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Tableau Server

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Tableau Server

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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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Tableau Online

Tableau is a great tool for dashboard creation & also a powerful platform to slice and dice data in various dimensions to analyze and derive insights. However, if data visualization is not your main use of the platform and you need features like predictive modeling, then Power BI might be a more relevant choice.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Server
8.2
Tableau Online
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Server
8.0
Tableau Online
7.6
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Server
8.7
Tableau Online
8.6
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Server
7.9
Tableau Online
6.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Server
8.1
Tableau Online
7.8
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Server
8.1
Tableau Online
7.9
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Server
8.1
Tableau Online
7.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Server
8.0
Tableau Online
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Server
8.3
Tableau Online
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Server
8.1
Tableau Online
7.9
Publish to Web
Tableau Server
9.1
Tableau Online
8.7
Publish to PDF
Tableau Server
8.1
Tableau Online
8.3
Report Versioning
Tableau Server
7.8
Tableau Online
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Server
8.5
Tableau Online
7.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Server
7.0
Tableau Online
7.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Server
8.1
Tableau Online
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Server
8.6
Tableau Online
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Server
8.5
Tableau Online
8.6
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Server
7.2
Tableau Online
7.4

Access Control and Security

Tableau Server
8.2
Tableau Online
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Server
8.1
Tableau Online
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Server
7.9
Tableau Online
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Server
8.3
Tableau Online
8.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Server
8.4
Tableau Online
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Server
7.8
Tableau Online
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Server
7.8
Tableau Online
8.1
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Server
7.8
Tableau Online
7.6
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Server
7.6
Tableau Online
7.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Server
7.9
Tableau Online
8.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Server
7.5
Tableau Online
7.3
REST API
Tableau Server
8.3
Tableau Online
8.0
Javascript API
Tableau Server
8.1
Tableau Online
8.2
iFrames
Tableau Server
7.8
Tableau Online
7.5
Java API
Tableau Server
7.2
Tableau Online
7.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Server
6.9
Tableau Online
6.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Server
6.6
Tableau Online
6.5

Pros

  • Tableau is perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing software to create beautiful visualizations that get updated in real-time. I wish this software had been around 20 years ago.
  • Tableau Server makes sharing visualizations across the organization seamless. I don't think I could do my job without it.
  • Tableau Server is used to create interactive daily reports, updated automatically and in an interactive style.
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  • Tableau Online makes it easy to visualize raw data into easy-to-understand charts and graphs.
  • Tableau Online allows me to connect to and access our data from anywhere, not having to rely on the application only running on a local machine.
  • Tableau Online allows us to provide meaningful material, regarding data, internally and externally, where necessary, at a moment's notice.
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Cons

  • Tableau Server is sometimes referred to as simply Microsoft Excel with a power boost. I understand the reason analysts say this. It is because the software is almost exclusively a visualization software. If you're looking for truly advanced analytics combined with cutting-edge visualization, Tableau Server isn't it.
  • Tableau Server limits the type of graphs a user can create. There are numerous workarounds for different graph types, but they are not easy to implement.
  • Tableau Server can sometimes be slow to render graphics with lots of data and calculated fields.
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  • One downside of being online is that you're required to be connected to update data. This connectivity isn't always applicable - airplanes, subway, etc.
  • An automatic connection between Tableau Online and Tableau Desktop, with bi-directional sync, would be a great addition to the platform.
  • Having training material, that's more aligned with our business goals, would be ideal.
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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
While Tableau has the highest ease of use for analysis, the data set has to be ready for that and Tableau hasn't (yet) brought that ease of use to the ETL process.
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Tableau Online8.2
Based on 1 answer
Simple, easy and straighforward interface.
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Reliability and Availability

Tableau Server9.0
Based on 9 answers
I use Tableau for one to several hours per day, every day, and it almost never crashes. It's the most reliable piece of production software I've used.
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Performance

Tableau Server8.1
Based on 8 answers
Due to it's skillful use of in-memory processing and columnar data structures ensures optimal performance. However, with larger data sets, especially with LIVE connections to back-end DBMS platforms, performance degrades quickly. However, with minimal planning and Tableau data extracts, exceptional performance is achievable.
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Support

Tableau Server9.1
Based on 12 answers
They are pretty responsive and helpful to address the issues.
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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 tutorials are self paced and self-explanatory.
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Implementation

Tableau Server9.1
Based on 13 answers
The Tableau server installation has been flawless. Our user base is increasing rapidly each quarter. On the It front, we tend to upgrade the server on a bi-annual basis. Which allows use to minimize the disruption to our users. Overall, we are completely satisfied with Tableau server.
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Alternatives Considered

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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Sisense offers a powerful backend database, Elasticube that integrates well with Web Service data sources. Tableau enables better visualization flexibility and functionality without having to write javascript.
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Return on Investment

  • 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 Server

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

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

Tableau Online More Information