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Tableau Desktop - A Great BI Product
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December 19, 2018

Tableau Desktop - A Great BI Product

Score 9 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Desktop

It is used across the organization. All kinds of departments inside our company use Tableau. It solves hundreds of business problems. Tableau users report on the sales, revenue, quotes, product development and lots of other business processes. Data Sources like SAP BW, and Salesforce are slow when it comes to reporting on millions of rows of data. Tableau makes it easier for us to report on all this stuff.
  • Scalability of Tableau is amazing. We have thousands of users who interact with the Tableau reports on a daily basis without any major issues. It is exactly like the bigger organizations like us need.
  • Ease of use is another thing that is very good about Tableau. With a very less training, a user can start creating basic reports. As there are many Tableau users around the world, we get a lot of materials, videos online very easily.
  • Beautiful visualizations are the best part of Tableau. Once you get the hang of Tableau, you can impress your boss by creating visually appealing dashboards. Many types of charts are available in Tableau, but if not, you will always find a way to create the visualization you need. Tableau never disappoint you.
  • When creating a data source that needs several tables to be joined together, Tableau does its thing by loading the metadata, executing a query and loading data for preview. It does it after each and every join condition. Basically, every time you add a join condition you wait for a minute to create another one. God bless you if you are joining ten tables. There has to be way to pause this data load or at least some part of it to make this process faster.
  • We had this issue of connection looping with Tableau. Even with a good connection, Tableau ask us to reconnect to the data source. This thing goes in an infinite loop until you hit "No" or "Cancel". And it doesn't exactly show in the log that why is it doing that. Logging needs to be improved.
  • Tableau doesn't like Star or Snowflake schema even with a columnar database. We have these big Star schema (some of them are a little snowflaked) that we tried to load in Tableau. But they were slow. We converted those to the flat tables and Tableau works great with it.
Pentaho has fewer visualizations and they haven't been making a lot of improvements in their visualization space. You can't really add a lot of customized visualizations as well. If Tableau has 100 features then Pentaho Analyzer has 10 with no ray of hope for improvements. Their ETL tool is actually the best in market. Tableau wins this game.

I haven't used Qlik Sense a lot, but just evaluated it. It is a pretty good tool but not as good as Tableau really. Data source preparation is fancy in Qlik Sense but it is easier in Tableau. I don't know much about Qlik's visualizations.
Tableau Desktop can connect to variety of data sources including, relation databases, columnar database and NoSQL databases. It has connectorts for Salesforce, SAP, Amazon and Google data sources which make it even better. You can join the tables from different data sources without any issues. Data blending is an another pretty good feature of Tableau.
Tableau Desktop supports anonymous access that makes it easier to embed the dashboards on a third-party portal like Confluence. I like the concept of Tableau security groups but, access becomes very difficult when it comes to providing dashboard access to an individual to an existing dashboard on Tableau server especially with many views. I think Tableau has fixed view level access issues in 2018.2 release. Administrator controls to access control capabilities is easy and it is very good.
Tableau Desktop is just for creating visualizations. You can't expect it to clean your data completely. Don't use it if data cleaning is your objective. It is best to give it a cleaned data. You can try Tableau's data prep tool. Use Tableau if you are not a pro SQL coder and you want beautiful visualizations.

Tableau Desktop Feature Ratings

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