The joyous ride to developing interactive dashboards with Tableau
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May 31, 2016

The joyous ride to developing interactive dashboards with Tableau

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Desktop

We are constantly expanding the tool sets at our office so we can provide our users and stakeholders with richer more visually appealing information in a variety of formats. Tableau desktop helps us develop three such deliverable types in ou portfolio - an online public version of a dashboard, a securely sealed Cloud environment dashboard and an alternative to sending humongous Excel files by sending Tableau workbooks with Tableau reader instructions. All three are unique solutions in terms of data deliverables and though other softwares meet similar criteria, the data compression capability is no where close to Tableau workbooks.
  • Data compression capability
  • Snappier GUI interface for happier analyst experiences
  • Leading the industry in visually appealing visuals
  • Loads of customization possible
  • Availability of loads of resources online
  • Lots of users to share their experiences and problems online
  • User service/support from Tableau after product sale needs improvement
  • Many new generation visuals need to be added to defaults and automatic graphs (eg. Sankey, decision trees etc.)
  • Industry specific solutions can help a lot
  • Cost is very high (especially for higher education institutions and non-profits)
It is easier to start with Tableau. The out of the box ready feel is more with Tableau than any of the other BI products. Product scalability is at a steep cost with Tableau but it gives the possibility to begin small and then grow as it proves its capability as compared to all other products that need a massive single purchase. I love the fact that users come up to us and ask for reports in Tableau because it is so popular that lots of people have never used it but like to see their data reports in tableau just because they saw some other data report in tableau in a news article or somewhere else on a website.
Tableau has an ever growing range of data sources. They just added the capability to import SAS, SPSS and other statistical data sets to develop reports. Merging and data manipulation is easy but needs a little user training. Real-time connections are fast and efficient and the push update feature does not even let the user realize when the data got upgraded on the background.
Tableau has a scalable buying model when it comes to sharing and collaboration. You can start with the basic free Tableau Public to share with the world, make your stakeholders realize the importance of having more capability and then go to the cheaper access controlled cloud sharing environment and as your user base grows you can get a server for a named user license and eventually an enterprise suite if your user base grows tremendously. Though this also makes it costly, for non profits this helps with proving the capability of the product, showing the ROI to stakeholders and obtaining funding without stopping to scale in your work. It is a joyous ride with tableau as you increase your capacity and make the case for the next big product.
Tableau Desktop is very much in sync to the new world of big data and data visualization for amazing analytics. Its user GUI is so simplistic that we let new employees especially interns, students and temporary workers start development using ready datasets in tableau. They gain useful experience and we get much more ROI on the short working periods of these employees as they are able to learn fast and produce data reports faster. Users too love the interface and our capabilities to make small tweaks for them easily.

Tableau Desktop Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
10
Customizable dashboards
9
Report Formatting Templates
8
Drill-down analysis
9
Formatting capabilities
9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
10
Report sharing and collaboration
10
Publish to Web
10
Publish to PDF
10
Report Versioning
8
Report Delivery Scheduling
7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9
Predictive Analytics
7
Multi-User Support (named login)
9
Role-Based Security Model
8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9
Responsive Design for Web Access
7
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
7

Using Tableau Desktop

ETL data analyst, Data scientists, Predictive modelers, Directors, Asst Directors and even Asst VP
1 - None. Just search world wide web for solutions. Plenty of user experiences out there to support your users
  • Creating public dashboards to put on website
  • replacing excel workbooks with tableau workbooks to make it more interactive than just slicers
  • making colorful reports while still being colorblind friendly with a click of a button
  • University Factbook
  • Benchmarking dashboards for performance comparison using public datasets
  • Performance benchmarking for IT staff
  • The move from being a total SAS shop to having a product in the portfolio that is non very SAS supportive was the most unexpected move
  • Publishing dashboards to our website without actually having a web programmer on board
  • Capacity building model that helps us scale by making a small purchase and then growing the product use

Evaluating Tableau Desktop and Competitors

  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
  • Analyst Reports
Capability to publishing to web
Scalable pricing model
Product reputation
I would just make it faster. The process worked very slow in obtaining the product.

Tableau Desktop Implementation

Easy to implement
Scalable
know your needs
Change management was minimal
  • Cost was transparent but cumbersome to come up with enterprise figures
  • Need evaluation was an issue

Tableau Desktop Support

Online User community support is the major win-win for everyone using Tableau
No - Non profits do not have that flexibility of paying for support
Product buy- My product buy cycle was as long as 2 years with so much analysis comparison and discussion done by the stakeholders one the worth of another BI spending. Tableau sales executive was patient and responsive enough to every nerdy question they were asked

Using Tableau Desktop

Easy to use, quick to set up, very scalable, instantly develop reports, lots of data connectivity, user community that is very helpful and very huge, less programming more gui based, pleasant colors
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
  • Creating charts
  • developing dashboards
  • building complicated joints in datasets when importing data
  • exporting entire dashboard to pdf
  • navigating the different filter types