Tableau Server is a business intelligence application that provides browser-based analytics anyone can learn and use.
Full Permissions are able to be set right down to the data row level.
Easy to use interface to manage users, groups, permissions.
Extract Status pages easy to use
Ability to customize menus
Ability to embed dashboards into other applications
Ability to edit Dashboards from Tableau Server Interface (with sufficient permissions)
Ability to manage extracts/datasources from server interface
In built troubleshooting
Ability to create "sites"
There are still issues with displaying dashboards with lots of data (despite what tableau show off at Tableau Conferences)
Could there be better extract interaction between Tableau Desktop and Server?
Make sure you have fully specified machines running your Tableau Server Instance
With regards to permissions it is best to set all your users to be Publishers then create a series of groups with names corresponding to the level of permissions that you wish to apply to your users.
Add your users into the various groups appropriately.
Apply groups to each project to apply permissions.
Needed a method of distributing Tableau Reports/Dashboards and make sure that different departments/parts of the organisation only had access to appropriate reports.
Tableau Server is easy to implement in a Global Corporation in just few months. This is a very user friendly web based application so all users do not require any training. An analyst or data scientist can publish a report on the server, the users logon into the server from internet explorer or a mobile device and directly see the Dashboards in very trendy way! It’s a 3 steps process which allowed our Fortune 500 corporation to deliver quickly Dashboards and Predictive analytics to 5,000+ users in a click!
Tableau Server is not yet a real large scale enterprise tool, lack of compatibility with different browser versions, you can’t create sub-folders to a project which is pain point. The permissions options are also not the best way to manage security. But overall, the tool is so easy and user friendly that you forget most of the pain points and just wait for the next realease bringing every two months amazing new functionalities!
Tableau Server is easy to implement. If you are implementing it in the Cloud, ensure to have the network connection ready before or everything is going to be painful to implement in parallel with too many dependencies. The tool is excellent and the adoption is fast, be ready to scale up!
Our Corporation is using Teradata with Cognos and Oracle e-Business Suite with Oracle BI. Tableau allowed our Corporation to provide quick access to amazing visualisions to a large number of users without have to involve developers, IT or scale our environment. We realized cost savings on network, infrastructure, developers and analysts. We also were able to limit the support using the Elite Support team from Tableau.
I like how easy it is to publish dashboards from Tableau desktop to Tableau Server in order to share them with users throughout my company. Tableau Server allows user access to be customized so people can view exactly what is relevant to them. Users can also download reports and dashboards for offline use.
Tableau Server can be slow at times depending on the internet connection. It is also somewhat glitchy at times.
If you have a lot of people that will be viewing Tableau dashboards this is a cost effective and easy way to do it. It is a much better option than emailing large Tableau files to each user.
Tableau Server allows us to share dashboards and reports to users throughout the organization. It is easy to access via an internet connection and can be accessed using a computer or mobile device.
The best part of Tableau server is that it helps the concerned person a lot to read and analyze the data in a very comprehensive manner. I have even heard that it facilitates MS Excel Add ins hence reducing manual efforts. Tableau is a tool that maintains the data in the backend and provides significant insights on the front end thus helping to take appropriate decisions.
It takes a bit of time to load. Apart from this, nothing.
Just go for it. Do consider Tableau Add ins available for MS Excel. Your way of looking at data will significantly change.
We keep our eye on organic and inorganic offtake of user, their behavior and consumption patterns and more things that are related to digital marketing. All-in-one-place benefit with insightful charts.
It's the most powerful data visualization tool. I like the ability to create calculated fields, parameters and the easy drag and drop features. tableau server can be used to create filters by usernames which is cool if you want to personalize the dashboards by user names. It has endless customization features. It can be connected to almost every data source. Tableau is also constantly adding new data sources. One of the coolest features is DATA BLENDING which we can use to combine data from multiple sources.
It does not have direct connection to Dynamics CRM :( - So, I have to connect to a middleware for creating dashboards from Dynamics CRM. Well, it's competitor POWER BI has the ability to use R programming directly for data manipulation. In Tableau, we have to use the STRING FUNCTIONS to use R which is inconvenient.
It's a beautiful tool and constantly evolving. Wait fro the Dynamics CRM Connector to unleash its true power for creating Sales dashboard. It's slightly expensive though.
Creating scalable dashboards. It's ability to combine data from multiple sources by using data blending helps to get one view of disparate data spread across multiple data sources.
At the company I currently work at, we work with large amounts of tags for tracking different efforts across different teams. Due to the granularity, our own reporting tool takes a long time to load and export data. Our analytics team decided to integrate the data with tableau and it has made my analysis 10x faster. Data loads in seconds and I can filter, add metrics, adjust, and so forth with ease. I can also do a large portion of my analysis within the tool without having to export any data.
It may be due to my user restrictions, but there are simple things like creating a new project or workbook where I found it was not as intuitive. It took a bit of clicking through items before I figured out that I had to go into the list of data sources, find a specific data source, and click create workbook from there (vs. creating a workbook and then determining what data source after).
I no longer have to wait 15+ mins in order to export data I need from my company's own reporting tool. With Tableau, I get that data within 2 seconds which saves me a ton of time and expedites my work flow significantly.
The Tableau server, allows developers to create a versioned repository of their content and automate, schedule data loads as well as receive automated emails of dashboards. In addition, a layer of security sits on top of this to authenticate and authorize users to the published content. The best part is that consumers can view and access with a modern browser or mobile and tablet device.
Tableau still has a bit more to go to become fully enterprise-ready. We are a global 70K employee very diverse company and just do not get the depth that we need. But the good news is that most of the missing enterprise functionality is starting to show up with updates. Such as Data governance, folders within folders and multiple identity providers as well as two brand new enhancement tools: Billions of rows super fast data engine and a really cool and easy to use data exploration and prepration tool.
Tableau desktop is only a small piece of the whole suite of tools and capabilities offered by using Tableau server. If cost is prohibiting you to purchase a full core license of Tableau server, consider Tableau online and the new subscription models that have much lower initial cost commitments.
Tableau was famous in the industry that they do not negotiate and have published prices. Recently, that has not been the case as Tableau is trying to close some larger enterprise deals.
Try to negotiate a better deal as it is a win-win solution for both sides. You will realize a very quick ROI and Tableau will have made a lifelong partner and customer.
The business problems are really solved at the Tableau desktop level. Tableau server simply allows a very efficient way of distributing those solutions and insights with the masses. We have been able to become a data-driven organization at the top and are slowly pushing that down to the layers of management using data authorization that is built into the tool.
I love that I can search any of my customers and know exactly what they are buying of the products we represent. I feel as though Tableau does the hard work for me, and it is impossible not to be able to set a high standard with customer relationships on the first meeting when you have so much information about them at your finger tips.
I dislike that it takes about 4 months to see an update in a customer's purchase history; I would love if it were only a few weeks from the date of sale, so we as a company can confirm with data that they bought an item as opposed to holding on to their word for it and find out months later they might not have started buying the product just yet/there were issues.
It gives you full access to operators in regards to their usage of your products and who they are buying from. It makes selling so simple as you do not have to spend much time doing research with all of the information being in one place -- making it easier to work with accounts that are already loyal users buy other products of yours or notice they might benefit from alternatives products based on how much they are currently using.
I go in to accounts fully confident in know who they buy from, what they buy, and how much per quarter so there is no wasting time in presenting items they already use or might not be interested.
I like how simple the UI is for all basic level items.
I struggle with the calculated formulas and how they use their own language that varies slightly from SQL.
We did not switch from one software to another. We use this in addition to our other software. My biggest recommendation is to invest in training. There are a lot of options. Some that are very expensive and others that are reasonable.
We are solving all the reporting needs that our business unit has been looking for now for years. It is allowing us to consume the data in real time better than before. We have also started using it to distribute reports to the field as we can build the report once, clone it for all locations and then restrict it with permissions.
Tableau has become a valuable tool for managing our district's accountability. We have several issue in the past being able to get this information to our district staff who is needing this information to make important budgetary and staffing decisions. We also use this data to show our areas of need among our students -- what are our district's strengths and weaknesses and how can we improve for next year. These are the important questions that we are constantly asking ourselves in order to get better.
Tableau's interface could use some updating to make it more user-friendly. It just feels dated. Our district transferred most of utilities to Google, who are the kings of making software more inviting and user-friendly. It seems very similar to the old Sharepoint system that every business used to use before several companies came along to create a better solutions.
I would strongly recommend Tableau Server as it has been a huge benefit to our district. It is easy to use and navigate through the portals in order to pull the needed data. We have tried several programs in the past and have been very happy with the results of Tableau Server. We mainly utilize the dashboard feature which is beneficial for quickly running reports and keeping our information up to date.
Tableau dashboards have made it easier to keep our district staff updated on important accountability numbers and we are currently working towards using expanding its footprint in our district through budgetary reports.
Simply said, Tableau presents data visualization in a way that is easier for new users to implement and outsiders to understand. You don't have to have a lot of skills to get started, in fact, someone with almost no experience could pick it up within a few hours of tinkering with it. On the flip side, for those who take the time to really learn it; learn the calculations, and what others have done, you can begin to do some great things with the software.
To get into the more advanced calculations, there is a learning curve and it becomes a lot steeper when there are more specific tasks. I would say there are "limitations", but there almost always a way around them. In other words, if you want to do something specific, but can't figure it out, there's typically an alternate way to do it. Although you can complete, you ask, "Why couldn't it have just been done this way?".
If you manage large amounts of data and have to present that data to others, Tableau is the way to go. It makes it easy for you to manipulate the data in an attractive way. Then, for those who wish to view it can do so for free with the Tableau Reader.
There was not an easy way to visualize data. Sure, excel does do the trick, but when you're dealing with months and months of sales data over time for multiple campaigns you can't put all of that info in a single excel file. It simply doesn't work. Not to mention the added time to create graphs, charts, tables, etc. Tableau does it all in one. The benefit is doing more in less time.
The best part about tableau is its Accessibility to data sets directly which makes it super user friendly for the people who are new to the world of data analytics. Another thing which is really cool is its Heat mapping chart type which is one of the best visualization factor for sensing the data.
Only one thing which i could think of as a con is that Tableau doesn't offer functionality to do traditional production type reporting. You can’t create static layouts or data tables and it doesn’t offer features related to distribution, or scheduling and notification of reports.
Tableau has given our business users the ability to perform fairly complex data visualization in a very intuitive, drag and drop manner. Its data visualization is also impressively interactive. The user can highlight sections and drill-down into charts without extensive skills or assistance from IT.
Tableau is an industry leading software package, and for multi-user use, the Tableau Server is the backbone that makes it all work. On a daily basis I login to our Tableau Server and use reports we have built to show our base line metrics. Being able to have automatically refreshed data at my finger tips is a real blessing compared to the old OLAP pivot table days.
As a non-profit the Licensing fee for the Tableau server can price out some of the most helpful uses. We have had multiple occasions where we have been unable to justify the cost for a server license for someone, which is never what users want to hear.
Connect with the Tableau beta testing process, that way you can see what is on the horizon. Then you can plan ahead and upgrade your Tableau Server as needed when the updates become available.
Sharing reporting and Data via the Tableau server has cut out time that was previously wasted to create and then maintain reporting that was not always visually consistent. It gives everyone the exact same data to look at, instead of people using other tools to pull the data separately, which is and always will be a huge issue.
So easy to get up and running with Tableau server. Allows for clients to easily publish workbooks and dashboards to Tableau server to allow users to at their leisure access the views via a self service portal. The UI is easy and clear to understand and use and embedded search facility allows you to find views with ease. The server specs we found considering the amount of work that goes onto our Tableau server are very good with the server running absolutely fine with 4 cores and 16Gb RAM.
Licencing changed after we purchased the server product from Tableau and now if we wanted to extend our infrastructure it would cost us far too much money so expand-ability has somewhat been cut off for us. We have also had some fairly annoying problems on upgrading from one version of Tableau server to another. These have been as minor as graphical glitches in the views displayed via Tableau server to most extreme one where the product was using up vast quantities of disk space causing our disks to fill and the product to stop functioning. Tableau releases are very frequent and I personally feel that Tableau as a company should do more testing before simply releasing it to the world.
Have a look at Tableau public first as this is a very close experience to the server product and do not be put off by the installation and administration side of Tableau Server as it is extremely simple and easy to look after.
Ability to connect disparate data sources from different technologies together (e.g. Excel, Access and SQL server) and to be able to disseminate views and dashboards of this data to our user base via a web client. Mobile devices can now be used to consume MI and BI reports and bespoke Android and Apple apps only enhance this experience.
I love having access to my entire company's data lake, it supports myself as a sourcing team member to be able to leverage best practices without having to log in and out of multiple entity ERP's, and without having to be signed in via VPN.
The datalake does take a long time to refresh, and can very frustratingly time out when you are trying to pull the reports. Overall, it worse the time taken to wait.
If you have no other ways to access all data lakes, this is great for dashboards and quick looks at the business's spend. The reports are only as good as the data put in, which can also spit out many false negatives that take a while to be cleansed. It is worth the effort to put good data in.
We are able to leverage the entire business's spend with specific suppliers, including Parent company details. As a smaller business with low volume and high mix, it is critical to leverage all spend when possible.
Tableau Server is a helpful platform through which you can publish workbooks (dashboards) to share with others, and depending on permissions, they can download as well. It also lets you link to workbooks if you want another website/page to feature your data visualization.
Any edits that are made to a workbook must be saved and re-uploaded, I haven't been able to edit in Tableau Server's site which means you can end up with many copies of a dashboard..
Tableau allows us to share our visualizations/dashboards with clients and receive feedback on our work, while letting them utilize what we've built, without them being able to make edits or change anything.
It allows us to access our data using a variety of parameters to get at the specific data points that we need. It is the most robust system that we use. Plus, the "Dictionary" function is particularly helpful when looking for an obscure report or onboarding new team members.
The quick time-out on the product (both from within each report - as the report will default back to original settings - and from an account automatic log-out) is counter-productive when trying to multi-task. The interface isn't particularly attractive, and it can sometimes be confusing to navigate. A less Tableau-responsible issue is that our data isn't updated in real time (there is a +1 day delay on all of our data between our internal database and Tableau).
This is a good system if your business fits within one industry category (example, ecommerce only). If you have multiple sectors of your business, then you might need this in addition to another reporting feature depending on how you can tie your order system into Tableau.
Internal reporting, this is how we access our internal order data from our subscription service.
Efficient servers are necessary in the business world today so that the vast quantities of information being transmitted to, through, and from businesses can be delivered to the right people at the right time. Servers need to transmit data, perform data analysis and manipulate data. The transformation of raw data into something meaningful and an insightful presentation of this data is crucial to a business’s success.Tableau Software provides a solution to this server need. In addition to their desktop, online and mobile products, Tableau delivers a server product called Tableau Server. Tableau Server provides solutions to all of the basic server needs while adding details that make it one of the best options on the market today. The Server operates by housing and sharing dashboards created in Tableau Desktop in a matter of minutes. These dashboards can be accessed by users from mobile devices like tablets and phones as well as from individual PCs.
Initial Data Preparation: Companies need to have strong technical skills to build the initial structure. This is typically done by IT or a consulting organization. Once the integration with the data source is done, though users with no or very little SQL knowledge can also access the tool create the dashboards and analyze data.
Features: Some argue that not all statistical features are provided by Tableau. Business–centric solution such as Tableau are used broadly throughout the organization, though they do have narrower set of capability.
Financial Reporting: Although great for analytical purposes, Tableau and other BI tools cannot replace Financial Reporting applications. This does require financial analyst to be proficient in a number of reporting tools and to use them interchangeably.
Can be cost prohibitive
Like most BI vendors, Tableau offers a few different software licensing options. There’s a free version of Tableau for personal use, but its functionality is...
Dashboard generation for Visual Analytics
My favorite part of using Tableau server is the ability to share data across the server. I think that it's imperative that the data I am using to pull my reports can be something that anyone in the marketing department would have access to.
I dislike how often I disconnect from the server when I am trying to run various reports. I understand that the reason behind this is due to too much being asked on my end at any one time but it would be nice to go between reports without it occasionally disconnecting from the server.
I truly believe that Tableau server much like Tableau Desktop is essential for all data analytics. I honestly don't know how else I would be able to review the data of what I do on a quarterly basis and make the difficult choices that I make with the 20+ vendors that I work with if it wasn't for this platform and these capabilities of this software.
I think the number 1 business problem that Tableau Server solves is the use of false data across a company. When we have the ability to pull the data from Salesforce into Tableau and end up getting the same data as our sales team or any other department I think we are able to address concerns as a company easier.
I love the usability of Tableau. You do not need to be a data scientist or have familiarity with databases to use tableau. For medium level Excel users - Tableau makes your data into a glorified pivot table, with added depth, insights and way more usability and functionality than Excel.
I'm still fairly new to Tableau - so I need to dig a bit deeper - but sharing datasets is currently a bit confusing and looks like it requires a separate subscription for Tableau Server, which doesn't make sense.
If you're looking for a business intelligence / insights solutions. Tableau is a great place to start. Their training sample workbooks will get you up and going in no time and the usability and functionality is way better than fumbling around with Excel spreadsheets.
I am easily able to analyze prospects affiliate programs, paid adwords effectiveness, as well as geographical trends sales data trends for our B2B clients.
The visuals are excellent. Very crisp, clean, and modern. Once the report is built, I like that it can be imbedded to your website.
Building the report is often very time consuming and frustrating. When connecting to a data warehouse the dates can't be edited using a filter like when connecting to other data sources. Also, there are ways of creating custom color templates, but this requires some HTML coding. Instead of just saving a color palette.
Make it easier for first time users to connect to data and build their 1st report. It is far above other software out there, but for the price I think the learning curve may scare a lot of people. It would be nice to have a quick report feature that allows you to build common reports similar to those in excel without having to know in-depth know of Tableau. I believe that is what gets people hooked and wanting to know more. Also, the performance on rather large data sets can often take a while to load hindering people from using it the way it is intended.
Creating reports that are scalable for many different users that come from many different technical backgrounds. We have been able to create custom reports that have modern visuals that are user friendly and easy to perceive action along with creating reports that the objects adjust easily.
I love the ease and ability to pull data fairly quickly, especially while in meetings. About half of my daily and weekly reporting comes out of here.
Sometimes load times, typically when using multiple filters, can be really slow.
If you manage large amounts of data and have a need present that data to others, Tableau is definitely the way to go. It, also, makes it easy for you to manipulate the data in an attractive way and allow for anyone to understand what is in front of them.
Tableau allows us to put many different reports, charts, and documents in a shared space, with the ability to only let certain people access each area.
I used Tableau software to pull metrics of teams all across the organization.It was already built for us to simply put in what we wanted to see and pick how we wanted to see it. It was simple, easy to use, and effective. It does take time to get used to it, but after that, it was no issue.
Not a lot of complaints, but there are just tons and tons of features that you can use which can be confusing when initially learning to use the product. It is also up to your engineers or analysts building the tool for your company, whether or not it will be easy to use... But in the end, all the additional tools were super helpful.
It is a very useful tool to pull data. I've seen PowerBI and Tableau, they're very similar to an outside (non-tech) person like me, but Tableau was fairly easy to see from the start as opposed to PowerBI, hard to figure out what is what.
We pulled our metrics from SalesForce to see how much work was being done by each employee and over all as a team, as well as the division. It helps us visually see a trend yoy and month over month to see which seasons or months are tougher or better. It also helps individual employees be able to keep a track of their KPI and metrics.
I can publish data to the server and my team can filter and customize the data for their particular needs.
It's not completely user friendly. If a report isn't published with the data selected, people need to click in just the right spot for crosstab download to be an option. It is also much slower than the desktop version at spitting out results. I don't know how much of this is due to internal technology issues rather than the server.
Would like to see more options for subscribing people. Subscribe to an entire workbook with custom views.
Excellent tool that keeps improving. Excels at making data accessible. People can subscribe to views and customize what they see.
I don't have to run as many custom reports because people can be more self sufficient.
I like how the program allows our team to pull in data from multiple databases and add manual fields that provide a custom view on reporting. It's features for graphs and data tables make it easy to plug reports directly into presentations.
Sometimes the filters or limitations are not as explicit as needed. It's also tough to understand what data is being pulled in if you are not the one who created the table.
Consistency and testing is key for building new dashboards. There can literally be dashboards for everything!
We are trying to capture media spend for our advertiser clients across 3 separate SSP Exchanges. The challenge this presents is different reporting databases and naming conventions. With Tableau we have successfully combined reports making it easier to see the full picture making the sale to an advertiser easier.
Descrever o potencial da ferramenta é bastante simples diante da usabilidade e diferencial técnico da plataforma. Desde o aprendizado, passando pela sofisticada interface, e implementação, absolutamente tudo nesta ferramenta remete ao fantástico propósito do Business Intelligence nas organizações. Interface é um diferencial, alinhado à usabilidade através da conexão com diferentes fontes de dados. O big data, é bastante admirável na ferramenta e as integrações possui uma velocidade de performance encantadora. O suporte e a comunidade é um fator positivo. Recomendo.
Preço é um fator de ameaça para as pequenas empresas que não desfrutam de budget para projetos de Business Intelligence com esta interface. As linguagens e programações são alguns dos fatores que demandam conhecimento prévio dos programadores que consideram o uso da ferramenta. Importante ressaltar que o pacote é vendido com número limitado de licenças, ou seja, para organizações com mais usuários, a necessidade da disponibilidade de mais licenças se faz necessária, oque representa mais custo.
As recomendações são as melhores. O Trial é uma plataforma completa que permita uma experimentação inicial que trará as respostas necessárias aos usuários e gestores.
Desenvolvimento de Dashboards cuja a integração com sistemas legados permitem uma sincronicidade de oportunidades e leituras bastante avançadas. A partir da implementação do Tableau, a leitura pode ser estabelecida com diferentes bases de dados, desde Excel à grandes sistemas como SAP e Oracle. A ferramente possui conectores que permitem e geram fácil integração entre os diferentes tipos de sistemas.
It took only minutes to set up. Soon thereafter we were publishing models for users to utilize.
It takes little to manage Tableau Server on an ongoing basis.
Tableau Server does not offer any solution for version control on its published models.
I also found it difficult at times to discover the root causes of failed scheduled tasks.
It would be nice to have some more optimization tools in order to get the most out of the models being offered and the resources required to refresh the data on an ongoing basis,
Pricing to expose Tableau models on websites is expensive.
Tableau Software was very supportive of our efforts to deploy Tableau Server. They offered copious amounts of help, and made resources available to us when required. We are not a big account for them, but were not treated as an afterthought.
We would recommend to start small. It is fast to start, and with little prototyping the results will quickly justifying further investment.
We have realized countless business problems over many knowledge areas.
Most importantly, we have moved from a model of printing/emailing reports to Branch Managers on a daily basis, most of which was ignored, or far too much time was required of them to analyse to one that allows them to get information on demand, that is drillable and flexible enough to allow for ad-hoc discovery.
This has allowed us to be more agile.
Tableau is changing the game with its state of the art reporting software. Being able to connect to our CRM, marketing automation and even uploading excel documents, Tableau provides a slick interface that provides a great user experience.
There was a little ramp up period in the beginning where you may need to go through some training in order to fully understand all the capabilities of the software. Luckily, Tableau has an immense amount of trainings and resources available to help!
It's super powerful but be prepared to take time and really dig into all that the software has to offer.
We have been able to report on data sets and provide reports to our executives that help drive how we do business as well as the most profitable areas for growth.
Tableau allows my team to more easily visualize data across multiple sources. It is an incredible resource not only for viewing our own data, but sharing with clients. With multiple data sources across numerous platforms, Tableau has allowed us to create a one stop shop for all of our data needs.
It would be more intuitive. If you are not a trained Tableau user it can be difficult to cut and change the data as needed. This proves difficult with sharing data views with clients.
A strong coding/data analytics team is needed when porting multiple sources of data into Tableau.
With multiple data sources across numerous platforms, Tableau has allowed us to create a one stop shop for all of our data needs. We use tableau for both internal data read outs for optimization of media as well as sharing data with clients.
The report gets updated automatically with the recent feeds and we don't need to perform this manually.
It is a low cost software.
Also has good customer service.
The user can also view the reports from their mobile phone.
Uploading CSV file or Excel file is easy, but connecting to a database is quite a task.
Workbook folder should be made available to share on the web
Upgrading the new version is quite hard, you will first have to uninstall the old and reinstall the new version of it.
Reporting features can be improved.
Tableau support team should be made available for the customers always, it's quite hard to reach them as you don't find their contact numbers easily.
Tableau Desktop is a perfect tool for visualization. Tableau is more user friendly with its easy UI. The reports can be saved in your computer. You can certainly consider this product for your organization.
Tableau is a trending tool that is used across many organization. It helps us perform Data Visualization and has several fascinating dashboard options. Tableau desktop is a free software which makes many organizations adapt Tableau. I used Tableau in my department to merge data of students enrolled across all department. I also with my team conducted trend analysis and generated the reports using Tableau.
The ability to merge different data sources then filter, make calculated fields from that is unparalleled from any other visualisation tool. The simple drag and drop UI makes it a cakewalk to work on. I also am looking forward to addition of Hyper in 10.5 and future versions.
It sometimes take quite a time to run if I have a couple of other softwares running on my machine which can be a bit annoying at times, also I'm also a bit indifferent towards Tableau licensing.
Dashboard Generation, I've realised that even a naive user can pick up quite easily on Tableau and if you put in the effort to learn you can go on and on.
Tableau is great for dynamic modeling of data and reports where multiple fact tables are involved for building a trend report. It has impressive data visualization features. I like the easiness in building prompts for a report and a dashboard for multiple reports.
It provides a really cool forecasting feature which uses predictive analytics algorithms, but we cannot customize the algorithm. They can improve by creating an interface for tableau users to customize their own algorithms for forecasting.
I highly recommend Tableau to people who want to save time on developing BI reports and have really interesting data visualizations! So go get going and install Tableau today!
I have been building reliable data models for contact center data, for operational and analytical reports. This involves fetching data from Oracle Data Warehouse and Online Analytical Processing to generate Business Intelligence reports for historical data for customers like DHL, Citi
I love the ability to draw together diverse data sources and do joins and calculated fields right within the application. It has taken over many tasks I used to use Access or Excel for.
Takes a long time to learn to use well. Sometimes hard-to-see changes in the setup of a page (e.g., changing the color of a pill from blue to green) can dramatically change the output, which can make results frustrating to debug.
I found this product hard to learn by just playing around with it; good courseware is necessary to get up to speed on Tableau.
I use Tableau to analyze multiple related data sets simultaneously; this lets me avoid having to upload and join the data sets in an application like Access before getting into analytics. Saves time and makes advanced statistical analysis look easy.
I like that everything has a purpose, there isn't any unnecessary clutter. I like that each icon gives a description when hovering and it's always been simple to find my way around.
One frustration i've experienced is lag time while selecting multiple filters, when there are a significant amount of options, it always brings me back to the top after selecting 2-3 boxes. The interface could use some updates in terms of visual appearance, font size, etc.
I can only speak to it from a basic user standpoint, but it is easy to find and run reports, the data visualization / charts are very intuitive and user-friendly.
Viewing and interacting with data. I run reports for my personal performance metrics as well as using it to find project status reports.
I love the quantity of data that can be managed and the range of reporting and charting options that exist. There are billions of data that I need to be able to access and synthesize into easily understandable stories. This tool allows me to do this.
Many of the reports have poor UI, but this may be a characteristic of the report-builder as much as the tool itself. I also dislike how slow it often is. I will often run reports (that I haven't built myself--these are canned reports built by others for use by sales reps) and they may take a long time (usually not more than half a minute) to run.
I don't know much about it from a technical point of view other than what I can figure out from using it as a sales rep. From this standpoint, I find it very valuable in providing crucial data, but I often find the interface clunky and my biggest complaint is how long it can take to actually run a report. Sometimes I will wait for several minutes to actually have the data pull. I'm not sure if this is a Tableau issue or has to do with the amount of data I am often looking at.
Culling insights from billions of datapoints. Tableau is one of the primary engines supplying me with data insights that allow me to inform my clients about their performance and ROI.
As a developer, I like how simple the layout is. It is very intuitive to start using and view dashboards.
I think that it could use more customization from the user's perspective to do small ad hoc changes.
I would really figure out the permissions aspect of it before just implementing it out there for the company to start using.
Since I work in insurance, quotes are a big deal. Having a tool that provides visibility on that is a huge step from just trying to analyze spreadsheets.
Tableau makes your data analytics BEAUTIFUL. Whether you work in operations, finance, business, or another department, if your organization buys into Tableau the results can be fantastic.
The hardest part of Tableau - like with any other rollout of a new software to a company - is user adoption. Tableau offers many resources to get staff trained in Tableau, but ultimately there will need to be early adopters in your organization who embrace a culture of beautiful data analytics. Also the differences between Tableau Server and Tableau Desktop can be difficult to work through if you have both users.
We primarily used Tableau to take our data visualizations using data from large administrative data sets to the next level.
Ease of use to generate tableau dashboards for various purposes of tracking which helps in solving various business problems. Love the drag and drop feature.You can also filter based on various parameters which is pretty cool and helpful.
With lots of data, it becomes way too slow. They should use some advanced parallel processing algorithms to refine faster. It should also have multi choice and then filter functionality as opposed to choosing one and starting the filtering.
It is one of the best data visualization tools and really very widely used nowadays. So if you haven't tried it, please do so!
We use tableau server for tracking out of SLA bugs per manager / director / etc.
It's visually appealing and great for figuring out our attributions. The graphs are super helpful and I (a non analytical gal) can use it relatively easily.
We're unable to track by specific area in our company (i.e if a sale came from marketing, social media, email, webinars, etc.) Perhaps we're not using it correctly, but from my understanding, we're not able to track this.
Figuring out if sales, leads, etc. came from a specific country. We're able to showcase our numbers for our monthly reporting, which is great. Plus, the graphs make it super easy to visualize everything!
I like that Tableau is highly customizable and intuitive for new users, even easier to pick up for a user who has already worked with other data analytics and visualization programs. The program makes it easy to put data into simple, visual forms for other users to digest and act on.
One thing I dislike is that if there is functionality missing in the program, it may take a long time for the Tableau team to implement changes or customization depending on what users need. Users can request new functions, but with many services and programs there is a long timeline for approval, testing, and implementation.
Tableau allows users to easily pull together multiple sources of data (or link data directly) to create visualizations for other company users. Different groups can then identify where there are key issues or areas of improvement, put together a plan for action, and aim to resolve these issues.
Tableau Server allows organizations to deploy analytics solutions across the organization. Not only does this empower users to explore and understand the data, but it allows for governance, sharing and collaboration. Tableau Server is easy to setup, maintain, and manage. It can be deployed on premise or in the cloud (such as AWS) and is easily scalable.
Tableau continues to extend the capabilities of Server to meet Enterprise needs. The ability to fully govern data sources needs to be more fully implemented. The ability for IT to certify data sources and analytics has been previewed but is not yet fully available as of 10.2. Likewise, the ability to collaborate in a social media like environment is not yet fully realized.
Consider the full cycle of analytics and the ease for members of your organization to easily move between steps in the cycle. Tableau Server is a key component in sharing, interacting, and moving back into analysis and discovery.
Deployment of analytics, data visualizations, dashboards, self-service BI, and the ability to govern data sources. This allows for enterprise-wide deployment as well as governance by individual departments.,
Love the ability to easily join data sources and blend - we are big SFDC users, but like most companies, we have important data like sales quota ramps, start/promotion dates, product usage data etc. that lives outside of SFDC. You don't need to know how to data-warehouse, and can use Tableau to create custom data sources with scheduled refreshes. I also love how easy it is to build some complex calculations that just aren't feasible in other solutions. Lastly, the best thing about Tableau is the community - some of the brightest people in the business collaborating to find great solutions to tough problems that sometimes aren't solved by the product as-is.
It can be tough to pinpoint what is causing certain reports or visualizations to run slower than others. Most of the times it's the size of the underlying data source, but in addition the number of queries and tables/charts you are building into a visualization adds to that lag time. I'd also like a better way to drill down on certain charts or tables - currently I use workarounds with hidden tables which populate if a certain part of a chart is selected for example. The reason for doing this is because some of our SFDC tables have hundreds of columns and clicking to see the underlying data takes forever. I'd like a better way to select the specific columns I want to serve up in a drill-down window and have that functionality built into a visualization. Lastly, working with dates in Tableau can be a bit tricky, especially when you want to do any sort of trended weekly analysis over multiple years. There are workarounds for this, but definitely would like to see some improvement in...
Make sure you have clearly defined who needs licenses and who does not. Tableau Server works best when you can share content with people in their web application. Also, Tableau uses an in-memory database to get good performance, and needs more CPUs to service multiple concurrent users, so if you are skimping on memory vs. their recommended specs you are not going to have a good experience. Carefully read their tech specs for production vs. prototyping/trialing:
Initially, mostly sales and marketing intelligence, but that has evolved into a full 360 degree view of our business which includes things like product usage and customer firmographic data. What products do we sell well now? Who should our ideal customer profile be? What are signs of a customer who is at risk to churn?
Using Tableau we have been able to combine our SFDC Opportunity and Account data with our back-end customer usage data. We've also been able to use cohort analyses to figure out what our average ramp time is for a new sales rep.
It's usability - as a beginner it's really helpful to have simple drag and drop capabilities. It also helps us identify what we want to look at, it's acting as a data recorder, identifier and tool to render our data in different ways.
It's be great it if was more compatible with exporting into a PDF, I know this takes away from it's clicking options to carve out more data, but it's hard to show a room without a projector. A lot of times we're on the go and only have a computer to help us showcase our data.
Talk with your account manager when you need help trouble shooting. And don't forget to use the demos on demand, and visit the gallery to see what companies like yours are using.
Identifying our portfolio trends so we can make better informed decision about how to give grant money.
If I can analyze data using the drag & drop features; anyone can.
No programming knowledge necessary.
I can create dashboards and reports easily and export them to excel for further sharing which is useful.
sometimes not all of the fields are customize-able. there are certain fields I would like to drill / sort but it doesn't hinder the functionality of the software, but rather the report i am working on.
benefits are reports are customize able and i can automate the data sending reports to me
The tableau server is a great way to share insight across the company and gain a view of how employees are interacting with the data. The service has extremely customizable user controls to manage who can see and edit what data and reports, making it an effective tool to use across the company.
We've had issues multiple times with server release bugs bringing down key functions for the day when they are released. As a core technology for our business, stable releases are key to successful use of the product, which everyone from execs to interns use to track daily metrics and do their day to day jobs.
If you do not foresee a need for some of the admin control and user data analysis, considering using Tableau Online for an off site, cloud based solution. The transition from Tableau Server to Tableau Online is a huge manual process if you have a decently sized environment, so make this call before setting up the environment on an on prem server.
The ability to extract datasets directly to the server allows back end data management and updates during the workday without halting any day-to-day functions for our users. Also, as the data hub for the business, we use the administrators data access to analyze how our business users are digesting data, to better create tools for them to do their jobs. The server also allows us to schedule periodic emails to any of our business users more attached to email, and integrate the tableau app for other users who want to track real time data on mobile.
Tableau Server is intuitive, customizable and secure. I love that users can alter a view and save as their default so it opens to the most relevant information. Dashboards are easy to share with no need to download additional software.
Setting the permissions appropriately so dashboards can be shared with select groups can sometimes get complicated.
Tableau Server can enable you to share dashboards via the Mobile App, but keep in mind that this will require additional security measures
I'm using Tableau to make my report more efficient, automated, and tell the story in a clean, organized way. Reports that previous existed in Excel that were slow to open, difficult to update and hard to look at are now a joy to review.
I love the detailed reporting and calculation capabilities of Tableau. The ability to have pre-populated fields to generate templates and reports to share with clients is the most compelling from a sales perspective. From a data collection standpoint, it goes well beyond anything comparable.
I dislike the overly complex layout and cumbersome means of creating reports. While it has complexities to it to assist with creating analysis, it lacks the user experience optimization and intuitiveness that one would look for in a tool like this. Then again, people don't go to Tableau for fancy bells and whistles, they go to have automated calculations and pre-populated reports--check and check.
It is solid for universal reporting and reports creation!
Being able to create business impact reports and ROI documentation.
I really like the ability to manipulate complex data into easily viewable charts and graphs. These visualizations allow me to make assumptions and solutions to better my work outcomes. I also like the ability to utilize this tool on a mobile device.
Some of the features are not user-friendly. It takes some "getting used to" before I was fully comfortable with the tool.
If you need to organize and better understand a lot of data, this tool is for you.
Our company has an immense amount of data. It is very important for us to understand the data and see what areas need improvement. This tool paints a picture of what I need to improve in my daily role and what I'm already doing well.
There are great integrations with CRMs (like Salesforce) and Marketing Automation tools (like Marketo) that enable us to obtain insightful reporting and analytics around our core products and solutions.
I feel like the visualization and dashboards could be more visually appealing and easy to access.
You're going to want someone who has experience with business analytics to set this up so that you can create trusted reports that are valuable to the end users. It can be cumbersome to create detailed reports that can be dissected by multiple different fields of data.
We are pulling data from different sources to create a single source of truth for marketing reporting needs.
Tableau offered an incredible platform to input various key data points that are relevant to your business. Many platforms offer data input. Tableau is unique in its capabilities to take that big data and deliver a visual image of what that data could mean to your business. A picture is worth a thousand words! Not only are the visuals impressive, it will often help you build a case that you may have needed days to create in another format, for example, PowerPoint. This is a one stop shop!
Tableau was introduced to me through our business analytics team. It can be a bit intimidating to learn how to use and leverage. I would suggest an easy "turn on tableau" for a quick start. This will allow users to get comfortable and not be afraid of the bigger platform.
Trends in the business for starters was a big focus for us. Looking at sales, profit margin growth/declines are critical. Tableau can slice and dice many ways. I leveraged to get another against the competition as well. Very valuable on many levels and dynamic during a presentation. Love the data being live and can .answer challenges quickly with a quick key punch or stroke. This is key
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