Best report compilation software ever
Updated May 24, 2016

Best report compilation software ever

Marcus Young | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Desktop

The company I worked for did analytics for music festivals. We deployed Bluetooth beacons and the smartphones would submit data (telemetry, geo lat/long, etc). We used it to generate after-festival reports that included percentages of who saw what artists, and most watched artists. We used it for as many reports as you can think of. Tableau Destktop let us do way more than when we were pre-compiling these and running SQL. We were able to move the databases around and let some of the non-technical business side use it to generate reports instead of going through developers.

Pros

  • It lets people dive into tables/SQL without needing to know complex queries.
  • It's easy to use and makes generating reports very easy.
  • It was easy to set up and didnt require much maintenance.

Cons

  • Getting it to do some things that seem easy end up being quite complex.
  • Expensive.
If you have standard data sets it works very well. It seemed to do well when the database was well laid out and easy to navigate. When complex tables were found, it became a mess to get to "behave".

Tableau Desktop Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
10
Customizable dashboards
9
Report Formatting Templates
9
Drill-down analysis
9
Formatting capabilities
9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
8
Report sharing and collaboration
8
Publish to Web
10
Publish to PDF
10
Report Versioning
10
Report Delivery Scheduling
9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9
Predictive Analytics
8
Multi-User Support (named login)
8
Role-Based Security Model
9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9
Responsive Design for Web Access
9
Mobile Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated

Tableau Desktop Implementation

It's a little intimidating at first and required someone who had used it. Some official use case tutorials would be great.

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