Tableau Server is being used at Ellie Mae as a platform for not only sharing enterprise level Tableau dashboards created by our BI developers, but also as a location to host business specific data sources for end users to create their own ad-hoc visualizations.
We have permissions set up at every level including, projects, workbooks, views, and published data sources. We have also taken advantage of user level filters for view-specific governance on some of our reports.
We connect to our data entirely via custom queries off our enterprise data warehouse on MS SQL. The queries are then made into hyper extracts and, depending on the query, published on to our Tableau Server to be used by others.
Everything you need to become a Tableau Expert is available for free online. I have gone through both Tableau Server and Tableau Desktop documentations and found them to be invaluable. I have also gone through all the training videos and online whitepapers, both of which are great supplementary material. Tableau tech support is also readily available via the customer portal to answer any questions or concerns.
If you want a BI tool with the capabilities to create and share rich, vibrant reports with advanced data visualization options, Tableau can’t be beat. It’s easy to implement and has a very active and helpful online community. If, however, you are looking for a more affordable option, it’s better to look elsewhere.