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Tableau Desktop is the rapid-fire authoring environment used to create and publish complex visualizations, reports and dashboards in multiple output formats. Using Tableau Desktop, a report author can connect to multiple data sources, explore relationships, create dashboards, modify metadata, and finally publish a completed workbook to Tableau Server if desired. The Desktop product comprises two editions: - Personal Edition: This edition allows work to be saved locally and supports connections to the following databases: CSV/flat files, Excel, and Access. - Professional Edition: This edition supports a wider range of databases including most traditional relational databases, OLAP databases, Hadoop, and also Salesforce and Google Analytics.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/sv/Ao/PCZWTEQ42WEW.PNGTableau: A robust solution for your reporting needs!Tableau is being used by an entire department. It addresses our need for real-time data and conversion tracking. It allows for all members of our team to tailor reports based on their individual needs.,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.,8,Qlik Sense Cloud,8,10,Qlik Sense, Aurea Campaign Manager (formerly Lyris HQ), Vindicia CashBoxwork tool for presentation of data in chart and professional quality table.Tableau is being used by a department of the company, specifically for the coordination of data analysis for decision making. 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.,8,MATLAB,8,8,Skype, Google Analytics, Micro Focus ALMTableau for the win!We heavily use Tableau to analyze student performance, student retention, and to identify students at risk.,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.,10,,10,10,Yes,Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation,Nothing. Extremely satisfied.,9,Haven't had such a situation yet, but mostly all questions are answered from community members.,Dashboard publishing Data Connectivity Creating extract to work with local data and avoid connecting live production database.,Fixed calculations are difficult to learn. Containers are challenge to format. Predictive analytics aren't are difficult to understand.,9Tableau Desktop - A Great BI ProductIt is used across the organization. All kinds of departments inside our company use Tableau. It solves hundreds of business problems. Tableau users report on the sales, revenue, quotes, product development and lots of other business processes. Data Sources like SAP BW, and Salesforce are slow when it comes to reporting on millions of rows of data. Tableau makes it easier for us to report on all this stuff.,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.,9,Pentaho and Qlik Sense,9,9,PentahoTableau Desktop great for individual usersInternally, Tableau is mainly used by the analytics team, but we have had some cross-department adoption. Externally, our clients use the dashboards our team produces across multiple business functions. It really depends on the client and how much they are dedicated to investing in the platform at an organizational level. It's mixed between companies with only 1 or 2 stakeholders that care about dashboards, to companies that use Tableau across the organization.,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.,8,TIBCO Data Virtualization and Microsoft BI,7,5,Adobe Marketing Cloud, Microsoft 365 Business, Adobe Photoshop
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October 31, 2018

Tableau Desktop Review: "Tableau: A robust solution for your reporting needs!"

Score 8 out of 10
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10
Tableau has an excellent format for sharing data, including dashboards and shared reports. Our management team used this feature quite extensively and it allowed us all to view the same data at any time. This was an excellent feature.
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October 19, 2018

Tableau Desktop Review: "work tool for presentation of data in chart and professional quality table."

Score 8 out of 10
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8
In the scale from 0 to 10, consider that the table has 8 because it has applications that need to be worked with in order to optimize its operation considering that the dynamics of the current work is very efficient in the use of time.

Personally, where you have to work more is the information output reporting component because I feel that way when comparing Tableaus to other products.
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December 19, 2018

User Review: "Tableau Desktop - A Great BI Product"

Score 9 out of 10
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9
Tableau Desktop supports anonymous access that makes it easier to embed the dashboards on a third-party portal like Confluence. I like the concept of Tableau security groups but, access becomes very difficult when it comes to providing dashboard access to an individual to an existing dashboard on Tableau server especially with many views. I think Tableau has fixed view level access issues in 2018.2 release. Administrator controls to access control capabilities is easy and it is very good.
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December 22, 2018

Review: "Tableau Desktop great for individual users"

Score 8 out of 10
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5
Sharing workbooks from Tableau Desktop is tricky. Non-license users need to use Tableau Reader to open workbooks, and then the author needs to make sure to save a packaged workbook to share. If you're going to be doing a lot of sharing, Tableau Online or Tableau Server might be better options.
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June 27, 2018

Review: "With Tableau Desktop I quickly analyze my data giving efficiency and speed to my work"

Score 9 out of 10
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9
This rating was based on the fact that it was very easy for the organization in its implementation, it was the rhythm of the need of each administration to generate reports when defining the elements of the tool for the company data, unique information, flexibility in the types of reports and the possibility of reviewing any place with VPN.
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May 18, 2018

"Tableau Desktop Review"

Score 10 out of 10
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7
Tableau is an easy to use the tool and with the latest technology, it allows you to connect to your data and convert it into information, however, access to this information is a bit vulnerable and accessible to other users, so that we can access any computer (provided the tool is installed) to the boards
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July 12, 2018

Review: "Our organization has benefited with Tableau Desktop. Excellent tool"

Score 10 out of 10
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10
The formats that are generated from Tableau Desktop provide us with the information that we need. They are useful when establishing criteria. This tool has the power to better organize information, by strata, by line, among other variables.
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February 25, 2018

Tableau Desktop Review: "Tableau- The Data Visualizer"

Score 9 out of 10
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9
The best thing about Tableau is it is easily shareable, we can easily embed it in web pages or put on Tableau server or users can access the dashboards using Tableau Reader as well. Tableau Dashboards can also be accessed on mobile devices.
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June 01, 2018

Review: "Tableau Desktop: the best to present information"

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10
Tableau has many tutorials that lend assistance to any topic that is presented. The Tableau Desktop community is very large and there are miles of publications in your gallery and profile, you can share your publication through a link for all employees of the company, you can see it online in real time.
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August 03, 2018

Tableau Desktop Review: "One of the best data visualization tools for established companies."

Score 6 out of 10
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8
Tableau has features to help you share the data easily, whether it's in PDFs or embedded on your website, etc. It's fairly simple to set up user permissions and user capabilities to have certain dashboards visible to certain users. Tableau also offers some good tutorials and resources fo helping manage permissions and sharing.
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November 14, 2017

Tableau Desktop: "Tableau Review"

Score 9 out of 10
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9
Tableau is pretty easy to share across teams. We have a team of about 8 people that regularly use the software. It's easy to export data onto Excel and share it if needed. We have used Tableau in many presentations and reports and the data has always been easy to read.
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October 24, 2017

Tableau Desktop Review: "Tableau - Only BI Tool that you need"

Score 9 out of 10
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10
With tableau server, you can share your dashboard across team through the web browser. You can export it as PDF or other formats. You can restrict certain users from viewing certain dashboards by giving them the different level of permissions.
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August 09, 2017

Tableau Desktop Review: "Not bad"

Score 8 out of 10
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8
With Tableau on the server, it is easy to share dashboards. It is also easy to develop reports on your desktop then pass the file to the server to be shared.
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March 20, 2017

User Review: "Warming up to Tableau Desktop"

Score 8 out of 10
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9
My experience to publish dashboards to Tableau Server has been very positive. Both publication and security management are fast and easy to setup. I have not had to share data sources therefore cannot comment on that functionality.

Users currently only access reports through Tableau Server and are used to the process. They do not frequently print them out, so formatting outside of web browsing is not a priority when designing dashboards. However we will have to adjust to make sure we have a smooth transition to access from mobile devices.
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July 10, 2017

Tableau Desktop Review: "Best BI tool to do things really quickly and get insights from data very easily."

Score 10 out of 10
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10
Sharing of the reports generated in tableau is just in one click so it would take no time to go it from developer system to production environment.
Best part is that it also give the flexibility to user to have discussion on the dashboard in the comment section, user can use this section as per the requirement.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (73)
8.4
Customizable dashboards (88)
8.8
Report Formatting Templates (77)
8.1
Drill-down analysis (85)
8.5
Formatting capabilities (87)
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages (60)
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration (83)
8.5
Publish to Web (75)
8.3
Publish to PDF (80)
8.2
Report Versioning (50)
7.3
Report Delivery Scheduling (58)
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers (13)
7.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (79)
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (78)
8.8
Predictive Analytics (59)
6.8
Multi-User Support (named login) (70)
8.1
Role-Based Security Model (54)
7.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (62)
7.6
Single Sign-On (SSO) (15)
7.2
Responsive Design for Web Access (59)
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application (40)
7.2
Dedicated Android Application (35)
6.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (55)
8.2
REST API (11)
8.0
Javascript API (11)
7.0
iFrames (11)
6.7
Java API (8)
6.9
Themeable User Interface (UI) (11)
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (8)
7.0

About Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop is the rapid-fire authoring environment used to create and publish complex visualizations, reports and dashboards in multiple output formats. Using Tableau Desktop, a report author can connect to multiple data sources, explore relationships, create dashboards, modify metadata, and finally publish a completed workbook to Tableau Server if desired.

The Desktop product comprises two editions:

  • Personal Edition: This edition allows work to be saved locally and supports connections to the following databases: CSV/flat files, Excel, and Access.
  • Professional Edition: This edition supports a wider range of databases including most traditional relational databases, OLAP databases, Hadoop, and also Salesforce and Google Analytics.

Tableau Desktop Competitors

Pricing

Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Has featureFree or Freemium Version Available?Yes
Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
Entry-level set up fee?No
EditionPricing DetailsTerms
Personal$999per user
Professional$1,999per user

Free trials are available for both editions.

Tableau Desktop Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows, Mac
Mobile Application:No