Tableau - One Stop Shop for Visual Analytics ServerUnspecified8.2648101
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October 12, 2018

Tableau - One Stop Shop for Visual Analytics

Score 10 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Server

Tableau 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.
  • 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.
We currently use Tableau Server on-prem and have connected to .CSV, Oracle, Analysis Services Cubes and SQL Server. Tableau Server is very limited when working with Cube data sources.
Permissions are extremely flexible and have fit all of our needs.
We haven't found a data source yet that we haven't been able to connect to. As stated before Tableau is a bit limited with Cube data sources, but it works very well with any database that speaks SQL.
Only challenge we've had is the visibility of content for users that don't have security access to it. Discoverability is challenging.
Tableau's community is one of its greatest strengths. Plenty of people who are willing to help when you get stuck and lots of content published on how to work around virtually any challenge that you can come across.
Tableau Server does a great job at visualizing data. It's very fast and flexible when dealing with data that comes from multiple sources. It also allows users to quickly pull in other non-federated data that may just live in a spreadsheet or file. Tableau is not necessarily the best fit if you want traditional tabular reports.

Tableau Server Feature Ratings

Customizable dashboards
Report Formatting Templates
Not Rated
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
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
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
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
Not Rated
Javascript API
Not Rated
Not Rated