Review of Tableau Online
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 29, 2017

Review of Tableau Online

Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Online

Tableau Online was used to share analytics about finance/banking products with customers. This was used by the selected group in the organization to increase the level of engagement for the sales department for selling the product. This was usually used to address the complex pricing grids and hidden charges for personal loans, mortgages etc., with the competitors to make the pricing model as easy to understand as possible for better marketing the products.
  • Tableau Online handle the security areas very well for Operational security, User security, Data security, Network security and Application security.
  • Tableau Online infrastructure performs regular maintenance to ensure system stability, security, and performance. The data centers are equipped with fire suppression and other monitoring systems designed to detect environmental issues and respond to them before they cause an outage.
  • Tableau Online backup media is encrypted and always maintained in a secured facility. Disk-based backups are stored in secured data center facilities. Backups made to external backup providers are encrypted in transit and in storage. Only approved system administrators have access to backups.
  • Data blending has some limitations regarding non-additive aggregates such as COUNTD, MEDIAN, and RAWSQLAGG. Non-additive aggregates are aggregate functions that produce results that cannot be aggregated along a dimension. Instead, the values have to be calculated individually.
  • Tableau only shows the values that are represented in your data. If your data does not contain the complete range of values, the missing values will not be shown. For example, Sales Data for January to July and November through December. If there was no data recorded for August to November and if a line chart is created in Tableau, the missing months will not be shown. An option is to show the missing months to make it clear that there was no data recorded during that time.
  • Null values can sometimes appear in place of the data you want in the view when you use data blending.
Both Tableau Online and BI solutions provide visualizations. In Power BI we choose the visualization first, then drag the data into it. In Tableau, we select the data and switch between visualizations on the fly. It’s easier to jump between visualizations in Tableau. Power BI might be sluggish when working with extremely large datasets whereas Tableau online has an advantage in this area due to its extensive features.Power BI doesn’t have the ability to publish reports with all associated data which means some information can be left out of visualizations whereas Tableau online has a steep learning curve and flexible features.
Tableau online connects to many different data sources and can visualize larger data sets. Tableau online dashboard shows the basics of the users' data and moreover, the user can then drill down into data sets by downloading a worksheet and from that point, the user can apply various visualizations to the data. In Tableau online suppose you have transnational data stored in Salesforce and other relevant data is stored in an Excel workbook. The data that needs to combined is stored in different databases, and the granularity of the data captured in each table is different in the two data sources, then the data blending is the best way to combine this data. Tableau online live connections offer the convenience of real-time updates, with any changes in the data source reflected in Tableau. But live connections also rely on the database for all queries. And unlike extracts, databases are not always optimized for fast performance. With live connections, your data queries are only as fast as the database itself.

In Tableau Online, you set content permissions to specify who is allowed to work with which content resources on a particular site. example one can tightly restrict who has access to your company’s financial information but widely share organizational development content. Sharing Data that is after published workbook(s) to Tableau Online, one can share any view with anyone internally on site. Perhaps is needed one can show a coworker a certain visualization within the published workbook.One can format almost everything you see on a worksheet including the fonts, shading, alignment, borders, and graph lines.The Tableau Online infrastructure is hosted in a SAS-70 compliant data center that provides numerous controls and safeguards over customer data. Your data is your own, even when stored in Tableau Online.


Tableau is Yearly charged per user. It is Saas and Multi-Tenancy, secure and no access to other companies and it is maintained by Tableau. It cannot connect to cubes.Tableau Online means you don't have to worry about the scaling - it is just there and works. For those who don't have IT infrastructure to handle it, Tableau Online is a great alternative.

Tableau Online eliminates the need for a server environment, which includes hardware, deployment, and maintenance. Tableau Online can communicate directly with other cloud-based analytics services, such as Google BigQuery and Amazon Redshift. It also has compatibility with Salesforce and Google Analytics. From a cost analysis point Tableau Server environment is less than the Tableau Online considering the starting cost, configuration cost so for small and medium scale industry can go for a Server environment.

Tableau Online Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
9
Customizable dashboards
10
Report Formatting Templates
9
Drill-down analysis
5
Formatting capabilities
6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
2
Report sharing and collaboration
9
Publish to Web
9
Publish to PDF
9
Report Versioning
9
Report Delivery Scheduling
3
Delivery to Remote Servers
9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
10
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
5
Predictive Analytics
8
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
8
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
7
Javascript API
8
iFrames
Not Rated
Java API
Not Rated
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Not Rated
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Not Rated