Sometimes it Tableaus you away
February 19, 2016

Sometimes it Tableaus you away

Jake Lanier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Desktop

We currently use Tableau within our finance and marketing departments. Tableau helps organize and simplify the analysis of a great deal of restaurant data. We're also able to visualize data that can be difficult to compile within Excel. It also allows us to setup automation of data pulling, so it's as simple as going in and refreshing the data which will refresh an entire dashboard.

Pros

  • Tableau creates visuals based on the data provided. It automatically chooses which visual works best and its often right.
  • Tableau allows for an easy pivot-like approach to analyzing data.
  • Tableau provides unique analysis, such as geo-mapping based on address data, which allows for a different perspective when looking at restaurant data.

Cons

  • Tableau can be difficult in the way it automatically designates certain fields. It may not recognize a certain field as a date field even though it is.
  • Tableau is still missing some of the Excel functions that are helpful or it just may not be intuitive in how to incorporate them if you're familiar with Excel.
  • While the Tableau map is a great visual option, it can be buggy and still needs some work.
While I haven't done a lot of work in Microsoft BI, I do think they are on the right road to being a great product but they definitely lag behind Tableau in the number of features available. Obviously, it does integrate well with Microsoft products, but it remains to be seen how well they will integrate with other data sources.
Tableau is great when you have a lot of data and you aren't sure where to start. However, if your data is not well organized, it will be hard to incorporate it into Tableau.

Tableau Desktop Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Not Rated
Customizable dashboards
6
Report Formatting Templates
7
Drill-down analysis
8
Formatting capabilities
7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
5
Publish to Web
Not Rated
Publish to PDF
6
Report Versioning
Not Rated
Report Delivery Scheduling
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
7
Predictive Analytics
3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Not Rated
Role-Based Security Model
Not Rated
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Not Rated
Responsive Design for Web Access
Not Rated
Mobile Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated

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