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Tableau Server

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Score 8.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Server

Tableau Server is awesome for creating easy to understand visualizations for busy executives. An analyst can be up and running with some cool visualizations fairly quickly. But, if you're thinking of using Tableau Server for real machine learning, this is not the tool.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Server
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Server
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Server
8.7
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Server
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Server
8.1
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Server
8.1
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Server
8.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Server
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Server
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Server
8.1
Publish to Web
Tableau Server
9.1
Publish to PDF
Tableau Server
8.1
Report Versioning
Tableau Server
7.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Server
8.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Server
7.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Server
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Server
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Server
8.5
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Server
7.2

Access Control and Security

Tableau Server
8.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Server
8.1
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Server
7.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Server
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Server
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Server
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Server
7.8
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Server
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Server
7.6
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Server
7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Server
7.5
REST API
Tableau Server
8.3
Javascript API
Tableau Server
8.1
iFrames
Tableau Server
7.8
Java API
Tableau Server
7.2
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Server
6.9
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Server
6.6

Pros

  • Allows for easy sharing of data and actionable insights with an extremely user-friendly visual interface
  • Acts as an environment to implement and enforce data governance with centralized and certified data sources
  • Easy to deploy, scale to our specific needs, and monitor
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Cons

  • Content Discovery can be challenging. Unless users have security to data sources or dashboards, they often don't know they are there.
  • Tableau Server doesn't natively support the ability to send PDF versions of dashboards to users that aren't Tableau Server users. An open source project was developed called VizAlerts that provides a workaround for this, but it should really just be built into the product.
  • There are no phone numbers to call if you need support. The only way to contact Tableau Support is via email. If we have an urgent problem we typically need to reach out to our account executive to get appropriate attention.
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Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Server9.1
Based on 19 answers
We will continue our use of Tableau server due to the following factors:- Cost effectiveness. This persists from year-to-year. Tableau consistently gives us the best value for the cost- Reliability. Tableau server has been rock-solid for our users, particularly during emergencies.- Innovation. You can bet that Tableau will release stable new versions on a regular basis.We have often experienced the need for a function in Tableau that will be included in a future release.
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Usability

Tableau Server9.0
Based on 11 answers
Great interface, allows for amazing flexibility in building visualizations. There are a few minor quirks that have to be learned though.
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Reliability and Availability

Tableau Server9.0
Based on 9 answers
Desktop has always worked perfectly. Server sees occasional issues, most of which will be solved by the IT department learning more about the best way to administrate and maintain it.
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Performance

Tableau Server8.1
Based on 8 answers
Server can lag a little - problem can be addressed by moving to core-based licensing but it's a significant cost jump over user-based.
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Support

Tableau Server9.1
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 Server8.0
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 Server9.0
Based on 9 answers
The sales consultants do an amazing job of introducing the tool and its capabilities. They are also helpful in explaining the layout of the desktop client and its different functionality.Keep in mind that they use a sample data source (MS Excel) with a very small amount of data to show off what it can do. What you have to remember is that you are buying the tool so that you can connect to large amounts of data (and possibly blend data together from different databases).
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Implementation

Tableau Server9.1
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 by far has the most intuitive interface and best out of the box looks for presentation. The speed of development and ease of development is unbeatable.
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Return on Investment

  • The foundation of our business was built largely using Tableau server - the overall value that Tableau has brought is hard to quantify. A lot.
  • One challenge we've encountered is when the server has experienced interface design changes. Since we use it as a part of a larger application, even minor layout changes have a negative impact on our environment.
  • The JavaScript API is a tad limited, so we've had to do some creative programming to work around those limits.
  • The (fairly) opaque underlying database structure puts additional limitations on our ability as an OEM/reseller partner. There are several metrics that would benefit us if we had more insight/access.
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Pricing Details

Tableau Server

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