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8 out of 10
June 15, 2022
One of the best in industry BI tools for visualizations and basic AI capabilities. We use it for company-wide analytical and …
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What is 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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What is Tableau Desktop?

Tableau Desktop is a data visualization product from Tableau. It connects to a variety of data sources for combining disparate data sources without coding. It provides tools for discovering patterns and insights, data calculations, forecasts, and statistical summaries and visual storytelling.

How much does Tableau Desktop cost?

Tableau Desktop starts at $70.

What is Tableau Desktop's best feature?

Reviewers rate Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) and Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization highest, with a score of 8.7.

Who uses Tableau Desktop?

The most common users of Tableau Desktop are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.


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Score 8 out of 10
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One of the best in industry BI tools for visualizations and basic AI capabilities. We use it for company-wide analytical and visualization. It helps us deliver informative insights to various stakeholders in the company.
  • AI Capabilities like ask data and time series forecasting are superb.
  • Interactive visuals that are provided on the dashboard makes it so beautiful and playful.
  • Very good set of charts along with the chart suggestion based on the data used.
  • Pricing
  • Support for data cleaning with Tableau Desktop.
Tableau Desktop is well suited to almost all the use cases in the BI world where delivering best-in-class visualization is a priority. I have been a user of Tableau Desktop for a few years now and am always amazed by their every update. Their AI capabilities are awesome like Ask Data and Einstein Discovery are awesome. Downside - It can be a bit costly for small or low-funded companies.
Awesome BI/Reporting Tool with amazing charts and dashboards with AI capabilities.
Tohidul Islam | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop is capable of quickly and easily visualizing large amounts of data from various sources. It generates visualizations and provides a dashboard for use in presentations, among other things. No programming knowledge is required, and it can handle large data sets like spreadsheets and other tools. The system can create many different types of charts, and it can automatically determine the best way to fit data into each one. We can import data from Excel or CSV files with ease. In addition, the plots can be tailored to our business and effectively convey information. In terms of the user experience, Tableau Desktop is a straightforward data analytics tool that can be scaled and integrated with a wide range of other applications to provide insights into data.
  • In the BI/analytics platform, it's a popular reporting tool.
  • Includes graphs, maps, and plots that easily integrate with data.
  • Intuitive data representation and handling of large amounts of data attracted it.
  • Downloading large datasets can be time-consuming.
  • To use it effectively, users must be knowledgeable about it.
Tableau Desktop is straightforward business intelligence (BI) tool that allows non-IT users to create dashboards. One feature I like about it is its flexibility in creating custom views and the ability to use sets and parameters. It's compatible with any database type. Drag and drop to create interactive graphics that fit your desired format. If you're looking for an ETL engine, Tableau Desktop isn't what you want. When used with your existing data, it can help you find any gaps or inaccuracies. The software is pricey, and downloading large datasets can be time-consuming.
In our company, Tableau Desktop is used to ensure data visualizations. It's a crucial pillar of stability. In addition to tracking interactions with customers and sales, dashboards often include tables, charts, and graphs for other purposes. Salesforce bought Tableau. Community help forum posts have either vanished or are challenging to locate. Except in the case of a paid support contract, Tableau Desktop will not provide support to you. However, the user experience has met my expectations.
Mayur Garg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop helps my organization in different ways as mentioned below.<br>1) It helps my organization to analyze company data which helps our Marketing team to increase sales every month.<br>2) It help to create report in different form which helps to see data in visual forms.<br>3) It helps to connect to different database lie spreadsheet Cloud Database etc.
  • It helps to analyze big data and data can be in any form
  • It helps 5 tools to analyze and create report
  • It helps to create different type of charts
  • As I user I dont find any missing feature because as a part of marketing team we are satisfied with the feature we are using
The specific scenarios based on our experience where Tableau Desktop is that we have data in Excel and cloud data so Tableau helps create different report as well as analyze large data easily and in today world I believe data play a important role. It create different graph form as well.
I Am totally satisfied with overall experience as a user.
Score 10 out of 10
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This has got to be one of the coolest ways of displaying and viewing reports! I really love how everything integrates with the systems that we already use and it all seamlessly works together! The real time updates are also huge! I highly recommend Tableau Desktop especially if you haven't tried it yet!
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Team Access
  • All in one place
  • filters
  • accessibility
  • customization
From data prep to dashboard consumption, Tableau Desktop 2022.1 makes data analysis easier at every stage. It is an excellent data visualization and business intelligence tool used for reporting and analyzing vast volumes of data. It helps users create different charts, graphs, maps, dashboards, and stories for visualizing and analyzing data, to help in making business decisions.
Tableau Desktop does not give you support unless you pay for it. If your organization has purchased Tableau Desktop and not support, your best bet is to simply use Google and see if any one else has had the same issues as you are having at that moment in time. You can pay for better support.
Orin Mamun | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop has proven to be an invaluable resource for us. It can collect data like no other system. We use it almost every day to gather data and handle large datasets online using spreadsheets or other tools without programming skills. We solved our business problems, analyzed and shared data within teams, and identified trends. It gives us a glimpse into the future of the market. Tableau, a business intelligence (BI) tool for non-IT users, enables them to create dashboards. It provides a variety of graphs, charts, maps, and plots that are integrated into our data. It can connect to a server and import data from it. We use Tableau Desktop to enhance our analysis because it has a beautiful aesthetic.
  • It serves as a central repository for all of the company's data.
  • Intuitive and uncomplicated data management is the norm here.
  • With this tool, it is simple to discover and explore information.
  • Tableau's impressive data visualization capabilities allow it to deal with large data sets.
  • Data visualization of a million rows is possible without affecting the dashboard's performance.
  • There are times when the visualization is a bit dull.
  • The creator determines the user-friendliness of data boards.
  • It would be greatly appreciated if the refresh timer could be increased.
  • In terms of user experience and interface design, I'm not convinced.
Tableau Desktop is an excellent tool for visualizing data. It helps businesses collect and analyze data from spreadsheets and cloud applications like Salesforce and Google Analytics, among separate sources. It makes complex data other reachable to understand by visualizing it. If the company is interested in embracing a self-service culture, it is not convenient. Insufficient useful for economic data extraction and analysis, such as reconciliation and cash transactions, Tableau is less relevant.
Without payment, Tableau will not provide customer support. Salesforce has purchased the community forums for the Tableau software. Forum posts are either unavailable or missing. It isn't easy to contact support, but they're helpful when you can meet or call. Because they weren't trying to sell anything, they were less aggressive. Although they are a great partner, I wish for more cooperation.
Issac Paul | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Tableau is used for data reporting and dashboard creations. Since we have a huge amount of data stored in SQL servers it is really hard to use excel for data reports creation. Thus we use Tableau for the generation of reports directly from the SQL database. We use it across various departments such as sales, finance, and Production for KPI monitoring Project cost monitoring, etc.
  • Dashboard Creation.
  • Fast connection to SQL, Oracle Databases.
  • Automatic Data Refreshing.
  • Report refresh rate needs to be improved.
  • Support for more visual graphs.
  • Cost of the license should be reduced.
Highly suitable for data already available in databases Suitable for handling large volumes of data Can handle multiple tables smoothly without any lag in loading Not suitable if source data is unstructured without clear headers and wrong data formats. Not suitable if data sources are excel copies saved in local machines.
Any bugs or new features that I have required I update it in the user community forum usually a moderator from tableau support responds and provides the necessary solutions. Also, the user group in the forums are interactive for Q/A related to the product features.
Score 7 out of 10
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We have used Tableau Desktop to analyze development efforts. Until now, the work man-hours of each person in charge were collected in detail, but it took a lot of man-hours to find improvement points. We used Tableau Desktop in the scope of development man-hours management.
  • The user interface is easy to understand, so it doesn't take long to learn how to operate it.
  • Even if you handle a huge amount of data, it will not slow down.
  • It is easy to extract data from various points of view.
  • Creating a diagonal reference line requires a lot of steps.
  • In many cases, if you're used to working with Excel, you'll find that simple things can't be done easily with Tableau Desktop.
Tableau Desktop can handle a large amount of data lightly, but when dealing with a small amount of data, it may be easier to obtain results using Excel. If you experience stress using Excel, I recommend trying Tableau Desktop.
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Jeremy Pierce, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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We use Tableau Desktop to prepare data sources and dashboards in our organization. We are able to solve simple business problems & use cases with Tableau Desktop. We are able to analyze & share our data points both within teams and with external teams. We are able to monitor data as it comes in and analyze trends quickly & easily.
  • Nearly pixel perfect graphs
  • Easily switch from visualizing data to presenting just numbers
  • So many data point connectors. If you have data, it'll connect to it.
  • So many moving points to make a detailed graph.
  • The visualizations are very rudimentary which leads to analysts creating multiple visualizations to overlay over each other in 1 dashboard.
  • Data is a full truncate & reload, or you can use an API but it is an append only data flow.
Tableau Desktop is great if you use "Live Connections". Trying to use data sources is a nightmare. When consuming data for dashboards, it is either a full truncate & reload overnight which can take a long time depending on your data warehouse. Or you can use their Hyper & Rest APIs to automate grabbing new data, but it is append only. This means that if you have data that has changed, if you try to use these APIs you will then get duplicate primary keys in your data. So then you are forced to use the live connection or truncate & reload. So you can't source all of your data in 1 data source as that's too large, so then you are left with several small disparate data sources that you then have to support.
Tableau does not give you support unless you pay for it. If your organization has purchased Tableau and not support, your best bet is to simply use Google for your issue. They were recently acquired by Salesforce so all of the community help forum posts are missing or hard to find now. Support is simply not something that you get, unless you pay for it.
Score 9 out of 10
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I use Tableau to create interactive dashboards from individual charts and graphs. It helps visualize complex data and share reports cross functionally with the click of a link. The fact that dashboards are connected to live data sources that refresh periodically ensures accurate and efficient reports. Tableau offers limitless features and is highly customizable. It is truly the gold standard in data visualization.
  • Data visualization.
  • Data sharing/collaboration.
  • Report building.
  • Analytics.
  • Expensive pricing.
  • Slow performance for large data files.
  • Poor customer support.
Tableau is valuable in its ability to allow viewers to filter and manipulate data to find answers to their own questions. Having the data connected to live source keeps all stakeholders up to date with the relevant data. However, sometimes large data files can take a considerable amount of time to load. Tableau's lack of an auto-save feature is also inconvenient.
I have not personally reached out to customer support, but colleagues of mine state that Tableau support is unresponsive or slow to respond.
Ankit Gada ☑ | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop is being used by a department in my organization. It simplifies the need to create a report with multiple data residing at various places. We are trying to create reports by bringing segregated data into one reporting repository. Using Tableau Desktop we are able to create beautiful visuals and charts to measure the performance of the business as a whole.
  • Tableau Desktop has multiple data connectors. It can connect more than 45+ data sources
  • Tableau Desktop's inbuild data engine is way faster to process huge data set
  • Tableau has inbuild visual charts which help to create quick charts at ease
  • Tableau Desktop is a visual tool so data manipulation is limited to a certain extent
  • It is a desktop tool so cannot have all the features hosted online
  • Sometimes due to huge dataset based on the data sources, Tableau Desktop does crash, leading to loss of efforts while developing the reports
Tableau Desktop is well-suited for big organizations where the reporting is being used on a regular basis. Since, there are multiple other reporting tools available in the market, Tableau Desktop must have unique features in addition to its competitors. Excel based reports doesn't require Tableau Desktop reporting if it's just a simple excel reporting to be done although reporting in Tableau Desktop is a lot faster and easier
Tableau Desktop has huge support from its developer base. They have a community wherein you get all the required solutions within less time in case there are any issues with reporting development. Forums and other websites already have provided their supporting features and examples. The support community is helpful and do setup meeting in case there are any bugs/issues and does provide us the best solutions in no-time
Al Mubassir Muin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop enables us to connect to our various data streams within the company. Its best feature is its ability to link data from multiple sources together in meaningful ways. It is cloud-based, which makes it simple to add new plugins. Organizing and scalability are simplified. Tableau Desktop is essential to use data visualization to analyze our business performance and help it meet its objectives. Excel reports offer a data summary to make visuals for presentations and sales reporting more efficient. With these features, we can create a data-driven presentation. It provides the ability to convert between different formats and supports multiple data sources. We can use identical data sources to create multiple sheets, such as Amazon Redshift/Google Sheets.
  • Simplicity and dashboard
  • Low cost and scalability
  • An easy-to-use interface
  • Real-time dashboard options
  • Numerous visualization options
  • Integration of large amounts of data
  • Downloading, accessing, and using it is simple
  • Enhanced customization
  • Offers limited product support
  • Cost-effective for a small business
Tableau Desktop is better for data analysis and visualization. Its advanced visualization features helped us better understand our business and customer demographics. We use Tableau Desktop to track our team’s progress. Real-time analyses and interactive dashboards are helpful for monitoring data. We can now create and share insights in ways we couldn’t before. It’s easy to put faith in and use these insights. Tableau Desktop can compare data from previous years with weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual comparisons. It assists businesses in identifying the best and least-sold products. However, this requires expensive licenses and skilled personnel, which small businesses cannot afford.
Tableau Desktop is a great tool to have on our side. With customer support, I'd like for it to be better more often. In some cases, contacting the support team can be challenging, but they're always eager to help us.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Tableau for analytics and analysis of various manufacturing units data. We build reports to analyze incidents and injuries that happen at the manufacturing plants. Tableau reports help users and managers to monitor the incidents and analyze their causes of them. this reduces the research time for each incident and also gives daily and weekly snapshots.
  • Creating various graphs using key data points.
  • Geographical representation of data.
  • Create Key performance indicators based on dates.
  • Trend lines, heatmaps.
  • More chart features/options outside of ShowMe.
  • A better way to represent financial data.
  • Data prep and data cleaning features.
  • Custom formatting options, date functions.
Tableau is one of the best BI tools to analyze data. Tableau helps to analyze weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly data with comparison to previous years. it also helps to analyze the best selling products or least sold products within a company. If users are still interested in visualizing data in excel format or in tables format Tableau is not the best tool.
Tableau's support team responds quicker with work/client licensing rather than to an individual. There are situations where we cannot share TWBX files and it takes a while for the support team to understand the issue and help/resolve it. I personally didn't have a resolution to my problem after contacting the support team in the past.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We have implemented tableau Desktop throughout our whole organization. Data visualization is essential for analyzing business performance and achieving goals. Using Tableau Desktop, our teams can better understand their data and the outcomes of their efforts. The tool helped us track our progress and set data-driven goals. Integration with a variety of data sources, including Google BigQuery, is straightforward with the Tableau software. End users can download the license version, and publishers can download the end-user version. Many charts, slicers, and other data visualizations are available in Tableau, making it a simple tool for users. With this tool, it’s simple to analyze KPIs like sales and workload and get an overall picture.
  • An excellent tool for data visualization, it presents information in an appealing visual format—an exceptional platform for storing and analyzing data in any size organization.
  • Through interactive parameters, it enables real-time interaction with the user and is easy to learn and get support from the community.
  • There is a significant learning curve involved in presenting data in a visually appealing manner.
  • It can be challenging to incorporate many views, and daily data extracts can be slow depending on the data source.
  • More advanced features can only be accessed through the desktop version, while Tableau Server can only offer a few options for editing.
Tableau's flexibility in data sources and data visualization has proven invaluable in our organization. We use data from multiple sources to create a new dataset. Flat files containing my information are accessible to a wide range of people. The scripting language and R open-source statistical analysis provide many capabilities. My files are mostly in flat format and are being shared among some different individuals. Easy-to-understand for executives, data is separated into sections.
Tableau has a lot of potentials, but it doesn't always live up to its price tag for customer service. There are times when you can't get in touch with the support team, but when you do, they're beneficial. We need more proactive exit strategies, not just sales pitches. In my opinion, they're a good partner, but more collaboration is required.
Score 9 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop is currently being used in my project. The most common implementation of Tableau is to create complex data visualizations to extract meaningful business insights, and thus it caters to all audiences. This helps us to create interactive dashboards with a sequence of visual graphics called stories. Recently we have also integrated Tableau with R and Python to easily map data insights to dashboards in real-time. Since Tableau can handle large amounts of data, complex statistical computations also help in providing dynamic variations to the dashboard.
  • It can handle very large amount of data
  • Drop-down options in dashboards allow users to analyze the impact of clusters within the dataset
  • It integrates well with Python and R
  • It is strictly a visualization tool, hence no data preprocessing is possible
  • Non-coding Tableau users will find it difficult to preprocess data using Python/R and then push the preprocessed data to Tableau
  • The reports generated has to be updated manually since Tableau does not allow automatic refreshes
Tableau Desktop is well-suited in projects where large datasets are used to gain business insights. A simple use-case for me is creating machine learning models and predicting outcomes and creating interactive dashboards using these predicted values and other accuracy metrics. The only limitation faced is preprocessing the data at an early stage (either in Python or R) and feeding this preprocessed data to Tableau.
Tableau has a large customer support service, and all user queries are addressed very efficiently in very little time. Additionally, there are several Tableau-related blogs that provide solutions to almost all frequently generated issues. There are also several YouTube channels that teach Tableau from scratch, thereby providing a good foundation for new learners.
October 06, 2021

Tableau for the win!

Aquinov Mathappan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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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.
If you have some SQL knowledge, possibilities are endless for a data analyst.
Support is good, with community support you hardly need to use Tableau Support.
Joseph Alleruzzo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Tableau Desktop to connect directly to our different data streams within our organization. It is mostly cloud base for easy plug-in. From there we develop dashboards to understand results and develop insights. Since we work with a lot of data, Tableau Desktop helps organize and scale at ease.
  • Sorting reports
  • Data visualizations
  • Fast response
  • High cost
  • Poor sales support
  • No real time updates
We have created a number of different Workbooks for our digital marketing efforts. We tie in data from all of our advertising sources, website analytics, sales data, and customer management platforms. Our team members get these reports on a weekly basis in order to understand the impact and make quick decisions for optimizations.
The support staff is tough to reach at times, but helpful when you have a chance to schedule a call/meeting with them. I wish they were more proactive in terms of reach out and did not try to always sell something. I see them as a valid partner, but would like to have more collaboration.
Score 10 out of 10
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Departments that are creating visualizations and sharing them with others within the company are using it. We like to keep things internal and confidential so we use Tableau Desktop. Usually, analytics teams or finance teams would create the visualizations for sales reps to look at. The data sources come from the BI&A admins. It makes it very easy for users to create nice, easy-to-read visuals.
  • User friendly
  • Easy to download, access, and use
  • Has a lot of visualization options
  • More customization
It can get very pricey for some companies and teams. People always try to figure out ways to get the free trial or create visuals for less. Sometimes users tend to go with PowerBI if it's something quick and doesn't require Tableau licensing. It is always the most powerful of the two and better in the long run.
Faster support than their competitors and are always willing to invest in their clients. They provide training and webinars. They even attend internal events to promote the product.
Rafael Grandizoli | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Data visualization is one of the key points to analize a company's performance and drive business goals. Tableau Desktop came to help our teams understand the results of their work and understand better our data. With access to this powerful tool, they could analyze their own performance and generate data driven goals.
  • Connect to many data sources
  • Plot any data into insightful visualizations
  • Create charts and reports quickly
  • Data story-telling with dashboards
  • Chart animation for presentations and web
  • Layout customization for panels and dashboards
  • Improvements on mobile visualizations
Tableau Desktop and all their other products are way beyond its competitors in the market. I can say that it is the state of the art for data visualization for big companies, and also an excellent tool for growing business. But due to its cost, it's an invetment on licenses and trained people that some medium/small companies can't afford - at least not for so long, it it doesn't convert in growing proft.
During my use of Tableau Desktop I didn't need much support, since I had a team with high knowledge and experienced in Tableau, but everytime we had to use some support we were quickly answered and had our questions solved.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have chosen Tableau [Desktop] to teach students a tool that makes it easy and intuitive to extract value from big data sources. Tableau [Desktop] is our main tool in the Postgrad Masters and Programs to teach visualization, storytelling and dashboards.
  • Live connect: direct query to data sources with seamless efforts
  • Drag & Drop UI: build easy and faster great visualizations
  • Big Data ready: simplest way to get data from data lakes
  • Fastest to deploy simple data models, slowest to deploy complex data models
  • Data Prep is not an out-of-the-box feature, but a separate tool
  • Pricing compare to Power BI, still remains expensive
Tableau [Desktop] is the suitable table when you have a data warehouse or a datalake deployed and you want business users to get value from it. Also it's a great tool for data analyst and data scientist to discover and dig into the data.
When you want to deploy a guided analytics use case (dashboard or an analytics app), Power BI and Qlik Sense are better tools as long as they have ETL tools included.
Maybe support is not the strongest point of Tableau. Qlik and Microsoft have larger communities and better documentation
July 15, 2021

Tableau your life!

Score 9 out of 10
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We currently use it to model out our end-to-end business processes to ensure we have descriptive models of the current state of customer orders. Currently working to build out more predictive models that can help guide our business into 2022
  • Has all the calculations and features required to build out complex data models
  • Has good training programs to bring people up to speed with functionality
  • Has great presentation features when socializing data visualization to stakeholders
  • The visualizations can have more visually appealing formats
  • Functionality takes a bit of a learning curve, needs to be a little more intuitive
It's excellent to get a project started from scratch where the data can be coming from a spreadsheet as you test out your data models. It will lack a little usability with the lack of visualization creativeness.
Self serve training material is well built out and provides most answer you need
Score 9 out of 10
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It is mainly used by the Analytics department in order to solve business problems but there are some savvy business users. It helps to find possible reasons for business performance spikes or drops by slicing and dicing the data. Also, it is generating automated daily reports to key business stakeholders and senior executives.
  • Diverse options for data visualization
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Robust built-in analytics
  • Needs more sophisticated data governance options.
  • Needs more smooth connection with other tools (such as Adobe Analytics).
Tableau Desktop is well suited where data is already well organized within the company data warehouse. Also, there should be competent data engineers who can ensure that data quality is always reliable. If the data quality is bad, it is of no use to business stakeholders and executives. Please remember, "garbage in, garbage out!"
Score 10 out of 10
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Tableau is currently being used in several different departments to display trending data related to patient safety and status, financial and claims highlights, tracking patterns related to inpatient flow through the hospital. The flexibility of data sources and display options had made it a popular tool for analysts in financial and clinical areas.
  • Displaying complex trending data in simplified format
  • Creating stories to use as presentation materials with data highlights
  • Customized statistical models with trending predictions
  • Formatting the data to work correctly in graphical presentations can be time consuming
  • Daily data extracts can run slowly depending on how much data is required and the source of the data
  • The desktop version is required for advanced functionality, editing on [the] Tableau server allows only limited features
Tableau has been extremely useful at our organization due to the flexibility it allows for data sources and displaying data. We have multiple types of databases, Tableau is compatible with all of them. The advanced functionality such as using scripting languages and the R open source language for statistical analysis allows for a large range of capabilities.
Tableau support has been extremely responsive and willing to help with all of our requests. They have assisted with creating advanced analysis and many different types of custom icons, data formatting, formulas, and actions embedded into graphs. Tableau offers a weekly presentation of features and assists with internal company projects.
Score 9 out of 10
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It is widely being used by my organization before making any business decisions. Complete Analysis is done with the banking data provided, as you can import data directly from the database management systems like SQL, do data cleaning and then visualize and extract a lot of insights from the data which is helpful to higher management and client to come to common grounds and make better business decisions. Also the data can be presented using its nice storytelling feature.
  • Storytelling.
  • Data visualization.
  • Data analysis.
  • Pricing.
  • Poor support.
  • Lags sometimes.
Tableau is a highly useful Business Intelligence software where you want to extract insights from a large chunk of data and present data in a storytelling way. It has a very high learning curve as you can do almost anything you can think of with it in terms of visualization and data analysis with a lot less clicks. Also you can do all of this either on your local machine using their Tableau Desktop or even on cloud.
The community forum of Tableau is great where people can collaborate and answer your issues. But sometimes you have to wait for quite a lot before you get any response from their support teams. This is where I believe Tableau lacks as after paying such a high price you expect quality support which I believe is not up to the mark.
Score 8 out of 10
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Tableau is being used by our organization across all levels. From shop floor to the chefs office. We visualize quality data as well as sales figures. It's the most used BI tool in our organization.
  • Nice UI for designers and users.
  • Easy to create new dashboards.
  • A wide range of connectivity.
  • Handling large data sets.
Tableau is good with getting an overview over your data. Load the data and drag'n'drop your data to build nice charts. You see at a glance where you're missing data or [where] the data quality is bad.
We have [been] running a big community for Tableau users and you can find a lot resources with help and examples on the web.
Never had contact to Tableau support due the fact that we have our own Tableau IT in-house.
Score 9 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop is used by the BI team to create business dashboards which are then consumed by the rest of the organisation. It is a useful tool and makes dashboarding very simple and easy. It addresses the problem organisations have with viewing how their business is performing through data as well as providing insight into management.
  • Very easy to use
  • Wide selection of graphs and charts
  • Excellent array of toolips
  • Good for advanced users as allows deep level of customisation
  • UI could be more intuitive
  • Stand alone product from the web editor so requires additional setup and installation
  • Easier use for managing custom parameters
Tableau is best suited for easy and high-level visualisation of data. This for example could be executive dashboards, or team based dashboards which are driven by OKRs or KPIs. Tableau is less appropriate for detailed and raw data extracts which may be consumed by team such as Finance for cash or transaction reconciliation.
My experience with the Tableau team has all been positive. They are very quick to help and the Tableau community is a vast resource full of common problems where you can find most answers. Those that you can not find, the Tableau team were very quick and helpful to solve any issues we had.