Tableau Server

Rapid-fire business intelligence. Today.

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Why Tableau Server
A stunning alternative to BI

The future of business intelligence

Tableau Server is a business intelligence application that provides browser-based analytics anyone can use. It’s a rapid-fire alternative to the slow pace of traditional business intelligence software.

What makes Tableau different? It's designed for everyone. There's no scripting required, so anyone can become an analytics expert. You can grow your deployment as you need it. Train online for free. Find answers in minutes, not months.

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Interactive dashboards in any browser

Combine all the data you need into a powerful dashboard. Publish it so you can filter, highlight and drill down right in a browser. Embed it in your team’s workspace or SharePoint site, or send a link via email. Update it in real time. And do it in minutes or hours, not months.

With Tableau, you can move from tables to interactive visualizations to dashboards in a few clicks. You can give colleagues, customers and partners the tools they need to answer their own questions simply by logging into a secure website from any browser. When your business insight can move this fast, you're unstoppable.

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Mobile business intelligence

Your business decisions aren't made in an analyst's cubicle. Your team makes these decisions in boardrooms, at client sites, and on the go. To get the most value from your business intelligence, the data needs to be in the same place as the decisions.

Tableau's unique approach to mobile BI emphasizes usability, so you can get the data you need when and where you need it. Filter, scroll, pinch, zoom--it all just works. Tableau's touch-optimized iPad and Android apps make it easy to find and use your dashboards, or simply connect to Tableau in your browser. Our author-once approach means that every dashboard you publish is automatically touch-enabled.

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Blazing speed against massive data

Tableau will fundamentally change what you can achieve with data.

Bring your data into Tableau’s high-performance data engine and work with it at blazing speed. Do it all with just a click—there’s no programming required. Architecture-aware memory usage means more data on less hardware.

You can also connect Tableau directly to your fast database or cube and analyze live data, maximizing your previous technology investments. You can switch between connection types as needed, with just a click. You'll never have to worry about data silos or broken scripts again.

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Blend disparate data with a click

You know as well as anyone that your data doesn't all live neatly in a single table of a single database. Real-world data is much more complex than that, but, with Tableau, blending these data sources is simple. You drag and drop to add a new data source and analyze relationships across the data. Drag a spreadsheet of promotion dates onto your sales database to see how your offers influenced revenue. It’s not a six-month integration project, it’s a drag and a drop.

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Invite the facts to your meetings

You and your colleagues are discussing new trends in your business. But your reports don’t answer your questions, and you leave your meeting with more questions than you went in with. So you go create more reports, then call another meeting. Which generates more questions and more reports.

With Tableau you can filter, sort, and discuss data on the fly. Ask and answer questions in the moment, face to face with your colleagues. That’s real collaboration.

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Get out of the queue

Self-service business intelligence is the most effective kind. Subject matter experts can create the reports they need to get answers themselves, today. They can change those reports as new priorities surface. Your business users can get back to business, and your IT team can get back to strategic thinking.

Why self-service? As hard as they work, an IT team can’t think of every report variation that business users might want. With Tableau, business users can respond to their own changing needs immediately, and your IT team suddenly has time free to realize their full strategic potential.

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What Our 
Customers Say
How data can bring you joy.

Move faster. Smile more.

You notice something when you meet Tableau customers.

They're confident they can get answers from their data. They don't talk about big integration projects. They expect to see their dashboards in any browser. They talk about what they discovered, not where they are in the IT queue.

They're remarkably relaxed. And they don't say, "If we could just..." They can. They do.

What Our Customers Have to Say

National Motor Club

We're able to get answers with information that we couldnt find before. It became the tool of choice anytime that we were doing any type of analysis.
- Matt Krzysiak, COO, National Motor Club

RBC Wealth Management

The efficiency of my group has gone through the roof.
- Shawn Spott, VP and Manager of Marketing Research, RBC Wealth Management

Aspire Public Schools

They got an email from a source that they trusted that had been giving them data, and attachments, and Excel files for years, with a link saying hey, here's is on the web this time and we're also able to deliver it to you with 48 hour turnaround instead of two, three, four weeks.
- Lynzi Ziegenhagen, Aspire Public Schools

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In the past, a lot of our business intelligence systems were not used because they were at the officer level. But Tableau is definitely a tool that anyone who has a computer can figure out.

- Marsha Schels, Yale University

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Why IT 
Loves Tableau

We have 7 good reasons.

Seven Reasons Why IT Loves Tableau

Tableau is an IT dream: it gives you web-based dashboards that you can deploy across the company while working with your existing infrastructure. Stay in control while giving your users what they're crying for. Give them Tableau Server.

With Tableau Server, business users can get back to business and IT can get back to strategic IT.

Seven reasons to love Tableau:

Solves business users’ needs

Want to be a hero to your business users? Take a look at Tableau. Business users can answer their own questions and build their own dashboards. They can share their insights using Tableau Server. As their needs change, they can change their own reports. Business users get self-service dashboards and reports, and you can get out of the report-writing business.

Fits your data architecture

  • Got a slow database? Tableau can make your data blazing fast.
  • Got a fast database? Tableau can leverage its speed.
  • Got big data in files? That works too.

You can choose whether your users connect directly to databases or work with a local Data Engine, to take load off of critical systems. The Data Engine uses ad-hoc data modeling to adapt to your data architecture and lets you get answers fast, without creating data silos.

Respects your security protocols

Tableau Server enforces Active Directory user authentication and security. Tableau also supports the row-level security of databases. Or, if you don’t have any data security at all, Tableau gives you user- and workbook-level security so you can keep your private data private.

Simply by deploying Tableau you’re able to better manage data security. Users share ad-hoc reports securely via Tableau Server, so there's no more emailing spreadsheets with sensitive data. Your data stays where it belongs and stays secure.

Easy to install and maintain

Few IT resources are required to implement and support Tableau. Most customers don’t need regular IT support at all: Tableau Server installs via web and is operational in about 20 minutes. It integrates with Active Directory, so setup is simple and familiar. Tableau Desktop users can dig deep into their data then publish results to Tableau Server. Executives and others can interact via their web browser without any downloads or plug-ins.

Provides shared yet flexible metadata

Tableau’s Data Server allows you to centrally manage metadata, including data types, names and definitions. This means all users can be working with the same understanding of your data, and changes flow out to all users at once. So you can manage your metadata but stay nimble and flexible.

Free online training and great end-user support

Tableau takes the load off IT by offering on-demand and live training for free. And with your annual maintenance, your users get excellent customer support. This means end users must turn to IT less often, which frees up your time-- and budget-- for other things.

A trusted partner

Thousands of companies use Tableau for business analytics. Tableau is a business partner with IBM, Oracle and Microsoft. Find out why Gartner said Tableau “gained overwhelmingly positive customer survey feedback across the board for functionality, product quality, support, customer relationship, success and view of the vendor's future.”

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Hear From the Analysts

The 2014 Magic Quadrant.

What the analysts have to say

To get a well rounded view of how our products stack up, you can read what three of the most respected analyst and independent consulting companies, Gartner, Forrester, and Germany's Business Application Research Center (BARC) say about Tableau.

Gartner has the largest base of IT research analysts and consultants in the world. Gartner’s global research organization offers the combined brainpower of 1,200 research analysts and consultants. Forrester Consulting Provides independent and objective research-based consulting to help leaders in their organizations. BARC is Germany's most respected and highly regarded BI analyst firm.


2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant Report

20 February 2014 G00257740
Analysts: Rita L. Sallam | Joao Tapadinhas | Daniel Yuen | Bill Hostmann

Gartner's highly regarded Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms report is based on detailed customer surveys, interviews, research and analysis.

In Gartner's words, "The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business and Analytics Platforms presents a global view of Gartner's opinion of the main software vendors that should be considered by organizations seeking to use BI and analytics platforms to develop BI applications." While Gartner strongly suggests that buyers should evaluate vendors in all four quadrants, Tableau and other industry observers believe that many organizations will only consider software vendors that appear on the Magic Quadrant that are placed in the "leaders" quadrant. Access your complimentary copy of the Magic Quadrant report.

Gartner Magic Quadrant

According to Gartner, "By 2015, the shifting tide of BI platform requirements, moving from reporting-centric to analysis-centric, will mean the majority of BI vendors will make governed data discovery capabilities an expansion of, and the prime competitive capability for, their BI platform offerings."

Tableau builds software to transform the way people solve problems; common problems and complex global problems using any and all kinds of data. We make analyzing data fast and easy, beautiful and useful. It's software for anyone and everyone.

We know that data drives your decisions and we put our teams into action to deliver and support you, our customers, with the most advanced and easy-to-use software platform available today.

Gartner comments that "It is very likely that 2014 will be a critical year in which the task of making 'hard types of analysis easy' for an expanded set of users, along with ensuring, governance, sales and performance for larger amounts of diverse data, will continue to dominate BI market requirements."

Figure 1. Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms

Innovation and Leadership are two of the hallmark principles of Tableau. We believe in power for the people and we are building a company that fundamentally changes how people see and understand data. There's a science behind building great software and we don't guess about the future, we use our own software internally so that we experience and experiment with design that will make all of our daily routines easier.

As many software buyers know, the overall satisfaction with a software provider is based on many dimensions including product quality, response times, business relationship, support quality, website resources, and so on. And in making a purchase decision, software buyers also know they are not just buying software for today; it likely is software that will be used for years to come. Gartner's reports help people gain a thorough understanding of the Business Intelligence market and the vendors serving the market.

*Note: The graphic above was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Tableau Software.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


Independent Study Documents 127% ROI

Forrester conducted in-depth interviews with three customers: a national financial-services firm, a major teaching hospital and an online media firm. Forrester documented an ROI of 127% and a 13-month payback period. Forrester attributes their findings primarily to a streamlined report publishing process, improved productivity of business intelligence analysts, and reduced report creation times. From their customer interviews Forrester also found, but did not quantify, significant labor productivity improvements, process improvements, and other benefits.

The complete Forrester study, titled The Total Economic Impact of Tableau Business Intelligence Solution (November, 2010) is available for download.

Three Year Adjusted Risk ROI

Forrester found the following benefits:

  • Increased user adoption of business intelligence
  • Increased standardized reports by 400%
  • Reduced report creation times by 87.5%
  • Reduced report distribution, storage and duplication costs and simplified publishing of reports
  • Incurred no training costs to adopt Tableau
  • Freed up BI analysts to perform higher-value tasks
  • Realized process improvements from use of visualization in root-cause analysis

BARC BI Survey 13

BI Survey 13 ranks Tableau #1 in Business Benefits, Business Achievement and Agility of all the participating vendors in all peer groups. Tableau is also top ranked in 19 separate KPIs in the following peer groups: Visual Analysis, Data Discovery, Ad Hoc Analysis, and Dashboard. In the peer group of Visual Analysis, Data Discovery, Tableau garnered 10 separate top rankings. Tableau consistently beat QlikTech, SAP, IBM, Oracle, Microstrategy and Information Builders in rankings.

Feedback from this year's Survey participants reveals that Tableau is highly recommended for supporting visual analysis data discovery requirements. BARC's field experiences corroborate this result, writes BARC analysts.

The BARC BI Survey 13 is based on findings from the world's largest and most comprehensive survey of business intelligence end-users, conducted earlier in 2013. In total, 3,149 people responded to The Survey with 2,298 answering a series of detailed questions about their usage of a named product. Altogether, 30 products or groups of products received a detailed analysis.

The vendors' results were reported in 7 peer groups on 28 KPI's. Example of some results are:

  • Tableau ranked #1 in business benefits across all vendors and all peer groups
  • Tableau ranked #1 in business achievement across all vendors and all peer groups
  • Tableau ranked #1 in Agility — defined by a combination of project length and self-service — for all vendors and peer groups
  • The BARC analyst noted, "Tableau significantly beats big rival QlikTech in the Visual Analysis, Data Discovery Vendor peer group. We see in The BI Survey results that Tableau customers are using the product with larger data volumes than QlikTech customers do. This is down to the performance of its own data storage technology and steadily improving data engine which is being optimized for handling large volumes of data to deliver good performance during analyses."
  • For Collaboration, the BARC analyst notes, "Tableau achieves great results here. The tool is used by business users to collaborate on data."
  • Comments on design in the mobile environment were, "This is a major challenge to get right for mobile devices but Tableau's solution seems to have hit the mark with users."
  • Read for yourself what BARC has to say - download the whitepaper

* Magic Quadrant Disclaimer

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted February 24, 2014 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the Leaders quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.