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Leave Complexity Behind:
Introducing Automated Performance
and Load Testing for Tableau

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As we wave goodbye to the first month of 2024, it’s the perfect time to publish our own In-and-Out List, particularly for Tableau Admins and dashboard developers.

So, what’s OUT is hoping (praying?) Tableau dashboards will work under extreme load conditions. Also gone are the days of using complex and unsupported tools like Tabjolt for performance validation.

IN: The confidence in knowing that Tableau content can handle the simultaneous load of N users, not just as a one-off but continuously, through the power of automated performance testing.

Don’t worry, Tableau folks—it’s not a dream. You can add performance and load testing to your In-and-Out list with Wiiisdom Ops for Tableau 2024.1.s

 

The Problem with Traditional Methods

Performance and load testing are critical to maintaining a healthy Tableau environment, one that provides uninterrupted access to critical analytics. Tabjolt has long been the go-to solution for studying how a Tableau environment and content perform under load.

Unfortunately, Tabjolt only supports Tableau Server and requires technical know-how to install, configure, and run a performance and load test.

RunTabjolt.bat –t=testplans\InteractVizLoadTest.jmx –m= –d=60 –c=1

While there are many threads on Tabjolt in the Tableau Community Forums, Tabjolt is provided “As-Is” to the community. In other words, Tableau “does not actively monitor as-is tools for feedback and makes these tools available with no support.”

 

Simplified Performance and Load Testing

Performance testing is no longer a daunting task, only to be accomplished by the tech-savvy. We are thrilled to release Wiiisdom for Tableau 2024.1. Now, anyone, from Tableau admins to developers, can build and automate performance and load tests to continually validate that users will have uninterrupted access to Tableau content.

With Wiiisdom, you have the power to define SLAs for performance and availability, as well as set a desired Apdex score. For those who aren’t familiar, Apdex is a standard quantitative metric that measures how satisfied an end user is with the response time of an application—in this case, a dashboard.

One of the standout features of Wiiisdom is its no-code approach to performance testing (and all other testing, for that matter). You can also quickly specify the performance and load test conditions, such as the number of concurrent clients, which dashboards to test (all or just one), and what users to simulate the test for (again, all or just one).

The results experience is also simplified with Wiiisdom as compared to traditional tools like Tabjolt. You can definitively see whether a test passed or failed and, more importantly, understand why. This makes it easier than ever to find and address performance issues, ensuring your Tableau dashboards always deliver the best possible user experience.

 

Support for Tableau Cloud

With Wiiisdom for Tableau 2024.1, you can also run performance and load tests for content on Tableau Cloud. In just a few clicks, you can easily validate that dashboards and reports are fast and efficient, providing an optimal user experience for your stakeholders.

 

Automated, Continuous, and Integrated

It’s also easy to automate performance and load tests so you can discover performance issues proactively. That brings me to another point for our In-and-Out list.

OUT: Waiting for stakeholders to discover performance issues on their own. Also, staring at the screen for 15+ minutes, hoping the spinning wheel will go away soon so you see if sales are up or down today. Nobody has time for this!

IN: Being notified of unexpected performance issues in Slack, Microsoft Teams, and other applications so you can give stakeholders a heads up and quickly take action to resolve the problem. 🥳

Performance is essential, but there’s more to validate to say Tableau content is always accurate and reliable for decision-making. Wiiisdom for Tableau allows you to build comprehensive tests to validate that data visualizations are accurate and that Tableau content meets requirements for user experience, security, and performance. All tests can be integrated, allowing you to automate the sequence at whatever cadence makes sense for your business.

 

Get Started Today.

To get started with Wiiisdom for Tableau, visit the Customer Center. Otherwise, contact us to try Wiiisdom for Tableau—let’s talk about how to implement automated performance and load testing at scale!

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