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Tableau Scalability

JW
Global Head of Professional Services at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We were able to deploy it fairly broadly without a whole bunch of work. From that perspective, it worked fine. I was deploying my stuff to about 200 users across Canada, and I don't think we saw a blip on the server when people logged in. It was fine. If we were to roll out some of the bigger applications broadly, like the ones that we were having performance challenges with, we probably would have crushed the box. We would have had to get more CPU. Most likely, it would have been a memory issue, but we never hit that inflection point.

There were about 200 users of the solution. It went all the way from the equivalent of a senior vice president and all the way down to the equivalent of a line manager. So, we had business unit leaders, vice presidents, and operational managers.

It was being used extensively for a specific use case. There were lots of other use cases that it could be used for, but there needs to be an appetite from leadership to go, drive, and commit resources to go do that.

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Product Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

It is scalable. The beauty of this product is that it is for everyone. Tableau is a good fit for small enterprises to large enterprises. It can also be used in small departments of a company. The mission of Tableau is to help people see and understand data. So, it is not only for the IT people who understand the technicality of it. It is end-user-centric, and therefore, everybody can use it. It can be used by the marketing, finance, credit, and sales departments. The developers, data scientists, statisticians, and other people can also use it. It is for everyone. 

You can scale it vertically or horizontally, or you can go both ways. You can have a single node configuration and add more RAM or more memory to the same node, or you can have a multi-node configuration. Both are supported. You can add nodes depending on the number of users who want to consume the analytics.

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CR
Director Consultoria at tecnoscala consulting

Scalable in the sense of a very good performance in te Tableau Server , nevertheless the info must be prepared or downloaded in a very well defined DataWarehouse

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Operations & BI Analyst at American Hospital Dubai

I'm not sure how many users we actually have within the company. 

Tableau is one package and there isn't too much complexity. The main pieces are Tableau itself, Prep Builder and Tableau Server, and Tableau Mobile. Sorry, Tableau Online. These four are the most basic software pieces of Tableau.

Whenever you purchase Tableau, you will pay a bit more and more. You will have access to the four main software products. After this, there is no need to purchase something extra. Therefore, in Tableau, there is no scalability issue. In comparison, if you will to Microsoft, there is a lot of products - such as Power BI. There is Power Automate RPA and Power Apps and MicroPower Apps also. You will need to call to Microsoft and they will integrate this Power App with your account. It takes time. With Tableau, there isn't an issue like that. 

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RP
Manager BI/Analytics and Data Management at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

I personally don't like any BI tool to have that scalability. What we usually do is integrate scalability into our warehouse layer. We know how to scale up and down and we handle it there. We don't rely much on the BI tools to do that.

I am talking about the scalability of a program in general, be it in its relation with users or as it concerns dashboards. 

We recently started working with Tableau online and that particular solution is scalable. It ingests the hardware, the server capacity by itself. So, if users go from, let's say... 100 to 500, we don't see a dip in performance. It still behaves the same. Because of this new integration technology with the cloud, they are scalable in that regard.

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AN
Solution Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

It is scalable for online and on-premises versions. With the online version, they take care of the load, and we don't have to worry about that. For on-premises, initially, we used to have core-based licensing in which we had a cap on the number of cores we could expand to. We then moved to user-based licensing, which makes it easy to scale.

In our parent company, we have close to 200 users. We also have two clients on this platform. One of the clients has about 400 users. For another client, overall, we support close to 20K customers on this platform. That's one of the biggest environments.

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Data Teamlead at Elmenus

It's easy to contact Tableau and ask to increase users or resources. They'll do it in the blink of an eye.

At present, we have 20 users, 12 of which are shift users. The majority of our users in total are board members or high-level managers. 

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Senior Team Lead at Peristent Systems

I can say that this solution is quite scalable. I'd rate it eight out of ten. It integrates with many solutions. I haven't used our code in everything, however, I have used it for our HR integration and I find the code is quite scalable. 

In the last project I managed, there were 110 regular users of the solution with about 20 suer-users that were able to edit reports and dashboards and tasks of that nature.

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Data Visualization Specialist at Data Catalyst

The scalability is simply awesome.

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Founder and CEO at Information Age Consulting

Basically, I'm the one using it. However, others consume what I make. I create the dashboard, I create the analytics, and I give my analytics as a shared dashboard or as reports to the decision-makers and other employees. Normally they consume what I do, however, for the creation of dashboards, creation of analytics, I do the job. I'm the main user in that sense. 

It's very scalable, especially if you choose the online option.

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GP
General Manager at Performma Ltda.

The solution is scalable, we have around 15% of our clients that are large scale businesses with the majority being small companies. We provide support for our customers.

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Lead Data Scientist at International School of Engineering

There has been no need for scaling. We are actually connecting to an Oracle Database or SQL Server database, and we can take whatever data we require. We have 40 people who are using this solution in our organization.

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AG
Digital Strategy Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

For deployment, the capacity was increased. It required really strong contractors also. That was easily manageable. It is quite scalable.

We had a team of around 20 developers who are working on the solution.

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IT Manager at Glovis Europe

Currently, we have a strategy to open the reports to all customers, but I think we should develop more business-related skills, not only with the system or in some application terms. Our users do not have enough skills or insights for the dashboard.

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JR
IT Manager of Integration at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees

My understanding is that the solution is scalable. We are currently around 400 users and the roles are typically in finance, sales, marketing, and production.

It's the only tool for certain information, therefore, it's very widely used. We are really, really relying on it and that is growing. We are, during the next six months, closing old reports on the old business VPSH Virus environment. When that is done, this will be the only source of information when it comes to certain financial figures.

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FW
Business Intelligence at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

While my understanding is that the solution can scale, since my work basically was project-based, we didn't have a lot of occasions where we had to really scale up in our work. I can't exactly say how good or not good the scalability is. That said, in my personal experience, I didn't have any problems with it.

The users on the solution varied from project to project. Usually, it was in the dozens or so.

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Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It the solution was better with non-structured data, its scalability might be very good.

I just have the student license for myself. There aren't a large number of people in our company that use it.

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Senior Capacity Planner at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

It is able to scale to the user base that we have, but pulling large sets of data into the dashboard can be problematic. You have to reduce the data to only what you're going to present, and that's it. Otherwise, it is unusable in my opinion.

We've got hundreds of users on the product. When I came to this organization about five years ago, Tableau was fairly new, but it grew very quickly. Initially, only I and a couple of other people were using it, but now the user base has grown significantly.

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Director at Decision Science

It can be achieved, but it is not what most companies focus on. You can have a huge server with core licenses. You can have a lot of users using and consuming information and dashboard use it continuously, but the thing is to still have a PC or text components, which is the weakest link in the chain. 

Scalability may be good. Not awesome, but good.

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AK
Assistant Manager at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees

Scalability depends on your data and how you make calculations. That becomes your scalability. About 20% of all our organizational users are currently using Tableau.

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KB
Managing Partner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Tableau is scalable. 

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RS
Business Analyst at a media company with 10,001+ employees

Given that it's Tableau Public, I don't feel I could give the right answer to that. However, given that you could share your visualizations on a server without sending a file to people, scalability seems like a good option here.

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Tech Lead at MindTree

The scalability is good. We already have some help from professional services, and we've conducted an analysis showing that the number of users will be increasing every year.

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SS
Data Management Team Lead at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees

The scalability is pretty good. In our case, we did start small and we are now scaling in for our different departments. It's working great.

We are not a big group, however, I would say that we have around 80 to 100 users and that combines creators, explorers, and viewers - a little bit of everything.

We are getting used to it and using it more and more. We are expecting to increase usage in the future.

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VJ
Director of Product Management at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

I've found the scalability to be quite good. If a user needs to expand it, they can do so. 

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Senior Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is scalable without a doubt.

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Application Development Assoc Manager at Eccenture

I have used it only for building dashboards. I have not used it much for other areas, so I don't have any inputs about its scalability.

Its users are from the finance department. There are more than 20 people for that project, and they are using different dashboards. Its usage would expand in the future. They have a plan to also use it for machine learning. I am not sure if that would be a different team or if we will be involved, but machine learning is coming into the picture in the future.

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PC
Associate at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Tableau needs to be more scalable. The performance takes a hit if you have huge data. Even if you take an extract and you publish the extract and schedule it to refresh, if the report has multiple tabs, it can take quite a while to go from one tab to another.

We are going to scale the Tableau server so that it can accommodate more processes and can be more process inclusive.

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AC
Project Manager at a local government with 51-200 employees

Most of the companies that we work with that use it are medium-sized enterprises and is typically public companies or government organizations. 

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SJ
Product Manager at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

This is a scalable solution. 

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AG
Associate Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

I'm not managing any scaling aspects. I'm basically from the development team. Every company has its own scaling goals. In my company, I don't really follow that aspect.

I can't say how widely used it is in my organization. When we deploy a tool, there are different teams. There are different stakeholders who are actually using it. I manage my team. I know about only my team, not other teams.

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PA
Research & Development Expert at a energy/utilities company with 11-50 employees

There might be about 20 people in our organization that use the solution.

I'm not sure if we will continue to use the product. Currently, I've only used it for a few weeks, and I'm learning it. However, our organization seems to like to work with Oracle. I'm not sure if we will focus on that or not in the future.

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RD
Senior Manager.Marketing Strategy & Analysis. at a marketing services firm with 10,001+ employees

If I have web analytic data on session IDs, Tableau or Power BI both fail miserably in scalability because you are not able to go on a session-level and have 18 million rows fire up visually.

We have approximately 100 users using the solution.

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Partner at Bambino & Partners

The solution can scale well. There shouldn't be any issues if a company needs to expand. 

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Service Delivery Manager / Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

From a data perspective, the problem with scalability is after a point in time, the data becomes very large. For example, there is a way to sync the data and bring it to the desktop, and if the data is going to be seven GB or more, that is a huge amount of data and creates a problem with Tableau.

Based on our customers, we have different licenses. We have approximately 15 different customers.

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Consulting Practice Partner - Data, Analytics & Artificial Intelligence at Wipro Ltd

It is scalable. They have a cloud version, and you can implement it on the cloud.

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XH
Senior BI Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Tableau is a scalable solution.

Tableau is used by approximately 90 people in our organization.

We do not intend to increase our usage. I've asked for reports on how many users we get on a daily basis, as well as how many people use it and then don't use it for weeks. How long do they stay if they come in, and what are they looking at?

We are attempting to purchase a tool that will provide us with that information. We know which dashboards are popular, which are not, and why the popular ones are popular while the unpopular ones are not. We need to get an add-on that will tell us exactly what makes the dashboard sticky and what keeps people coming back to use it.

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VS
Lead Data Scientist at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees

We have more than 10 users in our company who use this solution on a daily basis.

We allow everyone in our company to use it. We don't really need to scale it. We use it as a platform to share the company's performance. It's not something that is being used by the entire company already.

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IB
Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

Tableau caters to a lot of databases and flat files, which means that you can connect to multiple data sources. In this regard, I would say that it is quite scalable.

We have between 40 and 50 users in the company.

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Business Intelligence Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

This is a scalable solution. 

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Enterprise solution architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Theoretically, Tableau is scalable, but I haven't tried to scale it yet. 

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JJ
Principal Partner at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees

Scalability-wise, Tableau has met all of our needs. Across the organization as a whole, we probably have more than 1,000 users. There are probably 50 power users, who create their own dashboards and reports.

The consumers are sales executives, senior management, C-level, and HR. There are a lot of job categories that use the reports.

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AG
Senior tech architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution does have scalability issues. When the data size increases, the product slows down and doesn't work right. In addition, it's very expensive to scale.

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BW
Technical Lead at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Its scalability is quite good. The negative side would be the cost, but it is quite scalable.

For the projects we have worked on, one of the projects had about a thousand users, and one of the projects had about 200 users. I handle a development team here, and my team is not very big. It is just a four-member team.

It is used by the management, CXOs, and even the mid-level management people. It's basically for decision-making, so mainly the executive board uses these dashboards.

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IT Manager at Arabian Cement Company

I have found the solution to be scalable.

At my organization, we have about ten to 15 regular users. 

We use it pretty extensively - at least once a week.

I'm not sure if we actually have plans to increase usage at this time. 

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LC
MBA, MS Business Analytics at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees

Scalability has been fine. So far, I believe it has served our purpose.

We have more than a hundred users in our organization.

It is being extensively used, but it is getting to be lesser now.

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PA
Lead Data Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

It does manage a good amount of enterprise data, but it is not like Oracle BI or MicroStrategy. They can handle huge volumes of enterprise data. Tableau doesn't have the same efficiency in terms of handling a large amount of enterprise data.

In terms of the number of users, I work for a client, and they have a user base of 14,000.

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RD
Owner at a consultancy with 11-50 employees

It is scalable if you use it with other tools. I have used it with other tools.

I am a freelance consultant. I use it myself. My clients have hundreds or thousands of users.

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CEO at Bi Solutions S.A

Tableau is scalable, but the overall scalability can be improved to accommodate large volumes of data.

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MJ
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We have increased the number of users when we develop more dashboards for the new departments. We did not face challenges when we increased the number of users. We have approximately 50 users using the solution in my organization.

We are planning to increase the usage of the solution. We are doing internal training to help our employees because a lot of people do not know how to use it properly. This has caused a bit of an expansion problem.

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Product Manager at Rabita Software

Scalability is quite flexible. It designed to give a more flexible scaling experience. It's quite easy to add users. The Tableau server can support 200 users.

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General Surgeon at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

The scalability is not the best because the software is complicated to learn, this limits the number of people using the product.

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Senior Data Analyst at a real estate/law firm with 10,001+ employees

I can say Tableau is highly scalable. Now that they've introduced Hyper, you can create an extract of more than 5 million rows in minutes and then do your analysis. So that's a very optimized way to analyze a lot of data. That's why many other companies like Amazon use Tableau to create their visualization, reports, and charts, considering that their data volume is very high. 

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VC
Sr. Solution Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Since Tableau is on the cloud, we haven't faced any challenges around scalability. Since I'm not an engineer, I don't know if that scalability comes from the cloud infrastructure or Tableau itself. I can't rate it properly on that front.

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AA
Data Management and Analytics Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

The scalability is good, we have 100 users using the solution in my organization.

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DK
BI technical analyst at a government with 11-50 employees

I have found this solution to be highly scalable, we have approximately 800 people in my organization using it and plan to increase usage.

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UD
Manager, Business Intelligence at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Scalability depends on us. It depends on how we are configuring it based on the users' needs and experience. It has nothing to do with Tableau.

We have about 70 active users at any time of the day. Even Tableau was surprised to see that level of active users.

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Principal System Developer at a government with 51-200 employees

Tableau has good scaling capabilities.

We have approximately 30 to 40 users using this solution in my organization.

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RA
Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Its scalability is fine. However, in my experience, I haven't seen large-scale projects in Tableau. For such projects, tools like Cognos and MicroStrategy were used. It may be because I didn't get a chance to work on very large projects. I have seen it being used only for small-scale to medium-scale projects, not for large-scale projects.

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RB
Technical Architect - Sr. Manager at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees

It's decently scalable. I have been able to scale it pretty easily.

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Manager, BI & Analytics at Perceptive Analytics

It is scalable. We have around 10 users.

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BW
Lead of Business Intelligence at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

The scalability of Tableau is very good and I don't have an issue with it.

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JG
Subject Matter Expert, IT Operations Management, CS Professor at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees

It's an individual solution so it works on as many desktops as you can download it to.

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Senior Software Engineer - Salesforce at DataGo

This is a scalable solution. We have databases from 1 million to 100 million roles that run very fast.

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JM
Data Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The solution is scalable. 

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PM
Operations Manager at iWantGreatCare

Good - by licebnse model can be replaced by an enterprise model solution for large numbers of licenses.

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HM
Senior Product Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

From working with my data analyst, I get the impression that Tableau can't take the load when scaling.

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AU
Senior Data Analyst at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees

It's a scalable solution.

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DR
Presidente at EDR

The scalability is great.

We have ten users in our organization.

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AC
Project Manager at a government with 51-200 employees

Tableau has been scalable for what we have used it for. However, we have not used a lot of large data sets at this point.

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PC
Cloud Solution Consultant at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

Tableau is difficult to scale because of the cost, which makes it difficult to scale.

We have approximately 25 users using this solution in my organization.

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KD
Solutions Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The solution is definitely scalable. 

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LV
Director of Professional Services, Analytics at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Tableau is not as scalable from an enterprise perspective as some of the other tools out there.

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WL
Vice President at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Tableau is scalable. Right now, 200 to 300 people at my company use it.

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BK
Manager - Customer Success at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The solution could improve the scalability, it is difficult to make changes.

We have more than 50 people using this solution in my organization.

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