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Tableau Desktop

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Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Desktop

It helps us to visualize and understand data. Helps in business analysis, predict market trends. Caters to the needs of an organization. Can be integrated with different kinds of data sources like Excel, CSV, different kinds of databases like Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle. On the other hand, need some understanding of statistics to use this software, cannot retrieve previous versions of the same file created. So, version management is a problem. Left joins cannot be created during data loading. These need to be created separately using blends.
Ron Rothstain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

Tableau is very well suited for large organizations because of its cost. It has a great visual design. It is particularly useful when there is data integration with other software required. Dashboards come out very well in such cases and help make sense out of data. These dashboards are used on a frequent basis once a baseline or a parameter is defined. Trend analysis and forecasting are a key to using this software and this is where it comes in very handy.
Kruti Vaidya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.5
Tableau Online
8.5
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Online
8.1
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Desktop
9.2
Tableau Online
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Tableau Online
8.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.2
Tableau Online
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Tableau Online
7.9
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Online
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Tableau Online
8.1
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Tableau Online
8.6

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Desktop
8.6
Tableau Online
8.3
Publish to Web
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Tableau Online
8.6
Publish to PDF
Tableau Desktop
8.9
Tableau Online
8.7
Report Versioning
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Tableau Online
8.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Tableau Online
8.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Online
7.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Online
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Tableau Online
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Tableau Online
8.7
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Tableau Online
7.6

Access Control and Security

Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Online
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Tableau Online
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Online
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Online
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Tableau Online
8.8

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Desktop
8.2
Tableau Online
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Tableau Online
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Tableau Online
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Tableau Online
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Online
7.8

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Desktop
7.9
Tableau Online
7.9
REST API
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Tableau Online
8.5
Javascript API
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Tableau Online
8.3
iFrames
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Tableau Online
7.7
Java API
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Tableau Online
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Tableau Online
7.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Tableau Online
7.4

Pros

Tableau Desktop

  • With Tableau you do not need to have technical knowledge to do the data integration and you get a quick response of what you are looking for, being your visualization of high quality.
  • We can say that it is free software and it is not a limited version
Yusmelys Lopez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

  • Software is compatible with numerous interfaces, making it quite scalable.
  • Robust visualization feature set -- perhaps even industry leading.
  • Graphs are dynamic and intuitive to use which helps organizations focus on what really matters -- making the right decision at the right time.
  • Intuitive user interface helps analysts quickly setup scalable reports.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Tableau Desktop

  • 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
Charles Saulnier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

  • I'm not sure if this is standard for everyone but our Tableau is updated twice a week so the information may not be the most up-to-date possible.
  • There's no search function in the tool which would help me a lot if I am seeking information about a specific item.
  • There are frequent software updates which require you to completely reinstall everything.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Mashhood Syed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.9
Based on 23 answers
I am really a fan of tableau for its quick setup, data connection, dashboard creation time and very easy to use UI.As i have used multiple Bi tools like QlikView and SAP BO, i can say all other tools take really long time in performing above functionalities except QlikView which is really fast in term of performing analysis.
Chandra Bhanu Pratap Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

Tableau Online 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Simple, easy and straighforward interface.
Phil Dana, PMOC | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Brad Llewellyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

No score
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Performance

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 6.1
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.
Brad Llewellyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

No score
No answers yet
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Support Rating

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.0
Based on 16 answers
I still haven't found something that stumped me for long. The company materials are first-rate and their seems to be a natural affinity among the professionals using the product. It seems there are many who want to help those that are following them onto the platform. I've never noticed any condescension to new users or obvious questions in the forums or my personal exchanges.
David Fickes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

No score
No answers yet
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In-Person Training

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.4
Based on 4 answers
It is admittedly hard to train a group of people with disparate levels of ability coming in, but the software is so easy to use that this is not a huge problem; anyone who can follow simple instructions can catch up pretty quickly.
Jon Boeckenstedt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

No score
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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
Chandra Bhanu Pratap Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation Rating

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 35 answers
Time needs to be spent ahead of implementation to make sure data sources are set up and ready. Consultants need to understand the data sources and the goals before setting foot on-site. Installation is easy, learning to use it takes time. The training resources available are great.
Phillip Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Tableau Desktop

When we first looked at getting a visualization software for analytics we looked into two options Microsoft Power BI and Tableau Desktop, and even though Power BI is more cost-effective we decided to go with Tableau Desktop as it had more options that we are looking for such as free reader and Tableau Server and offers a very comprehensive and simple interface that is easier to learn for new staff.
Clinton Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

Both Tableau Online and BI solutions provide visualizations. In Power BI we choose the visualization first, then drag the data into it. In Tableau, we select the data and switch between visualizations on the fly. It’s easier to jump between visualizations in Tableau. Power BI might be sluggish when working with extremely large datasets whereas Tableau online has an advantage in this area due to its extensive features.Power BI doesn’t have the ability to publish reports with all associated data which means some information can be left out of visualizations whereas Tableau online has a steep learning curve and flexible features.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Chandra Bhanu Pratap Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

No score
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Return on Investment

Tableau Desktop

  • Tableau has provided my clients with the information necessary to allocate multi-million dollar research budgets effectively, ensuring the company is getting the most bang for its buck.
  • Tableau has given my office the ability to present data quickly and easily in a professional format that customers can understand, and has them returning frequently for additional analysis and projects.
Tim McClelland | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Online

No answers on this topic

Pricing Details

Tableau Desktop

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Tableau Online

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Desktop
8.5
Tableau Online
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Desktop
8.9
Tableau Online

Usability

Tableau Desktop
8.9
Tableau Online
8.2

Reliability and Availability

Tableau Desktop
8.0
Tableau Online

Performance

Tableau Desktop
6.1
Tableau Online

Support Rating

Tableau Desktop
9.0
Tableau Online

In-Person Training

Tableau Desktop
9.4
Tableau Online

Online Training

Tableau Desktop
8.0
Tableau Online

Implementation Rating

Tableau Desktop
8.0
Tableau Online

Scalability

Tableau Desktop
7.0
Tableau Online

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