Tableau Desktop - The nuts and bolts of it.
Ron Rothstain | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 09, 2019

Tableau Desktop - The nuts and bolts of it.

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Desktop

We are transitioning all of the data from my department into Tableau so that it can be stored all in one place and visualized. I work for a university IT department that runs a helpline. Our organization collects data on the individuals that call for help. I am able to use Tableau to analyze the caller demographic data. In doing this I am able to get data-driven answers to questions like "what areas are most in need?", "are there certain populations that seem to be disproportionately impacted by our IT rollouts?", and "are there any trends in this caller data that would suggest we focus our resources on specific issues?".
  • Love the interface. It's very smooth and easy to connect multiple numbers of data points
  • Provided a lot of self-learning tutorials which are easy to follow
  • You can display info in different ways (categorical versus numerical)
  • User friendly and has clean display
  • Sometimes takes a while to refresh
  • A bit expensive
  • Pullind data, particularly if you are not familiar with SQL or other query languages, can be a bit challenging
Tableau Desktop is highly superior to the other comparable products I have used. Tableau is the best BI tool available in the market and it has a wide variety of use. It is easy to use and has many good visualizations. it has a large variety of data connections and can connect to almost every database.
Connecting to various data sources like Oracle, Snowflake and fetching data has been very easy. Data modelling is a breeze too. Publishing to Tableau Online or Tableau Public is very easy and is available from the Tableau Desktop menu. Publishing dashboards and data sources to the server is a smooth experience.
I can publish data to the server and my team can filter and customize the data for their particular needs. Tableau Desktop is an amazing tool for analyzing and displaying data. It is easy to use big data sets and make them into actionable data using Tableau visualizations. I like Tableau Desktop because it is easy to share dashboards and manage permissions and users.
It helps us to visualize and understand data. Helps in business analysis, predict market trends. Caters to the needs of an organization. Can be integrated with different kinds of data sources like Excel, CSV, different kinds of databases like Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle. On the other hand, need some understanding of statistics to use this software, cannot retrieve previous versions of the same file created. So, version management is a problem. Left joins cannot be created during data loading. These need to be created separately using blends.

Tableau Desktop Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
8
Customizable dashboards
10
Report Formatting Templates
10
Drill-down analysis
10
Formatting capabilities
10
Integration with R or other statistical packages
9
Report sharing and collaboration
10
Publish to Web
9
Publish to PDF
9
Report Versioning
9
Report Delivery Scheduling
9
Delivery to Remote Servers
9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9
Predictive Analytics
9
Multi-User Support (named login)
9
Role-Based Security Model
9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
10
Responsive Design for Web Access
10
Dedicated iOS Application
10
Dedicated Android Application
10
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
10
REST API
9
Javascript API
9
iFrames
8
Java API
9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
9
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
10