Without proper data provisioning in place the mass proliferation of data sources can render any BI tool useless. Tableau users no longer need a core team that is responsible for building enterprise data models that are published to the server. With Stone Bond’s Enterprise Enabler® Data Virtualization Platform, the models, views, and services are reusable. Data definitions no longer have to encoded in the databases to prevent conflicting definitions and live connections to sources can be established without using a column-store database.
Enterprise Enabler’s virtual data models or lightweight virtual views can quickly be changed, deployed in custom SQL and reused or discarded to make creating dashboards easy.Simply point to the sources you need, indicate how they are related, and generate a virtual model with one click. When Tableau queries the virtual data model, the data is accessed live from the sources and delivered to Tableau directly.
The Enterprise Enabler platform provides a federated view onto the underlying data. One of the usual complaints from the business users is that reports from different teams – sometimes using different reporting or visualization tools – often provide conflicting information when they are ostensibly reports based on the same data. This inability to get a consistent view of the business through reports and dashboards is a common driver for using data virtualization in Agile BI projects.
More importantly, Tableau currently lacks an application interface to schedule group synchronization meaning you will need to schedule the group refreshes using Task Manager or some other programmatic tool that runs tabcmd procedures. Data Virtualization achieves data synchronization easily because any changes made to a data source are reflected in the virtualization layer instantly, so different teams and group are always working off the most accurate real-time enterprise data.