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Tableau Desktop

Overview

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…

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Recent Reviews

Analytics with Tableau

7 out of 10
February 27, 2024
We use Tableau to generate daily and weekly reports for our business module to generate our key performance indicators. These insights we …
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Popular Features

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  • Report sharing and collaboration (156)
    9.3
    93%
  • Drill-down analysis (158)
    9.2
    92%
  • Customizable dashboards (165)
    9.0
    90%
  • Formatting capabilities (161)
    9.0
    90%

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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
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Product Demos

Tableau Desktop Tutorial | Tableau Desktop Training | Online Tableau Desktop Training - Youtube

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- Tableau Demo: Quick Tutorial to Getting Started with Tableau Desktop

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Tableau Desktop Naming Conventions Part 1

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Tableau Desktop Introduction Part 1

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Features

BI Standard Reporting

Standard reporting means pre-built or canned reports available to users without having to create them.

8.5
Avg 8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Ad-Hoc Reports are reports built by the user to meet highly specific requirements.

9
Avg 8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

8.8
Avg 8.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

Data Discovery and Visualization is the analysis of multiple data sources in a search for patterns and outliers and the ability to represent the data visually.

8.6
Avg 8.1

Access Control and Security

Access control means being able to determine who has access to which data.

8.7
Avg 8.6

Mobile Capabilities

Support for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

8.4
Avg 8.0

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

APIs are a set of routines, protocols, and tools for used for embedding one application in another

8.6
Avg 7.9
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Product Details

What is Tableau Desktop?

Tableau Desktop supports data-driven decisions by helping users to answer questions more quickly, solve harder problems more easily, and uncover new insights.

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 analyses. Interactive dashboards, drag and drop functionality, and natural language queries help users of all skill levels quickly discover actionable insights, all from its visual interface. Users can ask deeper questions by quickly building calculations, adding trend lines and seeing statistical summaries, or clustering data to see relationships.


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Tableau Desktop Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Tableau Desktop starts at $70.

IBM Cognos Analytics, SAP Lumira Discovery, and Qlik Sense are common alternatives for Tableau Desktop.

Reviewers rate Report sharing and collaboration and Publish to Web highest, with a score of 9.3.

The most common users of Tableau Desktop are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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February 27, 2024

Analytics with Tableau

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have to import multiple data sets from different sources and Tableau has the option to connect with them which saves a lot of time.

It has limited features available via using Tableau on a mobile application which does not allow us to perform certain task and Tableau has performance issues while using it through the mobile.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Despite the opportunities I provided, we are still satisfied with its usage/features in fact, as of now, we are still using this platform. The most important aspect or usage of this platform is when we pull up data for our report, we can easily use this platform with no hassle.
Shubham Tiwari | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
In Tableau we can make different types of dashboard a few of them listed below
1-Patient Risk Healthcare Dashboard
2-Sales forecast analysis dashboard
3-Marketing campaign dashboard
4-Product availability dashboard
5-Flight price analysis dashboard
6-Crime analysis dashboard
7- Air quality and pollution analysis dashboard
I would recommend industry to use tableau for below reason
1-Less time required to pull and prepare data
2-Flexiblity to explore and try new things
3-Share up-to-date dashboard
There is some disadvantage in using Tableau
1-Tableau focus primarily on visualization and can't work with uncleaned data.
2-Lack of data modeling and data dictionary capabilities for data analytics
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Tableau handles large data sets, and drag and drop is easy to learn - so the learning curve can be very fast; a collaboration of the canvas is a wonderful feature since we are all working remotely. In my opinion, data analytics in life sciences needs a platform like Tableau. I am sure it's useful in consumer goods and other industries as well.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Tableau Desktop is one the finest tool available in the market with such a wide range of capabilities in its suite that makes it easy to generate insights. Further, if optimally designed, then its reports are fairly simple to understand, yet capable enough to make changes at the required levels. One can create a variety of visualizations as required by the business or the clients. The data pipelines in the backend are very robust. The tableau desktop also provides options to develop the reports in developer mode, which is one of the finest features to embed and execute even the most complex possible logic. It's easier to operate, simple to navigate, and fluent to understand by the users.
September 12, 2022

Awesome BI/Reporting Tool

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Tohidul Islam | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Mayur Garg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Orin Mamun | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Issac Paul | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Jeremy Pierce, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Al Mubassir Muin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Joseph Alleruzzo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Rafael Grandizoli | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
July 15, 2021

Tableau your life!

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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!"
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