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Review: "Tableau Server Makes Serving Up Data Visualizations Fast and Easy"
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August 10, 2018

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

Score 9 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Server

We 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.
  • 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.
Tableau Server sits on top of our data warehouse, its views and extracts. It's very fast at serving up powerful visualizations.
Tableau Server allows us to segment users using our existing AD groups. In addition, we further break down which users within an AD group can see which projects and which dashboards they can see/access within those projects. It also allows us to control the type of access a user has, whether they can download the workbook, export content, edit the workbook, save an edited workbook, etc.
We currently have ~ 20 Tableau Server based data sources which are attached to views over various extracts in our data warehouse MS SQL database(s). We are able to refresh these on from a Tableau Server based scheduler. Our tableau workbooks and dashboards then share this common set of data sources. It all works very well, not having to refresh every workbook individually.
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.
Tableau has excellent resources available for support, training, etc. For the most part we are able to find our own solutions using Google and Tableau's knowledge base and user community forum. The online tutorials are excellent for getting started.
Its well suited when a workbook/dashboard is flexible enough to continue to meet ever changing business needs, but that can degrade over time. The end user edit capability is great, but most of our users are not very technical and don't use it.

Tableau Server Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
8
Customizable dashboards
7
Report Formatting Templates
Not Rated
Drill-down analysis
9
Formatting capabilities
9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
8
Publish to Web
Not Rated
Publish to PDF
10
Report Versioning
Not Rated
Report Delivery Scheduling
10
Delivery to Remote Servers
10
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
10
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
10
Single Sign-On (SSO)
10
Responsive Design for Web Access
Not Rated
Dedicated iOS Application
9
Dedicated Android Application
9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9
REST API
Not Rated
Javascript API
Not Rated
iFrames
Not Rated
Java API
Not Rated
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Not Rated
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Not Rated