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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 05, 2018

Tableau Server is great

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Pros and Cons

  • Quick access to data in one place that is easy to find
  • Ability for inexperienced users to interact with the data
  • Easy sharing, downloading. Everyone can get what they want.
  • Management of users is easy
  • Editing a workbook in Server has gotten much better, but it would be nice to add even more Desktop-like functionality.
  • Not being able to get rid of the Default project is annoying.
  • When tasks fail, send an email to the admin instead of just a notification in server.
  • Would be great to be able to purchase more licenses within Server.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 04, 2018

My Tableau server review

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Pros and Cons

  • Architecture of the Tableau Server is very simple and easy to implement. It can be easily scaled up/scaled down based on the business needs
  • The licensing concepts of user-based/CPU core based is best in standards. We can choose based on our needs
  • Tableau DB connectors. It connects all types of data sources available and it is also made very simple and powerful
  • Too many releases of Tableau Server products. Maybe it could be half yearly so that we can plan for the upgrades of our server as needed
  • Two Node installation should support high availability by making the repository in both nodes
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 17, 2018

Tableau Server is a great addition to Desktop

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Pros and Cons

  • Shares data sources very well.
  • Solid security at the folder and file level.
  • Recently added a "read-only" licensing option.
  • Performance can be problematic when using MS SQL stored procedures as a published data source on Tableau Server. We've only tried this twice, but it has failed spectacularly under two completely different situations.
  • Maintenance upgrades are extremely slow. That may be improving in version 2018.2.
  • New subscription pricing models are more expensive than the discontinued perpetual licensing model.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 17, 2018

Tableau Server - great times!

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Pros and Cons

  • Standardized reporting across teams/projects
  • Easily access summary level reporting with the ability to get to the account level detail within a few clicks
  • Easy to share reports with the many export features
  • The formatting is always difficult and never translates exactly when publishing from desktop to server
  • Customization using the command line is more difficult than it should be
  • It'd be nice to be able to copy group permissions between sites
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 10, 2018

Small made Mighty with Tableau Server!

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Pros and Cons

  • Auto refresh setup is a few clicks, and default selections make routine updates to dashboard development a breeze.
  • Intuitive, rapid development of visuals for all stages of business analysis; easy to learn, teach and realize RoI of purchase in 3-6 months.
  • Robust visual recommendations result in responsive, high impact deliverables to meet ad-hoc requests.
  • Highly customizable actions and filters for high interactivity and rapid end user adoption from anywhere business needs to get done.
  • Pop-up tips for new viewers regarding features like subscriptions, alerts, etc to encourage engagement.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 19, 2018

Data consolidation and visualizations done right

Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • One of the main features of this product is the ease of generating reports. Dashboards can be shared among team members instantaneously.
  • Scheduling and alert notifications can be easily configured to help managers find out critical information in a timely fashion.
  • Some of the reports and dashboards generated by Tableau Server are not fully mobile responsive.
  • We have had several issues with Tableau being unable to communicate with other data sources and servers, possibly arising through some authentication failures.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 05, 2018

Tableau has been a great tool for us, has room to improve too!

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Pros and Cons

  • Easy connection to SQL Server. Easy creation of SQL statement, data source for reporting. Easy drag and drop report creation
  • Flexible report formats
  • Easy to set permissions on a per User basis
  • We use Tab CMD extensively; documentation is poor (specifically on how to format some exports - a topic we recently had to rerseach).
  • We leverage xtab reports a lot, and we run into the 16 column limit
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 28, 2018

Decent product and good UX (except requirement for desktop client) but legacy underlying architecture

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Pros and Cons

  • Data presentation
  • Visual data exploration
  • Story telling
  • Deployment and management are quite hard.
  • Required Tableau Desktop for report design (embedded browser version is too weak and incomplete)
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 21, 2018

Tableau is the best solution

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Pros and Cons

  • Easy to build.
  • The Linux version is very stable.
  • Upgrades fast.
  • We can't open admin web because of the certificate issue.
  • It needs automatic backup and recovery.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 19, 2018

Data visualizations made easy

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Pros and Cons

  • Reporting through Tableau Server is just a matter of few clicks. Anyone with the correct user access can we the dashboards instantaneously.
  • Using dynamic filtering, users can access the relevant sections of the reports without the need for any admin re-configuration.
  • Thus far I have not seen Tableau generated reports being mobile responsive.
  • Some of the navigation required to access workbooks, folders and projects can quickly get messy.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 03, 2018

My experience with Tableau Server

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Pros and Cons

  • Quick development time.
  • Easy to administer.
  • Lots of options for authentication.
  • It's slow to start/stop the server components, which results in more downtime during upgrades.
  • Hard to kill a data refresh manually.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 07, 2018

Tableau Server increases time efficiency!

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Pros and Cons

  • The ability to share metrics across an organization with one source of truth (published data source)
  • Allows users the ability to author their own visualizations without having to purchase a Desktop license
  • Subscription and Data-Driven alerting to alert users to changes in their data
  • Add in the ability to search for fields while using web authorizing on Tableau Server. It's tedious to find the fields you want to add to a visualization when you have 100 fields and multiple joins to search through
  • Allow web authors the ability to reorder the worksheets after creation
  • Include ability to set up parameters while web authoring
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Siggy Tetteh, CSSGB, MBA, MCP | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 14, 2017

My Tableau Server "Spiell"

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Pros and Cons

  • The ease of use - you don't have to spend countless of hours training users how to maneuver around the product. It is straightforward and self-explanatory.
  • Ease of administering - I never took any formal training for this tool but have become rather good in creating groups with pertinent access and the role level security and administration is phenomenal. You can fashion your security just the way you want it.
  • Updating and deploying the system is earth-shattering - it is very flexible and the cost is rather transparent.
  • While it is easy to deploy and administer, it is also a very powerful monitoring and management tool as well.
  • Alerting - is one area that tableau could improve on. I have submitted this as an enhancement feature, there is no way yet to state that when an account is reached a predetermined threshold, you can send an alert to a group to make decisions or act accordingly.
  • Some other functionality that you have to use add-on tools to accomplish.
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Ilham AB | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 25, 2018

A very cool tool for Data Visualization

Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Ease of use
  • Automatic data visualization
  • Lower cost of ownership
  • Interactive visual exploration
  • Multiple data sources
  • A license model need to be enhanced to capture small and medium business requirements
  • Capability for data discovery
  • Supporting the cloud functionality
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Heidi Hiemstra | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 10, 2017

Tableau Server will Serve you Well

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Pros and Cons

  • Easy for non-technical users to learn how to access and manipulate reports
  • Workbook editing features provide a lot of customization potential without having to buy desktop -- as long as the defined data source does not change
  • Wide variety of role and content-based permissions settings
  • Great for distributed enterprise implementation and support -- lots of flexibility and use can be tailored lots of ways to meet the needs of different user groups
  • Love that all the user and content data is easily available for analysis.
  • More ways to organize content would improve. For instance, sub folders within the project folders would assist greatly.
  • Tags used to label and organize should be able to be assigned and managed at the project level. Having just one set for a big, distributed implementation like ours makes them useless.
  • Either updates need to be bundled more and released less frequently, or Tableau workbooks need to work in any version of Tableau Server and Desktop. A big challenge with our distributed approach is that some desktop users want to do every update, but IT can't be updating the server every month. It should not be a problem to have different versions on server and desktop, but neither product allows earlier versions to open files generated in new one
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Chris Metropulos | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 13, 2017

Tableau - A Program Ahead of its Peers

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Pros and Cons

  • Aesthetic value of reports generated is a plus.
  • Intuitive system, not overly complex but not too simplistic either.
  • Reliable platform, haven't had many notable issues of crashes, security penetration, or misinformation.
  • Tutorials don't always help 100% - typically you have to go through their support team for special integrations. Once set up however, things run efficiently.
  • You need to have reliably fast internet, otherwise it can get overloaded and you can possibly lose data.
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Sergio Martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 13, 2016

Data at a Glance

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Pros and Cons

  • Connects to disparate data easily
  • Reduces the need for IT personnel to extract custom datasets
  • Compresses and visualizes large amounts of data for quick display
  • Helps keep dashboards organized
  • Allows for flexibility by making published dashboards accessible anywhere
  • Cost
  • Limited functionality of executing stored procedures and analytical cubes]
  • Would like to see a stronger partnership with AWS and Azure
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Jonathan Drummey | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 02, 2016

Getting the most out of small data in healthcare

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Pros and Cons

  • For cases of "tell me something about X" for a data set I've never seen before such as data collected about blood transfusions, Tableau is fantastic at helping to make sense of the data and creating insights.
  • In cases where the data is really messy, even though Tableau does not do full ETL it speeds up the analysis and distribution of analytics process by an order of magnitude or more over Excel, which is a huge win for us.
  • Tableau's ability to aggregate at a variety of levels via table calculations is something that I haven't een done in other BI products (except via a ton of SQL), it makes a number of advanced computations easier for users to accomplish.
  • Tableau's model for filtering and sorting is based on the individual worksheet. Though extensions have been made over time for filtering at the dashboard level, the level of functionality for filtering and sorting at the dashboard level isn't where I'd want it to be.
  • Dashboard layout has definitely improved with version 8.0, and it's not quite the pixel perfect rendering that I want.
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Andrew Porter | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 01, 2016

Tableau Server - Enterprise Data Visualization Software

Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Tableau Server can be up and running within 30-60 minutes on a clean install since their installation wizard is extremely easy to use.
  • Tableau Server is easily administered by a small technical team of 1-3 people. The majority of administrative needs can be addressed through the web application directly. Others can be configured easily in configuration files or utilities.
  • High level business users LOVE the rich, interactive visualizations that are possible using Tableau. No experience is needed to interact with and draw meaningful conclusions from your data using the web application.
  • Analyst-level users can quickly learn to use Tableau Desktop in harmony with Tableau Server. With Tableau Desktop, users can create/modify reports and draw even deeper analysis.
  • The Tableau Community and Forums are extremely active. However, Tableau Support is also proactive in terms of troubleshooting issues. They are responsive, follow up, and work on a first name basis.
  • In Tableau Desktop / Tableau Server you can add micro-ETL processing, mapping, and other business rules directly in Tableau reports. This quickly becomes a danger to undermine existing back-end systems and their business logic. To avoid this, enforce concrete rules and structure for where business rules live.
  • The Tableau ecosystem is fantastic and flexible, but there is a learning curve. Creating meaningful reports is difficult and it takes time to learn.
  • Tableau Server introduced such a fast moving paradigm to reporting and visualization that it flipped our business users and technical team upside down. Suddenly we saw the millions of ways we could be slicing and dicing our data. Tableau Server opens up enormous windows for creativity and out of the box thinking. It's important to slow down and define a vision and long term goals for the reporting suite.
  • Tableau does not offer any solution for version control on its workbooks / dashboards / reports.
  • There is no clear way on how to QA/test Tableau reports given that it is primarily GUI-driven.
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Mashhood Syed | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 01, 2016

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

Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Allows you to quickly visualize your data.
  • Great for viewing data that has geospatial elements.
  • Easy to share with others via publishing to Tableau Server.
  • Not a one stop shop for summarizing large data sets (>1 million rows).
  • Does not work well with Teradata (in my experience). There was a host of connectivity issues that were logged by Tableau support as bugs/defects that were going to be addressed.
  • Performance is solely based on the amount of RAM your individual machine running the client app has (I would regularly see the Out of Memory error when trying to connect to Teradata).
  • Requires customization in order to force a refresh of the the webpage when publishing the dashboard on Tableau Server (data refreshes in the background but webpage does not update at the same time).
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Craig Rosenblum | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 16, 2016

Tableau - A Report in multiple dimensions

Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • You can "easily" add equations to the data that is displayed in your charts.
  • We are able to provide "real time" reporting in Tableau. As the data in our service process occurs, it updates the report.
  • We particularly like the mapping function. Again, we can easily provide data points in a map format in a multiple ways with dynamic icons.
  • Great support.
  • Drill down function: You can select a data field and drill down into the underlying data.
  • Well, the viewer does not provide "drill down" capability. One of the nice features is the ability to drill down into the data that is displayed on the chart. It is easy to send someone the viewer to review a report, but it lacks this functionality.
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Rajat Jain | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 25, 2016

Tableau Server - A new way to Visualize data

Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Tableau server is incredibly fast to deploy and easy to manage different permission levels for different roles and individuals
  • Tableau server helps to share dashboards via cloud and it can be connected to live data sources so that the dashboard gets updated automatically when the data is refreshed. This was not possible with traditional dashboards.
  • Tableau server enables integration of dashboards with existing enterprise applications so that data can be used by various departments to analyze business issues.
  • Tableau server allows safe and secure connection to virtually any data source.
  • The pricing plans should be made more affordable for small and medium businesses and continuous emphasis should be on reducing high maintenance costs which range from 20-25%.
  • Tableau server is very user friendly and does not require much of technical expertise after the initial data preparation has been taken care of or if you are using basic data sources like a csv or an Excel file (which is highly unlikely to happen with an enterprise). So, there is still a need for someone with good technical skills to create the initial database and integrate it with Tableau server.
  • It has a limited set of capabilities when it comes to advanced statistical or predictive features. So, Tableau server is best used to describe and analyse the past events but fails to predict the future events.
  • Integration with other enterprise systems and applications is not possible and even customization is out of question.
  • There is no provision for efficient reporting by scheduling reports and notifying the users once a new report has been generated. Also, data security is enabled by providing database access to the users which itself poses a threat to data security.
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Alec Guerenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 08, 2016

Tableau Server - A wonderful platform when conditions are met

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Pros and Cons

  • Strength 1. Dashboards & visualization rendered in a browser looks almost the same as the original design in Tableau Desktop. As a developer, the last thing you want is to realize your published dashboard is a distorted reflection of your original design.
  • Strength 2. Permission control. Although a bit more complex than other products (note I say "complex" and not "complicated"), Tableau Server provides great object and role-based permission control. Highly customizable.
  • Strength 3. Workbooks decoupled from their sources for reuse (not mandatory but best practice). Although source/s can be monolithically embedded in a workbook for refreshing, they can be deployed as "stand-alone" sources (live or extracted) to be used and reused to feed into multiple workbooks.
  • Strength 4. User-credentials management. Admins have the option to manage users and user groups via ad-hoc internal functionality or leveraging an existing Active Directory infrastructure. For large organizations, the latter allows adding a security layer by moving credential-granting responsibilities away from Tableau Admin's scope to an organization-wide security department.
  • Data Governance. Adding functionality to make it easier to manage fields in a centralized manner, having a centralized data dictionary with synonyms, an impact analysis tool, etcetera, would be a big asset for large organizations (or smaller ones that do manual information lineage control).
  • Simpler permission interface. Some improvements done recently, but still missing some functionality to see the big picture instead of having to review calculated user permissions at object level (project, workbook), same for data sources and a combination of the three.
  • A graphic interface to see how extract schedules are designed to flow (using serial/parallel sequencing and priority values), as well as a report to show plan execution on a particular date or time-frame (highlighting where the extract failed).
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (29)
9.0
Customizable dashboards (88)
8.4
Report Formatting Templates (75)
7.0
Drill-down analysis (89)
7.9
Formatting capabilities (87)
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages (56)
7.3
Report sharing and collaboration (84)
8.1
Publish to Web (80)
8.5
Publish to PDF (79)
7.6
Report Versioning (65)
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling (72)
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers (9)
5.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (81)
8.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (80)
8.1
Predictive Analytics (61)
6.3
Multi-User Support (named login) (87)
8.0
Role-Based Security Model (85)
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (86)
8.1
Single Sign-On (SSO) (56)
7.9
Responsive Design for Web Access (72)
7.4
Dedicated iOS Application (58)
7.8
Dedicated Android Application (49)
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (64)
7.6
REST API (37)
7.6
Javascript API (34)
7.5
iFrames (38)
6.8
Java API (7)
5.6
Themeable User Interface (UI) (9)
6.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (7)
4.7

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)

Tableau Server Screenshots

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