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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.
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Tableau Public

Tableau Public is great, especially if you're new to the platform or considering implementing it within an organization. The Public version has most of the capabilities of the full version, with extensive community documentation to troubleshoot issues you may run into. Additionally, there are many resources to check out Public workbooks from other users and communities: a GREAT learning resource to figure out new, innovative ways to visualize and present data. It is perfect for evaluating public datasets, for doing exploratory data analysis, or contributing to cross-organizational or extracurricular projects that may benefit from more sophisticated data analysis and exploration. Tableau Public, because it stores to the cloud and has limitations on connectivity (ie, cannot connect to SQL servers) is not suited for confidential, financial, PII, etc., data, and care should be taken to avoid including sensitive data in any of the Tableau Public workbooks used by an individual or organization.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Public
9.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Tableau Public
9.2
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Desktop
9.2
Tableau Public
10.0
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Tableau Public
8.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Public
8.7
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Tableau Public
7.6
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Public
9.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Tableau Public
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Tableau Public
10.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Desktop
8.5
Tableau Public
8.9
Publish to Web
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Tableau Public
9.9
Publish to PDF
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Tableau Public
9.2
Report Versioning
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Public
7.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Tableau Public
8.3
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Public
9.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Public
8.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Public
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Tableau Public
9.1
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Tableau Public
8.6

Access Control and Security

Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Public
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Public
9.2
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Public
8.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Public
8.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Tableau Public
8.2

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Desktop
8.1
Tableau Public
8.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Public
8.6
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Tableau Public
8.6
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Tableau Public
8.6
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Public
8.8

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Desktop
7.8
Tableau Public
8.6
REST API
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Tableau Public
8.5
Javascript API
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Tableau Public
8.9
iFrames
Tableau Desktop
7.2
Tableau Public
8.2
Java API
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Tableau Public
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Tableau Public
9.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Desktop
7.5
Tableau Public
8.4

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
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Tableau Public

  • Tableau Public offers free tools for creative people to learn the products with minimal investment "up front", as well as providing a place to share data visualizations and insights with the world. Visualizations are hosted (for no charge) by Tableau Software and may be accessed by members of the local community (via links from an organization's website) or from anywhere in the world. Workbook(s) published to Tableau Public may be downloaded by viewers to see techniques used by the creator, and get good ideas.
  • Tableau Public Premium is similar but removes the download functionality. This works well when the publisher wants to share access to the visualizations (e.g. on the organization's website) but NOT share the underlying workbooks nor data, keeping both confidential.
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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
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Tableau Public

  • In order to keep your data private, you have to buy a subscription
  • Problems with embedding on some websites
  • Must have a professional subscription to share with your network
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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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Tableau Public

Tableau Public 9.1
Based on 2 answers
It's free, right? I'll keep using the free version. So the real question to ask is this? Will I pay $999 for the Personal version or $1,999 for the Professional? Yikes! That is a big stretch. I'm not sure about that. The product comparison chart is at: http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/comparison
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Usability

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.8
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.
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Tableau Public

Tableau Public 9.1
Based on 1 answer
By far the most easy to use and intuitive user interface I've seen with any tool.
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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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Tableau Public

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
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Tableau Public

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

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.
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Tableau Public

Tableau Public 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I haven't needed any technical support, so I toyed with the idea of rating this 10, since it is well designed, and there are sufficient videos on their site to help me learn it.
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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.
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Tableau Public

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Tableau Public

Tableau Public 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I found it sufficient, and fast. I could easily "kick the tires" with Tableau on my data so I got up and running fast.
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Implementation

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 34 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.
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Tableau Public

Tableau Public 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Start at the end and work backward. Identify the business case / issue and questions the end users have, then identify the data needed, and where to get it.
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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.
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Tableau Public

Tableau Public provides a variety of visualization and point-and-click functionality, with little or no scripting, gives Tableau the advantage. Also, being lightweight, Tableau Public finds the ease of use from our PSU bank-clients that use low-end hardware and devices. Tableau public helps raise satisfaction index, by way of ease of use and beautiful visualizations.
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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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Tableau Public

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
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Tableau Public

  • Quick visualizations.
  • Clean design. If you are a fan of Edward Tufte or Stephen Few, then you favor a lean, clean look. That seems to be Tableau's default. I appreciate that.
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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

Tableau Public

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Desktop
8.5
Tableau Public
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Desktop
8.9
Tableau Public
9.1

Usability

Tableau Desktop
8.8
Tableau Public
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Tableau Desktop
8.0
Tableau Public

Performance

Tableau Desktop
6.1
Tableau Public

Support

Tableau Desktop
9.0
Tableau Public
9.0

In-Person Training

Tableau Desktop
9.4
Tableau Public

Online Training

Tableau Desktop
8.0
Tableau Public
9.0

Implementation

Tableau Desktop
8.0
Tableau Public
9.1

Scalability

Tableau Desktop
7.0
Tableau Public

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