Experience with Tableau ServerUnspecified8.1666101
Sandeep Munagala profile photo
September 07, 2018

Experience with Tableau

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Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Server

When 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
  • 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
We migrated on-prem to Azure Cloud a year back. We have a lot of use cases where Tableau Server on Azure Cloud talks to AWS for lot of requests. Integration with other portals is made easy by hosting it on Cloud.
I feel a little more granular level of security, like Business Objects, but in our company we do not have more customized security levels. We just have Interactive with the download option enabled for users and Developers. We have Project level security rather than workbook or view level, which will have more hassle of maintenance
We use 80% native connectors, but as a work around we use Excel data to feed Tableau for any other data sources other than native connectors. Workday connectivity is important for us to automate the HR dashboards. While publishing, it's better to have a default to embed a password rather than always changing it to embed the password.
  • 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.
Wow.. this is a very big advantage to learn, share, support Tableau. I have learned a lot through online training, documents, community, etc. I have also been to one of the Tableau Conferences, which was awesome. All the sessions were knowledgeable. Technical Support is great, they are fast in responding to the issues according to the priority.
There used to be a lot of limitations in the past for Tableau to integrate with various databases. Now most of the time, if we are not able to find the connector, we are encouraging users to provide the source of data and we are automating using R script to download the dataset on the server and utilize it from the server This is what's happening in our situation where we help users to automate the reports. Tableau is flexible in these situations.

As HR data is a larger chunk of data, we are unable to automate using R Script and have security issues with Workday. This would be a scenario where we'd have to look into alternatives.

Tableau Server Feature Ratings

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