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Carlos Ochoa | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 15, 2020

Expensive, but good

Score 8 out of 10
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Well suited when you have a report that needs to be updated constantly. It is better to automate the extraction of information and create a Tableau dashboard. It is also well suited when you want to create relevant insights from raw data as it allows you to create your own measures.

Less appropriate when you have a one-time presentation. It is better to use other ways for presenting the info/insights you want.
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Pusshpendar Kumaarr | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 05, 2020

Tableau Desktop Review

Score 9 out of 10
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If you have a large audience who just want to see reports, Tableau Desktop is a great tool. But if there are only one or two users, it's better to use alternatives. For example, if a dashboard needs to be published for a larger audience then it is good to use Tableau Desktop and publish it online, but if you are just making a report for your manager, user another tool.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 11, 2020

Good for a lone wolf

Score 10 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop can rescue millions of dollars in missing revenue. It can point out trends that nobody knew about. It can give you feedback that allows you to tweak business processes or online learning to better serve the organization. Tableau Desktop doesn't work with databases directly like Tableau Server, so it's not good for real-time applications. Data must be extracted, transformed and loaded.
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Ron Rothstain | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 09, 2019

Tableau Desktop - The nuts and bolts of it.

Score 8 out of 10
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It helps us to visualize and understand data. Helps in business analysis, predict market trends. Caters to the needs of an organization. Can be integrated with different kinds of data sources like Excel, CSV, different kinds of databases like Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle. On the other hand, need some understanding of statistics to use this software, cannot retrieve previous versions of the same file created. So, version management is a problem. Left joins cannot be created during data loading. These need to be created separately using blends.
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Simol Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 09, 2019

Data management and visual precedence!

Score 10 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop is for the eager-minded intellect and those who have advanced data analytics expertise as the functions are almost mundane for them. The versatility of this platform is wide though, and accompany any seeker who wises to enhance their abilities and procure data in a more nuanced and specific fashion that may progress their data collection
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Benjamin Plotkin | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 07, 2019

Turn Tables Into Vistas of Visualization with Tableau Desktop

Score 8 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop is a great tool for merging a variety of data sources for custom reporting purposes, although like many Swiss army knives, it can be a pricey multi-tasker option that is only used for a single purpose. If you are not expanding beyond this basic use case, you are not getting proper value out of the application. If you can afford the pricing model, Tableau Desktop's visualizations are worth the spend!
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John Rome | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 13, 2019

Tableau Desktop still is my go-to product in a crowded BI tool market

Score 9 out of 10
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For pixel-perfect reports that are graphically beautiful, Tableau is one of the best on the market. It supports a lot of graphs and visualization, and you can even bring your own visuals. However, for more tabular data reporting (just data, not visualizations), it still needs a lot of improvement.
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Rahul Malik | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 09, 2019

Tableau is the market leader when it comes to Interactive Data Analysis and Visualization

Score 9 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop is best suited when you want to create appealing and informative data visualizations. It is used extensively by organizations to draw conclusions and insights by feeding it with data from multiple sources and the source could be any back-end system, even cloud infrastructure. The graphics in Tableau are very simple and make it easy to get information across different groups of people. The brand new dashboard and story features where various worksheets can be combined to tell a story and that makes it different from the other similar software available in the market.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 23, 2019

Great for Data-Viz-Wizzes, Painful for Others

Score 6 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop is well-suited to those who are very familiar with it. That sounds obvious, but truly it can work magic for those who know the ins and outs of it, more so than any other data-visualization tool I've seen. However, when you're not a viz-wiz, it can be extremely painful and very hard to learn how to work this beast. Getting from casual user to viz-wiz seems like an impossible task, even with the meager trainings that Tableau makes available.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 19, 2019

The best tool for visualization and storytelling

Score 9 out of 10
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Tableau is really good if the company is serious about what they are doing.

There are instances where organizations do not have enough of a budget to invest in a visualization and storyboarding tool and hence like to go with open source tools. In such scenarios, considering the pricing of Tableau, it may not be appropriate.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 18, 2019

Tableau is a sophisticated BI platform that's constantly improving

Score 9 out of 10
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Well suited for larger organizations where ad-hoc reporting is less important than daily use of the same analytics. Not well suited for quick ad hoc analytics or teams not willing to learn. This is a program which favors the learning person.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 13, 2019

The Dominant Tool, But Will It Stay That Way?

Score 7 out of 10
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For processing basic spreadsheet/CSV data, connecting to data is almost trivial. From there, if a user knows how to use a basic spreadsheet tool, Tableau has the built-in tools to show the user how to analyze the data. Even someone who is not visually inclined can create stunning reports that "wow" upper management.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 16, 2019

Tableau Desktop - iReviewed

Score 8 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop is well suited for dashboards that are real-time/near real-time or for weekly reporting purposes. If your business/team has some Key Performance Indicators that you want to monitor, Tableau Desktop is the option.

If you want to manipulate the data a lot, you may want to clean up the data before adding to the Tableau. Also, if you want any alerting system when any KPIs change a lot, Tableau may not be a good option.
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Clinton Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 20, 2019

Visualization made simple, and complex!

Score 10 out of 10
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Great for visualizing basic and complex analytics, can be very useful in a myriad of situations, for example it can be summarized up for grand views for executives and plenty of drill down opportunities for more analyst level staff. This allows the staff to performing the analytics to save time by not having to duplicate reports on different levels for different staff.
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Akshaya Bhardwaj | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 17, 2019

No tool is better than this for data visualization. A must have.

Score 7 out of 10
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For performing the exploratory data analysis(EDA) through charts this is the best tool that is available in the market. For understanding the data i.e finding the insights so this leads. If you are working on data management, then you can not completely depend on this tool as data cleaning and data transforming is not possible through it. For drawing inferences, no one will suggest this tool.
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Jason Xiao | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 30, 2019

Tableau Review

Score 9 out of 10
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Good use case: a large company which has sufficient funding in data visualization and has great needs in access control and web portal reports. Bad use case: not good for a small or medium company which has less funding in data visualization.
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Maddie Cheasick | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 22, 2019

Visualization is the Future

Score 9 out of 10
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Tableau Desktop is well suited for all sales teams, sales operations teams, and business development teams. It creates an environment when a salesperson has daily access to their achievement and can actively forecast their business.
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Tim Ryan | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 10, 2019

Easy to use and share reports

Score 10 out of 10
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It is becoming the industry standard so it's a good tool to learn since you can use it in so many different places. Allows team members from all different departments the ability to follow what's happening in your business. Highly recommend this to anyone looking for more visibility to analytics within the company.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 15, 2019

Tableau is a good tool for those willing to invest the time

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I would recommend Tableau be used in cases where there is a data connector if data is stored in a cloud. I wouldn't bother with Tableau if you use Microsoft Office 365, Azure, Dynamics as Power BI is becoming a complete equal at a lower cost.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (101)
8.3
Customizable dashboards (121)
9.2
Report Formatting Templates (104)
7.9
Drill-down analysis (116)
8.6
Formatting capabilities (118)
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages (84)
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration (114)
8.2
Publish to Web (105)
8.7
Publish to PDF (107)
8.9
Report Versioning (76)
8.4
Report Delivery Scheduling (79)
8.7
Delivery to Remote Servers (34)
8.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (110)
8.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (108)
8.6
Predictive Analytics (84)
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login) (97)
8.6
Role-Based Security Model (79)
8.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (87)
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO) (37)
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access (86)
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application (61)
8.0
Dedicated Android Application (54)
7.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (78)
8.4
REST API (28)
8.1
Javascript API (27)
8.1
iFrames (25)
7.4
Java API (24)
7.8
Themeable User Interface (UI) (26)
8.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (22)
7.7

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

Pricing

  • 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