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 Data VisualizerWe are using Tableau Desktop for creating dashboards for MIS reporting. These dashboards are being used by stakeholders and managers for their decisions process. They can see the changes over time and graphs, top performing agents and several similar details which are shown geographically or by state. We usually get requirements to update the dashboards as per their need so that it is easily understandable and conveys more information.,Graphs and charts are built very easily. Tableau is very good at showing data visually Easily help make a decision by looking at the pattern,The ETL part is missing in Tableau. For huge and ambiguous data-sets, Tableau Desktop is not good. Before analysis data preparation is mandatory.,9,QlikView and SAP Business Objects,9,9,QlikView, SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform,100,3,For their own Decision making process For business forecast,For Reporting purpose To see dynamic dashboards for visual analysis For decision making process,Earlier we were using SAP Business Objects for reporting purpose in which even a little change takes up a lot of time, but now after moving to Tableau it has become quite easy and time saving.,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Analyst Reports Third-party Reviews,The evaluation and selection process would be kind of similar, although for big dataset I would like to choose some tool which uses in-memory technology for faster data retrieval.,Implemented in-house,Yes,Change management was a big part of the implementation and was well-handled,Several change requests were raised parallely so maintaing the que was getting difficult. We have to come up with a change window only when changes could be applied. We have to keep the timeline of changes so that it doesn't overlap with the previous request of the same dashboard.,8,Online training Self-taught,8,Without training also Tableau can be mastered by you will have to give more time to practice the concepts and also need to go through online resources.,No,9,Yes,During the time of setting up tableau online they were really helpful, I would say that was kind of exceptional support but it could have been faster.,Building basic charts from already available show me is one of the quickest and easiest thing in any BI tool connecting to data is quite simple we don't need to write long queries(unless we want to). arranging sheets in the dashboard and using filters are just clicks away, anyone can do it by first chance only.,Using calculated fields for special functionalities Understanding and using LOD functions can be cumbersome for new users building advanced graphs require a deep understanding of several advanced tableau features, which comes from regular uses.,Yes,9,7,8,6Powerful 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,,NAPerfect analytics toolTableau is being used to retrieve data from multidimensional relational databases, spreadsheets and from cloud databases and then to present the data in visual format to the users in Sales, Marketing, Operations and Finance. Tableau is being used for analyzing sales metrics, capturing web data from customers and used for marketing analytics, reporting financial analysis data to senior management to visualize the performance of the company within a few minutes, instead of tedious report generating processes from other third party applications.,We started using the latest version 8.0 and many of the features that we would be using were included in the latest release 8.0. Did not come across any areas that the product does less well, but we are somewhat new to Tableau and still trying out many features.,10,,10,9,6,1,We would be developing additional dashboards for supply chain to measure their metrics.,Financial Analytics. Marketing and Sales Analytics. Operations Analytics. Engineering and Web Analytics.,We had setup and developed database on Amazon RDS to store data from web analytics from the engineering servers, and meshed the data with CRM data in Salesforce to determine the potential customers for our cloud product. We had to create custom functions for the ones that Tableau did not have, and created views in Oracle database and used that as a source to publish analytics on Tableau.,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Third-party Reviews,We would keep the similar process that we had used to evaluate, but probably would include some of the newer or other software that are out in the market.,Implemented in-house,Yes,Change management was a big part of the implementation and was well-handled,There was nothing major during the implementation, except Tableau had launched the newer version of the desktop and server during the implementation that had us upgrade and re-setup some of the configurations.,10,Online training Self-taught,10,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.,10,No - we have not done any customization to the interface,No - we have not done any custom code,10,No,We ran into an issue with the Oracle driver for 64 Bit server when setting up the connection to our Oracle database, and when posted a question to the support they were able to provide the immediate reply with the correct driver to use.,Yes,10,10,10,8,Salesforce Oracle E-Business Suite Amazon RDS Internal MySQL Engineering databases,NetSuite,File import/export Single Signon ETL tools,10,10,10,Yes,We were able to use some of the additional functionality that came with the upgraded release that we saw limitations when developing sheets in the previous releases.,We would like to see added functions within Tableau that would allow us to display the data without having to create custom objects in source database and pull the data into Tableau. We would like to see some temp table creation in Tableau to have perform calculations against the data and display the data without having to create the calculations in the source database.,Yes,NoTableau 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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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