The Perks & Pitfalls of Tableau Server

You have been creating dashboards and insightful analysis with Tableau Desktop. But now you want to share your work with others and allow them to interact with your worksheets. How do you do it? What should you avoid? How do you manage your costs?

The solution is Tableau Server. It’s secure, powerful – and equally important – easy-to-use from both the end user and IT perspectives. This recorded webinar reveals the perks of Tableau Server and reviews the top 11 avoidable pitfalls that impact performance, scale and user adoption.

Learn valuable Tableau Server insights including:

  • How Tableau Server allows users to share their work, with anyone, via any browser, in a secure environment
  • How Tableau Server enables self-service analytics over the web and via mobile devices
  • How Tableau Server can help control your Tableau spend
  • Tips that can significantly improve Server performance
  • What preparation is required when adding Server to your environment
  • Security considerations
  • The #1 barrier to entry and user adoption


Michael Weinhauer

Michael heads up the Tableau Practice at Senturus. Michael comes to us from Oracle, IBM and SAP, where he spent over 20 years in different roles acquiring a wealth of hands-on, practical BI and big data experience. Michael’s team is also responsible for the development of the Senturus Business Analytics Connector for Tableau and Cognos.

Presentation outline

  • If your Tableau environment is like this…
  • Then maybe it’s time for Tableau Server
  • Achieving the Holy Grail of Self Service
    • View and interact – (almost) anywhere on any device
    • Create your own views
    • Enable ad-hoc and data discovery
    • Support collaboration
  • Server can be more cost effective – license views provide visibility into desktop usage
    • All users don’t need desktop license
    • Consider Cloud options
    • Consider Tableau Reader
  • Tableau Server versions & licensing costs
  • Mobile apps
  • Pitfalls
    • #1 Underpowered hardware
    • #2 Just install with defaults and go
    • #3 Insufficient care and feeding
    • #4 Lack of governance
    • #5 Out of date Tableau versions
    • #6 Just upgrade to the latest version
    • #7 Inadequate data prep
    • #8 Winging it with security
    • #9 Always consider end users
    • #10 Insufficient training
    • #11 Rip and replace legacy BI
  • Summary and conclusions – Tableau Server is powerful, but…
    • Plan ahead for installation
    • Support its care and feeding
    • Prepare your data
    • Establish governance
    • Plan for security
    • Get and provide training
    • Never forget the end user/business use case

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