Tableau - Analytics Leader
Updated March 16, 2016

Tableau - Analytics Leader

Sandeep Reddy Tippana | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop is being used for end user reporting mainly as a self service reporting model. It's used currently for general and category reporting including all aspects of business:
1. Reducing IT overhead
2. Increase flexibility in data analysis
3. Promote self service
  • Biggest strength of Tableau desktop is its abundant availability of visualization charts. This makes it easy for users/analysts for decision making rather than going through Raw data.
  • Ease of Use: This helps in a homogenous user interface.
  • Support: This tool supports all kinds of users from basic to advanced. No coding required thus reducing the IT overhead.
  • Data Integration: Tableau works well in merging third party data sources with the existing. This gives users flexibility in analyzing multi sources of data in a single place.
  • Column limit: There is a limit in displaying the number of columns to no more than 16 in the layout.
  • Initial Data Preparation: Users need to have some technical knowledge in order to prepare/massage the data for the analysis.
  • HANA Connectivity: Though Tableau connects to HANA well, the integration provided is not flexible at an enterprise level.
  • OLAP Connectivity: Integration with SAP BW is poor.
SAP Lumira starts off well with its ease of use but the number of visualizations are very limited in Lumira when compared to Tableau Desktop. Also the ability to customize the visualizations is limited. Its integration with the non SAP data sources is poor. Also, the components such as sliders, input controls that helps in what if analysis are not provided.Overall, SAP Lumira still is evolving where as Tableau is matured and stable.

Business objects suite has some limited self service capability but is not competitive
with the list of new products that are available in the market especially with Tableau. Dashboard Designer (previously known as Xcelsius) comes closer in look and feel of the output, but the development time is huge and the dashboards are not slice and dice ready and lastly it's not self servicing. Design Studio also has the same drawbacks along with lot of coding involved.

Well Suited for the department or business for the below reasons:
- Self Service - Reducing the dependency on IT thus increasing the flexibility to slice and dice the reports
- Ease of Use - No technical knowledge needed to start with. But, also supports SQL for advanced users
- Contemporary Visualizations - Rich and modern visualizations make users feel comfortable in data analysis
- Integration with third party data sources - epecially where the planning data is maintained in one system and actuals are maintained at another source

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
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
Role-Based Security Model
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Responsive Design for Web Access
Mobile Application
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile