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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://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/Dr/DC/B9UT7Z2T8LTT.PNGTableau Server is a great tool for small, medium, and large companiesTableau Server is being used across our entire organization. Every employee at Qualtrics has a Tableau Server user, and we use Tableau Server authentication to display reports and dashboards in our company portal. Tableau Server is used heavily within each department, with dedicated analysts for each team creating and deploying dashboards for all employees to consume. Sales leaders view dashboards regularly to track the progress of their teams, and individual contributors view dashboards frequently to track their own progress.,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,10,Tableau Server has had a huge positive impact. It has allowed us to quickly distribute complex dashboards across the company Tableau Server has allowed us to easily manage our entire employee base at the company and control the dashboards they view and interact with,5,10,6,9,8Getting up and ready with a great data visualization platform in a few days with Tableau ServerTableau is being used mostly by marketing to get a good view of their customer base. It covers the present footprint in terms of product ownership and the trend in usage of services. 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.,9,ROI wasn't really measured but the time to market was really quick. Within a few days, the Tableau server was installed and fully usable by analysts. The installation process of this software is really well documented and easy to perform. An administrator should be appointed to manage the platform. In our case, we went with an existing administrator of a different platform as this was not a full-time job. A few hours a month is generally enough to manage the platform. Tableau creates really dazzling reports and dashboards. I suggest establishing upfront the targeted audience for the consumption of data if you want to keep the license count under control. It is very tough to achieve that if you grant one to anyone who asks for a license.,10,9,10,10,10,100,1,Creating dynamic dashboards on customer buying trends Follow evolution of customer base through time based on several criteria Market share analysis with graphical representations (heat maps),Use of command lines functionalities to allow automated ETL process to prepare data, refresh datasources and Tableau object all without any intervention. Use with mobile for executives,10Tableau Server for Sharing and collaboration of DasboardsYes, we have adopted the Tableau Server in our environment. It has been used by higher authority people who want to get some insights out of their data. And also it has been maintained by the AWS team to manage and control the server. It mainly solves sharing and collaboration problems in Tableau.,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.,8,Development cost is not very high, and also it provides an ROI within 2-3 months. Adoption of Tableau server in your organization is a much easier process, but it takes time to configure some of the settings. It has many options which are pre-built in it, for example, Version control of workbook. It doesn't require any additional application to integrate with it.,8,9,9,8,8Tableau Server is an absolute must for getting the most out of the Tableau Platform.Tableau Server is used in my company as our primary method for sharing business insights. We build visualization dashboards in Tableau Desktop, then publish them to project folders in Tableau Server so that the appropriate teams can access their near real-time metrics.,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.,9,Positive impact is lower cost on our org. We had a previous tool that had very high cost for view-only users, so high that we couldn't provide broad enough access to our organization and had to restrict who could use the tool. We wanted to share all this information more broadly, so the much lower view-only user cost of using Tableau Server was a big benefit to us. Negative impact for me as a designer of visualizations is that I have to have an installed software on my PC (Tableau Desktop) to do major editing of any content used for Tableau Server. Yes, you can do minor editing in Server, but Desktop is required for the heavy lifting. Another negative impact is the responsiveness of the system. Tableau Server often takes much longer to load a view than our previous tool. Example is selecting a filter and having to wait more than what feels "typical" for a page with information, over and over while using the tool. It seems too dense to load promptly. I know there are design decisions that can reduce the load time, but even while using those practices the result still feels slow.,9,10,10,10,8Tableau Server ReviewTableau Server is used by our organization to create and use real-time dashboards and reports. It is used across the entire organization. Tableau Server makes it easy to gather data from multiple sources and easily create dashboards and reports for different users. The data can be updated instantly and allow users to view real-time data.,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.,8,It has made it easier for users to view financial data. It has made it easier for different departments to create reports. It has increased IT maintenance cost.,8,7,9,9,7Great product but not CheapWe use Tableau Server to distribute dashboards to our entire company, as well as to our contractor to keep everyone in the know.,Easy to install and to set up Navigation is a breeze Security settings are great,Better alert scheduling Cheaper licences cost,10,Not sure about this,8,9,9,9,7Tableau Server is perfect for real-time visualization and interactive dashboards, not for advanced analyticsTableau Server is used by our organization to implement real-time data visualization and monitoring. The software is used only by certain departments. Tableau Server makes real-time data analytics easy for busy executives who want interactive visualizations and reporting without having to put too much work into what they are doing.,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.,10,Tableau Server has replaced Excel spreadsheets in much of what I do. The software really did save a ton of time and improved the overall work product. I think the ROI has been heavily in the positive. For analysts trying to get others to improve their reporting processes, Tableau Server may at first represent a negative ROI because others are unwilling to change. If you're unable to get others to change their habits, Tableau Server may not be for you. Tableau Server was easy to set up. The required headcount was as little as 1 for report creation. It's very easy to get up and going with Tableau Server.,10,8,10,10,9,The "Show Me" visualization is awesome. The drag and drop is easy. Customizing Tableau is about as easy as it gets.,Making calculations is Tableau Server is sometimes very difficult. Customizing Tableau Server for a very specific graphical display can sometimes be very, very time-consuming. Tableau Server sometimes takes a good deal of time to update.,Yes, but I don't use it,9Tableau is a gold mine, be the first or last, worth a dig!Tableau is used by a department and it addresses key issues such as device availability, performance of devices deployed, and enterprise reporting for roadway data. Tableau Server has helped store information and visualize it in a great fashion. We have great leverage over other systems because Tableau Server is standalone. Our future goal is to use it across the whole organization.,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.,9,It has helped improve reporting capabilities from traditional to modern ways to view data. It has helped in terms of using new maps and charts for devices availability and which is unique and insightful. Interactive features attracted our client to look up business intelligence and other areas.,9,8,9,9,9Tableau fits our needs as a small companyAt Vinyl we use Tableau to develop dashboards for insight into our business. It houses most of our day to day reporting and we are now developing our KPI system on it.,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,9,We recently reduced our licensing due to scaling down the company and Tableau had a reasonable process to accommodate us. The most recent version we use (10.4) has been much more reliable - looking forward to the 2018 version that we will implement next month. Many times changes in version cause our analysts headaches by changing small things we don't always catch at first and we don't have the means to run a test environment for all of them.,8,8,9,9,9Amazing product for sharing actionable insights!Tableau Server is being used at Ellie Mae as a platform for not only sharing enterprise level Tableau dashboards created by our BI developers, but also as a location to host business specific data sources for end users to create their own ad-hoc visualizations.,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,8,Quick implementation Slow adoption High deployment cost Skilled developers necessary,7,10,8,10,10Usable 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,10Tableau - One Stop Shop for Visual AnalyticsTableau Server is being used across multiple business platforms at Wells Enterprise. We have used it as our primary analytics tool and as our primary catalyst to provide self-service analytics to all business platforms. Our most active departments currently include Revenue Managment, Finance, Sales, Quality Assurance.,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.,10,Our corporate quality team was able to attribute a 10% improvement in the number of customer complaints to the increased visibility that Tableau was able to provide their team.,8,9,9,8,10Tableau part of the DNA of this OEM.We are a Tableau OEM partner. We are a SaaS company with a web application that incorporates Tableau Server in the delivery of analytics for the education space. 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.,10,The foundation of our business was built largely using Tableau server - the overall value that Tableau has brought is hard to quantify. A lot. One challenge we've encountered is when the server has experienced interface design changes. Since we use it as a part of a larger application, even minor layout changes have a negative impact on our environment. The JavaScript API is a tad limited, so we've had to do some creative programming to work around those limits. The (fairly) opaque underlying database structure puts additional limitations on our ability as an OEM/reseller partner. There are several metrics that would benefit us if we had more insight/access.,9,,9,8,9Tableau - The One Stop ShopWe use Tableau Server as the main repository for all reporting needs for the entire organization. It is used by all parts of the organization, from IT to Human Resources. About 90% of the data is pulled from our various SQL databases within the organization. With less than 10% of the data coming from external resources such as clients/vendors that are merged into some of our reports. 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.),10,Tableau is costly but I will say this: You get what you pay for when it comes to Tableau, Tableau Desktop and other Tableau products. I haven't been disappointed with anything Tableau has done or has to offer.,10,10,10,10,10Intuitive and easy BII used Tableau as another BI tool, by the client where the Tableau server installation was used and most production reports were accessible here. 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,9,Quick publishing of findings, the reports were easily shared with the target audience (analysts, managers) and any questions could be clarified in an efficient manner Tableau mobile solution is impressive and still brings a WOW effect to the report consumer (especially if the user switches from Excel to mobile interactive Tableau) Instead of sharing Powerpoint slides, one can share Tableau workbooks via its reader -- all the user has to do is to install this free application, then you can easily discuss anything online or on the phone,10,10,10,10,10Experience with TableauWhen I started with GOGO, Tableau was one of the BI tools used across the company, where we have distributed usernames to multiple people for their development or usage. I played a key role to enable Tableau as an Enterprise tool with AD Authentication (OKTA Integration,) which helped hugely increase traffic to the Tableau Server. 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,10,We have standardized to use Tableau as BI Tool across the company which saved money by killing other BI tools Enabling Tableau as an enterprise tool helped save time on user support for various tools,10,7,10,8,10An essential part of our service offering.We use it as a part of an Analytics-as-a-Service offering for our clients. Clients purchase the service and we create an analytic database that brings together a number of source systems supporting customer service operations, from that database analyses are run based on various hypotheses and visualized using Tableau Server, which clients have purchased seat licenses to log in to and interact with. The administration is handled by myself and my team. The business problem being addressed is not specific to customer service operations, but we utilize it exclusively within that environment; namely, that 5-6 source systems (Automated Call Distributor, Workforce Management System, Quality Assurance System, Customer Satisfaction Surveys, Customer Relationship Management, etc.) are interdependent and yet exist in silos. While all of them are required to operate a CX operation, one can only look at the effectiveness of an operation through the lens of the individual systems. We design a data model to allow querying of data across systems in order to create a full "customer journey" so that the customer experience can be seen from start to finish.,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,10,We've created an entire revenue stream with Tableau Server as an essential element; a few years ago analytics wasn't even something that clients paid for and now it's several hundred thousand dollars per year in revenue.,10,8,9,9,9If you have the budget, Tableau Server is the way to go!At Rollins, the Tableau Server is used within the Marketing area and primarily with the intent of sharing dashboards/ analyses with the Marketing Leadership Team and at times with leadership outside Marketing. It allows us to share analyses, with the option to dive deeper where necessary and based on the audience/ questions of interest.,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.,9,7,8,8,3,5Tableau Server: A No-BrainerTableau Server is a vital part of our data ecosystem. Without it, our data analytics and general reporting efforts would be greatly impeded if not completely derailed. It hosts a large majority of our internal facing reporting KPIs and metrics, and enables our business leaders to keep a watchful eye on the status of the company and its health.,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,10,Without a doubt, the use of Tableau Server has saved millions in terms of dollars saved with automated and accessible reporting Deployment level of effort is quite minimal from an analyst's perspective, and still relatively small on the Dev Ops and Infrastructural dependencies as well,9,9,8,10,8Big Fan ReviewTableau Server is used today as our BI system of choice, primarily for analytical purposes. That is, our healthcare analysts use Tableau for ad-hoc analysis purposes. However, we likely will be converting our standard BI solution to Tableau in the near future.,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,9,Development time is significantly less in Tableau relative to many competitor platforms. We have numerous examples where we have transitioned existing assets to Table and done so in 10-20% of the original development time. Big ROI factor there. Training and ease of use is simple. Not a large learning curve. Server deployment could not be easier.,7,7,7,8,10Tableau is the centerpiece of our Business Analytics.Tableau Server is being used across our entire enterprise as the primary vehicle for the dissemination of business analytics (BA). In particular, it enables end-user/department "self-service" in terms of reporting. It also works very well for embedding BA in mobile enterprise applications (iPhone-iPad.),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.,10,Without question it has helped us make information that was "invisible" or hard to fathom much more accessible to those that need it to run our business. To that end, it is helping us zero in on many cost avoidance issues which were not surfaced before the advent of Tableau Analytics.,10,10,10,9,10Tableau Server Makes Serving Up Data Visualizations Fast and EasyWe have 55 licenses for Tableau Server. The licenses are dispersed across the organization . . . Executive Suite, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, Operations, QC, etc. We collect much more data in our DW than we are currently asked to report or visualize via Tableau. That being said, we have Tableau workbooks with dashboards that allow our data consumers to analyze customer profitability, product, brand & category performance, overall state of the business, fulfillment performance, etc. Our operations group uses Tableau workbooks and dashboards to forecast SKU demand and adjust pick location designations, etc. The product is very ingrained in our organization.,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.,9,Tableau Server has allowed us to reduce the total volume of reports and to consolidate multiple sources of reporting down to a single source of the truth, accessed from our data warehouse via Tableau workbooks/dashboards hosted on Tableau Server. Tableau Server's internal database allows us to track who is accessing what workbooks, dashboards and views, and how often. This helps to identify workbooks and or dashboards that may have become obsolete. The simplicity of setting up and administering the Tableau Server allows that to be absorbed by our small BI team of 2 along with the Tableau and backend data warehouse development.,9,9,10,9,10Tableau Server - Connecting the visualizationTableau Server is used by our department to visualize displays. The transportation department uses it to visualize different performance parameters like congestion, delay, and other measures across the state. It is also being used to work in collaboration by different research groups at Iowa State University. Tableau server is also used to visualize different accident hotspots in the state of Iowa.,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,8,We have to reduce datasize in most cases Helps us to collaborate with one another We need to have copies of data in our own machine, when we need to append some extra features in our data,7,9,6,10,Tableau - A world of visualizations at your fingertips.It is being used to help our clients visualize their usage data from different angles. It is being used by a handful of people across the organization. It helps expose our big data hosted on Cloudera clusters to display them in a unique way.,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,8,Easy to create reports on fast turnaround and deployment times Tableau Server does not scale very cost-effectively Does not require a huge development team for Tableau,8,8,6,8,7Tableau Server is the best of the bestWe use it across the organization, but I only manage 1 or quite a few. It is the trusted platform for visualization across the organization.,User management; you have a plethora of options built in (LDAP, Domain, SAML, etc.) for SSO and user management. Dashboard Hosting; you have the option to host your dashboard in a few different ways. You can embed it as part of a larger web page, have it emailed automatically, or view it directly on the server. Web Editing; while not as robust as a full fledged desktop I can see that it is edging that way. The web editing is great for fast, small, on the fly edits during a working session with a customer.,Installation; the latest iteration was an absolute nightmare to install. It failed to install several times. Web Editing; while it is okay at small edits it would be a very nice feature to have an integrated solution that is as robust as desktop. User Management; in certain aspects user management could use a small boost. Have a setting that allows Active Directory / LDAP based users be removed/deleted from the server automatically instead of forcing a script be written and deployed. If the user no longer exists in the AD or LDAP group they should be removed vice set to inactive as an option.,9,Time to adoption has been a very big factor; it was easy to adopt. Deployment cost has also been a big factor; outside of the initial purchase of an 8 core license, my organization has been unwilling to revisit getting a larger core license due to the large cost. The headcount needed to setup and install Tableau Server can be pretty low. It depends upon your deployment preference, but as an example a single server option domain connected on a windows server install is likely to take only a couple of hours to setup and a couple of hours of maintenance a month. Even a more highly available setup is still not going to require more headcount per-say, merely a little bit more time on initial setup and maintenance.,8,9,10,10,7
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January 24, 2019

Review: "Getting up and ready with a great data visualization platform in a few days with Tableau Server"

Score 9 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

10
Tableau Server is built on the approach of collaboration. It is great for publishing, sharing, and everything in between. You can set alerts for dashboard refresh. All of this must obviously be managed through user/group rights but nevertheless, the sharing capacity is great and convenient.
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May 13, 2019

Review: "Tableau Server for Sharing and collaboration of Dasboards"

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Collaboration and Sharing

8
Tableau provides one beautiful feature called Alert. In this, we can set the point on the chart. If there are any changes to that graph, i.e it's high or low, it sends direct notifications to concerned persons. Talking about security, it provides a user filter option to isolate certain users. Sharing of the dashboard is also very easy. It's simply publishing to Server.
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January 28, 2019

Review: "Tableau Server is an absolute must for getting the most out of the Tableau Platform."

Score 9 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

10
As previously described, access can be very granular. We have integrated group joins in our internal distribution list management, which works with Tableau Server (guessing through the SSO integration...) to allow users to selectively join groups (with or without approval setup) to get access to the appropriate projects in Tableau Server. Works quite well and it's quite secure. This means dashboard owners can use the same governance of groups to share to the appropriate audiences and setup notifications.
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January 09, 2019

Review: "Tableau Server is perfect for real-time visualization and interactive dashboards, not for advanced analytics"

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Collaboration and Sharing

10
Tableau Server is easy to share creative control. The software doesn't require any special networking knowledge to create interactive dashboards across the organization. The alerts and security take a bit more time (especially the security), but nothing outrageous. It's really easy to collaborate with Tableau Server. This is one of the software's strong points.
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November 02, 2018

Tableau Server Review: "Tableau is a gold mine, be the first or last, worth a dig!"

Score 9 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

9
This is the best feature we excelled at. We love interactive dashboards, and teams were surprised to see the level of authenticity in terms of development and interaction of dashboards.
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October 19, 2018

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

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Collaboration and Sharing

9
Tableau's interactive charts can easily be shared among responders that need specific information. Using the granular access controls, we have substantially decreased the number of errors reported by field staff. The security is robust, yet quite simple to maintain. We also use the statistics on the number of views of a particular dashboard to fine-tune the dashboard or retire visualizations that are no longer relevant to our users. This has reduced "clutter" and support calls on how to get to the right viz.
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September 28, 2018

Tableau Server Review: "Tableau part of the DNA of this OEM."

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Collaboration and Sharing

8
With our users being external to our company, and served through a front-end web app, it is challenging to use the native interface for sharing. With that said, we do allow users to save custom filter settings for later retrieval.
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January 02, 2019

Tableau Server Review: "Intuitive and easy BI"

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Collaboration and Sharing

10
There are several applications that one can use with Tableau server - online (web), mobile as well as specialized application Tableau Reader. An analyst can produce "views" that can be easily updated with new data and the views can be shared. Any user that subscribes for a specific view will get distributed updates via e-mail ...
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September 07, 2018

Tableau Server Review: "Experience with Tableau"

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Collaboration and Sharing

8
  • Managing Security on the Tableau Server is really easy. Sharing the dashboards to other users and sharing the comments between users is also useful.
  • Alerting should be improved, like looking into multiple metrics on the viz before sending an alert.
  • Subscription options are limited to a few. Adding the text message is enabled but the text message is displayed at the bottom of the email. It would be great to have that at the start or provide a selection to users for bottom or top. Also when a user is subscribed to the workbook, the workbook name appears on the email which should be optional or removed.
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September 07, 2018

Tableau Server Review: "An essential part of our service offering."

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Collaboration and Sharing

9
We don't utilize the alerts and subscriptions structure (although people have the option of setting it up themselves) but having a single place to log in to and view regularly updated data is one of the primary benefits of a BI tool and we utilize it constantly.
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December 20, 2018

User Review: "Tableau Server: A No-Brainer"

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Collaboration and Sharing

10
It's very easy to share dashboard or manage access controls, and it syncs fairly well with authentication providers. The alerting can get better, and undoubtedly will get better as it seems to do year after year. In the meantime we have built custom notifications to handle the unique use cases we have, but out of the box, Tableau Server does its job.
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August 10, 2018

Tableau Server Review: "Tableau is the centerpiece of our Business Analytics."

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Collaboration and Sharing

9
It's good. It's like publishing research papers. There is only ONE primary (first) author. This is the OWNER in Tableau terms. You can have any number of secondary authors but at the end of the day it's the OWNER that rules absolutely. I also like the option to manage permissions by workbook or by project (i.e. all objects in a project folder have permissions assigned to the folder regardless of how published).
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August 10, 2018

Review: "Tableau Server Makes Serving Up Data Visualizations Fast and Easy"

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Collaboration and Sharing

9
We like the subscriptions and the ability to make certain dashboard filter settings available for use by other users with access. The one issue we have had in the past was that when a user leaves, those public view/settings are tied to that user's UserID.
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November 29, 2018

Review: "Tableau Server - Connecting the visualization"

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Collaboration and Sharing

10
Tableau Server is otherwise very easy and user-friendly. Being a GUI based software it is super easy to learn as well. With Tableau Server you can expect to share data with all the users on your community. Servers can be accessed across all platforms, hence you can easily transfer data as well.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (29)
8.2
Customizable dashboards (85)
8.9
Report Formatting Templates (72)
7.8
Drill-down analysis (86)
8.3
Formatting capabilities (84)
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages (54)
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration (81)
8.5
Publish to Web (77)
9.2
Publish to PDF (76)
8.1
Report Versioning (63)
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling (70)
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers (9)
6.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (78)
8.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (77)
8.6
Predictive Analytics (59)
7.0
Multi-User Support (named login) (84)
8.4
Role-Based Security Model (82)
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (83)
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO) (53)
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access (69)
7.8
Dedicated iOS Application (56)
8.1
Dedicated Android Application (47)
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (61)
8.1
REST API (35)
8.4
Javascript API (32)
8.1
iFrames (36)
7.6
Java API (7)
6.6
Themeable User Interface (UI) (9)
6.5
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (7)
5.9

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.

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 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

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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