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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 Server

Tableau Server is extremely well suited for a company with a few dedicated analysts creating dashboards and reports for a few stakeholders. It is also great at handling a large amount of report viewers, but it is more expensive because you have to pay for each user.
Jacob Rasmussen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Server
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Server
9.0
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Desktop
9.2
Tableau Server
8.4
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Tableau Server
7.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.2
Tableau Server
7.8
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Tableau Server
7.9
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Server
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Tableau Server
7.3
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Tableau Server
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Desktop
8.6
Tableau Server
7.5
Publish to Web
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Tableau Server
8.5
Publish to PDF
Tableau Desktop
8.9
Tableau Server
7.6
Report Versioning
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Server
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Tableau Server
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Server
5.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Server
7.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Server
8.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Tableau Server
8.1
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Tableau Server
6.3

Access Control and Security

Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Server
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Tableau Server
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Server
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Tableau Server
8.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Server
7.9

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Desktop
8.1
Tableau Server
7.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Server
7.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Tableau Server
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Tableau Server
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Tableau Server
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Desktop
7.8
Tableau Server
6.4
REST API
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Tableau Server
7.6
Javascript API
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Tableau Server
7.5
iFrames
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Tableau Server
6.8
Java API
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Tableau Server
5.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Tableau Server
6.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Tableau Server
4.7

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 Server

  • Tableau server's portal and general look is really convenient and pretty. Users feel comfortable using it.
  • The learning curve of Tableau Server from an end-user perspective is really short. For the creator of content, it is a little more complex but easy to learn. Tableau has really succeeded in creating a user-friendly software.
  • From an administration point of view, Tableau is great. Installation and housekeeping are really easy and quick.
  • Visuals are really appealing and will help "sell" your presentations.
  • Tableau allows connectivity to a huge selection of data sources and data formats.
  • Online training for software is free and of very good quality.
Mathieu Gaouette | 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 Server

  • Tableau Server is sometimes referred to as simply Microsoft Excel with a power boost. I understand the reason analysts say this. It is because the software is almost exclusively a visualization software. If you're looking for truly advanced analytics combined with cutting-edge visualization, Tableau Server isn't it.
  • Tableau Server limits the type of graphs a user can create. There are numerous workarounds for different graph types, but they are not easy to implement.
  • Tableau Server can sometimes be slow to render graphics with lots of data and calculated fields.
Thomas Young | 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 Server

Tableau Server 10.0
Based on 20 answers
We will continue our use of Tableau server due to the following factors:- Cost effectiveness. This persists from year-to-year. Tableau consistently gives us the best value for the cost- Reliability. Tableau server has been rock-solid for our users, particularly during emergencies.- Innovation. You can bet that Tableau will release stable new versions on a regular basis.We have often experienced the need for a function in Tableau that will be included in a future release.
Henry Yennie | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 11 answers
User experience is the most important factor to consider whenever considering capabilities for non-technical business users. If the learning curve is so steep business users must be advanced users to be productive, you hit the wall of diminishing returns, this is exceptionally true when it comes to analyzing data. Transforming data analysts into BI development experts shifts the focus of the analyst from analyzing data to mastering software. Tableau does a masterful job at minimizing the technology and maximizing the users understanding of their data.
Dwight Taylor | 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 Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 9 answers
Over the past few years our company has expanded the use of Tableau. We've moved from 250 interactors to well over 1500 server interactions during that timeframe. During the expansion interactors we've yet to expereince any significant degradation of service
George McCarrolle | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Server

Tableau Server 8.1
Based on 8 answers
While there are definitely cases where a user can do things that will make a particular worksheet or dashboard run slowly, overall the performance is extremely fast. The user experience of exploratory analysis particularly shines, there's nothing out there with the polish of Tableau.
Jonathan Drummey | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Server

Tableau Server 9.1
Based on 12 answers
I think the folks that work in support are generally pretty good at what they do (when you get them on a WebEx). But the process of reporting issues to them and waiting for a response (via email only) is a hassle. I never understood why you can't just call them up and discuss the issues with them. It would take a handful of email exchanges before they would agree to a WebEx session. That was frustrating.
Mashhood Syed | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Server

Tableau Server 8.0
Based on 4 answers
In our case, they hired a private third party consultant to train our dept. It was extremely boring and felt like it dragged on. Everything I learned was self taught so I was not really paying attention. But I do think that you can easily spend a week on the tool and go over every nook and cranny. We only had the consultant in for a day or two.
Mashhood Syed | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 9 answers
The Tableau website is full of videos that you can follow at your own pace. As a very small company with a Tableau install, access to these free resources was incredibly useful to allowing me to implement Tableau to its potential in a reasonable and proportionate manner.
Mel Stephenson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

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.
Phillip Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.1
Based on 13 answers
My department was largely Excel and paper-based when I started, so there's been a tremendous amount of work to get the data into shape, so when I look at the overall implementation of our visualization and reporting infrastructure, I'm less satisfied. Tableau has been wonderful, the one place that would get me to a 10 is if it was easier to tune workbook performance on Tableau Server, there are a huge number of variables to deal with across the workbook/application/hardware stack. In a small environment like ours that takes more effort than I'd like.
Jonathan Drummey | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Server

There were a lot of reasons why we chose Tableau and the least is the cost but also the way Tableau stores data in the columnar fashion instead of in Cubes. We went through a painstaking selection process and at the end, came down to a couple of vendors and we ended up with the product that was least to pair up with Amazon Web Services to create a decent and cost-effective proof of concept and we landed with the solution we have today.
Siggy Tetteh, CSSGB, MBA, MCP | 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 Server

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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 Server

  • It has helped improve reporting capabilities from traditional to modern ways to view data.
  • It has helped in terms of using new maps and charts for devices availability and which is unique and insightful.
  • Interactive features attracted our client to look up business intelligence and other areas.
Sachin Basappa | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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 Server

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Desktop
8.5
Tableau Server
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Desktop
8.9
Tableau Server
10.0

Usability

Tableau Desktop
8.9
Tableau Server
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Tableau Desktop
8.0
Tableau Server
9.0

Performance

Tableau Desktop
6.1
Tableau Server
8.1

Support Rating

Tableau Desktop
9.0
Tableau Server
9.1

In-Person Training

Tableau Desktop
9.4
Tableau Server
8.0

Online Training

Tableau Desktop
8.0
Tableau Server
9.0

Implementation Rating

Tableau Desktop
8.0
Tableau Server
9.1

Scalability

Tableau Desktop
7.0
Tableau Server

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