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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.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/Dr/DC/B9UT7Z2T8LTT.PNGTableau - The Big Boss of Visualization tools.Tableau is an excellent visualization tool we use here. I believe for the fourth year, Tableau is a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms Report by Gartner. We use Tableau in several departments for reporting. The charts, maps and web-interface of Tableau are very user friendly.,Charts In-built maps Extract based reporting Server maintenance,User maintenance should be much easier ( For ex: Maintaining common users b/w Tableau Sites) Fail Over Setup Patch Releases are TOOOO Often.,10,9,9,QlikView and IBM Cognos,IBM Cognos, QlikView, MicroStrategy AnalyticsTo Server or Not to Server, that is the question!We currently use Tableau to support numerous departments across the entire organization. We have plans to deploy the server to other departments over the next few quarters. We use Tableau mainly as a information tool for our teams. We have built several dashboards to display critical information to stakeholders in that particular area. The ease of setup and the ease of maintaining the server allows us to concentrate on our users rather than on the server.,Mobile and Browser based access across multiple devices and OS End user ease of use Rapid development and deployment of user new content,Extracts can be somewhat difficult to deploy if developing off a local machine with limited resources Advanced skills needed to fully exploit the capabilities of the product Programming syntax issues, no standard based off another language,9,,10,9,500,10,9Tableau 8 ReviewTableau server provides central access to interactive business intelligence. Specifically, Tableau server delivers interactive insight into company performance using web browsers, tablets and mobile devices. Tableau server is the preferred Data Visualization engine.,The advances in computer CPU and Memory have left most software titles behind. Tableau Server 9 took the first step toward leveraging the advances in computer hardware. From leveraging multi-core CPUs to parallel request processing, the performance improvement will be noticeable to all Tableau Server 8 users. Previous Tableau Server versions have suffered from an ability to be categorized as Enterprise Ready. Tableau Server 9 improves on this gap in the following areas. Improved cluster configuration, a new Cluster Controller, standby Repository capabilities and a new File Store process which resolves the previous restrictions on the number of Data Engine Nodes allowed in a cluster. The web interface of Tableau Server 9 has been totally overhauled in an effort to boost access to dashboards. The new interface accomplishes this through an improved workflow, easier access to resources and an improved management interface. Tableau Server 9 presents the user with entry points to the main features of Tableau server in one screen, not a trivial accomplishment. In my opinion, well designed user interfaces invite users to explore. Tableau server 9 excels at this.,Tableau Server 9 has a lot of room to improve it's Administrative Views. For Tableau to be such a powerful Data Visualization engine, the Administrative Views out of the box have much to be desired. Tableau Server 9 would also benefit greatly from an enhancement to it's dashboard scheduling and distribution capabilities. Tableau Server 9 would also benefit greatly from threshold alerting. This would deliver actionable insight as opposed to just insight.,10,,10,This is quite simple. From my perspective, time to insight is measured in the man hours it takes to connect to data, begin exploring the data and finally sharing insights with peers and decision makers. The rate of return is immediately quantifiable and undeniable unlike any other Data Visualization offering I've tested. Hierarchies in data are another immediate exercise that has consumed major resources, from a Data Warehouse perspective, that can easily be implemented by non-technical analysts on the fly. Blazingly fast proto-typing. For customers who really don't know what they don't know, my experience has proven that the sooner you put visual results using real data in front of the customer, the more likely you are to avoid low production adoption.,25,1,Optimize the consumption of enterprise data warehouses. In most large organizations, the enterprise data warehouse is where most of the companies information assets can be accessed for consumption. However, one of the common stumbling blocks is the overwhelming volume of data. Tableau Server can prospectively be a solution to assist in this area. With regularly scheduled data extracts, Tableau server delivers optimized timely data important to the user.,Data Discovery - I'm almost embarrassed to acknowledge the number of reporting or BI projects I've participated in where neither he customer nor IT really had a handle on the data sources required to be successful. Tableau is an excellent tool to use to understand and discover insights about UNKNOWN data in advance of establishing requirements for reporting or BI projects. Being able to easily perform data discovery exercises on UNKNOWN data sources really empowers analysts to proactively contribute to requirement gathering and agreement on BI project deliverables. In addition, with Tableau data discovery is almost effortless and doesn't require building new data structures to discover the ins and outs of new data sources. Proto-typing - If I had a buck for every customer that agreed to a report mock-up only to change their mind once the mock-up contained LIVE data. After a few trips around this bush it became clear that proto-types are really only as good as they are close to the finished deliverable. Tableau helps users quickly deliver near-to-prod proto-types using real data without having to build new data architectures for BI projects. Rapid Insight - Speed to Insight is the differentiator of the next 50 years. Tableau empowers users to easily and quickly connect to the data important to them in order to discover insights not seen in Excel like or static historical reporting.,Optimizing Tableau Workbooks - It seems rather circular, but it's true. Tableau Server inherently empowers users with the tools to test, validate and tune the performance of their dashboards. This is yet another unsung feature of Tableau. Many BI suites require engaging DBA, server hardware, network and architecture professionals to performance tune BI solutions. Tableau empowers the user with this ability right on their desktop and on Tableau Server. Parameters - Using parameters on Tableau Dashboards we were able to deliver Dashboards that were configurable at run-time by those accessing Dashboards via Tableau Server. Bi solutions have possessed the ability to filter Dashboard content for many years now, however, presenting a totally different visualization on the same Dashboard using parameters, this is a first to my knowledge.,,Price Product Usability,Evaluation of BI tools is an exercise that demands circumspect analysis. With more than 10 years of BI experience in the enterprise environment, there's nothing I would change. However, I would offer a word of wisdom to those embarking on the journey. Involve your business customers early and often in the evaluation process. Doing this will avoid costly adoption abandonment issues as the result of BI tools not meeting customer needs.,Implemented in-house,10,Self-taught,Yes, Tableau provides an outstanding set of free instructional videos and online resources. Couple this with the phenomenal ease-of-use, these resources alone are enough to equip the average non-technical user.,No,10,Deploying Dashboards to Tableau Server - Once a Tableau Author produces the final version of a Dashboard, publishing the Dashboard to the server for mass consumption happens in a few clicks. Intuitive and not overly complicated. The advanced publishing features (refreshing extracts and security) require training, but even these features are easily understood. Dashboard Search - Tableau Server 8 includes empowers with a search feature that makes it easy to locate Dashboards important to the user. Online Dashboards Analysis - The new Dashboard Edit feature available with Tableau Server 8 is unprecedented and unique among BI suites. The ability for a user to create custom views of a published Dashboard is phenomenal. How many analysts have seen a report and wanted to ask additional questions based on the results on a Dashboard? This feature empowers the user to ask deeper questions of any Dashboard right in the web browser without having Tableau Desktop installed on their computers. Shared Data Sources - Tableau Server offers a capability known as Shared Data Sources. These are commonly referred to as Symantec Layers in traditional BI circles. However, in Tableau Server, these can be pure symantec layers or actual Tableau Data Extracts optimized for data analysis. This prevents IT from repeatedly having to make data extracts available to business users. In addition, this feature also is an added bonus when used with existing information systems. Instead of creating yet another data mart, Tableau Server administrators can deploy shared data sources that maximize the investment in existing information systems as opposed to moving and duplicating data.,NONE,Yes,10,10,10,Teradata, SQL Server, SaleForce.com, Google Analytics, Microsoft Excel, ODBC data sources,No,We had no negotiations. Being aware of price points for other BI offerings, the retail price was affordable.Tableau Server - Good for Visual Representation of the dataQuick visual representation of factual data. Drill down/Drill up and flexible slice/dice of the information. Easy exports of data extracts and Excel based reports for additional processing.,No statistical procedures embedded in the software. Tends to become slow when connected to a database table with a large data set.,9,It is not an "extremely expensive" software. It is worth the investment. It is definitely dependent on the business objective a group is intending to achieve.,,1200,10,Weekly Insights on media buy performance. Clients are in and out of the dashboards using them for their corporate presentations. Unified Report Central for all our activation decisions and optimizations.,9,,Implemented in-house Third-party professional services,9,Online training,9,8,No,8,8,7,8,MS SQL Server 2008 SAS 9.3,No,Global partnerships with the corporation always helps. Additionally, renewals and constant relationship with the vendors adds to negotiation.Tableau Server - A Powerful Tool to Democratize DataRapid fire analysis: the ability to ask questions and find answers rapidly of the data on the fly. Dashboarding: taking different views or sheets and bringing them to one screen where they can then interact with one another. Integrated mapping: rather than layering on top of Google Maps through complex coding, Tableau gives you the ability to look at geospatial data simply and quickly with both point maps and filled maps. Data Blending: taking data from different sources (even different DB types) and bringing it into visualizations together. Putting the ability to do analysis in the hands of the user,Can be a bit buggy every so often.,10,,10,Greater understanding of our data. Greater transparency both internally and with our clients.,Data Storage Data Management Data Visualizations Dashboarding Automated Reporting,,Implemented in-house,10,Self-taught,It is certainly learn-able without formal training. The formal training would provide some best practices, but the software is very approachable on your own.,No,10
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February 12, 2016

Tableau Server Review: "Tableau - The Big Boss of Visualization tools."

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Tableau is an excellent visualization tool we use here. I believe for the fourth year, Tableau is a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms Report by Gartner. We use Tableau in several departments for reporting. The charts, maps and web-interface of Tableau are very user friendly.
  • Charts
  • In-built maps
  • Extract based reporting
  • Server maintenance
  • User maintenance should be much easier ( For ex: Maintaining common users b/w Tableau Sites)
  • Fail Over Setup
  • Patch Releases are TOOOO Often.
Well suited for visualization, when users are expecting great quality for their charts, maps and other graphical forms.
Not suited for reporting on huge DWH, when users are expecting scheduled reports.
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September 30, 2015

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

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We currently use Tableau to support numerous departments across the entire organization. We have plans to deploy the server to other departments over the next few quarters. We use Tableau mainly as a information tool for our teams. We have built several dashboards to display critical information to stakeholders in that particular area. The ease of setup and the ease of maintaining the server allows us to concentrate on our users rather than on the server.
  • Mobile and Browser based access across multiple devices and OS
  • End user ease of use
  • Rapid development and deployment of user new content
  • Extracts can be somewhat difficult to deploy if developing off a local machine with limited resources
  • Advanced skills needed to fully exploit the capabilities of the product
  • Programming syntax issues, no standard based off another language
Tableau Server is a great platform for performing analytics within your company. The off the shelf basic capabilities will allow any individual to produce informative dashboards. I personally believe we are at the beginning of a new age of analytics, not just business intelligence analytics but analytics in general due to this great tool.
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April 17, 2015

Tableau Server: "Tableau 8 Review"

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Tableau server provides central access to interactive business intelligence. Specifically, Tableau server delivers interactive insight into company performance using web browsers, tablets and mobile devices. Tableau server is the preferred Data Visualization engine.
  • The advances in computer CPU and Memory have left most software titles behind. Tableau Server 9 took the first step toward leveraging the advances in computer hardware. From leveraging multi-core CPUs to parallel request processing, the performance improvement will be noticeable to all Tableau Server 8 users.
  • Previous Tableau Server versions have suffered from an ability to be categorized as Enterprise Ready. Tableau Server 9 improves on this gap in the following areas. Improved cluster configuration, a new Cluster Controller, standby Repository capabilities and a new File Store process which resolves the previous restrictions on the number of Data Engine Nodes allowed in a cluster.
  • The web interface of Tableau Server 9 has been totally overhauled in an effort to boost access to dashboards. The new interface accomplishes this through an improved workflow, easier access to resources and an improved management interface. Tableau Server 9 presents the user with entry points to the main features of Tableau server in one screen, not a trivial accomplishment. In my opinion, well designed user interfaces invite users to explore. Tableau server 9 excels at this.
  • Tableau Server 9 has a lot of room to improve it's Administrative Views. For Tableau to be such a powerful Data Visualization engine, the Administrative Views out of the box have much to be desired.
  • Tableau Server 9 would also benefit greatly from an enhancement to it's dashboard scheduling and distribution capabilities.
  • Tableau Server 9 would also benefit greatly from threshold alerting. This would deliver actionable insight as opposed to just insight.
I would highly recommend a Tableau solution for any colleague in the market for a Data Discovery & Visualization solution. Here are the questions I would ask in selecting the appropriate Data Discovery & Visualization vendor.
  • What is the Total Cost of Ownership for On-Prem versus Cloud (is available)?
  • What is the average time to market for an organization of relative size?
  • What is the learning curve for Excel users?
  • Is the solution ideal for the technical elite or can it be used by non-technical business analysts?
  • How does a Self-Service implementation model look?
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April 20, 2015

Review: "Tableau Server - Good for Visual Representation of the data"

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  • Quick visual representation of factual data.
  • Drill down/Drill up and flexible slice/dice of the information.
  • Easy exports of data extracts and Excel based reports for additional processing.
  • No statistical procedures embedded in the software.
  • Tends to become slow when connected to a database table with a large data set.
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February 26, 2015

Review: "Tableau Server - A Powerful Tool to Democratize Data"

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  • Rapid fire analysis: the ability to ask questions and find answers rapidly of the data on the fly.
  • Dashboarding: taking different views or sheets and bringing them to one screen where they can then interact with one another.
  • Integrated mapping: rather than layering on top of Google Maps through complex coding, Tableau gives you the ability to look at geospatial data simply and quickly with both point maps and filled maps.
  • Data Blending: taking data from different sources (even different DB types) and bringing it into visualizations together.
  • Putting the ability to do analysis in the hands of the user
  • Can be a bit buggy every so often.
Tableau Software and Tableau Server make doing analysis enjoyable, insightful, and fun. Putting new capabilities in to the hands of users and allowing them do their own analysis is a fantastic solution to unlocking data.
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June 21, 2014

Tableau Server Review: "Tableau Helps us Compete"

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At Passenger we use Tableau Server to combine datasets about all apsects of our communities. This includes, contract, billing, web site performance and email tracking data. We are using across the organization for different purposes and different use cases. For us, it allows for a one-stop view of disparate data sets, while also using that data to track the company's and client's performance.
  • Combination of disparate data-sets
  • Graphical view of data
  • Ease of use for user management and permissions
  • Data Blending- which is an area they are looking into
  • Dashboard Exports and Custom Formats
We specifically asked about it's ability to combine different data sets and how easy it was to self-administer. We had a very bad experience with another vendor and didn't want to repeat the same mistakes. For all teams out there, be sure that your team can maintain the solution without the vendor.
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October 19, 2013

Tableau Server Review: "Tableau is a great analytics platform"

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  • Connect easily to several data sources and can join data across sources.
  • Particularly good at finding useful insights in large data sets - very flexible.
  • Server solution is good for dissemination of data and reporting, but isn't the strongest part of the product.
  • Automatic data type recognition can be troublesome; some geographic data points aren't recognized as such and require time-consuming manual mapping
  • Alerts in the server platform would be a great addition. As is it's not a proscriptive product.
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September 12, 2016

Tableau Server Review: "Tableau - a great reporting solution!"

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We are using Tableau as an enterprise reporting tool. We are using Tableau for reporting against our new DW. It will provide one source of truth of our data.
The graphs are easy to create and very attractive. The dashboards help tell a story about our data.
  • Graphs are easy to create!
  • Data connections are easy to use - and when your data is not formed well you can write custom queries.
  • Great user experience! Our users love the tool.
  • It is not easy to determine when using sets would be useful.
  • Complicated calculations are a little hard to troubleshoot.
  • Extracts! Killing an extract would be useful and currently no easy way to do this.
Overall status on a data set is perfect in Tableau, plus you can drill into an area to look at more detail.

A report with 'just' numbers is better created elsewhere. Tableau is for visualizations! I can hardly think of a report that couldn't use a visualization.
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May 03, 2016

Tableau Server Review: "Probably the best interactive data visualization and business intelligence tool exits in the market"

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At first we started using in a pilot project then usage spread across different projects.
  • Easy to use.
  • Relatively easy to integrate with project native code.
  • Very robust. I have never seen it fail.
  • Performance/Cost is high.
  • It could have a more competitive pricing schema.
  • Cloud base services/solution for small enterprises, individual users.
For any data mining operations, business intelligence, executive dashboards, and enhanced live data representations I believe Tableau is a must tool. It is definitely cost efficient in the long term.
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April 27, 2016

Tableau Server Review: "Tableau is Highly Recommended"

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This is being used by the entire organization. We used to use IBM Cognos for our BI but it doesn't provide good visualizations. Tableau organizes information more efficiently and visualize it very effectively through tabular reports, charts, dashboards, etc. It provides each user with insights they need in order to improve business processes. It enables users to make better decisions at all levels of the organization on a regular basis. It makes us gain a complete view and real-time actionable insight into customer shopping behavior across all channels.
  • User-friendly
  • Efficient
  • Fast
  • Automatic generation of twbx for Tableau reader users
It is well suited to medium to large organizations that have large data to analyze. We are now in the information age and Tableau Server is necessary to make us more informed decisions for the business.
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April 01, 2016

Tableau Server Review: "Fast to deploy, easy to love!"

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Tableau Server is used across our organisation to share insights and enable users to quickly access reports and demonstrate capabilities to our clients. We also use Tableau Server as a training tool for our staff.
  • Distributing business intelligence across the organisation
  • Enabling collaboration on analytics and data visualisation
  • Managing user access to information by integrating with existing security models
  • Empowering end users to share their data stories
  • Providing governed data access to the entire organisation
  • Customising the end user interface
  • Being more restrictive by default with regard to user access
Tableau Server is well suited for organisations that want to enable staff across all levels to contribute to the data analysis process and who value insights from all of its members. It also suits organisations who want to ramp up their server quickly and who combine fast decision making with software that only requires short deployment cycles. It won't be as appropriate to use in environments where collaboration is frowned upon and where the control and access to valuable data is to remain in the hands and heads of a select group.
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March 01, 2016

Tableau Server Review: "Tableau is the clay for big data - the forms are endless."

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We utilize Tableau to serve a variety of data purposes. The beauty of Tableau is it's ability to be adapted for purposes across the entire organization. For us, Tableau solves unique business problems for every department. Whether you need a high level business update on how the entire company is doing or something related to a specific account -- Tableau usually has the answer.
  • Versatility -- there are endless ways to visualize data
  • Adaptability -- all departments have unique business questions/challenges. Given the proper concision around the question, Tableau can usually be manipulated to have an answer.
  • Immediacy -- Tableau Server is quick, simple as that.
  • Some of the best use cases for Tableau come from building custom views out of the raw data sources. Tableau does not save custom views built in this fashion -- they have to be rebuilt each time which can be painfully time consuming.
  • Data manipulation -- much of the time data has to be exported into excel in order to see things the right way.
The reporting made available in Tableau is often utilized by companies that do not directly own that Tableau account instance. It does not serve as a UI or API for those external stake-holders. Rather, the account owner must manually generate and send reports. It is less appropriate for providing on demand reporting and a controlled user interface for external clients. However, Tableau remains very well-suited to internal data uses of all kinds.
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July 07, 2014

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

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Tableau is being used as user friendly ad-hoc reporting tool for end users who may or may not have a technical background. The vendor provided on demand training is very well done and someone who has never heard of Tableau can become a functional Tableau user in about a day. It is a nice, flexible tool to complement OBIEE 11g, the enterprise BI tool. It is available to any department within the bank and is being used by roughly 30 or so different groups within the bank. There are about 3,000 Tableau Server users currently, with substantial user growth projected by year end. Each of these groups have their own unique website on Tableau Server and site administrators control who can see what. This can be done on an individual basis, or on a group basis. Also, a member of site A can not access site B.
  • Tableau Server is a great tool for sharing meaningful reports. Members of a site simply access their site through their web browser, and then can view reports that drive business decisions. The navigation is very user friendly and the learning curve is minimal, even for someone who has never used a BI tool before.
  • Reports housed on Tableau Server are either made out of a "live" data connection or a data extract, where data is brought in in memory. Within Server, it is very easy to set up your extract report to be refreshed based on whatever timeframe suits you (daily, weekly, monthly etc). It is easy to control how up to date the data in the reports are for site members viewing the reports.
  • Site administrators within a site manage and control the permissions within the site. There is a three tier hierarchy within the content that's published to a Server site (Project level, Workbook level, View level) and site admins can quickly and easily control which members have access to which content within the site.
  • There is no easy way to extract a Tableau site user list. (It can be done with using Tableau Desktop) but having an icon to export a user list to Excel seems like a simple enhancement that could go a long way.
  • From a system admin perspective, there is no way to kill a task within Server. We ran into an issue where the subscription feature (an option where a user can have reports emailed to them on a schedule they determine) was gumming up our background task processors. The subscriptions would never execute, though it would hog the associated background task processor. Without having a simple kill task button, the system admins would have to stop processes and restart the actual Windows Server. It was a pain.
  • Tableau Server vendor support can be frustrating at times. The turnaround time is inconsistent, it's almost like the luck of the draw for who gets assigned to your case. Many times they give canned copy/paste replies until you can get a WebEx session to show them what's going on.
Tableau Server is still a product that's not very mature. It is great for quick ad hoc analysis. Site members can do more than just login and view a report. Depending on their rights/permissions, they can actually interact with the reports (click drop down boxes, radio button filters, set customized views and save them etc). However as an enterprise level BI solution it still has some limitations. All of the data connections that start the report developing process occur at the local machine level. Once the report is published to the Server site, managing the security from a enterprise perspective is a challenge. Things such as metadata layers are not as robust as the bigger enterprise options.
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October 22, 2013

Tableau Server Review: "Tableau"

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  • The best feature of Tableau is that it is easy to use. It gives those with an analytical mindset the ability to analyze data without having to navigate technical obstacles such as SQL, coding, etc.
  • Quick dashboarding with easy to use drill down & drill across. Setting up an enterprise quality dashboard is pretty simple and there is a lot of functionality that can be incorporated using actions to allow for drill downs, filtering, etc.
  • Implementation is a breeze. Tableau is quick to implement and upgrade. Unlike traditional BI Suites that have months-long implementation cycles, Tableau is pretty quick. Additionally, it does not need to sit on top of a data warehouse it can be fed via Access, Excel, or text - which makes it perfect for ad hoc analysis as well
  • Ipad reporting seems to be a pain point for all BI sytems, Tableau included. In previous roles, we had more issues with security (internal to our company), but it seems like you have to download large files to the iPad to run the visualizations/dashboards, which can be a challenge for a mobile workforce.
  • Blended data sets were always tricky in Tableau. It is pretty simple to get them up and running, but advanced features always seemed to be challenging.
  • We had some issues using Essbase/Multi-Dimensional Sources, early on, but the Tableau support team was quick to churn out a solution.
Tableau is a great tool to consider if you want full-blown reporting without the headaches of a nightmarish BI Suite implementation. The cost can be restrictive if you have a large number of users, but in most cases it is worth it to get key data out to your customers quickly.
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September 15, 2013

Tableau Server Review: "Tableau: The successful democratization of visual data analytics."

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  • The product provides a very easy to use method to develop insightful visualizations.
  • The product also provides a very easy method for sharing visualizations.
  • None come to mind.
The annual customer conference is well worth the cost.
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November 26, 2012

Tableau Server Review: "Strong visualization capabilities. Good for SMB."

Score 8 out of 10
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  • In some ways, this depends on company size. For a mid-sized company like us, this is a very good solution. But if we were a large enterprise, it would certainly make more sense to use something more appropriate to a large organization like Business Objects.
  • Tableau is a huge improvement over what we had. It’s now easy to drag and drop elements to create very compelling visual reports. It’s also quite easy for users to create powerful reports without having to know SQL.
  • Distribution of reports company-wide (by publishing to server and having users view reports through desktop or reader) is also great, and a huge improvement to the very manual process we had before.
  • The data engine does an extract every morning from our data warehouse to update the data sets . This automatic data sync and report refresh capability is extremely helpful.
  • Being able to connect different data sets – so some direct to our data warehouse, some in spreadsheets (like budgets) has been very helpful.
  • The converse of the automatic data sync mentioned as a plus, is that it was a little difficult to set up. Initially we could not make Tableau sync with our data warehouse and we needed help from them, which they wanted to charge us for. It turned out that the problem was on our side – we’d done the installation incorrectly, so not their fault – but this was painful.
  • Tableau does not work well with cubes that were used to speed up reporting in our DW. We have a columnar database, Vertica, for some parts of our DW as well and it remains to be seen how those will integrate with Tableau, although I don’t expect any issues here.
  • Some features that are natively available in SQL are not available in Tableau (temporary tables)
  • They release a new version every three weeks, which creates some management overhead for us. In particular, we have experienced some versioning problems where different versions of the product do not talk to each other correctly.
Tableau allows disparate parts of the organization to download their own data from other applications and import it into Tableau for department-specific analysis. For example, the web analytics team uploads data from Omniture, and the Budget/Finance teams upload various data sets from Excel spreadsheets to gain specific insights. Being able to marry all of these with data direct from our data warehouse in one online interface is tremendously helpful.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (29)
8.1
Customizable dashboards (74)
8.4
Report Formatting Templates (62)
7.8
Drill-down analysis (75)
7.7
Formatting capabilities (73)
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages (44)
7.7
Report sharing and collaboration (70)
7.8
Publish to Web (66)
8.9
Publish to PDF (66)
7.8
Report Versioning (54)
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling (60)
8.3
Delivery to Remote Servers (9)
7.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (67)
8.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (67)
8.3
Predictive Analytics (50)
7.4
Multi-User Support (named login) (73)
8.2
Role-Based Security Model (71)
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (72)
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO) (43)
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access (59)
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application (47)
7.7
Dedicated Android Application (39)
7.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (51)
7.6
REST API (29)
8.1
Javascript API (25)
8.0
iFrames (30)
7.6
Java API (7)
7.4
Themeable User Interface (UI) (9)
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (7)
6.8

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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Tableau Server Video

Learn more about Tableau Server: https://www.tableau.com/products/server Tableau Server is true enterprise-scale analytics your business will love. Share insights and collaborate with data sources, interactive dashboards, and ad hoc analyses in a trusted and secure

Tableau Server Downloadables

Tableau Server Integrations

Tableau Server Competitors

Domo, IBM Cognos, Looker, MicroStrategy Analytics, QlikView, Qlik Sense, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

Pricing

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

Tableau Server Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
Forum/Community
FAQ/Knowledgebase
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar
Phone
Email

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