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Tableau Desktop

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1171 Ratings

Tableau Desktop

Top Rated
1171 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Desktop

It definitely depends on the use case of company. If they have the data cooked and ready for reporting they can always add a layer like Tableau on top of their EDW or Data Marts which would make their reporting goals successful undoubtedly. Gartner's magic quadrant rates Tableau the best visualization layer for last couple of years.One thing to keep in mind is if the company is very small and has less of a budget to spend on tools for each ETL layer, architect and visualization layer then Tableau won't be a good choice. It might be expensive for them. Also you can't bring in facts and dimension inside Tableau Desktop to create relationships and logical model like MicroStrategy.

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Desktop
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Desktop
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Desktop
7.7
Publish to Web
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Publish to PDF
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Report Versioning
Tableau Desktop
7.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Desktop
7.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Desktop
7.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Desktop
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Desktop
7.2

Access Control and Security

Tableau Desktop
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Desktop
7.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Desktop
7.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Desktop
7.9
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Desktop
7.5
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Desktop
7.2
REST API
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Javascript API
Tableau Desktop
7.1
iFrames
Tableau Desktop
6.9
Java API
Tableau Desktop
7.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Desktop
7.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Desktop
7.0

Pros

  • Creating visuals are very quick. Doesn't need much training. Anyone who can handle Excel can also handle Tableau visualization. The interface is well organized and everything is possible with less clicks. The default color layout & representation of graph & grid is very attractive. So excellent use experience.
  • Data Source Connectivity- It provides lot of data source connection options. Tableau provides an option to connect to a file (Excel, Text, Access, CSV etc. ), connect to DataBase (Microsoft SQL Server Oracle, Amazon Redshift etc.), ODBC connections, Google Analytics, SAP HANA and many more.
  • Excellent mobile support. Tableau put a lot of effort into developing a robust mobile client. Sensitive Control & Reports are pixel perfect.

Cons

  • Since I am a senior software engineer, I wish Tableau had a more robust underlying programming language with clearly defined semantics. To be fair, the ability to connect Tableau with R helps in this direction.
  • I believe the quality and quantity of the official documentation maintained by the company could improve. Fortunately, there is a thriving community on which I have relied heavily. However, given the current level of maturity of Tableau, this should naturally prompt the company to document well-known solution patterns for recurrent visualization questions/problems.
  • I would appreciate the ability to easily access data inherent to some "out-of-the-box" analyses available in Tableau. For instance, it would be nice to programmatically have access to parameters that are calculated in connection with linear trends such as the slope, the independent term, etc.

Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Desktop8.9
Based on 39 answers
Note: my input has little bearing on the actual purchase decision. I'd gladly renew Tableau, since it gives me capabilities that I couldn't not replicate with other tools given my current skill set. I can create data visualization and BI dashboards in a matter of hours which provide real-time data to my entire department without needing to do any web application development. This gives me an incredible amount of leverage, and saves many hours each month.

Usability

Tableau Desktop8.4
Based on 22 answers
It's pretty easy to use Tableau...you need to have your data formatted properly before you try. Since the majority of calculations are written almost exactly as you would in Excel, the learning curve is quite shallow

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.

Performance

Tableau Desktop6.9
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.

Support

Tableau Desktop8.7
Based on 15 answers
I personally have no had any experience with the HelpDesk. However, our clients speak highly of it.

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.

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

Implementation

Tableau Desktop8.2
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.

Breadth of Deployment

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

Alternatives Considered

Tableau is strong at visualization but less strong at data discovery where I find Qlik Sense, SAS, SPSS are stronger.

Collaboration and Sharing

Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 79 answers
With Tableau on the server, it is easy to share dashboards. It is also easy to develop reports on your desktop then pass the file to the server to be shared.

Data Integration

Tableau Desktop8.2
Based on 79 answers
Connects to multiple forms of data and handles huge data effortlessly

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.

Return on Investment

  • 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.

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.