Reviews (1-25 of 125)
- User-friendly, and made for visual learners.
- The best tool for presentation purposes and actionable examples.
- Good for using our data in a way that can be understood by everyone in the business.
- It can be slow, as in loading slow and taking a while to switch from dashboard to dashboard.
- Very easy UI for all level of users.
- Easy to save/favorite different dashboards.
- Granting access to different levels of users is easy.
- You still need to have a fair amount of technical skills to set up some dashboards.
- Drag and drop functionality could work a little easier.
- Keep working on the UI.
- Visualization of data.
- Easily connects to local or a variety of data sources or APIs.
- Short learning curve to come up to speed.
- The pricing model has been tricky at times.
- Tableau corporation doesn't do a great job with the inventory of those who own licenses.
- Performance has been an issue at times.
- 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
- Very steep learning curve for those who haven't used it previously.
- Because it's a powerful tool, getting it to do simple things can be extremely difficult.
- A jack-of-all-trades solution, sometimes it's hard to find or create industry-specific visualizations, such as NPS gauges.
- Multiple data connections and blending
- Ability to see recommendations for graphs
- Ability to use API to create custom applications
- Extension gallery needs more options
- I think having the ability to use libraries like D3 into graphs
- Hyper being able to handle multiple joins better
Tableau Desktop Review: "Very robust BI tool, but a steep learning curve. Be sure to dedicate enough time to learn it well!"
- It's a highly flexible for building dashboards. Once you know how to use the tool, you can design a dashboard to look exactly how you want.
- Has a broad range of data connection options.
- An easy UI for joining datasets.
- The learning curve is really steep. Even with online self-help resources and training modules, it takes a long time to learn fairly basic operations compared to other tools I've used. Basic operations in Tableau Desktop should really be simplified to acclimate new users.
- I experience lots of unexplained connection errors and the error messages are really ambiguous. I've learned to keep retrying multiple times and that often resolves the error, but sometimes if a workbook has been inactive for a while, the only way to resolve the connection error is to restart Tableau Desktop. That is really buggy behavior, and I have wasted a lot of time (as have many colleagues of mine) trying to decipher these errors. This really needs to be fixed.
- The application runs really slowly. I have a powerful PC, but Tableau Desktop really saps its resources. The previous BI tool we used was cloud-based, so this was a big adjustment moving to this resource-intensive thick client. I think it should be optimized to run faster. I spend too much time waiting.
- Real-time view.
- Connects to database
- Provides click-through analysis.
- Visually appealing layout.
- It is not intuitive to use.
- Requires time and effort to create a dashboard.
- Should offer out of the box functionality.
It is not well suited for plain reporting as it is really expensive.
- Scalability of Tableau is amazing. We have thousands of users who interact with the Tableau reports on a daily basis without any major issues. It is exactly like the bigger organizations like us need.
- Ease of use is another thing that is very good about Tableau. With a very less training, a user can start creating basic reports. As there are many Tableau users around the world, we get a lot of materials, videos online very easily.
- Beautiful visualizations are the best part of Tableau. Once you get the hang of Tableau, you can impress your boss by creating visually appealing dashboards. Many types of charts are available in Tableau, but if not, you will always find a way to create the visualization you need. Tableau never disappoint you.
- 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.
- Tableau allows me to quickly explore a dataset and find meaningful visualizations and segments in the data. I find that it's the tool I turn to when I have a fresh set of data and need to quickly pick apart what's important to know about that data.
- A lot of my business stakeholders can't understand data without being able to see a visualization. Tableau enables me to take structured data and build those visualizations much faster than something like Excel.
- I enjoy the flexibility in being able to create calculated metrics within the tool. This saves several steps in creating those new metrics within the raw data. The calculated metrics are robust, allowing you to write logic to get at the data that you really need.
- I spend a lot of time customizing dashboards for clients to match their branding and aesthetic. The one particularly annoying thing is not being able to change the font colors on the y-axis labels. It seems so simple, but there's honestly no way to do it!
- I work from a laptop that is a few years old. Tableau software is not a light program and I often run into system memory issues when I'm running Tableau Desktop along with other programs. I probably just need a faster computer, but IT has budget constraints and I'm not sure when I'll get a PC upgrade.
- Sometimes I could spend a lot of time just trying to find a feature in the tool. Like a lot of other Tableau users, I end up googling my question and finding the answer on a community post or YouTube channel. I know it's not just me, as sometimes formatting and customization are not very straightforward.
- Allowing users to export data and manipulate the data based on their needs. This means that although there are prepopulated reports, they aren't rigid and inflexible and they allow users to see the data in other prisms.
- We are able to track users at various stages of the product lifecycle, which means we can see drop-offs, conversions, and other critical touch points.
- Allowing for lay users to create individual reports. Currently, we need to request a Tableau data person to mold new reports for us.
- A drag and drop interphase would be amazing for allowing users to mix touch points as they need.
- The ability to copy and paste data into Excel as opposed to exporting. We don't always need an entire report.
- 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
- Improvements in the fast analysis data engine were designed to make queries much faster
- We can take more advantage of the capabilities of the source databases to run more queries at the same time; this being a new feature of parallel queries improving the performance of dashboards in Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server.
Tableau Desktop Review: "work tool for presentation of data in chart and professional quality table."
The systematization of the information in a single database was attended; analysis of the information was represented in easy-to-understand tables and graphs. Thus solving the problem of using other programs that do not offer as many professional quality options as a table. In the same way, it was allowed to solve the problem of the existence of several databases.
- It has easy-to-use bar-type graph options that allow you to group a lot of content.
- It offers the possibility of working with a database in order to position your exact location on your territory and display your information on a map.
- It has options to superimpose information between two related variables.
- It has the potential to work with ideal trend data for decision making.
- Although it allows you to link variables, I consider that the presentation of the information is not ideal. I think the vendor can work on improving that tool.
- It is difficult to use the tool for georeferencing data, because it asks you to check many options to apply the task. I think the vendor can work on simplifying the process.
- They should review the process of linking data sheets with the tools from Tableau. On some occasions, I had to do the work again because I did not recognize the database. Work on simplifying the process please.
Inappropriate scenario: Using the tool for the design of thematic maps of professional quality and that is adjusted to the international standards of cadastre, geography, and cartography, I consider that it does not have the propitious tools to develop such activities.
- Excellent data visualization tool.
- Easy to learn and great support from the community.
- Great ecosystem to manage data for organizations of any size.
- Expensive for small organization
- Product support from Tableau is limited
- Need more easy to use templates for users who are just starting out.
- Unions between databases: combines data from different sources, such as Excel and Oracle, and creates a data source integrated in Tableau. You can also create a Tableau extraction from this data source and publish it.
- Tableau Mobile for Android, came to Android phones.
- Share dashboards on any type of screen, with Tableau you can design, customize and publish a single dashboard with views optimized for tablets and phones, managing to see the information wherever you are.
- The company can consult data sources and with a single glance, it supervises the statistics of use of the data sources and it is labeled as the favorites that are used the most.
- Excellent experience to analyze databases that help simplify and summarize jobs in the office.
- Allows you to create enriched visualizations and control tables using an intuitive drag-and-drop interface that allows you to see each change as you make it
- When the changes are made, in many cases the error that can be made.
- The data and visualizations of the users are not completely private.
- Without internet you can not perform any type of update.
- Pulling data from multiple sources
- Create beautiful charts and graphs
- Saves time by creating reports we would normally have to do in Excel manually
- It lacks support for certain data hierarchies
- Too expensive for startups and SMBs
- The constant updates are a bit annoying
But if you're a startup or SMB, you probably don't need all of those functions. If price is an issue, then there are some other solutions that you can make use of until you have more of an analytics budget.
- Data visualization
- Quickly create interactive visualizations
- Tableau can handle large amounts of data
- Can use of other scripting language in Tableau
- No Custom Visual Imports
- Static and single value parameters
- Screen Resolution on Tableau Dashboards
- Custom formatting in Tableau
- With Tableau, you can easily analyze information, interact, filter, drill down and graph data
- Tableau allows you to work with multiple data sources, allowing you to convert them into visualized information in easy-to-analyze graphs
- You can use unlimited amounts of data
- It facilitates access to the information you need at the right time.
- The information emptied by the users are not totally private
- Improve the modality of granting permissions to access files
- The files used for graphics must be updated constantly, it is suggested that this act be automatic
- Graphs and charts are built very easily.
- Tableau is very good at showing data visually
- Easily help make a decision by looking at the pattern
- The ETL part is missing in Tableau.
- For huge and ambiguous data-sets, Tableau Desktop is not good.
- Before analysis data preparation is mandatory.
- the quality of its graphic tools.
- the intuitive and easy in the elaboration of database queries.
- I think Tableau should improve interoperability with document editors such as ms word.
- Support in multiple languages is necessary.
- Allows you to perform queries without the need to write any code.
- Very useful for weather tracking data.
- Allows you to utilize maps & data at the same time - very effective graphics.
- Easy to share data with others both within and beyond your company limits.
- Slightly better training facilities would help.
- Interactive Reporting
- Easily prepare and present information in both table and graphical formats
- Easily modify report and graph parameters
- Limit table details to those related to specific chart/graph/table points/views
- Better printing capabilities and more printable formats
- More control for super users
- Tableau is a good at visualization of data.
- Fairly straight forward to use.
- Good at pulling data from a single location.
- Could be better at handling multiple data sets.
- Launching Tableau on desktop can take a long time especially if the report has many filters.
- It should strengthen its data discovery capabilities.
Tableau Desktop Scorecard Summary
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About Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop aims to allow people to make data-driven decisions with confidence, by helping them answer questions more quickly, solve harder problems more easily, and uncover new insights more frequently.
The vendor says that with a couple of clicks, Tableau Desktop connects directly to hundreds of data sources, both on-premises or in the cloud, with the goal of making it easier to start analysis. Interactive dashboards, drag and drop functionality, and natural language queries help users of all skill levels quickly discover actionable insights, all from an intuitive and visual interface. Users can ask deeper questions by quickly building powerful calculations, adding trend lines and seeing statistical summaries, or clustering data to see relationships.
Tableau's goal is to help people and organizations become more data-driven. With an integrated platform that is strives to be easy to start and scale, Tableau aims to support the entire analytics journey, from data preparation, to deep analysis, to the shared insights that drive the business forward.
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