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Tableau Server Review: "A very cool tool for Data Visualization"
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January 25, 2018

Tableau Server Review: "A very cool tool for Data Visualization"

Score 8 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Server

We implemented Tableau in the company several years ago and the main the decision was because at that moment we do not have a COTS data visualization product in place. Previously we only relied on Microsoft Excel and an in-house tool for data visualization and BI. It was not interactive, hard to maintain and not user-friendly. There were many challenges like too much time for preparing the data and report, and many formulas and processes before producing a visualization that were creating a pain point. There was a necessity to create one governed reporting platform and centralized BI for all departments. So, it was a turning point to select Tableau for complimenting the company's purpose and goal.
  • 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
Compared to our previous version of software and tool that had been used since the beginning of the company, Tableau is reliable, fast and accurate. Some important features for advanced analytics and data visualization are not available with the previous system. Therefore it was the right decision to replace them with Tableau. Most of the business users are happy because they are more productive now.
Tableau does support multiple data sources with different kinds of formats. Their numbers of data connectors for almost all data sources are amazing. Tableau also supports many types of databases including traditional and relational databases and new technology such as Hadoop and NoSQL. Even your personal format of a file may be supported by Tableau.
Some challenges are there when using Tableau for sharing and creating a collaboration report for everyone. But with these limitations, Tableau overall is still easy to use and can be advanced as a great analytical tool. Tableau also supports many general formats like PDF and PowerPoint. So you can use it and be ready for your presentation weapon to the management.
If you need out-of-the-box software to create an analytical dashboard that is easy to use, then Tableau will be a fit for your purpose. Tableau supports multiple data sources and provides a conversion tool for your raw data. Drag-and-drop is a key feature to develop the data visualization. In our industry, this capability is critical to differentiate with the competitor. But you also need to consider Tableau's performance to directly analyze huge volumes of datasets.

Tableau Server Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
8
Customizable dashboards
9
Report Formatting Templates
9
Drill-down analysis
9
Formatting capabilities
9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
7
Report sharing and collaboration
7
Publish to Web
9
Publish to PDF
9
Report Versioning
9
Report Delivery Scheduling
8
Delivery to Remote Servers
8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
8
Predictive Analytics
9
Multi-User Support (named login)
7
Role-Based Security Model
7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
8
Responsive Design for Web Access
8
Dedicated iOS Application
8
Dedicated Android Application
8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
8
REST API
8
Javascript API
8
iFrames
8
Java API
8
Themeable User Interface (UI)
8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
7