Tableau Server
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Tableau Server by Tableau Software

Tableau Server is a business intelligence software application that provides browser-based analytics that anyone can use. It’s a rapid-fire alternative to the slow pace of traditional business intelligence tools on the market. What makes Tableau different? It's designed for everyone! There's no scripting required, so anyone can become a business 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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Tableau Server
Cost of Ownership

Cost Structure for Tableau Server:

License/Subscription Cost Based on number of users
  • Subscription costs allow users to access Tableau over a set time-frame on both on-premise and cloud
  • Maintenance Cost An additional cost over and above the upfront cost has to be paid for ongoing support and maintenance
    Installation/Implementation Cost
    • On-Premise: Typically charged over and above the license cost
    • Cloud-based/SaaS: Included in the monthly subscription cost
    Customization Cost
    • Custom version cannot be requested - rather users can do limited customizations on their own, such as:
      • User can change the server name that appears in the browser tab, tooltips, and messages
      • User can change the logos that appear in different server page contexts
      • User can control the language used for the server user interface and the locale used for views
      • Custom fonts can be installed for different clients
      • Administrators and project leaders can also add images to projects
    Data Migration Cost/Change Management/Upfront Switching Cost Data Migration is possible in Tableau Servers and can be done with the following tools - Tabcmd Script, REST API, TabMigrate and Enterprise Deployment Tool by InterWorks
    Training Cost
    • Two types of training can be obtained – in-person or virtual. In-person training takes 2 days whereas Virtual classes take 4 days
    • Training costs $1,400 per person for each type of training
    Recurring/Renewal Costs Renewal cost is equivalent to the fees paid annually, based on the number of users
    Pricing Details
    Category Description Price/Details
    Tableau Server On-Premise/Public Cloud
    • On-premises or on public cloud with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform
    • Centrally manage data sources and workbooks
    • Explore analytics from any browser or mobile device
    • Author in your browser and subscribe to workbook updates
    On- premise / Cloud based –$35 per user per month
    Tableau OnlineFully Hosted
    • SaaS form of Tableau Server with maintenance, upgrades, and security fully managed by Tableau
    • Centrally manage data sources and workbooks
    • Explore analytics from any browser or mobile device
    • Author in your browser and subscribe to workbook updates
    $42 per user per month
    Deployment Options What options are available for product deployment? Cloud-based/SaaS
    Pricing Model What is the pricing model? Subscription-based
    Minimum Commitment Is there a minimum monthly or yearly commitment required for purchase? Minimum commitment of one year is required
    Custom Quote Is there an option of requesting custom quote? Not Available
    Free Trial Does the vendor provide a free trial option? Yes
    Product Limitations

    Some of the product limitations include:

    • Tableau Server does not support data encryption
    • Does not provide multi-location support
    • The solution is not user-friendly, especially the report-builder
    • Does not allow users to share datasets, and requires a separate subscription package
    • Requires IT support for integrations and other high-end tasks. Users cannot do this using tutorials or self-help videos on their own

    QlikView: Starting at $1,350 per user

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    • Flexible data architecture: Tableau Server leverages fast databases through live data connections, or can extract and refresh your data in–memory with its blazing fast data engine. Your choice, and you can change your mind any time. 

    • Automatic Updates: Refresh local data on schedules, at set intervals, or incremental levels. Or just refresh it all. Get alerts when data connections fail. Set up subscriptions so you get your data when you want it, as often as you want it.

    • Embedded Analytics: Tableau Server makes it easy to integrate data into your business. Embed dashboards within your organization’s existing workflow. Whether you need native database connectors, APIs or a suite of authentication methods, it’s in the bag. 

    • Scalable: Whether you’re building a platform for a team or an entire organization, Tableau Server is ready to grow with you. It scales with both hardware and memory, and comes with many features to ensure it is a reliable backbone of your enterprise. We use it ourselves to run two of the largest data platforms in the world, Tableau Online and Tableau Public. 

    • Secure: Tableau Server gives you security permissions at any level you need. Multi-tenancy provides sites to separate both users and content. Individual permissions can be set for projects, dashboards, or even users through a simple visual permissions window. Even ensure that your data is secure with data connection permissions and row-level filtering. 

    • Mobile: Author a dashboard once, view or edit it anywhere, on any device. All dashboards are automatically optimized for mobile tablets without any programming. Use familiar tablet gestures to view and interact with dashboards in mobile web browsers or using native iPad and Android apps.