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- Tableau Server is extremely well at providing a stabile system for us to host data sources and dashboards
- Tableau Server is great at managing permissions for users, data sources, workbooks, and dashboards
- Tableau Server has had some issue handling some of our larger data sets. Our extract refreshes fail intermittently with no obvious error that we can fix
- Tableau Server has been hard to work with before they launched their new Rest API, which is also a little tricky to work with
Review: "Getting up and ready with a great data visualization platform in a few days with Tableau Server"
Tableau is used by data scientists to present data to managers and executive. It has a storytelling approach that facilitates the understanding of data and eases the decision-making process.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Integrating with APIs, and also on webpages.
- Version controlling of Workbooks.
- Provides high-level security to the dashboards. It is completely isolated with other users who don't have access.
- Adoption of AI [Artifical Intelligence].
- More options for dashboard management in server.
- Sharing an interactive dashboard with another environment is the missing factor.
Tableau server is used across multiple departments, with the bulk users in our reporting and finance department.
It allows end users to see more comprehensive/dynamic reports versus
what we used. Our clients are now asking for access so they can start looking at reports that we have created.
- It provides easier reporting for end users
- It allows for better comprehensive reporting
- It allows us to connect to multiple sources with one product
- Desktop should not allow updates unless server is updated first
- Need a better management tool that doesn't take a long time to start-up
- Better documentation online
- It's good at doing what it is designed for: accessing visualizations without having to download and open a workbook in Tableau Desktop. The latter would be a very inefficient method for sharing our metrics, so I am glad that we have Tableau Server to serve this function.
- Publishing to Tableau Server is quick and easy. Just a few clicks from Tableau Desktop and a few seconds of publishing through an average speed network, and the new visualizations are live!
- Seeing details on who has viewed the visualization and when. This is something particularly useful to me for trying to drive adoption of some new pages, so I really appreciate the granularity provided in Tableau Server
- I think the UI of how projects and folders within projects are managed could use some improvement. The organization is pretty straightforward, but it's designed for a large amount of content. Accessing a simple dashboard from one published workbook requires clicking into a Project then clicking into the dashboard to actually see the content. It's hard to describe without seeing it, but it always feels like there was an extra, unnecessary click. Seems minor, but this is an annoyance I and my colleagues face many times through the day.
- There seems to be some formatting issues between what's built in Tableau Desktop (TD) and Tableau Server (TS), e.g., if I format some filters over a background in TD, they show up very legibly with the background as white against the color background. But when published the same filters could have the color of the background and no way to change it to white, and the font has less contrast for some reason. Seems minor, but it wastes a lot of time retrying then re-publishing just to get something to work as expected. The view in TD should be exactly the same as TS.
- As far as I can tell, there's no way to put a clone of a certain dashboard into multiple projects/folders and have any updates propagate to those clones. Also as far as I can tell, there's no feature that tracks where the same dashboard has been published in multiple places. That means if I have a dashboard that I need to show in multiple places so those teams can access it in their native location with their other content contextual to them, I have to maintain a record of all the places I've published and re-publish to all whenever updates are made. And if it turns out the solution is there in the product, then the UI is clearly pretty dense because I haven't found it whereas this was an intuitive setting to find on a competitor BI tool I have used. I think this should be improved in the product since it's often necessary to manage the same content across multiple locations so various teams are accessing their single location relevant to them.
- It can gather data from various sources and combine it in one place for users to view and use the data.
- Visualizations created by Tableau can be easily modified and updated by users.
- Tableau Servers can provide daily reports that are up to date, along with dashboards that can provide real-time data.
- Tableau Server needs to provide more options to modify and update user-friendly dashboards.
- Tableau Server can be expensive for a company.
- Tableau Server sometimes takes a long time to load reports with a lot of data.
Review: "Tableau Server is perfect for real-time visualization and interactive dashboards, not for advanced analytics"
- 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.
- 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.
- Tableau Server is compatible and flexible in terms of data connection and usage.
- Tableau Server has the option of configuring on-site or cloud, which is excellent.
- Tableau Server is economical and easily adaptive in nature.
- Tableau Server could be made more flexible in terms of data connection and ease of use in terms of documenting.
- In Tableau Server, the workbook folder itself should be made available with share options to web embed.
- Groups should be enhanced with more test case scenarios so organizations can easily follow the protocols.
- Access to our data sources such as MS SQL and MySQL
- Ease of use and administration
- Relatively small footprint for hardware
- Reasonable pricing
- Better exposure of the engine components for diagnostics and reporting
- Having to uninstall the product and reinstall to upgrade is odd and cumbersome
- Bring the command line options into a modern web admin interface with better information like backup processes and history
- Admin reporting on use of data sources and ability to search out dependencies in the database
- 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
- Enterprise level implementation is very pricey
- Dashboard layout changes if the screen resolution of the Tableau developer is different from the end user's screen resolution
- Embedding is limited and difficult
- Summarize complex data in an easy to understand format.
- Very fast idea/need to realization timelines.
- Ability for end users to interact with data sets, giving them filters, groupings and other tools to get the data they need.
- Tableau's mapping capabilities are "almost there". We would love to have Tableau able to function as our sole GIS product. Each version of Tableau brings us closer to that goal.
- We would like to have the ability to schedule data transfers. The new Data Prep tool is step in that direction.
- We still have need to produce lists of summarized data. Making this process a little more straightforward would be nice.
- Tableau Server is a must-have if you want to easily foster an environment of collaboration of dashboards and analytics built by your end users.
- Tableau Server has a strong and very flexible security model.
- Upgrades and maintenance of Tableau Server are fairly painless.
- Tableau Server provides a one-stop-shop for Tableau Desktop users to find data to work with.
- 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.
Through our web app - and by proxy, Tableau - our clients are able to run comparable analysis against a back-end data warehouse using the visuals we design, create, and maintain.
- The visuals are beautiful and powerful, and the interface is easy to understand.
- The Tableau REST API provides a very functional programmatic interface between our web app and the back-end server.
- We use Tableau Server for Linux, which greatly simplifies the installation and maintenance of the server architecture.
- While I have some thoughts for improvements in the Tableau Desktop application, the server environment is a powerful, growing, and improving software. No significant cons.
We also use Tableau to pull data for some of our third-party applications, since Tableau provides so many options for connecting to different data sources. We also use Tableau to create reports for data that resides in Microsoft SharePoint. It has basically become the one stop shop for all our reporting needs. We are looking forward to Tableau adding a scheduling feature to produce extracts from their application someday soon, wink, wink! =-)
I will also say that the software, from an administrator level, is very simple and easy to maintain. There are a few maintenance items that must be completed such as running tab admin - cleanup, since there is so much information that is stored in the cache of the Tableau Server, but you can schedule that to run on its own. It easily integrates with Active Directory, making it easy for us to manage user permissions to the various projects in Tableau. We manage all permissions at the project level and we do not go below that as it becomes a nightmare if you were to do that at the report level. Save yourself some time and headache by managing it at the project level.
Tableau allows you to set up a PROD, QA and DEV environment under one license, which is nice. When we perform an upgrade we will normally copy our PROD server and rename it to a QA server to perform the upgrade. Once the QA environment is upgraded we have a few of our analysts from different parts of the organization perform rigorous testing to ensure reports, functionality, processes, and so on, are working correctly in order to avoid any interruption to the business. Once everything has been signed off by the testers, we perform a back up of our PROD server, and after that we perform the upgrade. We haven't had any issues with our Tableau Servers ever, and we are always on the latest releases for Tableau. We perform two to three upgrades in a year in order to take advantage of all the latest and greatest that Tableau has to offer in order to give you an idea of how easy it is to upgrade to Tableau.
- Various connections to different data sources all in one product. We have so many different data sources within our organization. Tableau makes it easy for us to have all of our reporting in one place.
- The ability to leverage the software with the company's growth. We have acquired three companies in the last 3 years. Our company has grown from 800 to 1500 plus employees in that short amount of time. Our Tableau Server is the same from day one when we purchased the software, and that was 6 years ago. We haven't need to buy additional cores as we have eight cores right now and we are doing extremely well for an organization with such large growth.
- The process of how one manages permissions to the different projects saves IT time and resources.
- I would really like to have the ability to schedule a report as an extract (TXT, CSV, Excel, PDF, or other) that I can either email, place onto a network share, or other transfer method.)
Tableau has proven to be a great tool for the collection of data from multiple data sources, with varying complexity -- we used spreadsheets, SQL tables as well as Google Analytics connection. The tool was a standard platform in a multinational organization and was used for years, so the data was already linked, including the local eDWH solution, providing support for regular as well as ad-hoc reports.
- Many available plugins, incl. the one I have used for regional analysis (data enriched with addresses / GPS attributes)
- Narratives (story building) is a great tool for creating and sharing your analysis with your audience
- Data visualization is one of the best you can get today
- Supports mobile usage
- Connection to SQL database: by connecting it to a database, one has to employ an SQL specialist to write the script
- No autosave function
- No automatized notification feature (e.g. alert based on value out of range, in a report)
- Very expensive solutions
It is a great tool for any ad-hoc analysis that has to deliver an interactive story to management (client), it will not only deliver nice visualizations, but will also allow for drill-downs to the primary data and proof for your audience that your numbers in the presented graph are correct
Most of the departments like Finance, Supply Chain, Airline customers, etc., use Tableau. The only department that I see we are lagging in is HR. HR is looking forward to automating the dashboards, but due to connectivity issues with Workday (as Tableau doesn't have a Workday connector,) we are unable to automate the dashboards.
The Supply Chain department is very much impressed with the tool, as they have had a lot of work reduced at their end. Also, they have better tracking of the vendor details & gap analysis of the stock purchase, which saves a good amount of money for the company by avoiding penalties for late delivery.
- Saves plenty of time in Development Work.
- Better Visualization
- Flexibility to connect to plenty of databases, if not create your data set, using WDC functionality
- Easy Server maintenance & very quick releases by Tableau.
- Workday connectivity will help easy integration for HR department & this will encourage more usage in our company
- Enabling the XML format of the dashboard will help easily share the dashboard, like in COGNOS
As HR data is a larger chunk of data, we are unable to automate using R Script and have security issues with Workday. This would be a scenario where we'd have to look into alternatives.
- Set up and administration are very easy. It takes little time to implement and structure according to the business needs.
- Broad customization is possible through the use of embedded analytics. Even without that - simple tweaks such as replacing the landing page logo with a company logo and modifying the logos within the standard tableau server interface allow for enough customization to ensure professionalism.
- Permission structures are thoughtful. It's not challenging to create groups of users that are able to access only the elements appropriate for them to be viewing.
- .\tabadmin cleanup is an essential function that would benefit from an automated run option through the configuration menu. Currently a batch or bash script must be created and scheduled.
- Tableau Server extracts are currently very good, but occasionally if a user needs to run a full refresh from within the server environment it can end up appearing to have worked, but bad data has still made its way through. the only solution for this that we have found thus far is to actually re-publish the workbook with a fresh extract
- Having access to the server, the report developer only needs to send a link to the report to her audience, not the entire physical file or data behind it.
- The reports are dynamic. As the data behind them changes, the developer is not forced to send new reports each time.
- The reports remain dynamic. This allows for the user to look at what is pertinent to them and not necessarily a static version of the report. They can apply necessary filters as needed.
- The report user also has the ability to create their own Tableau reports using the data exposed to them through the dashboard. Self-empowered users are that much more effective in their own work product!
- Scaling Tableau Server comes with a big price tag.
- In an organization that does not already have Tableau as its enterprise reporting tool, driving adoption is very tough. People tend to slink back into the comfort of excel analyses.
It's not appropriate for a very wide audience when Tableau is the enterprise analytics software.
- It is able to extract data very efficiently, as compared to extracting data on one's personal machine
- It is able to handle a large quantity of content and traffic to the reports hosted on the server
- It is fairly self-sustaining and doesn't require too much maintenance, though it is hosted in our own environment.
- Some of the metrics and data relevant to Tableau Server are difficult to get to, and it would be super insightful if it was more accessible and readily available to users trying to report on it
- Flexible deployment
- Ease of administration
- Security controls
- Would love the ability to manage/maintain a uniform business semantic layer for consolidation of business rules/logic
- The interface with folders/projects/workbooks is difficult to navigate and not intuitive
- Self service publishing - Before Tableau Server, most reporting was done by central report writers on a request basis, and the backlog never ended. Now a great deal of the reporting is "self service" within the departments, freeing IT Business Intelligence (BI) staff to focus on the reporting tasks requiring more expertise.
- It is VERY easy for folks to publish their creations from Tableau Desktop directly to Tableau Server.
- Starting with "template" projects, many users don't have to have Tableau Desktop but can simply "clone" the template (data connections "baked in") and create new dashboards with nothing more than their browser. This is very cost effective.
- We have created several Enterprise Mobile Applications for iPhones/iPads and it is very easy to integrate analytics provided by Tableau Server into our custom in-house applications. This GREATLY simplifies the development of sophisticated mobile BA tools.
- They are already moving toward not requiring any special desktop software to create dashboards from scratch. It will be nice when they finally get there. The biggest hassle we have with getting new Tableau users installed is that Tableau Desktop requires Admin rights on the PC to install. We don't generally allow that, so end users have to get PC support staff involved to do that installation. All of that goes away when Web UI users of Tableau Server can do everything folks with Tableau Desktop can do in terms of creating new projects from scratch.
- Tableau Server could be "Dockerized" allowing easier installation. Containerization is the wave of the future as opposed to "Full Stack" installations.
- Tableau Server allows our Business Analysts to customize existing dashboards or connect to published data sources to do their own what-if analysis with needing our BI group to intervene to get them what they want. Careful thought, you need to get their adhoc results validated.
- Tableau Server allows users to save filter settings and to save various workbooks/dashboards as favorites, either for themselves or publicly for all users to use.
- Tableau Server allows the ability to subscribe to a dashboard and receive updates.
- Tableau Server allows you to access the statistical data regarding what users are accessing, who is accessing it and how often, very useful
- Tableau Server allows you to monitor the status of data source refreshes and to view errors that may have occurred.
- Tableau server has an extravagant set of commands that allow you script many day to day reports, backups, etc.
- Enhanced ability for end consumers to do ad-hoc analysis using near/pseudo English what if's. This is huge. We create dashboards working with end users. Afterward the business has some changes and the dashboards do not unless we/IT changes them. So the dashboards we develop pretty much follow the 80/20 Pareto rule. Over time, they only temporarily cover the most integral 20%. Unfortunately the other 80% can usually be ball parked.
- The DB write-back capability that just came out in 2018.2 sounds very cool. Hopefully it's well documented and not too complex to implement/use.
- Fix the TSM upgrade script for 2018.2. This is probable not the right forum.
- Access from any device
- Worksheets can be managed online
- Can change and visualize new stuff
- Easy to use
- Public server gives first few lines free of charge
- Free lines are limited to 10 million per single connection
- Premium is expensive
- New data sources cam be published from Tableau Desktop
- Very easy to create neat visualizations in a professional way.
- Easy to publish workbooks to Tableau server for global access
- Different ways to group and slice the data
- Custom SQL are not intuitive when dealing with Cloudera connections
- Simple data tables are harder to create than complex visualizations
- Large extracts are not very performant
- Cubes are not supported on Tableau
- Group aggregates and stacked charts are some of Tableau's better visualizations.
- Simple data sums and data points are not well suited for Tableau
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About Tableau Server
Tableau Server is an enterprise analytics platform that aims to be easy to deploy and scale and help enable data-driven decision making throughout the user's organization.
Customers can deploy the way that makes the most sense for their organization - on-premises or in the cloud, on Windows or Linux, while integrating with their existing security and authentication protocols. Customers can provide governed data access while promoting sharing and collaboration with data, dashboards and insights. Customers can automate processes and workflows, manage content, define access for individual users and groups, and ensure accurate insights. Tableau Server gives customers visibility, security and controls that aim to help them empower their people with data.
Tableau's goal is to help people and organizations become more data-driven. With an integrated platform that strives to be easy to start and scale, Tableau aims to support the entire analytics journey, from data preparation, to deep analysis, to the shared insights that drive the business forward.
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