answers
My department was largely Excel and paper-based when I started, so there's been a tremendous amount of work to get the data into shape, so when I look at the overall implementation of our visualization and reporting infrastructure, I'm less satisfied. Tableau has been wonderful, the one place that would get me to a 10 is if it was easier to tune workbook performance on Tableau Server, there are a huge number of variables to deal with across the workbook/application/hardware stack. In a small environment like ours that takes more effort than I'd like.
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Alternatives Considered

Tableau Online

Tableau works quite differently when compared to Microsoft Power BI. When using Tableau to generate reports, you are required to define your data field first, run the query, and only then format the visualisation options you wish to include in your reports. This is quite opposite to how Microsoft Power BI operated.Also, if you are working with very large databases, it is advisable not to rely on Tableau because it can cause performance issues. Oracle BI would be a much more reliable choice for larger organisations.
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Tableau Server

There were a lot of reasons why we chose Tableau and the least is the cost but also the way Tableau stores data in the columnar fashion instead of in Cubes. We went through a painstaking selection process and at the end, came down to a couple of vendors and we ended up with the product that was least to pair up with Amazon Web Services to create a decent and cost-effective proof of concept and we landed with the solution we have today.
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Return on Investment

Tableau Online

No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

  • We believe that our deployment of Tableau Server has had a large positive ROI for emergency preparedness. While not formally calculated, we have done comparisons with other leading analytics vendors, and there is no competition - Tableau Server is clearly the value leader.
  • The major contributor to our positive ROI has primarily been the time to deployment and the time to adoption for critical visualizations and dashboards.
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Pricing Details

Tableau Online

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Tableau Server

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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