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,9,7,8,6Tableau - the better BI toolClean visualizations that are not cumbersome or dated. Exceptional presence on (windows) desktop, web and mobile (capability). Connects to a variety of disparate data sources. Faster enablement of reporting and analytics than other BI contenders.,No OSX support (due 2014). Browser Authoring needs more maturity. Missing some visualizations (coming in 2014). Some of the sorting capabilities on calculated fields are limited. Not great if you're looking for Crystal Reports style static reporting production. Integration with portal systems.,9,10,Rapid Prototyping. Great story-telling tool. Industry Leading visualizations > Customer satisfaction.,30,4,Visualizing data from a variety of sources. Creating Reporting. Analyzing and Auditing.,,Implemented in-house,9,In-person training Self-taught,9,Very easy to just paste or insert data and go - intuitive way of creating analytics.,Yes,9,8,9,8,Google products. Updated Census data.,Not disclosed.Tableau Geek & Proud!Tableau Desktop and Server are being used through my entire organization to create long-term, sustainable reporting to answer business questions and support analysis. Additionally, Tableau helps to support operations because data from multiple sources can be combined and presented in one place. Our dashboards provide the business with institutional knowledge which in turn allows stakeholders to make data-driven business decisions. Bridgepoint Education has team members all across the United States. With the use of Tableau Server every member of the organization has the ability to access these data assets and visualizations.,Tableau Desktop helps end users create data visualizations quickly and with little knowledge of the product. The simple user interface and the ability to “drag and drop” measures and dimensions isn’t found in any other analytics tool. Multiple data types and sources can be connected to Tableau. From organizations using Excel to house data or large institutions using Vertica and Hadoop, anyone can use Tableau for analysis. The ability to create dashboards and create a smooth end user experience is exceptional. Tableau allows an individual with no prior knowledge of the tool to navigate the dashboard and gain data insights.,Tableau should add navigational buttons. There should be an easier way to jump to multiple tabs within a dashboard. Dynamic parameters. There should be a way to tie a parameter to a column and if new variables are placed in the column, the parameter should update as well. The background shading (or coloring) of quick filters and parameters should be individualized. Currently if one parameter’s color is changed, all of the parameters on the dashboard change as well.,10,Excel,SSRS,10,Better departmental communication. Distribution of data throughout the organization has increased. The entire organization is focused on automating reporting and creating standard analysis procedures which can be used continuously.,Implemented in-house,9,9,YesVisual Intelligence and Analysis (VIA) that is the name of our company & what you can expect from TableauTableau 9.0 Desktop - Comments by Larry Keller VIA Insights, LLC. VIA is a Tableau Training and Consulting firm with eight (8) years of experience with Tableau Desktop. Having published the first Tableau Training Manual in the world which is now current with version 9.0. This version has greater appeal for the user who is more of an analytical person. With the addition of Level of Detail Expressions and In-line calculations, Tableau continues to add more user classifications than in the early days. At one time the by line was " Tableau - a product for the under-served business user". While that tag line is still true, the fact is that Tableau's addition of connectors to R and other sources along with 9.0 additions, more sophisticated users are signing on as customers One slightly nagging question is what will become of Tableau Desktop users who find versions 8.2 or 8.0 sufficient for the the data and the analysis required? Having authored and published manuals in both hard copy and digital formats, these manuals are now in use in 55 countries. There will be a version 10 one day - but will we see the product line bifurcated so there are two tiers and both have access to support?,Tableau is as popular today as it was 5 years ago for use by the average and under-served business user. Richer analytic capabilities now open doors for the audience that requires "R". Smartly, Tableau is not wondering into the space that a SAS dominates. TCO - total cost of ownership - Our firm created a 150 question survey for a client that wanted to contract with one of the top three data visualization and analysis vendors for an OEM contract. Written with total objectivity the three vendors were: Spotfire, Qlik-View and Tableau. All the questions were weighted - The outcome and contract went to Tableau - among a number of reasons for the award was the lowest cost of ownership which is often not considered. Future Direction of the product - This is a challenge for this writer and contributor. Tableau does need a process that enables it to deal with data blending in a more complete and simple manner with emphasis on simplicity. I would eliminate the waste of space and thus clutter with repetitive instruction sets - example - there are five ways to create a new sheet. We also hear from clients and they ask for easier ways to connect to SAP Support - Tableau support has now gone the extra mile. We now get telephone calls directly from support on the same day that a case is submitted. Further, case escalation is rapid if the first person cannot provide the fix.,There is no need to to have small features like "create new page" enabled in five ways. It results in clutter for the new user who seeks to grasp fundamental features in one or two places max. Time series data - The options for rendering time series date are confusing for the new user. Once the time dimension is placed on the columns, the options for how time is rendered are confusing for the new user. Time options are shown in classic time options (Year - Qtr - Mth) but the user can see time in a more continuous for (green) with the options below a poorly marked line. Tableau should render the continuous options in green to provide a visual clue and some text to tell the user Story Points is a nice feature - In this world of PowerPoint addiction, it is not a knock-off and I am sure it was not intended to be such. It does help the user who is faced with presenting content in a process to the inevitable Friday, 9AM senior staff meeting. Presentation of the calculations backing up quick table calculations An abbreviation list for states in the US and countries when using geo coded data,9,,10,VIA Insights provides Tableau training both on-site and online along with documentation - Our clients range from 50 users to 1,500 desktop users and cross many departments except maybe....just maybe finance,9,10,9,,,Serious use of Tableau should include Tableau Server. - This is key for sharing content creation with the content consumers Moving Tableau up to strategic use from tractical,Revenue Management Workforce planning Use of Tableau in our project management office Geo-coding,Yes,Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation,No - If there is a better mouse out there we do not know it,9Worked superbly for analyzing web traffic data.We use Tableau Desktop mainly to analyze operational data for our consumer-facing website. This involves data from our own web application (sometimes via database connection, sometimes via flat file exports) as well as Google Analytics data (both traffic and events data). We have one user (me) who runs weekly reports that mash up the data from the operational systems and Google Analytics, and then syndicate the output via emailing PDFs of the standard reports around. I also do ad hoc analyses from time to time to try and spot patterns, trends, answer specific questions etc. and sometimes those make their way into the standard weekly visualizations shared with the team.,Tableau is an excellent tool for quickly making sense of millions of rows of data. It does an excellent job of recognizing facts and dimensions in denormalized data files (say CSV or Excel) as well as connecting to larger databases. The learning curve is slight but not too steep if you are comfortable with Excel Pivot Tables or similar. The visualizations are particularly good as well, as there is a good library of them as well as an auto-suggest feature that for a given series of dimensions and metrics will recommend what chart types might apply. If you have data it recognizes (or is typed) as zip codes for instance it will recommend a geospatial / map visualization.,If you have broader enterprise needs for data security and segmentation, heavy duty report customization, or data transformation, this is less comprehensive a tool than other enterprise BI packages (e.g. Business Objects, MicroStrategy, or similar). That said, what it does, it does amazingly well and at a tremendous value. One minor annoyance is that formatting applied to a workbook doesn't carry throughout or get remembered as a template. The default choices for font sizes tend not to export well to presentations or printed text, and having to hand-enlarge every axis label every time gets obnoxious. I've seen third-party tools developed specifically for re-using formatting selections across one or multiple workbooks.,10,,10,We just have a single user and syndicate reports by emailing PDFs around. This is a cost-effective answer but clearly not scalable for larger organizations who have other options (Tableau Online, Tableau Server, etc),9,6,10,4,2,As we moved into CPC ads, we might have used Tableau as a quick and dirty ad spend optimization tool by driving into traffic and conversion metrics tied to actual conversion values (the high-level flat dollar amounts you can specify in Google Analytics wouldn't work for our real-time bidding platform we would need to mash up data from Google AdWords and our operational systems and Tableau is excellent at that),We used Tableau to analyze web traffic data, including traffic channels and sources, the conversion funnel, inventory mix and categorization, geographic distribution of inventory and inbound traffic and leads, on a dataset of millions to tens of millions of rows. We also used Tableau to report on operating metric performance to plan though it provided less unique value in that situation,We were able to very quickly generate geographic heatmaps showing automobile inventories across the US, including the ability to filter/drill on various makes/models Similarly we could generate heatmaps across the US to indicate where web traffic was originating Finally, using calculated fields to mash those two up we could quickly and visually pinpoint where supply/demand imbalances existed to direct our business development efforts (e.g. we need more Toyota dealers providing inventory in Atlanta, and we need to target driving more traffic on BMW related search terms in Chicago, etc.),Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor,Implemented in-house,7,Self-taught,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!,Yes,9,Drag and drop of dimensions and measures Styling of visualizations of all different types is easy Assembling charts and graphs into composite dashboards,There are a few things that should be simple that are cumbersome like data blending can be painful to get right and details like totals on top of stacked bars Formatting does not carry over from sheet to sheet and styles cannot be universally applied to a single visualization much less a dashboard -- lots of repetitive manual work to style things visually,Yes, but I don't use it,8,10,10,10,MySQL Database,Yes100 Reasons why Tableau can help you!Tableau is extremely good at turning large amounts of data into useful analyses. Once you are comfortable with the tool, you are rarely more than a few clicks away from a useful visualization/analysis. Tableau's simple, clean, drag-and-drop interface allows for a business to go from 0-60 in record time. There are many types of useful analyses that can be done with no IT knowledge at all. For example, a business analysis can slice his/her Sales or Profits in almost any fashion simply with a few clicks. Tableau is exceptional at answering the five basic questions "Who?", "What?", "When?", "Where?", and "How?". If you can phrase your problem as one of these five questions, then Tableau will likely be of great value to you.,Tableau is somewhat restrictive in the type of data it will work with. It likes relatively clean data in a tabular format. This means records on the Rows and values on the Columns. If your data is very messy/inaccurate, then Tableau has limited ability to deal with this easily. There are other tools on the market that are designed to help you clean/reformat your data. Tableau is a visualization/analytics tool, and a great one at that! Use it for its strengths.,10,,10,It is very difficult to quantify the effect that using Tableau has had on our clients. The one major benefit I can think of is the reduction of operational expenses. Tableau allows them to keep one person who maintains ten dashboards instead of the twenty people it took when they were using Excel. Having a series of relevant, automatically refreshing dashboards allows for "quick response" to business problems, which could save tremendous amounts of money. If a problem is occurring, you would see it on your dashboard the next day, instead of an analyst finding it a month later.,5,1,We use this product to help a Shipping client examine an automatically refreshing set of about 60 KPI's. This client has users all way from Business Analysts to Senior Executives. We use this product to help multiple Retail clients slice-and-dice their sales data. They can now answer questions such as "What are people buying?", "Who are we selling to?", and "How much are they buying?" We use this product to help an Equipment Repair client track how all of their equipment nationwide is operating from one central, automatically refreshing, location. They also use this product to handle most of their ad-hoc reporting needs.,,Implemented in-house,10,Self-taught,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.,No,8,10,10,8,We have integrated Tableau with virtually every tool in the Microsoft Eco-system. This includes SQL Server, SQL Server Analysis Services, Power Pivot and Excel. Tableau offers this same connectivity to many other data sources. Odds are very good it can connect to your data as well.,I can't think of a single system that Tableau cannot already connect to.,Unfortunately, I am not aware of this type of information. Tableau was already implemented here before I began employment.Powerful 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,,NAAn easy to learn, powerful tool which empowers business users and adds value to the companyIt is easy to blend data from different data sources, so one can analyze data sets which would otherwise be difficult to handle in other tools. It has an intuitive user interface and a easy learning curve, making it easy to train users. Can implement Tableau with minimal IT involvement. Interactive dashboards can be used even by people with few technical skills to explore data and get insight.,No advanced statistical / forecasting functionality. However, Tableau is improving in this area and future versions of the product should have more capabilities.,Over 70% of savings in time needed to prepare management reporting. Less time is spent on gathering data and checking its quality, so more time can be spent on actual data analysis.,10,10,10,1,Creating weekly and monthly reports and dashboards for senior management. Ad-hoc analyses. Merging and analyzing data from various sources. Data quality control.,Implemented in-house,10,Self-taught,Very easy! I learned to use it by watching the online training videos on Tableau Software's website.,No,8,10,10,9,Perfect 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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Reliability and Availability

When used as a stand-alone tool, Tableau Desktop has unlimited uptime, which is always nice. When used in conjunction with Tableau Server, this tool has as much uptime as your server admins are willing to give it. All in all, I've never had an issue with Tableau's availability.
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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)
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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


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Tableau Desktop Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows, Mac
Mobile Application:No