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Score 8.2 out of 100

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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

ThoughtSpot

Well suited for:- Using big data set < 25/50 GB for analysis and search- Fast connect and search capabilities on online data bases- Next level of self service- Quickly sharing information- getting automated insights and ideas with SpotIQLess appropriate:- Standard reporting- ETL features, if data has to be transformed (need to use other ETL products)
Torsten Wiegel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.6
ThoughtSpot
6.9
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
6.1
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Desktop
9.2
ThoughtSpot
7.7
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
7.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
8.0
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Desktop
8.7
ThoughtSpot
8.8
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Desktop
8.4
ThoughtSpot
7.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Desktop
8.0
ThoughtSpot
7.5
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Desktop
8.7
ThoughtSpot
7.7
Publish to Web
Tableau Desktop
8.8
ThoughtSpot
8.2
Publish to PDF
Tableau Desktop
8.9
ThoughtSpot
7.4
Report Versioning
Tableau Desktop
8.6
ThoughtSpot
7.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Desktop
8.9
ThoughtSpot
7.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Desktop
8.4
ThoughtSpot
7.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Desktop
8.5
ThoughtSpot
7.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Desktop
8.4
ThoughtSpot
8.3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Desktop
8.8
ThoughtSpot
7.9
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Desktop
8.2
ThoughtSpot
7.2

Access Control and Security

Tableau Desktop
8.6
ThoughtSpot
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Desktop
8.7
ThoughtSpot
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Desktop
8.6
ThoughtSpot
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Desktop
8.4
ThoughtSpot
8.2
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Desktop
8.6
ThoughtSpot
8.8

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Desktop
8.4
ThoughtSpot
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Desktop
8.5
ThoughtSpot
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Desktop
8.2
ThoughtSpot
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Desktop
8.6
ThoughtSpot
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Desktop
8.2
ThoughtSpot
7.5
REST API
Tableau Desktop
8.2
ThoughtSpot
7.8
Javascript API
Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
8.2
iFrames
Tableau Desktop
7.9
ThoughtSpot
8.1
Java API
Tableau Desktop
8.1
ThoughtSpot
6.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Desktop
8.5
ThoughtSpot
6.5
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Desktop
8.1
ThoughtSpot
7.3

Pros

Tableau Desktop

  • Allows for complex dashboards to be made and then presented to less-technical audiences
  • Stories help highlight important information in the information, allowing a presentation to stand on its own without having to be explained in person
  • Recommends different visualizations based on the type of data inputted
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

  • Ability to drill down into questions on the fly.
  • Easy-to-read pinboards for non-technical executives, including natural language questions.
  • Ability to join multiple databases so data can be analyzed across the organization.
  • SpotIQ: showing us insights to our data that we didn't even think to ask about.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Tableau Desktop

  • When creating a data source that needs several tables to be joined together, Tableau does its thing by loading the metadata, executing a query and loading data for preview. It does it after each and every join condition. Basically, every time you add a join condition you wait for a minute to create another one. God bless you if you are joining ten tables. There has to be way to pause this data load or at least some part of it to make this process faster.
  • We had this issue of connection looping with Tableau. Even with a good connection, Tableau ask us to reconnect to the data source. This thing goes in an infinite loop until you hit "No" or "Cancel". And it doesn't exactly show in the log that why is it doing that. Logging needs to be improved.
  • Tableau doesn't like Star or Snowflake schema even with a columnar database. We have these big Star schema (some of them are a little snowflaked) that we tried to load in Tableau. But they were slow. We converted those to the flat tables and Tableau works great with it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

  • ThoughtSpot can do a better job of providing prescriptive analytics.
  • Live connection for other databases is a much needed feature.
  • Pinboard canvas should allow for custom size rather than sticking to 5 pre-defined sizes.
  • More features needed in pinboard level filters.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.9
Based on 39 answers
Our use of Tableau Desktop is still fairly low, and will continue over time. The only real concern is around cost of the licenses, and I have mentioned this to Tableau and fully expect the development of more sensible models for our industry. This will remove any impediment to expansion of our use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot 8.0
Based on 2 answers
We have had success with the initial use cases and there are more use cases that can receive return on investment. I don't give it a 10 because other products like Tableau are building functionality that may start to compete in the coming years.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.3
Based on 26 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

ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot 8.6
Based on 44 answers
Our business data is very complex and would require more effort to have the underlying data set up properly in order the search to be meaningful. It would require change of culture to adopt the new analytical search in the day-to-day functions, as existing reports still seem to be the preferred choice.
Anonymous | 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

ThoughtSpot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 6.1
Based on 9 answers
Tableau Desktop's performance is solid. You can really dig into a large dataset in the form of a spreadsheet, and it exhibits similarly good performance when accessing a moderately sized Oracle database. I noticed that with Tableau Desktop 9.3, the performance using a spreadsheet started to slow around 75K rows by about 60 columns. This was easily remedied by creating an extract and pushing it to Tableau Server, where performance went to lightning fast
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.7
Based on 19 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

ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot 7.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

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

ThoughtSpot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 4 answers
The training documents that are available online are very detailed and interactive. The instructors were very clear and concise in their presentations and demos and it was very easy to understand.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Understand use case and model and design accordingly
Surya Ravi | 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

ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot is just as good at creating the initial graphic for the end user, it might even be better because the user really does not need much technical knowledge in order to create a basic graphic. Currently, ThoughtSpot cannot yet compete with the other tools when it comes to designing a fully interactive dashboard or with customization of graphics.
Josh Schmitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 7.0
Based on 3 answers
Tableau Desktop's scaleability is really limited to the scale of your back-end data systems. If you want to pull down an extract and work quickly in-memory, in my application it scaled to a few tens of millions of rows using the in-memory engine. But it's really only limited by your back-end data store if you have or are willing to invest in an optimized SQL store or purpose-built query engine like Veritca or Netezza or something similar.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

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.
Tim McClelland | TrustRadius Reviewer

ThoughtSpot

  • I think ThoughtSpot helped save a lot of time of people (mostly in IT and Finance), so there's a tangible return of investment.
  • I also think this helped to give better visibility to our teams. Having the option of drilling down helps the team to be more informed and under the detail.
Anonymous | 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 Desktop Editions & Modules

Edition
Tableau Viewer$121
Tableau Explorer$351
Tableau Creator$701
  1. Per User / Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

ThoughtSpot

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

ThoughtSpot Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Desktop
8.7
ThoughtSpot
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Desktop
8.9
ThoughtSpot
8.0

Usability

Tableau Desktop
9.3
ThoughtSpot
8.6

Reliability and Availability

Tableau Desktop
8.0
ThoughtSpot

Performance

Tableau Desktop
6.1
ThoughtSpot

Support Rating

Tableau Desktop
8.7
ThoughtSpot
7.0

In-Person Training

Tableau Desktop
9.4
ThoughtSpot

Online Training

Tableau Desktop
8.0
ThoughtSpot

Implementation Rating

Tableau Desktop
8.0
ThoughtSpot
7.0

Scalability

Tableau Desktop
7.0
ThoughtSpot

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