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Score 8.3 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Desktop

Great for visualizing basic and complex analytics, can be very useful in a myriad of situations, for example it can be summarized up for grand views for executives and plenty of drill down opportunities for more analyst level staff. This allows the staff to performing the analytics to save time by not having to duplicate reports on different levels for different staff.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Desktop
9.1
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Desktop
7.6

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Desktop
8.4
Publish to Web
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Publish to PDF
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Report Versioning
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Desktop
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Desktop
7.4

Access Control and Security

Tableau Desktop
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Desktop
7.9

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Desktop
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Desktop
7.4
REST API
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Javascript API
Tableau Desktop
7.6
iFrames
Tableau Desktop
6.9
Java API
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Desktop
7.1

Pros

Tableau Desktop

  • Easy to use
  • Plenty of Customization options
  • Can be quick to pick up for average users
  • Supports some complex analytics
  • Integrates well with other software
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Cons

Tableau Desktop

  • There is no concept of Change Management or versioning. The way it works is -i) Connect to your source ii) Build the reports in Desktop iii) Publish them online. Now for example if you did some modification & republished it, Tableau Online would always show the latest version. There is no way to retrieve the previous version of report.
  • 3D Charts are not available
  • Connecting live to Hadoop via ODBC driver is still painful because of its performance.
  • Cost is high,this means you need to buy a Desktop license and server separately. The cost is a major factor desktop - $2000 with yearly maintenance paid upfront. This combined with maintenance of - $200, which you need to pay every year. This is per user.
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Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.9
Based on 39 answers
Because right now its the best option out there (disclosure: I haven't used Qlikview or some of the other direct competitors of Tableau). The big investment is in Tableau Server not desktop. For the cost of the license of Tableau desktop, its a pretty good deal. You can hook it up to pretty much any data source easily. You can easily share the visualizations with your team/colleagues easily. Tableau Desktop is generally easy to use for business users. But the more advanced stuff is better suited for a analyst or someone with a IT/CS background.
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Usability

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.7
Based on 23 answers
To perform a visualization, the data is needed, they can be in different sites: servers, internet, different formats: SQL, excel, acces, in both cases Tableau Desktop is able to interoperate with them and make them available to the operator so that the work is very easy, the only thing that you should have is some basic knowledge of the database to start using it, if the objective is to use it for BI or BD or to make infographics or executive or alert reports because it is necessary to master them relevant concepts to those areas of knowledge.
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Reliability and Availability

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 10 answers
When used as a stand-alone tool, Tableau Desktop has unlimited uptime, which is always nice. When used in conjunction with Tableau Server, this tool has as much uptime as your server admins are willing to give it. All in all, I've never had an issue with Tableau's availability.
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Performance

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 6.2
Based on 9 answers
Tableau's connections to third-party sources can be somewhat slow due to the time required to speak to a source over a network. However, if you properly utilize Tableau's Data Source Extracts, then the speed is incredible. On the other hand, Tableau makes it very easy for the user to put too much data into one dashboard, which can impact performance. All in all, if you use the tool properly, speed should not be a concern.
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Support

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.0
Based on 16 answers
Have hasd no issues to date with support.
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In-Person Training

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.4
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 Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
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 Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
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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Alternatives Considered

Tableau Desktop

I haven't used other tools for a number of years - when I made the selection my criteria were ease of use (including, slicing & dicing data at will), connectivity to various data sources (especially REST API - which Tableau doesn't support natively but now has a way to use through the Web Data Connector). An element that is often overlooked is the ecosystem: other services or tools complementing & extending Tableau, the support community, training opportunities, books and even the availability of skilled resources in the field. And finally, price was a factor.In some cases I use Klipfolio as an alternative to Tableau dashboards. I see it as a matter of "fit to task" and data-maturity. Sometimes Tableau dashboards are just overkill for building nice-looking, simple dashboards where my client doesn't need too much controls (i.e. no highlighting or segmentation at will).
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Scalability

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 7.0
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

Tableau Desktop

  • Easily able to create scalable self-service tools for users. In combination with Tableau Server, creating a tool that provides visualization of an entire data set is only slightly more difficult than providing visualization of a single group of records. This enables me to save many hours each month that were previously spent re-generating different cuts of the same report.
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Pricing Details

Tableau Desktop

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
Free trials are available for both editions.

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