Tableau is definitely a leader in BI, yet there is lot to catch up on. ServerUnspecified8.2658101
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October 15, 2018

Tableau is definitely a leader in BI, yet there is lot to catch up on.

Score 9 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Server

We are using Tableau as the primary BI tool for Accurate organization. We used Tableau for creating dashboards, and we integrate those into our Clients portal using JS API. We also use the tool internally across all departments for data analysis and to build self-service reports/dashboards.
  • Tableau is an easy to use yet powerful analytics tool. We have created 100+ dashboards for our clients in a short time.
  • Tableau supports multiple data connectors to pull data from almost any database, and CRM tools. We are able to pull data into Tableau from multiple databases.
  • If your business is looking at a tool to put data in the user's hands and avoid IT requests overhead around reporting, Tableau is the tool.
  • It is not easy to subscribe to dashboards or send e-mails outside of Tableau users. We have to use open source solutions like VizAlerts to make this happen. I believe for a tool like Tableau this should be an out of box solution.
  • Even though Tableau is an easy to use tool, there is still a solid learning curve to get familiar with the use of Tableau. One should invest a good amount of time to get an organization to adapt to Tableau, especially if the organization hasn't already used similar tools already.
  • Tableau Desktop is powerful. Tableau Web Portal provides a lot of the same functionality as Tableau Desktop, yet there are lots of gaps.
  • Data blending is one of the more powerful features. However, this only works with limited data. If you are blending a million rows of a data source, we found it very difficult to blend.
  • Our clients are interested in the interactive dashboard on their data. This is a big ask and a good selling point for our future clients.
  • We are not able to get a self-service model yet as it takes a good amount of training for our users.
  • Tableau is definitely a good tool if you would like to build dashboards easily.
We are using Tableau Server on-prem.
We are able to build security using different data sources for different clients. We have also set up multiple sites, which is another way to secure data between different clients/departments.
Tableau offers multiple out of box data connectors. They are easy to use.
Once users are familiar with Tableau, sharing and collaboration is one of the best features of Tableau.
I am able to manage all through online training, product documentation, and tech support. Tableau's tech support is not that great but helpful occasionally. However, their online documentation is good enough to get the business running.
Tableau Server works well in providing a self-service analytics tool. To work with live data, you better have the data in query efficient schema (data warehouse.) Tableau has a good security model. It is easy to integrate with other external tools.

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
Predictive Analytics
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