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. - the better BI toolClean visualizations that are not cumbersome or dated. Exceptional presence on (windows) desktop, web and mobile (capability). Connects to a variety of disparate data sources. Faster enablement of reporting and analytics than other BI contenders.,No OSX support (due 2014). Browser Authoring needs more maturity. Missing some visualizations (coming in 2014). Some of the sorting capabilities on calculated fields are limited. Not great if you're looking for Crystal Reports style static reporting production. Integration with portal systems.,9,10,Rapid Prototyping. Great story-telling tool. Industry Leading visualizations > Customer satisfaction.,30,4,Visualizing data from a variety of sources. Creating Reporting. Analyzing and Auditing.,,Implemented in-house,9,In-person training Self-taught,9,Very easy to just paste or insert data and go - intuitive way of creating analytics.,Yes,9,8,9,8,Google products. Updated Census data.,Not disclosed.Tableau Desktop 8.0.4Easy to access and transform all data store types. Tool is easy to navigate. Data visualizations are appealing to end users.,Large statistical analysis (this is changing in the next version with integration of R).,10,10,Used to visualize and mine data in order to support key business decisions.,,Implemented in-house,10,In-person training,10,NoPowerful but Easy Insight for All Skill LevelsTableau allows us to connect to almost any data set we can muster without translating or restructuing It allows end users who are business experts but not technical experts to explore and visualize data in ways that are visually rich, compelling, and highly communicative,Can't think of any,NA,10,10,100,1,Easily publishable and shareable dashboards Critical, time-sensitive ad-hoc reports Engenders a sense of curiosity about data among young staff,,,Implemented in-house,9,Online training In-person training Self-taught,7,9,I would recommend a few videos, then exploration, then videos and then the community.,No,10,10,10,9,,NATableau 8.0 Review - Be a Data RockstarTableau is a very well rounded tool for creating action based analysis and visualizations of data against multiple datasets / data types. It is a much more user friendly interface for people with varying levels of software and analysis experience. Much more so than many other tools on the market. Tableau is click and drag whereas others require knowledge of SQL, ETL and Database administration. Not to say that you can't take Tableau to the next level by employing SQL scripts and ETL tools but it's not necessary. Tableau can analyze data in Excel or Access as well as be pointed to enterprise database solutions like Oracle or SQL Server. It can even be pointed to the cloud and analyze things like Google Data. It can crunch through giant data sets with no issues whatsoever. The visualization graphics and maps are excellent. We've had "bake off" sessions with other tools like QlikView and you can churn out things in Tableau in a third of the time as someone else using QlikView.,Nothing that I have seen. I've used it in many capacities for both reporting internal to an organization as well as publishing interactive reports and analysis out to customers for their own analysis.,Much of this is confidential to our business, but there is a definitive savings in man hours in regards to the amount of time it takes to create advanced action based visualizations of logistics, inventory and forecast data. It is easy to use the tool to pick out visual patterns where there may be issues with shipping lanes, carriers, item inventory or sales spikes etc.... Those all have monetary impacts to them.,10,10,2,2,Analysis in the areas of: Logistics, Forecasting, Demand, Sales. There's no data Tableau can't visualize in a meaningful fashion,,,Implemented in-house,10,Online training In-person training Self-taught,10,10,It's not difficult to learn if you have some experience with reporting and analysis tools however it helps to sit through a few basic on-line tutorials or go to a live class. The learning curve is not very steep.,Does what you need out of the box.,No,10,10,10,10,Oracle and SQL Server.,No.,
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Tableau Desktop
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Powerful but Easy Insight for All Skill Levels

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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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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (91)
Customizable dashboards (108)
Report Formatting Templates (93)
Drill-down analysis (104)
Formatting capabilities (107)
Integration with R or other statistical packages (75)
Report sharing and collaboration (103)
Publish to Web (94)
Publish to PDF (97)
Report Versioning (68)
Report Delivery Scheduling (73)
Delivery to Remote Servers (27)
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (99)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (98)
Predictive Analytics (75)
Multi-User Support (named login) (88)
Role-Based Security Model (71)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (79)
Single Sign-On (SSO) (30)
Responsive Design for Web Access (77)
Dedicated iOS Application (55)
Dedicated Android Application (49)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (71)
Javascript API (22)
iFrames (21)
Java API (20)
Themeable User Interface (UI) (22)
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (18)

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.

Tableau Desktop Competitors

IBM Cognos, SAP Lumira Discovery, Qlik Sense, Microsoft Power BI, MicroStrategy Analytics, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform


Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Has featureFree or Freemium Version Available?Yes
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?No

Free trials are available for both editions.

Tableau Desktop Technical Details

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