Why Tableau Server ?. Contents. What is Tableau Server? Benefits Features Security Administration. What is Tableau Server.
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Contents • What is Tableau Server? • Benefits • Features • Security • Administration
What is Tableau Server Tableau Server is a business intelligence application that provides browser-based analytics anyone can learn and use. It’s a rapid-fire alternative to the slow pace and rigidity of traditional business intelligence software.
Benefits • Tableau Server is the delivery platform for secure, interactive, web-based dashboards and data sources that anyonecan build quickly with minimal training using Tableau Desktop • Reports can be deployed internally or externally and accessible via standard Web-browsers and touch-enabled on Mobile devices - no client software installation required • End User Empowerment • Administration, care & feeding from IT is minimal (less than 0.25 FTE) • Business users create reports, publish and manage content • Data Server gives business users a shared starting point for their analysis and reporting while providing the flexibility to add their own calculations and combine with their own data • Tableau Server is fully secure and respects your security protocols • Integrates with Active Directory user authentication and security • Supports SSL and forms based (local) authentication • Leverages database row-level security • Site, user, and workbook level security
Benefits (continued) • Tableau’s Data Server • Centrally manage metadata, including data types, names and definitions • Abstract, simplify and secure the data layer from end-users • Host shared Tableau Data Engine Extracts (in-memory) for desktop users • Automates the refresh of extracts from their native data source • Data Scalability • Unlike pure in-memory solutions, no limit on the size of data • Supports over 25 different data structures including “Big Data” • SAP BW, Teradata, Vertica, Hadoop, Aster, Greenplum,... • Multi-tenant - Separate user groups (think departments or customers) will have their own workspace and content, including users, data sources and workbooks • Localized Server – Translated into French and German with additional languages coming soon
Features • Share • Interact • Discover • Embed • Access
Features - Share Give colleagues, customers, and partners the tools they need to answer their own questions simply by logging into a secure website • Deliver current data with every view • Embed Tableau Interactive views in virtually any web apps or portal including SharePoint • For any view on Server, users can print to PDF, export data to Excel and also view underlying transactional data (permission controlled)
Features - Interact 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. • Filter to limit the data in the view • Page through slices of the data • Sort capability to keep or exclude individual data values • Export data and images after viewing the details • Users can save personalized versions of a published dashboard • Zoom and drill into maps online • Views can be linked to create guided analysis
Features - Discover Tableau lets you drill down into data, highlight and filter across data sources, publish interactive maps, and create interactive applications right in a web browser • Drill-through to underlying data • Combining mark types can help you relate to data and find patterns that would otherwise be much harder to see • Quick summary of your data can help you get to findings more easily and communicate basic facts about your data
Features - Embed Combine all the data you need into a powerful dashboard and embed it in your teams workspace, wiki,Sharepoint site, or send a link via email • Embed Tableau in intranets, portals, and applications like SharePoint and PowerPoint • Embed Tableau views in nearly any web app with just a URL
Features - Access You make decisions in meetings, at client sites, and on the go. To get value from your business intelligence, it should be there too • Connect directly to live data where and when you need it • Access to data, reports, and dashboard can be secured down to the individual level based on your corporate requirements
Features for IT Multi Threading for Performance
Features for IT Local Extracts – Better capacity utilization on transaction systems
Features for IT External Scheduling of Extracts – To enable applications with refreshed live data
Features for IT Pre-packaged server usage monitoring and logging
Features for IT Distributed clustered environment for unlimited scalability
Features for IT High Availability • Active/Active clustered environment provides redundancy and additional scalability • Replication for Data Engine and Repository • Gateway and Load Balancer can be small – 1 core, 4BG of RAM • Email alerts sent on failure
Features for IT Multi-tenant • Single server, many sites • Each site is its own world • - List of site users • - List of Workbooks • - List of Data Sources • - List of Content Admins • But the server has a single list of users • - Users may be members of multiple sites • - Same Name/Password
Features for IT Tableau Data Server • Centrally manage metadata, including data types, names, definitions, and calculated fields • Users work with the same semantic understanding of the data • Data server acts a Proxy for database connections minimizing the need to install database drivers and issue credentials to each desktop user • Data server hosts the in-memory Tableau Data Engine and lighter weight Desktop machines connect as a Client
Security • Users only see reports and data they are authorized to see • Provides its own authentication as well as integration to Microsoft Active Directory for user authentication and group membership • Administrator can monitor logs • SSO – Active Directory • Database access • By group or user • Row level security
How much support and skill is required? • Few IT resources are required to implement and support Tableau • Less than 0.25 FTE for 1,000 users on Tableau Server • Download and installation takes about 30 minutes • Setup user security and begin using Tableau Server in less than an hour • Tableau Server integrates with Active Directory, so setup is simple and familiar. • No need to install and maintain any client-side browser plug-ins for your end-users • Gartner validation of the least support resources for Enterprise deployments • What skills? • Business administration skills not IT skills • Knowledge of Tableau Server 4-5 hours of self-paced training