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Score 9 out of 10
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There is no formal support structure. In general, we rely on a key people who are willing to assist and the forums hosted by the company itself. Decision Science (DS) professionals will not need a lot of support for the product, at least not the way we use it here. I do understand that other implementations do use server implementations that require some technical support roles.
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1 - Tableau has a healthy user community online and knowledge base. Support person would need to be able to search those resources to answer questions, actively participate/vote on development priorities. Support person, as the designated 'subject matter expert' (SME) should be comfortable with every aspect of the tool and how to apply it. That person does not need to have a technical background, per se.
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10 - 
  • Existing experience with tableau, moderate understanding of relational databases and data. Microsoft Excel skills can also help get the users up to speed but not necessary.
  • Will suit any users from analytical and/or reporting backgrounds, visual analytics experience also helpful but not necessary.
  • Users with statistical background also helpful, but not always applicable depending on industry.
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Score 9 out of 10
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The skills to support Tableau Desktop touch one several key areas. In acting as a support person he or she should be Tableau certified at least at the Associate level. Said person should bring subject matter expertise to the support role and be capable of asking the next question.
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12 - We rely on data architects to create meaningful database tables that connect and integrate various different sources and channels of data. The people need database skills and SQL programming ability in particular. They work closely with website tagging and implementation specialists to ensure consistent and clean data gets fed into the Tableau system. These people need strong skills in tagging implementation, tag plan development, and website coding to some extent. Then the primary user of the tool is the analyst who uses it to create dashboards and perform analysis. These users require statistical skills, analytics experience, interface design and dashboard design skills as well as a little formula writing and coding ability and a dash of creativity.
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2 - Technically savvy business analyst types for Tableau. While hard core DBA skills aren't really required, once you want to get into more complex mash-ups of data from multiple sources you do need someone relatively savvy about data types, queries, etc. You'd need more hardcore DBA types for maintaining actual back-end databases if reporting against SQL-queryable databases of course.
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Score 10 out of 10
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1 - Given the size of our organization, I am Mariner's primary Tableau resource. In the rare case that a client is having issues with their Tableau Server/Desktop, I will be the one to answer it. As for the type of person needed, either an IT professional or a business analyst could support this product.
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2 - We have a permanent team of 2 people to do Tableau Support, and a variety of mostly contracted developers who can also lend a hand. Generally we use a train the trainer approach meaning new users learn the tool and can support themselves. Experts are available on call, and Tableau offers a lot of help when necessary.
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1 - I support the users of the Tableau Destop versions. I have the Desktop professional series that allows me to connect the software to SQL where the data is housed for current and archive purposes. The programmer should have skills or experience in multiple programming languages, a good understanding of customer products and needs, experience working between business units and customers to move from customer needs to programming those into the tool, also the ability to innovate to be proactive of function enhancement to provide the customer what they didn't even know they needed.
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1 - With some training many of the users can start using the desktop, but advanced training is recommended for users to take advantage of the various functionality that Tableau provides.

Analyst with technical background in data model and architecture proves to be an advantage when defining new data sources and how to establish connections to different data sources to pull the data into Tableau for analysis.
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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)
8.2
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