Oj's Review of Tableau Desktop
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 17, 2016

Oj's Review of Tableau Desktop

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Desktop

PointClickCare is an IT software product company and leading provider of cloud-based EHR platforms for the long-term health care industry. We use Tableau Desktop as part of the business intelligence and analytics suite of the EHR product. Tableau is used to massage the data and produce dynamic, user-interactive reports for PointClickCare.
  • Powerful visualization skills
  • Easy to implement Tableau Calculations to achieve complex BI level analysis and reporting
  • Integration with R
  • Fast report render speeds across multiple data sources, agnostic of the data source technology
  • Copy DS with Calculated Fields
  • Easier Edit of Custom Colors
  • Ability to Format Parameters and Filters individually
I am in complete agreement with the detailed Gartner Report. From a completeness of vision [standpoint], QlikView and Microsoft BI may have gotten a few steps ahead. However, from an implementation standpoint and ease of use, Tableau Desktop takes the cake. It's very easy for a non IT person to build a report from scratch merely by drag and drop. What is better than self-serve BI and Analytics? Questions are getting answered at the speed at which they are getting asked. Tableau can enable that.
Across technologies, it will seamlessly connect to data, allow joining, blending, aggregation, and custom SQL. The VizQL is a very fast and robust proprietor algorithm that enables Tableau Desktop to work fast with any data type.
Custom SQL can be created. VizQL joins can be crafted while keeping in mind the best practices. These data sources can be published to Tableau Server and used across an enterprise/organization/project/team.
Tableau Desktop gets most of the data analytics and reporting tasks done 100 fold times better than Excel and many fold times better than their closest competition in business intelligence and analytics.

Tableau Desktop Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
3
Customizable dashboards
10
Drill-down analysis
10
Formatting capabilities
8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
9
Report sharing and collaboration
9
Publish to Web
9
Publish to PDF
9
Report Versioning
6
Report Delivery Scheduling
9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
10
Predictive Analytics
8
Multi-User Support (named login)
9
Role-Based Security Model
7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9
Responsive Design for Web Access
10
Dedicated iOS Application
9
Dedicated Android Application
9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
8

Using Tableau Desktop

  • Ease of Use
  • A very intuitive GUI
  • Visual SQL
  • Pre-existing commonly used Reporting Functions
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Visualizations using drag and drop
  • Predictive Analysis, Regression, Trend, Correlation, Statistical calculations pre-built as functions
  • Ability to integrate data across multiple data sources, varying in technology on the same dashboard and making them react to user choices using parameters and easy to create calculated fields
  • Running/Weighted Averages
  • Dimensional Comparative using Window Calculations with data from a different dimension
Yes - Tableau Mobile has been recently launched. It allows Tableau Desktop like features on smartphones/tablets allowing the user to edit/tweak reports on the fly while using smart devices.