- We were using a third party tool to visualize data in SSRS reports. Tableau is very helpful to visualize the data. Tableau visuals are easy to develop and need a very minimal amount of IT support.
- It would be better if Tableau could work like Microsoft SSRS reports work. Through SSRS , we can call the Stored procedures and pass the parameter, but in Tableau there are a few constraints.
- Sharing reports- I use Tableau because it can display information better than Excel
- Quick analytics
- Usage stats
- I don't like how I have to have the desktop and server synced in order to post new reports. I can update my desktop Tableau but I have to wait for some IT guy to update the server.
- The navigation to finding workbooks could be easier
We also gather data from Athena to present reports on traffic sources, etc.
- Able to create different data sources in a single report.
- Easy integration between the desktop app and the server.
- Upload from the desktop to the server if more than 3 different data sources exist is slow, and sometimes the connection resets.
- The desktop app consumes a lot of battery on a MacBook Pro.
It is being used primarily by the Manufacturing support team.
- Allows for aggregation across multiple systems
- Allows reports and dashboards to be self serve for end users
- Allows for ad-hoc reporting
- Initial setup of data sources can be time consuming.
- Some native connectors didn’t work as well for us like Salesforce. We had to build our own ETL process.
- Setting up permissions originally was burdensome.
If Tableau is used for reporting outside the company to external users it can get very expensive.
- Since we're a healthcare organization, we're sensitive to security and privacy of information. Tableau provides delicate control of contents in terms of visibility in dashboards and has helped us effectively prevent potential information breach issues. It was easy to integrate Tableau Server with our active directory to control delicate privilege of data access depending on clinical specialty and roles.
- Since we have a variety of data sources from different systems--electronic health records, claims system, patient administrative system, radiology imaging system, etc.--harmonizing those sources and building and managing robust data connections in one environment is critical. Tableau is very good at that.
- Tableau provides great monitoring tools to manage bandwidth and performance, cleaning up unused data with extract and report.
- Tableau Server's computational efficiency of managing metadata is good, but it provides very minimum functions from the standpoint of server managers. As we add more data sources such as big data and external systems outside our organization, its importance becomes bigger.
- The new alert function on Tableau dashboard is promising, but it is only provided at a server level, not at a desktop level. In addition, it only provides minimum alerting reconfigurability. I understand it is a new function as proof of concept and look forward to seeing it advance.
- Tableau Server is good at monitoring usage of existing reports but provides little about monitoring data extracts and their data pipelining status.
- A new feature of integration with AWS is exciting but need to keep watching how it works well.
- Powerful visulizations that can be customized with the desktop suite.
- Can be scheduled for emails or exported to PDF.
- Supports many different charts graphs and has plenty of filtering options.
- Default dates parameters do not work.
- Not a lot of room for custom queries to the end user.
- Desktop customization software is buggy.
- Allows non-technical data scientists and analysts to approach and visualize data.
- Allows reports prepared by non-technical analysts to be readily adapted by technicians into an always-live web portal.
- Its "extract" capability, although imperfect, can help to digest and visualize larger amounts of data in a moderately performant way.
- Consume hardware resources like crazy. It is implemented using a raft of heavy technologies, including Postres, Java, Apache httpd, and more.
- It has decent support for tabular data, but this support is somewhat rigid.
- It nags end users to upgrade their desktop versions frequently, even though this risks compatibility errors with the server.
- It's a significant resource hog. To some degree this is understandable, but it is largely due to its use of many heavyweight technologies (Postgres, Java, Apache httpd, and more).
- You can't change its use of port 443 when using SQL, forcing extra deployment complexity (e.g. proxy servers) in many deployment scenarios.
- The look and feel of their "story" feature is surprisingly hard to customize (beyond basic style elements) -- it's "a row of blocky buttons" only.
- It's geographic maps are fairly basic, and the UI controls for navigating them are clumsy.
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
- Quick access to data in one place that is easy to find
- Ability for inexperienced users to interact with the data
- Easy sharing, downloading. Everyone can get what they want.
- Management of users is easy
- Editing a workbook in Server has gotten much better, but it would be nice to add even more Desktop-like functionality.
- Not being able to get rid of the Default project is annoying.
- When tasks fail, send an email to the admin instead of just a notification in server.
- Would be great to be able to purchase more licenses within Server.
- Architecture of the Tableau Server is very simple and easy to implement. It can be easily scaled up/scaled down based on the business needs
- The licensing concepts of user-based/CPU core based is best in standards. We can choose based on our needs
- Tableau DB connectors. It connects all types of data sources available and it is also made very simple and powerful
- Too many releases of Tableau Server products. Maybe it could be half yearly so that we can plan for the upgrades of our server as needed
- Two Node installation should support high availability by making the repository in both nodes
- Shares data sources very well.
- Solid security at the folder and file level.
- Recently added a "read-only" licensing option.
- Performance can be problematic when using MS SQL stored procedures as a published data source on Tableau Server. We've only tried this twice, but it has failed spectacularly under two completely different situations.
- Maintenance upgrades are extremely slow. That may be improving in version 2018.2.
- New subscription pricing models are more expensive than the discontinued perpetual licensing model.
- Standardized reporting across teams/projects
- Easily access summary level reporting with the ability to get to the account level detail within a few clicks
- Easy to share reports with the many export features
- The formatting is always difficult and never translates exactly when publishing from desktop to server
- Customization using the command line is more difficult than it should be
- It'd be nice to be able to copy group permissions between sites
Many of our clients do not have Tableau or Tableau Server, so leaving behind reporting after project conclusion is often difficult and requires us to build something out in Excel for them.
- More efficient and timely delivery of operations performance to frontline supervisors, managers, business analysts, Steering and C-suite
- Increased accountability of operations KPIs
- Clear "signal" delivery for routine prioritizing, project tracking and alerting
- Increased literacy for data-driven process improvement. The tool also provides intuitive and interactive self-service BI for business development tactics and strategy.
- Auto refresh setup is a few clicks, and default selections make routine updates to dashboard development a breeze.
- Intuitive, rapid development of visuals for all stages of business analysis; easy to learn, teach and realize RoI of purchase in 3-6 months.
- Robust visual recommendations result in responsive, high impact deliverables to meet ad-hoc requests.
- Highly customizable actions and filters for high interactivity and rapid end user adoption from anywhere business needs to get done.
- Pop-up tips for new viewers regarding features like subscriptions, alerts, etc to encourage engagement.
Not well suited for heavy real-time queries against transactional data without extensive reporting infrastructure and architecture.
- One of the main features of this product is the ease of generating reports. Dashboards can be shared among team members instantaneously.
- Scheduling and alert notifications can be easily configured to help managers find out critical information in a timely fashion.
- Some of the reports and dashboards generated by Tableau Server are not fully mobile responsive.
- We have had several issues with Tableau being unable to communicate with other data sources and servers, possibly arising through some authentication failures.
- Easy connection to SQL Server. Easy creation of SQL statement, data source for reporting. Easy drag and drop report creation
- Flexible report formats
- Easy to set permissions on a per User basis
- We use Tab CMD extensively; documentation is poor (specifically on how to format some exports - a topic we recently had to rerseach).
- We leverage xtab reports a lot, and we run into the 16 column limit
We're a middle sized company, and only have 12 licenses because adding more is too expensive...
Tableau Server Review: "Decent product and good UX (except requirement for desktop client) but legacy underlying architecture"
Bad: Required lots of training to use all the features to create reports.
Bad: Interactive dashboards are hard to build and not flexible enough.
- Reporting through Tableau Server is just a matter of few clicks. Anyone with the correct user access can we the dashboards instantaneously.
- Using dynamic filtering, users can access the relevant sections of the reports without the need for any admin re-configuration.
- Thus far I have not seen Tableau generated reports being mobile responsive.
- Some of the navigation required to access workbooks, folders and projects can quickly get messy.
- Quick development time.
- Easy to administer.
- Lots of options for authentication.
- It's slow to start/stop the server components, which results in more downtime during upgrades.
- Hard to kill a data refresh manually.
- The ability to share metrics across an organization with one source of truth (published data source)
- Allows users the ability to author their own visualizations without having to purchase a Desktop license
- Subscription and Data-Driven alerting to alert users to changes in their data
- Add in the ability to search for fields while using web authorizing on Tableau Server. It's tedious to find the fields you want to add to a visualization when you have 100 fields and multiple joins to search through
- Allow web authors the ability to reorder the worksheets after creation
- Include ability to set up parameters while web authoring
- Tableau's visual presentation of data is unsurpassed
- Tableau Server is easily integrated into various database and technologies such as Business Objects
- Because the Tableau user community is so large, we are able to obtain answers to the majority of our questions through news feeds and online user groups and communities.
- On the lowest level, many of Tableau's features and strengths are too complicated for the typical end-user
- IT expertise is required to fully implement Tableau Server
- Tableau Server is very weak in source-code versioning.
- I would not recommend Tableau out-of-the-box for use by an end-user
- Ease of use
- Automatic data visualization
- Lower cost of ownership
- Interactive visual exploration
- Multiple data sources
- A license model need to be enhanced to capture small and medium business requirements
- Capability for data discovery
- Supporting the cloud functionality
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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.
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