Tableau is awesome!
May 04, 2016

Tableau is awesome!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Desktop

We have a new implementation of a data warehouse and Tableau will be the reporting mechanism.
  • The graphs are very easy to create!
  • Easy to design workbooks and graphs.
  • You can quickly see trends and anomalies in your data!
  • Add functionality to put a dashboard in a dashboard. Currently not available.
  • Add settings to help in the joining of tables. (IDs only, etc).
  • More work on extracts! They can still be slow and cumbersome.
I have used several reporting tools and Tableau is the best by far.
If you have a large database or subject area it is best to pare it down. Large volumes of data do not lend to fast performance in Tableau.

Tableau Desktop Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Customizable dashboards
Report Formatting Templates
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
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
Not Rated
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Responsive Design for Web Access
Not Rated
Mobile Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated

Evaluating Tableau Desktop and Competitors

Yes - We have Microsoft SSRS in house and write a lot of ad hoc reports. Tableau will reduce the number of reports needed and the interface is so much nicer!
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Prior Experience with the Product
  • Vendor Reputation
Tableau's product features made the decision an easy one. We wanted more visualizations and no one does it as well. The users are very happy with the tool. I was amazed that there were 10000 users at the conference and all were talking about how wonderful the tool was.
We wouldn't change it - we are very happy with Tableau.

Using Tableau Desktop

Besides my team we have several users developing reports and it has been a great experience.
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
Lots to learn
  • Graphing is easy to do. It gets harder when you have a particular graph capability that you must mimic.
  • Dashboards are super easy. Dashboard actions make the workbooks come alive.
  • Filtering and parameters are a great tool in the workbooks to limit your data down to a subset that you can analyze fully.
  • The calculations are a bit tricky.
  • Graphs that don't follow the popular path can be hard to create. It is not intuitive what to do "next".
Yes - I have not done this yet.