Tableau Public is a great community-driven dashboard program
Leah Jakaitis | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 02, 2019

Tableau Public is a great community-driven dashboard program

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Tableau Public

Tableau Public was used during the initial onboarding stages of the Tableau platform (when we were making decisions about what dashboard program to implement organization-wide). It was used across the entire organization in different capacities: as an analyst, I primarily worked on requirements gathering for dashboards from clients and internal teams, and then built the dashboards to the gathered specifications. Data engineers built APIs and data pipelines to provide the requisite data to test the platform. Clients and internal team members used Tableau Public to view and present different reports based on the data from different platforms. Tableau Public, like Tableau (corporate or enterprise), is a dashboard program meant to work with large datasets and visualize and present that data in digestible formats. In this sense, it addresses the issues of understanding the story data tells: its viz capabilities are great for summarizing data (say, monthly spending performance), and identifying trends using different visualizations.
  • Data visualization: lots of different options, including bar, scatter, pie, waterfall charts to explore relationships between variables, and to present findings/trends to different teams
  • Integrates readily with limited, though different data sources: TXT, CSV, TDE, Access
  • Exports reports for review of different dashboards: client-ready/team-ready, with a clean and tidy presentation in PDF format (or hardcopy)
  • The biggest drawback to the Public version of Tableau is that any data used in the program is 'public' and therefore not secure: workbooks are saved to the cloud, rather than locally
  • Tableau Public limits data ingestion to 10 million rows per source
  • Limited connections - can't connect to SQL databases to ingest data (must be through CSV, Access, TDE, or text files)
Tableau Public is most similar to Google Data Studio in terms of being freely available for public use. However, its capabilities and sophisticated visualizations are far and beyond anything offered by Data Studio: Tableau is ideal for creating professional caliber workbooks and reports that combine visualizations, tables, and summary data - tailored with the color schemes and layout appropriate to the project or organization. In terms of basic functionality, Tableau Public is most similar to other BI / Viz programs like QlikView or Power BI, but remains the industry standard compared ot other options. I selected Tableau Public to get a feel for Tableau's capabilities against other competitors, and for professional reporting, analysis, and viz, there's nothing comparable on the market to Tableau's capabilities: even with the truncated ingestion options in the Public version, it still outshines Qlik, Power BI, and Datastudio -- especially because it's freely available.
Tableau Public is different from Tableau (Corporate or Enterprise) because it is a free version of the popular dashboard program. It incentivizes purchasing the full version by limiting connectivity and data ingestion capabilities. Tableau Public can ingest CSV, TDE, Access, and XLS files - but cannot connect to a SQL or data warehouse instance to ingest big datasets. Additionally, dataset sizes are limited in the Public version: ingestion is capped at ten million lines in the Public version.
Data can be refreshed and for large sets (>1 million rows) can take a little bit: from a few minutes to half an hour.
Tableau Public requires workbooks to be uploaded to the cloud, rather than saved locally. As a result, there is no meaningful expectation of privacy/security to using Tableau Public: no passwords or security are implemented with any dashboards created in Tableau Public. Report formatting and distribution is a snap and built into the platform. Templates can be imported and used across multiple workbooks to streamline formatting and have it match organizational / project design preferences.
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Tableau Public is great, especially if you're new to the platform or considering implementing it within an organization. The Public version has most of the capabilities of the full version, with extensive community documentation to troubleshoot issues you may run into. Additionally, there are many resources to check out Public workbooks from other users and communities: a GREAT learning resource to figure out new, innovative ways to visualize and present data. It is perfect for evaluating public datasets, for doing exploratory data analysis, or contributing to cross-organizational or extracurricular projects that may benefit from more sophisticated data analysis and exploration. Tableau Public, because it stores to the cloud and has limitations on connectivity (ie, cannot connect to SQL servers) is not suited for confidential, financial, PII, etc., data, and care should be taken to avoid including sensitive data in any of the Tableau Public workbooks used by an individual or organization.

Tableau Public Feature Ratings

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