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User Review: "Tableau Server is the best of the best" ServerUnspecified8.2633101
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October 30, 2018

User Review: "Tableau Server is the best of the best"

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Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Server

We use it across the organization, but I only manage 1 or quite a few. It is the trusted platform for visualization across the organization.
  • User management; you have a plethora of options built in (LDAP, Domain, SAML, etc.) for SSO and user management.
  • Dashboard Hosting; you have the option to host your dashboard in a few different ways. You can embed it as part of a larger web page, have it emailed automatically, or view it directly on the server.
  • Web Editing; while not as robust as a full fledged desktop I can see that it is edging that way. The web editing is great for fast, small, on the fly edits during a working session with a customer.
  • Installation; the latest iteration was an absolute nightmare to install. It failed to install several times.
  • Web Editing; while it is okay at small edits it would be a very nice feature to have an integrated solution that is as robust as desktop.
  • User Management; in certain aspects user management could use a small boost. Have a setting that allows Active Directory / LDAP based users be removed/deleted from the server automatically instead of forcing a script be written and deployed. If the user no longer exists in the AD or LDAP group they should be removed vice set to inactive as an option.
  • Time to adoption has been a very big factor; it was easy to adopt.
  • Deployment cost has also been a big factor; outside of the initial purchase of an 8 core license, my organization has been unwilling to revisit getting a larger core license due to the large cost.
  • The headcount needed to setup and install Tableau Server can be pretty low. It depends upon your deployment preference, but as an example a single server option domain connected on a windows server install is likely to take only a couple of hours to setup and a couple of hours of maintenance a month. Even a more highly available setup is still not going to require more headcount per-say, merely a little bit more time on initial setup and maintenance.
I have an EC2 instance that is windows server 2016, domain connected, with server 2018.2.2 installed.
Permissions can be set all the way down to the view level on the server itself.
There isn't a single source we use that it cannot connect to; including Redshift, Aurora MySQL, Sharepoint list, Microsoft SQL, Athena, and more.
That is what it does, it is the sharing tool for Tableau viz. It is easy for users to setup views and save them, subscribe to different views, and even alert on changes.
I have gone to 3 in-person classroom trainings, utilized the knowledge base and forums more times than I can count. Tableau support is usually responsive.
Server is appropriate anywhere really, but it comes down to cost. If you are a small org, say 20 people, that cost is going to be $16,800 per year. That is a steep price and other options might be more cost effective. Additionally, large high availability Tableau clusters increase the costs.

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
Not Rated