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Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Desktop

With Tableau, you can create an infinite number of tables, of greater or lesser complexity, and be able to discover and analyze information with very visual graphics. You can use unlimited amounts of data, it is an ideal solution for companies and organizations. The additional information for the users is not totally private, it can be viewed by other users, although there is the modality of granting a permission to access. The files used for graphics must always be updated and must have access to the Internet to access the tool
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Desktop
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Desktop
7.7
Publish to Web
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Publish to PDF
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Report Versioning
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Desktop
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Desktop
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Desktop
6.8

Access Control and Security

Tableau Desktop
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Desktop
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Desktop
7.2
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Desktop
7.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Desktop
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Desktop
7.1
REST API
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Javascript API
Tableau Desktop
7.1
iFrames
Tableau Desktop
6.7
Java API
Tableau Desktop
6.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Desktop
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Desktop
7.0

Pros

  • Slicing & dicing of data
  • Visualization
  • Ease of connectivity to Google Analytics (but always has a downside, see "Cons")
  • Ease of connectivity to dispersed data sources
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Cons

  • Almost completely GUI-based. This makes some types of customization impossible, since there are certain parameters that are completely out of the user's control. By contrast, something like ggplot in R allows for a massive amount of customization, but can be time consuming to learn, code and share.
  • No OS X version available. Tableau claims this is coming in a future update.
  • Limited ability to embed into presentations. If your use case involves creating graphics to embed into presentations, you'll need to export your Tableau workbooks as images, embed those images into your presentation, and repeat whenever your data is updated.
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Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Desktop8.9
Based on 39 answers
The releases of Tableau since 8.0 I would describe as incremental unless you are a MAC user. As of June of 2014 Tableau claims to have 17,000 unique customers, a statistic I accept to be true as they are a publicly held company. The unique company name count now exceeds 20,000. Tableau delivers an excellent product. Beta tests are thorough, due dates are met and client acceptance is high
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Usability

Tableau Desktop8.6
Based on 23 answers
Tableau's main selling points are the fact that you can connect to almost any data source within a couple of clicks and the fact that you can slice-and-dice your data with just a few drags. Tableau also has the ability to grow with the user's comfort level. The most advanced you get, the more you can utilize Tableau's advance features, such as table calculations, to create truly amazing analyses.
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Reliability and Availability

Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 10 answers
Have seen issues with the vertica DB driver which manifest as errors for the end user.
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Performance

Tableau Desktop6.6
Based on 9 answers
It performs as well as could be expected; the challenge is making sure the data is organized correctly to optimize performance.
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Support

Tableau Desktop9.0
Based on 16 answers
Tableau treat us very well and are always ready to listen and engage.
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In-Person Training

Tableau Desktop9.4
Based on 4 answers
Extensive and beneficial - users have shown great benefit of training and put it to practical use.
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Online Training

Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 4 answers
The training for new users are quite good because it covers topic wise training and the best part was that it also had video tutorials which are very helpful
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Implementation

Tableau Desktop8.1
Based on 34 answers
There is a Server installation training video on Tableau's website. I highly recommend that everyone watch it. It only takes a few minutes and could save you quite a bit of time.
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Breadth of Deployment

The department I worked in had around 30 people. I believe we had at least 15 licenses possibly more.
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Alternatives Considered

We have evaluated QlikView as well. QlikView is another tool in the "Self-Service BI" world. However, it's focus is mainly on creating ad-hoc data models and using these models to make visualizations. Tableau, on the other hand, will take an existing data model and make much more impressive, and useful, charts than QlikView would.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Tableau Desktop8.1
Based on 83 answers
Tableau Desktop can be useful when sharing twbx files and when combined with Tableau Server it can be very powerful.
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Data Integration

Tableau Desktop8.2
Based on 83 answers
Supports many data sources including SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, Excel.
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Scalability

Tableau Desktop7.0
Based on 3 answers
Although tableau is highly interactive and fast but with very large dataset its performance degrades heavily. So up to certain extent its really good but after that we have to take care of its performance issues.
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Return on Investment

  • It is very difficult to quantify the effect that using Tableau has had on our clients. The one major benefit I can think of is the reduction of operational expenses. Tableau allows them to keep one person who maintains ten dashboards instead of the twenty people it took when they were using Excel.
  • Having a series of relevant, automatically refreshing dashboards allows for "quick response" to business problems, which could save tremendous amounts of money. If a problem is occurring, you would see it on your dashboard the next day, instead of an analyst finding it a month later.
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Pricing Details

Tableau Desktop

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Tableau Desktop Editions & Modules
Tableau Desktop
Edition
Personal
$9991
Professional
$1,9991
1. per user
Additional Pricing Details
Free trials are available for both editions.