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.
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.
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.
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