Valuable data that drives your business lives in SQL Server. But there’s more to that information than you can know by asking the same questions time and again. Tableau provides a visual analysis solution that lets you explore your data with questions you never thought you could consider. Use Tableau as your SQL Server analysis tool to easily:
- Connect natively to any SQL Server schema
- Take the load off critical infrastructure with in-memory data storage
- Support SQL Server data security rules
- Provide data visualization for SQL Server data with drag & drop ease
- Allow scheduled and as-needed report updates, easily
Tableau’s live connection to your SQL Server issues highly-tuned, platform specific queries. But if your database is in the middle of everything and already under heavy load, you can take the burden of analysis off of it with Tableau.
Tableau lets you bring your data into its fast, in-memory analytical engine, meaning you can get the data you need and answer your questions without overloading SQL Server. This approach lets you query an extract of data with careful matching of calculation and collation semantics. With a single click between the options of live connect or in-memory analytics, you can quickly analyze samples of data then redirect this to run broader analysis within SQL Server.
Your SQL Server environment is already designed to meet your needs. It houses the data that matters most when it comes to understanding what’s going on or making decisions. So when you use a visual analysis solution to get better insight – more value – from this information you shouldn’t have replicate it in some proprietary database. So don’t.
Tableau provides an optimized, live connector to SQL Server so you can create charts, reports and dashboards while working directly with your data. As you dig into your analysis, Tableau recognizes any schema used in SQL Server so you don’t have to manipulate your data. Whether a business user is doing analysis or people are collaborating across a team, the Tableau connector honors your SQL Server security protocols so you know the right level of confidentiality is maintained.
But if your database is in the middle of everything and already under heavy load, you can take the burden of analysis off of it with Tableau. Tableau’s fast Data Engine lets you bring your data into its fast in-memory analytical engine, meaning you can get the data you need and answer your questions without overloading SQL Server.
Hidden gems exist in your data. But spotting them with standard reports is nearly impossible. By exploring your data with visual best practices, it's easy to tease out the valuable insights that can fundamentally alter strategies and decisions. Tableau equips anyone working with SQL Server data to do sophisticated visual analysis with drag-and-drop ease.
As this dashboard for a national healthcare organization shows, visual analysis provides a perspective on which specialties are the most profitable. Medical and surgical specialties are high in revenue and have strong profitability, according to the bar chart at the bottom of the dashboard. Click on the dashboard and evaluate which regions respond well to advertising and explore where and how to expand service.
Unleashing business users with tools to do their own analysis sounds like a pipe dream for many businesses. Huge learning curves for established BI solutions combined with data access concerns relegate report creation to an analytics team or IT. But that means business users often can’t answer critical business questions with the speed and depth of information they need.
Tableau turns that model on its head. With drag & drop ease to build charts, reports and dashboards, Tableau gets people analyzing their own data fast. By connecting directly with SQL Server's, concerns about data access security go away. Existing SQL schemas are automatically discovered and supported in Tableau. Now it’s easy. Point Tableau at your SQL Server data and start exploring.