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May 24, 2016

Tableau Reporting

Score 8 out of 10
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Ease of Tableau Desktop Training

Yes and no...If I was the one programming the reports, I would want training. But I just pull the data from the reports that have already been designed.
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Ease of Tableau Desktop Training

I would watch and learn from the online tutorials which were probably 75% comprehensive. There were still things we had to figure out around the edges, but just using online documentation and videos and following the examples was adequate. Any time the documentation is lacking, there's a vibrant online community at the ready, and some members even jump in to provide example solutions to problems!
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Ease of Tableau Desktop Training

It was my job to learn this product on my own, with only a little help from the others who knew the tool. I found this task quite easy due to Tableau's simple interface. I also appreciate that Tableau is complex enough to keep my interest after having mastered the basics. I truly believe that anybody can learn the basics without training. However, if you want to master the tool, there is no substitute for learning from an expert.
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Ease of Tableau Desktop Training

It would be better to have some training before starting to work with the tool. There are many advanced features available and they are all explained in the training videos and online documentation.

I would recommend going through the basics and then, once installed, it would be beneficial to go through the advanced training sessions and try them out.
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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.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (97)
8.2
Customizable dashboards (115)
9.1
Report Formatting Templates (99)
7.7
Drill-down analysis (111)
8.5
Formatting capabilities (114)
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages (81)
7.7
Report sharing and collaboration (109)
8.2
Publish to Web (100)
8.7
Publish to PDF (102)
8.7
Report Versioning (73)
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling (76)
8.5
Delivery to Remote Servers (31)
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (105)
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (104)
8.6
Predictive Analytics (80)
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login) (93)
8.4
Role-Based Security Model (76)
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (83)
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO) (33)
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access (81)
8.3
Dedicated iOS Application (58)
7.7
Dedicated Android Application (51)
7.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (74)
8.3
REST API (26)
8.0
Javascript API (25)
7.7
iFrames (23)
7.1
Java API (22)
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI) (24)
7.9
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (20)
7.3

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