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Tableau Desktop

1125 Ratings

Tableau Desktop

1125 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Desktop

We use Tableau when we want to obtain a fast and efficient result, since this option allows to work with data in real time or in memory, being able to extract massive data for a limited exploration quickly, using technology of database and computational graphics to analyze enormous sets of data and which is used in the different areas of the organization when we want to have quick results and easy to analyze according to the graphics presented.

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Desktop
7.8

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
8.4

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
7.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Desktop
7.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Desktop
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Desktop
7.1

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
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Desktop
7.3
REST API
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Javascript API
Tableau Desktop
7.2
iFrames
Tableau Desktop
7.0
Java API
Tableau Desktop
7.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Pros

  • With Tableau, you can easily analyze information, interact, filter, drill down and graph data
  • Tableau allows you to work with multiple data sources, allowing you to convert them into visualized information in easy-to-analyze graphs
  • You can use unlimited amounts of data
  • It facilitates access to the information you need at the right time.

Cons

  • Tableau is ill-suited to work with SSAS cubes, at least when you are used to analysis within Microsoft tools
  • Data preparation is not up-to-par with other leading vendor tools (although can be improved through Alteryx if you have access to it)
  • The ease-of-use is true for basic analysis, but rapidly gives way to a steep learning curve with more complex queries or when the business context is more mathematics oriented

Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Desktop8.9
Based on 39 answers
It is an investment that the organization is willing to make, as it drives efficiency that no other tool can. It also becomes more powerful, the more you use it and learn about it, so maintaining a consistent standard with it makes great sense to our organization. The reason it is not rated at 10 here, is that it is more expensive than many alternatives, but it is certainly worth the investment.

Usability

Tableau Desktop8.5
Based on 22 answers
Entry-level data analysis is accessible even to beginners, some advanced analysis is possible, but it is not at this time an end-to-end solution for analytics, though imprvements are coming from version 10.2.

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 Desktop8.6
Based on 15 answers
Tableau treat us very well and are always ready to listen and engage.

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
Again, training is the key and the company provides a lot of example videos that will help users discover use cases that will greatly assist their creation of original visualizations. As with any new software tool, productivity will decline for a period. In the case of Tableau, the decline period is short and the later gains are well worth it.

Breadth of Deployment

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

Alternatives Considered

My current work environment uses both Tableau Online, MicroStrategy & SSRS in parallel. Tableau is much closer to the SSRS in terms of visualization tool where as MicroStrategy is an enterprise data modeling and reporting tool.Based on the use case we use different tools. Here are the pros & consProsi) Suits perfectly for SQL Environment( not big data). We have created the maximum of our dashboard against SQL Server Database. They are perfectly designed, fast while retrieving data, and has very efficient online manipulation. ii) I prefer using Tableau Online if I want to drill down. iii) Unlike MicroStrategy we don't have to create attributes and facts inside the tool. Tableau just sits a extra layer on top of my data model and inherits all objects inside the tool. iv) Unlike SSRS Tableau Online helps us to create on the fly calculations in the web browser. So no manipulation is needed every time in the dataset v) Good Customer Support unlike MicroStrategy (In MicroStrategy cases are opened for weeks but no proper resolutions are made by experts).Consi) Report Scheduling Options are not the best in Tableau. If we see new a requirement of a report with email distribution, mobile distribution we don't prefer Tableau ii) Big Data (Hadoop) Live Interactions are slow. You need a special approach and extra implementation using middleware to make data retrieval fasteriii) Architect mode is not available

Collaboration and Sharing

Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 78 answers
The fact of being able to operate with data from different sources and cross it and present it in powerful visualizations are my reasons for positively evaluating the collaborative work capabilities in Tableau Desktop

Data Integration

Tableau Desktop8.3
Based on 78 answers
Tableau Desktop has greatly improved with version 10 in terms of combining data from multiple data sources. Once a quality connection to the data source exists it is easily maintained. Filtering on the data source is also helpful for speed.

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

  • Increased productivity: ability to automate recurring reports and speed creating new reports. Decreased error rate. Reduced days of effort to hours.
  • Increased client satisfaction: better visuals; more flexible, deeper exploration available; faster, higher quality delivery

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.