Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop

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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Tableau Desktop

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Popular Features

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Customizable dashboards (162)

8.5
85%

Drill-down analysis (155)

8.1
81%

Formatting capabilities (158)

8.1
81%

Mobile Application (178)

7.9
79%

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Pricing

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Tableau Creator

$70.00

On Premise
Per User / Per Month

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
For the latest information on pricing, visithttp://www.tableau.com/products/desktop

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $70 per month

Features Scorecard

BI Standard Reporting

8.1
81%

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.1
81%

Report Output and Scheduling

8.2
82%

Data Discovery and Visualization

8.5
85%

Access Control and Security

8.5
85%

Mobile Capabilities

7.9
79%

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.8
78%

Product Details

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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Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization highest, with a score of 8.8.

Who uses Tableau Desktop?

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

Reviews

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Pusshpendar Kumaarr | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Tableau is flexible enough to provide data source connection with any kind of data source. Like you can connect with flat file, .csv, JSON files, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft SQL, Oracle SQL, DB2, all could-based data sources like Salesforce, AWS, Azure, and many more. You name it, and Tableau Desktop has it.
February 11, 2020

Good for a lone wolf

Score 10 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop won't integrate with live data. It has to be extracted from data sources. At least that was the case when I was using it. The process of integrating a database was not in the 'instruction manual', so I was at a loss of how to do it. When I asked questions in forums, the answer I got was that I needed to know a lot more about APIs to be able to accomplish my goals. I ended up sticking to the old ETL method.
Ron Rothstain | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Connecting to various data sources like Oracle, Snowflake and fetching data has been very easy. Data modelling is a breeze too. Publishing to Tableau Online or Tableau Public is very easy and is available from the Tableau Desktop menu. Publishing dashboards and data sources to the server is a smooth experience.
Simol Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Easily the merging of disparate or different file extension sources have a significant impact on my overall review for the product. However, a majority of it falls onto the comparison of other well-known products that have substantiated a lot of what data sources conflict and how this software manages to absolve a lot of it.
Score 6 out of 10
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It's possible to collect data from a large array of sources, but it's not easy to figure out how to merge it on more than a one-to-one basis, at least for the layperson. I do appreciate the web data connectors that allow for importation of data from sources such as Qualtrics, but I wish it was more robust (aka able to update automatically).
Score 8 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop makes it very easy to connect to and join, a wide range of data sources, in real-time. The application interface provides a good visualization of the number and types of joins you are making to your data sources, and if you re-use data sources, it's very straightforward to do so via a saved workbook file.
Score 9 out of 10
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Being a part of the Data Science world, I am always working with different kinds of data sources ranging from SQL databases, excel sheets to Hadoop storages. Tableau really allows for some seamless integration and quick analysis of the data at hand unlike other tools where I have to figure out ways of merging and then importing. I am not saying they do not allow but not that I am aware of.
September 16, 2019

Tableau Desktop - iReviewed

Score 8 out of 10
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I think Tableau has great connectivity with data sources, including various tables joining, merging, unioning & more. I believe there some room for improvements keeping it real-time & faster data refreshing upon changing the filters. With huge datasets, Tableau would be comparatively slower and has some scope of improvement.
Score 7 out of 10
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CSV/Spreadsheet data is the easiest connection with Tableau. Connecting to other data sources remains complex and usually needs help from I.T. When errors happen, they are not always easy to clear. Any connectivity issues complicate things for end users and make them frustrated, and therefore less willing to use the tools in the first place. Tableau needs to do something (fix its ecosystem?) to make data source connectivity better and easier.
John Rome | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Tableau supports a lot of the various data sources that my company uses including Oracle, Redshift, SQL Server, Google Analytics, Sybase, MS-Access Excel just to name a few. And it has nice API into tools like Google Gsuite, Dropbox, etc. However, it doesn't do a great job parsing web pages and/or JSON files that well.
Rahul Malik | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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With Tableau Desktop, it is really easy to connect to majority to databases including SQL Server, MS Excel and it also connects to the legacy systems which a huge benefit for us because we have a lot of data stored on the legacy systems. It can fetch real time data from these sources and create beautiful and interactive dashboards based on the inputs. It can also integrate that much easily to the cloud infrastructure as it does to any other back-end.
Akshaya Bhardwaj | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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If the data is not huge, but from the multiple sources like (PDF, TXT, etc.), then it works fine. But if the data is big and it is from multiple sources then there will be some problems for a couple of minutes. For merging the data i.e columns, it is very easy. We just need to drag and drop the columns.
June 30, 2019

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Jason Xiao | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Support real-time connections or a scheduled data refresh. Can handle a large amount of data—in my experience, it can handle 1GB of extracted data. However, not flexible on setting a refresh schedule.
Clinton Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop does a great job of connecting to many different data sources and works well with Alteryx which is what we use for data prep and is very good at connecting multiple data sources together. I will say that the data prep software that comes along with Tableau Desktop, Tableau Prep, is not quite up to snuff, but again that doesn't really reflect on Tableau Desktop itself as Tableau Desktop is not really a data prep software.
Score 9 out of 10
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There are many data sources compatible with Tableau Desktop, and they are very easy to use. Also, it is very easy to use data among the data sources, independent of what they are. It enables complex scenarios and has superb performance. I have never had an issue with no data source being available. They were always there to be used. In my case, I have many non-standard databases like Informix, and new standards like Redshift, and Tableau works great.