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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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ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot is well suited for ad-hoc data searches, to derive real-time metrics, to create personalized pinboards, to explore data that you haven't thought in the past exists.ThoughtSpot is not the right tool if you are used to canned reporting, i.e. BOXI or Tableau.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.4
ThoughtSpot
6.6
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Desktop
8.2
ThoughtSpot
6.2
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Desktop
9.2
ThoughtSpot
7.2
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Desktop
7.8
ThoughtSpot
6.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
8.1
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Desktop
8.6
ThoughtSpot
8.8
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Desktop
8.4
ThoughtSpot
7.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Desktop
7.8
ThoughtSpot
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Desktop
8.2
ThoughtSpot
8.4

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Desktop
8.5
ThoughtSpot
7.3
Publish to Web
Tableau Desktop
8.6
ThoughtSpot
8.4
Publish to PDF
Tableau Desktop
8.8
ThoughtSpot
7.6
Report Versioning
Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
6.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Desktop
8.6
ThoughtSpot
7.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
6.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Desktop
8.4
ThoughtSpot
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Desktop
8.6
ThoughtSpot
8.1
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Desktop
7.8
ThoughtSpot
7.9

Access Control and Security

Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
8.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Desktop
8.4
ThoughtSpot
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Desktop
8.4
ThoughtSpot
7.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Desktop
8.2
ThoughtSpot
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Desktop
8.1
ThoughtSpot
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Desktop
8.4
ThoughtSpot
7.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Desktop
7.9
ThoughtSpot
7.9
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Desktop
7.7
ThoughtSpot
8.5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Desktop
8.3
ThoughtSpot
7.0

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Desktop
7.8
ThoughtSpot
7.2
REST API
Tableau Desktop
8.1
ThoughtSpot
7.3
Javascript API
Tableau Desktop
7.9
ThoughtSpot
7.7
iFrames
Tableau Desktop
7.2
ThoughtSpot
6.9
Java API
Tableau Desktop
7.7
ThoughtSpot
6.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Desktop
8.0
ThoughtSpot
7.5
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Desktop
7.5
ThoughtSpot
7.3

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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ThoughtSpot

  • Easy to use - guides user on what to search for. Indexes not just field names, but dimension members.
  • Strong professional services team supporting the implementation. This helped a lot during ramp up and now our internal team is able to run most new use cases independently.
  • Robust modeling options solve for both simple and complex data models.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot 8.2
Based on 24 answers
User experience has been well designed. It doesn't take very long to get the system up and running for initial use - the support offered by ThoughtSpot is very responsive because of the focus of the company to make their users/customers successful.
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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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ThoughtSpot

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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ThoughtSpot

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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ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot 7.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
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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 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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ThoughtSpot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Understand use case and model and design accordingly
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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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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.
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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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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.
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ThoughtSpot

  • ThoughtSpot will help our analytics team analyze a large quantity of data.
  • This will allow us to find more services to provide to our customers.
  • ThoughtSpot will allow us to find evidence of fraud by searching our database for unusual patterns of financial use and notifying our customers when we find anything unusual. This can save both us and our customers money.
  • ThoughtSpot allows our non-database users to get up to speed quickly on doing searches and accessing the data, which will save us money on training and allow more users to access the database.
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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

ThoughtSpot

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
ThoughtSpot
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Desktop
8.9
ThoughtSpot
8.0

Usability

Tableau Desktop
8.8
ThoughtSpot
8.2

Reliability and Availability

Tableau Desktop
8.0
ThoughtSpot

Performance

Tableau Desktop
6.1
ThoughtSpot

Support

Tableau Desktop
9.0
ThoughtSpot
7.0

In-Person Training

Tableau Desktop
9.4
ThoughtSpot

Online Training

Tableau Desktop
8.0
ThoughtSpot

Implementation

Tableau Desktop
8.0
ThoughtSpot
7.0

Scalability

Tableau Desktop
7.0
ThoughtSpot

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