Tableau Server is an enterprise-class business analytics platform that can scale up to hundreds of thousands of users. It allows distributed mobile and browser-based users to interact with Tableau workbooks published to the server from Tableau Desktop. Tableau Server comprises 4 main components: -Application Server - VizQL Server -Data Server -Backgrounder Tableau Server supports both web browser and Tableau Desktop clients. Analytics for the Right Price!Tableau Server is the backbone for emergency preparedness analytics for the Louisiana State Department of Health. As the lead agency for public health and medical services during an emergency, we collect a large amount of near real-time information from over 1,500 healthcare facilities. This data includes operational statuses, power statuses, fuel usage and needs, and census/bed availability. Tableau takes this data stream and transforms it into user-friendly visualizations for staff both in the field and in the State Emergency Operations Center. On a day-to-day basis, Tableau provides tools and interactive maps to our state trauma network so that they can determine the most appropriate facility for high risk patient routing.,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.,10,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.,8,10,9,9,9,20,1,Easy access to critical resource dashboards in one environment. Tableau combines data from multiple applications into one dashboard to monitor resource utilization in user-defined areas and user-selected hospitals. Dashboards that allow staff to interact with certain data sets, using the powerful visualization tools in Tableau. Data-driven maps that allow trauma network managers to identify appropriate hospitals based on the trauma location and service status within user-defined areas. Data maps include hospital status details in a pop-up when hovering over the map point.,We have been able to extend the functionality of the mapping capabilities of Tableau beyond what is normally available. Using data-based calculations, we have been able to provide end-user interactive capabilities to specify location areas and hospital resources. We are able to use Tableau for data listings that enable us to manage compliance with other vendor usage limitations. We are able to use Tableau to identify duplicates in databases. This allows staff to keep databases current and error-free.,We would like to expand the use of Tableau's mapping functionality. We would like to extend the use of the Tableau mobile app by our regional coordinators. We are working at automating and pushing visualization updates to other applications.,10,No,Price Product Usability Analyst Reports,We wouldn't change a thing. Now that we know more about the potential competitors, the more Tableau server stands out. As indicated earlier, it has consistently demonstrated high value to our developers and end-users.,Third-party professional services,No,Change management was a small part of the implementation and was well-handled,User acceptance. This was really an issue of providing training and showing how regional coordinators managing hospital resources could use Tableau. There were no other significant issues. The implementation went smoothly and timely.,10,No,10,No,We had an issue with a particular mapping capability. We wanted to be able to map hospitals state-wide, provide a pop-up of service status upon hovering over the map point, and allow the end-user to specify the location of a trauma and use a slider function to define hospitals located within a radius in miles of hospitals. Tableau support was able to provide a solution, and this dashboard is a key resource used by our state-wide trauma network to provide routing suggestions to EMS agencies.,Dragging and dropping data variables to quickly and easily create visualizations Tableau's "Show Me" function that suggests visualization types based on the data source. Easily mapping data that doesn't have latitude/longitude in the data set. Tableau can use county and/or zip code to quickly provide a map of the data.,The mapping function in Tableau continues to improve, but it can't accommodate the use of layers as data filters just yet. Tableau is not really meant for the generation of lists from data. We've found ways to do it, but it takes someone with technical skills.,Yes,10Getting the most out of small data in healthcareFor cases of "tell me something about X" for a data set I've never seen before such as data collected about blood transfusions, Tableau is fantastic at helping to make sense of the data and creating insights. In cases where the data is really messy, even though Tableau does not do full ETL it speeds up the analysis and distribution of analytics process by an order of magnitude or more over Excel, which is a huge win for us. Tableau's ability to aggregate at a variety of levels via table calculations is something that I haven't een done in other BI products (except via a ton of SQL), it makes a number of advanced computations easier for users to accomplish.,Tableau's model for filtering and sorting is based on the individual worksheet. Though extensions have been made over time for filtering at the dashboard level, the level of functionality for filtering and sorting at the dashboard level isn't where I'd want it to be. Dashboard layout has definitely improved with version 8.0, and it's not quite the pixel perfect rendering that I want.,10,,10,Saving hundreds of person hours in preparing charts & reports. Enabling real-time or near real-time visibility into performance on a wide variety of metrics that have long-term financial impact on hospital & physician practice (for example, the Medicare Value Based Purchasing measures). This enables us to take action now that will affect our Medicare reimbursement a year or more from today.,12,1,Analysis of a variety of data sets and creating analyses across data sets. For example, looking at relationships between staff survey data and outpatient practice patient panels and workloads. Dashboards to inform doctors, nurses, and administrative staff of performance on a variety of quality metrics. Projecting externally generated quality metrics such as Medicare readmission rates, and validating those metrics.,,Implemented in-house,9,Self-taught,Extremely easy to learn, with a wide variety of ways to learn. Tableau has an extensive knowledgebase, there are dozens of hours of training videos, a number of blogs, the Tableau forums are amazing, and there is Tableau Public. Any visualization there can be downloaded and the techniques analyzed.,No,8,9,10,10,YesTableau Server - Enterprise Data Visualization SoftwareTableau Server is used in conjunction with Tableau Desktop to provide visualization for a clients' CRM system. It sits on top of a data warehouse consisting of SQL Server, Splunk, and Hadoop data stores. The client uses Tableau to provide reports on KPIs such as churn rates, acquisition / bounty, and marketing effectiveness. While Tableau Server is used directly by performance assurance and marketing departments, its data and reports are disseminated throughout the company as the de-facto source of CRM reporting. The biggest challenge that Tableau Server addresses is the need for a robust hub for data visualization and ad hoc analysis.,Tableau Server can be up and running within 30-60 minutes on a clean install since their installation wizard is extremely easy to use. Tableau Server is easily administered by a small technical team of 1-3 people. The majority of administrative needs can be addressed through the web application directly. Others can be configured easily in configuration files or utilities. High level business users LOVE the rich, interactive visualizations that are possible using Tableau. No experience is needed to interact with and draw meaningful conclusions from your data using the web application. Analyst-level users can quickly learn to use Tableau Desktop in harmony with Tableau Server. With Tableau Desktop, users can create/modify reports and draw even deeper analysis. The Tableau Community and Forums are extremely active. However, Tableau Support is also proactive in terms of troubleshooting issues. They are responsive, follow up, and work on a first name basis.,In Tableau Desktop / Tableau Server you can add micro-ETL processing, mapping, and other business rules directly in Tableau reports. This quickly becomes a danger to undermine existing back-end systems and their business logic. To avoid this, enforce concrete rules and structure for where business rules live. The Tableau ecosystem is fantastic and flexible, but there is a learning curve. Creating meaningful reports is difficult and it takes time to learn. Tableau Server introduced such a fast moving paradigm to reporting and visualization that it flipped our business users and technical team upside down. Suddenly we saw the millions of ways we could be slicing and dicing our data. Tableau Server opens up enormous windows for creativity and out of the box thinking. It's important to slow down and define a vision and long term goals for the reporting suite. Tableau does not offer any solution for version control on its workbooks / dashboards / reports. There is no clear way on how to QA/test Tableau reports given that it is primarily GUI-driven.,8,,8,10Yes, Tableau can make you feel "Tab - Blue" At TimesAllows you to quickly visualize your data. Great for viewing data that has geospatial elements. Easy to share with others via publishing to Tableau Server.,Not a one stop shop for summarizing large data sets (>1 million rows). Does not work well with Teradata (in my experience). There was a host of connectivity issues that were logged by Tableau support as bugs/defects that were going to be addressed. Performance is solely based on the amount of RAM your individual machine running the client app has (I would regularly see the Out of Memory error when trying to connect to Teradata). Requires customization in order to force a refresh of the the webpage when publishing the dashboard on Tableau Server (data refreshes in the background but webpage does not update at the same time).,6,Through some customization we were able to monitor the network on a dashboard 24/7.,15,1,Allows analysts and managers to get a near real-time reading on the health of a wireless network of millions of devices. Allows for creation of dashboards that provide analysis from a geospatial and a performance view. Serves as a way to store data historically (using a Tableau generated extract) when your source system does not store data historically.,9,,Third-party professional services,7,Online training In-person training Self-taught,7,7,The only way I have learned anything was through trial and error. Its nice to have formal training but at the end of the day they won't be available to help you out every time you get stuck.,6,7,8,3,If Tableau can integrate with ESRI's ArcMap that would be amazing,I cant speak on that. That was handled by other people in my dept as well as other depts.,NoTableau Helping HealthcareWe have a quality department responsible for gathering large volumes of quality data (are the correct medications being dispensed at the correct time, etc). This department had been using Excel spreadsheets to create visualizations of the data for sharing with other parts of the organization. The switch to Tableau allowed this team to build excellent visualizations much more quickly and easily. It essentially reduced the required cycle time form 30 days to 5/6 days. The tool is also used by other hospital departments like epidemiology. Tableau made it possible to offer a self-service BI solution. We really wanted to have a BI / visualization solution that empowered the end-users to do their jobs as well as possible without having to involve the IT department. Tableau democratizes the visualization process by allowing users to build the visualizations they need with no IT assistance required. The Tableau Server UI is quite basic. It's a drag-and-drop metaphor which is very easy to understand by end users. The design enables users to do what they need to do with a minimum of complication and clutter. New releases tend to very substantive with lots of new features rather than just bug fixes. For example, upgrading to Version 8 provided us with 10 new pre-built visualizations and some statistical tools that customers had been asking for. They are very good at listening to their user base. Product is quite affordable compared to some competitive products.,The product itself is great. The only issue has been the high cost of the annual conferences which we try to attend. Conference passes are in the $1,500 range.,9,10,Self service BI model. Minimal server support required. Minimal user support required. Minimal time for users to become proficient. Cycle time reduced from 30 days to 5/6 days.,9,Yes
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October 19, 2018

Tableau Server Review: "Usable Analytics for the Right Price!"

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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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March 01, 2016

Review: "Tableau Server - Enterprise Data Visualization Software"

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Tableau Server is an integral part of the reporting suite for a client. It meets their reporting needs and has proven to be one of the most reliable painless pieces of software used to date. I believe that they are extremely happy with the product and will continue using it into the future.
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March 01, 2016

Tableau Server Review: "Yes, Tableau can make you feel "Tab - Blue" At Times"

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I can only speak for myself. Even though it has its shortcomings, Tableau is headed in the right direction by making large amounts of data available to the traditional business user. I dont think its simple to learn Tableau; but its not extremely difficult either. With some training and help from Tableau support, you can improve your ability to provide analysis to your team or department.
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March 01, 2016

Tableau Server Review: "Tableau Helping Healthcare"

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We have been using Tableau for three years now and each new version offers move features and functionality. Tableau grows as our user base grows. Tableau Server is the only product in my experience that takes less than 15 minutes to upgrade.
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September 30, 2015

Tableau Server Review: "To Server or Not to Server, that is the question!"

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As we look to expand our analytics capabilities we are seeking the best product to meet our needs in this area. Tableau by far meets our needs and expectations in this area. If by chance another product comes to the marketplace that overtakes Tableau then we would have to take a long hard look at our investment. But, at this time we see nothing on the horizon that fits the bill for that criteria.
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April 17, 2015

Tableau Server: "Tableau 8 Review"

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With two decades of experience using and training users on software titles, it's rare that you come across a software title that can be used by the most non-technical business resources without extensive training. The ease-of-use factor with Tableau is the #1 reason for renewal.
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July 07, 2014

Review: "Tableau Server - Solid, still evolving to become a true enterprise solution"

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A relationship has been established between Tableau reps and management. Tableau has been pretty flexible in some demands and they are going out of their way to do things such as lunch and learns and have an additional more personal layer of support that's being worked on, where our admins can discuss issues/ideas on a regular basis. The user projections provided by many different site admins show that more than 10,000 users will be brought on board by year end. The MIS folks and business users really like this tool.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (29)
Customizable dashboards (80)
Report Formatting Templates (68)
Drill-down analysis (81)
Formatting capabilities (79)
Integration with R or other statistical packages (50)
Report sharing and collaboration (76)
Publish to Web (72)
Publish to PDF (72)
Report Versioning (59)
Report Delivery Scheduling (65)
Delivery to Remote Servers (9)
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (73)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (73)
Predictive Analytics (55)
Multi-User Support (named login) (79)
Role-Based Security Model (77)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (78)
Single Sign-On (SSO) (48)
Responsive Design for Web Access (65)
Dedicated iOS Application (52)
Dedicated Android Application (44)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (57)
Javascript API (30)
iFrames (34)
Java API (7)
Themeable User Interface (UI) (9)
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (7)

About Tableau Server

Tableau Server allows organizations to deploy self-service analytics with a scalable, secure, enterprise-grade platform.

The vendor says key benefits include:

  • Deploy the way that makes the most sense for your organization - on-premises or in the cloud, on Windows or Linux even integrate with your existing security and authentication protocols.
  • Provide governed data access while promoting sharing and collaboration with data, reports and dashboards, all with the scalability and security requirements you require.
  • Automate processes and workflows.
  • Manage content, define access for individual users and groups, and ensure accurate insights.

In other words, Tableau Server aims to give you the visibility, security and controls you need to empower your people with data. The vendor says Tableau helps organizations of all sizes unleash the power of their two most valuable assets: their data and their people. The product aims to support the entire analytics journey, from data preparation, to deep analysis, to the shared insights that drive the business forward.

Tableau Server Features

BI Platform Features
Has featureAdministration via Windows App
Has featureAdministration via MacOS App
Has featureAdministration via Web Interface
Has featureLive Connection to External Data
Has featureSnapshot of External Data
Has featureIn-memory data model
Does not have featureOLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
Does not have featureROLAP (SQL-layer querying)
Has featureMulti-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
Does not have featureData warehouse / dictionary layer
Does not have featureETL Capability
Does not have featureETL Scheduler
Supported Data Sources Features
Has featureMS Excel Workbooks
Has featureText Files (CSV, etc)
Has featureOracle
Has featureMS SQL Server
Has featureIBM DB2
Has featurePostgres
Has featureMySQL
Has featureODBC
Has featureCloudera Hadoop
Has featureHortonworks Hadoop
Has featureEMC Greenplum
Has featureIBM Netezza
Has featureHP Vertica
Does not have featureParAccel
Has featureSAP Hana
Has featureTeradata
Does not have featureSage 500
Has featureSalesforce
Has featureSAP
Has featureGoogle Analytics
BI Standard Reporting Features
Does not have featurePixel Perfect reports
Has featureCustomizable dashboards
Has featureReport Formatting Templates
Ad-hoc Reporting Features
Has featureDrill-down analysis
Has featureFormatting capabilities
Has featurePredictive modeling
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Has featureReport sharing and collaboration
Report Output and Scheduling Features
Has featurePublish to Web
Has featurePublish to PDF
Has featureOutput Raw Supporting Data
Has featureReport Versioning
Has featureReport Delivery Scheduling
Does not have featureDelivery to Remote Servers
Data Discovery and Visualization Features
Has featurePre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Has featureLocation Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Has featurePredictive Analytics
Has featureSupport for Machine Learning models
Has featurePattern Recognition and Data Mining
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Access Control and Security Features
Has featureMulti-User Support (named login)
Has featureRole-Based Security Model
Has featureMultiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Has featureReport-Level Access Control
Does not have featureTable-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Does not have featureField-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Has featureSingle Sign-On (SSO)
Mobile Capabilities Features
Has featureResponsive Design for Web Access
Has featureDedicated iOS Application
Has featureDedicated Android Application
Has featureDashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features
Has featureREST API
Has featureJavascript API
Has featureiFrames
Does not have featureJava API
Does not have featureThemeable User Interface (UI)
Does not have featureCustomizable Platform (Open Source)

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Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?No

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Tableau Server Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android, Mobile Web
Supported Countries:Worldwide
Supported Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Chinese