Tableau: An enhanced graphical analytical experience!!!
Updated May 24, 2016

Tableau: An enhanced graphical analytical experience!!!

Prafulla Kharwadey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Desktop

We built some dashboard to check capabilities of Tableau in compared with other analytical products.
We used it
  • for POC purpose
  • for sales purpose
  • for RnD exploring product
  • for developing extension out of it using Tableau API to create TDE files
Tableau once proves good for certain business needs, will be utilized in project solution.
The various factors that will decide feasibility are:
  • Security
  • User Management and authentication
  • Faster development time
  • Ease of use and maintenance
  • Easier upgrade and scalability
  • Performance
  • User Interface is awesome
  • End user can also use it easily as it is intuitive and friendly with drag drop features.
  • Lot variety of graphics and charts
  • Showing simple table data in rows and columns is bit tedious. In other software we have straight table, cross table, graphical table. But tableau haven't given much attention. Many people want this simple things to show in table format (data as is)
  • UI Alignment, layout adjustment in worksheet, dashboard, stories is sometime pretty difficult.
  • User gets confused amongst worksheet, dashboard, stories as one can change individually and hence lost in synchronization of it. I think they can reduce so many various terms and stick to only one or 2 area where user can develop reports/charts/visuals.
  • For each chart I have to create a sheet. So in big dashboard where there are 10s of pages each containing 4-5 charts. Imagine the maintenance load and effort to manage it. One can easily lost in so many Tableau sheets.
We use tableau to see the feasibility for a client requirement.

I rank it better
  • For a nice user interface
  • easy drag drop features
  • nice visualizations
  • variety of charts
  • Nice and easy map graph and integration.
We have used TDE generation (a data file for tableau) by writing a dot net code and API provided by Tableau. Tableau provides API to create TDE files.
Most suited:
  • When you need a fantastic user interface, tableau is perfect.
  • When need a better map visuals, tableau is better

Less appropriate
  • When you want to build a solution that is easy to maintain, with lots many charts, and you need lot variety of tables (Cross, straight, graphical, summary)
  • When you want to do a complex programming using R, scripting

Tableau Desktop Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Customizable dashboards
Report Formatting Templates
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Report sharing and collaboration
Publish to Web
Publish to PDF
Report Versioning
Report Delivery Scheduling
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Predictive Analytics
Multi-User Support (named login)
Role-Based Security Model
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Responsive Design for Web Access
Mobile Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

Tableau Desktop Implementation