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Tableau Desktop review by <span>Michelle D.</span>
Michelle D.
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"Fantastic visualization software"

What do you like best?

Tableau has brought my department and our website into the 21st century. Making interactive dashboards and graphs has made a huge difference to the quality of our website and quality of our internal documents and presentations. Tableau does take some time to learn, but the capabilities of this program go way above and beyond anything else I have ever used. If there is a function you would like to do that is not supported with the point-and-click features of the program, you can write your own script, which is amazing.

What do you dislike?

Tableau is expensive, and the vendors will definitely continue to try to push more paid products, such as Tableau server. If you are able to properly mask identifiers out from your data, Tableau Desktop + Tableau Public are great. It does have a bit of a learning curve, but they offer plenty of support tutorials.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to train on it initially. It will make the process so much easier. The time spent will pay off!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Tableau for online dashboards. Using interactive features, we are able to cut down on a lot of employee work time because folks who need data from us can now go to the website and filter on the dashboards without ever needing to have access to the individual-level data.

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Tableau Desktop review by <span>Andrew D.</span>
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"Gets the Job Done, but Be Prepared for Setup Time"

What do you like best?

It does a great job of mixing data sources through it's proprietary blending and joining tools. For example, You can have a live SQL connection with a pre-saved query that joins to an Excel spreadsheet on your desk that acts as a crosswalk for a set of fields if need be.

What do you dislike?

It's truly a "blank slate" and it takes time and effort to get your dashboards off the ground before you can publish them for your end users. The gains are there, as these "sandboxes" are self-serve and self-updating for your users, but the human capital it requires to get off the ground can be daunting.

Also, I wish that Tableau had a built-in Geocaching tool, as it';s ability to do long-Lad work is dependent on your ability to feed those tools into the system. Direct integration with Google Maps API is a non-starter since we deal with API, so it'd be nice if there was an add-in directly within Tableau.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have the Human Capital needed for setup and buy-in from Leadership, as this is an "all-in" solution that will require work before producing fruit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've built entire "cubes" in Tableau which are able to churn through lots of data to do specific tasks (One particular cube would churn through 1,000,000+ lines of patient data to calculate weighted averages) and some basic graphs that auto-refresh for certain users. We're currently integrating Tableau at our current organization and using mapping and SQL to do analysis regarding the distance our patients travel to Pomona Valley Hospital within our service area.

What Self-Service Business Intelligence solution do you use?

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Tableau Desktop review by <span>Rahul S.</span>
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"Visualize everything and anything "

What do you like best?

This platform has changed the way data used to flow from an analysts work desk to that of the audience. With simple visualizations, filters, dashboards it has made visualization easy and accessible to millions of people around the globe.

What do you dislike?

The biggest disadvantage for this platform is that once you make your visualization public everyone has an access to it. they can download and manipulate it. Though it helps the community grown but the security issue that comes up becomes a major concern for some companies with sensitive data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Clean the data first, since Tableau cannot read a lot of formats. If you data is not clean the tool cannot do much. Also one you are inside the tool have a flow of what you want to do ready so that the tons of options do not confuse or mislead you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using this platform to analyse data , exploratory data analysis, formulate visualizations and make presentations to clients.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Armando E.</span>
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"Tableau review"

What do you like best?

very simple and intuitive drag and drop interface with auto summarization that allows you to get results right away.

I like how in a single interface you can do crosstab and summary reports combined with list detailed reports and combine each of those into a dashboard and even dripp up and down through hierarchies

What do you dislike?

the functionality is limited, it is not possible to build complex reports like joining data sets with different levels of granullarity and still get correct roll-ups.

U dont like the fact that is not possible to define different types of roll-ups for different dimensions like Time, like doing a average or last period roll-up over time dimension and aritmethic sum over other dimensions.

Not being able to export properly to excel is a big pain. All end users from any company were born with Excel and they will never give it away, it is the most comfortable tool for consumer type of user although DWH administrators do not like it. Excel is unavoidable and we should deal with and find a way to integrate it rather than exclude it from the tech stack.

Recommendations to others considering the product

although I think is going in the right direction, the lack of complex modeling is very painful

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Operational reporting and dashboards. End users are more capable of doing self-service reports without IT crowd intervention given the easy user interface. Report sharing through Table Web portal is very helfull and allows the user community to speak the same language

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Cameron L.</span>
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"Tableau is the most easy-to-use and visually impressive data visualization tool I've ever used."

What do you like best?

The visuals are stunning! I've used a lot of different software for run and/or visualize data analytics and none of them come close to this level of quality in the output. It's also incredibly easy to use.

What do you dislike?

Automation isn't as simple/useful as it is with other software, such as R. Another strange, yet very real, dislike it that the software may be too easy to use. The only reason that's a problem is because I've see people without experience in data analytics/statistics create charts, interpret the results, and deliver very inaccurate insights to their DMs. This isn't really a problem with the software, but companies need to make sure that their analysis is run by qualified employees. It's also a big expensive, but maybe that's because I'm used to open source software (R).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau offers a free trial. Download it and toss in some data to seem what it's capable of, how much better its output looks than other software's output, and how easy it is to use. Unless you need frequent automation, you'll like the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We run analytics for other companies, and our clients are frequently blow away by the level of depth and quality of our reports. It's great with marketing/sales data, product data, operations/financial data, Research Data, and anything else you can throw at it. We use it most frequently to visualize Customer Lifetime Value to our clients.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Maxwell J.</span>
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"Tableau Desktop - Where data speaks"

What do you like best?

The best part about Tableau desktop is the ease of use. I use it every day and I think that a huge reason for that is how comfortable it was to learn the software. Although, this is due to me putting in the time to learn how to leverage the platform. But I couldn't do my job without this tool.

What do you dislike?

My only gripe with Tableau Desktop would have to be that there wasn't a whole lot of resources for me to get acquainted with the platform. I do dislike for how robust it is, Tableau hasn't quite gotten to the point where they can showcase all of the different features that are available. It would be really nice if they could almost format some of the available features with separate toolboxes instead of hiding some of the best features in the tabs above.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I honestly believe that Tableau Desktop is the optimal tool to analyze any and all data. I don't know what else I would use to get the kind of information that I receive from analyzing my data in Tableau Desktop.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Tableau Desktop to optimize all of my marketing campaigns. The benefits that can come from this optimization could be savings worth up to hundreds of thousands. Not to mention raising the ROI on almost every campaign I run after optimizing. This has been crucial since I currently work with 20+ vendors every quarter.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Dana B.</span>
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"Great Reporting Tool or Pivot on Steroids "

What do you like best?

I am a Tableau power user, thought I am only scratching on the surface of all its capabilities. The options for reporting are endless and data can be pulled in from data bases or imported directly from Excel.

What do you dislike?

When we run issues with data sources we always depend on help from the tech team. Software updates also only work when we update our data bases as well, so sometimes it takes some time until we are able to take advantage of new features etc. With the latest update I've also experiences problems with frequent crashing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't get overwhelmed by the setup process and just play with it. It's a very powerful tool that makes data analysis easy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Tableau to combine a number of data sources and report on performance of all different channels and programs that drive traffic to our websites. It's most used by the marketing team for all paid acquisition channels.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Greg P.</span>
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"The Industry Standard Data Visualization Tool"

What do you like best?

Lots of Data Connectors

Almost unlimited Data Viz Potential

Big community for support

Polished Vizzes that are easy to create

Easy to create multi-chart Dashboards that can interact with each other.

Quick data to insight ability (as long as your data is OK)

What do you dislike?

Tableau is not a data warehouse, so you cannot assume you can load entire tables with multi-million row datasets into it and expect your fully interactive dashboard to perform. Perhaps with a later version this will be addressed.

While almost any kind of Viz is possible in Tableau it is not immediately obvious to what is possible. So there is a learning curve involved. Once you get it though, you get it.

Can be slow working with large datasets.

Tableau interface can incorrectly assume what viz you are after.

Tableau's customer support is not so good anymore

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want an industry standard tool for Visualizations then Tableau is a good answer. There is a huge user base that you can rely on for support. Tableau as an organisation seems to be very passionate about their users and product, they are here to stay.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Analytics around our customer funnel (Signup/Confirm/Convert)

- Analytics around our customer usage

- Accounting reports

- Presenting Company goal performance

- Historical Reports

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Joyce L.</span>
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"Why use Tableau for visual reporting"

What do you like best?

Easily accessible anytime/anywhere for clients, automated a lot of manual updated to charts and graphs in excel that were pdf and emailed out.

More robust visualization of data and metrics that were not available in excel, SAS or business objects

What do you dislike?

some of the functionality that was easy to create/change in excel has to be manipulated in Tableau to get the same results

Recommendations to others considering the product

Evaluate the time and resources currently dedicated to maintaining reporting/metrics that could be shifted to analytics using Tableau. Also great way to present data vs. the usual power point presentations that take time to create/update for each meeting.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Time efficiency : daily reporting is now automatically updated from SQL server

More analytics: time is now spent on analytics with data and easier to report and visualize for executive leadership levels

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Amanda P.</span>
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"Best in class for dashboards"

What do you like best?

It's a great tool for data visualizations and reporting.

What do you dislike?

Many things that seem like they should be simple actually are not. There are work arounds, level of detail formulas, and the like to handle many of the issues. But at the end of the day you should pair tableau with Alteryx or another data cleansing tool. It speeds things up and helps tableau understand the data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is a learning curve but it's worth learning. It's a good tool on its own. It's fantastic when paired with Alteryx.

Side note to the questionaire.. I don't know what the context is of more or less. I answered as what I use it for more or less.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All of our reports are created and published with Tableau Desktop. It handles large amounts of data well, depending on what you are trying to accomplish.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Ignasi P.</span>
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"One of the best data analysis softwares"

What do you like best?

The amount of external integrations you can connect and the way you can merge, mix and cross multisources of data is phenomenal. Also you can export the data into different formats and use them with other softwares to complement and increase the power of Tableau

What do you dislike?

The graphical output could be improved in terms of visual information. Sometimes the graphical options and the user experience, you have for representing complex data are not the optimal for your requirements

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau is undoubtely a very good option for data analysis. The learning curve can be hard at the begining but after the juice you can extract is valuable for decisions based on data

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Tableau as the main analytical tool for reporting and creating insights by connecting our internal database, google analytics, and other third party sources

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Wendy G.</span>
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"Tableau Data Visualization"

What do you like best?

coming from the old school of Microsoft SSRS, Crystal Reports, Business Objects, tableau is so easy to use. You can design a sharp dashboard quickly.

Features are great, once you understand the console and green and blue pills

The community is the best. Each time i run into a roadblock, google leads me to community and users who have taken the time to share their solutions. Tableau users are so enthusiastic to share their visualizations, solutions, and workarounds.

The company also responds well to user requests. They did so by launching new features in 10.5 (read my blog to learn my favorite enhancements in Tableau 10.5! https://www.captechconsulting.com/blogs/my-five-favorite-enhancements-in-tableau)

Tableau is a deep product. there is so much below the standard bar charts and cross tabs, if you know how to or take the time to learn.

What do you dislike?

Some functionality seems like it should be out of the box. In my experience being good at tableau entails being creative at workarounds. I love and get frustrated by this.

clear all filters, navigation buttons (aside from story points), reference line tooltip customization are a few. i'm not saying these are simple to code for.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data driven insights. various operational reporting. on the fly data analysis

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Shreya D.</span>
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"Tableau - A tool for Data Visualization"

What do you like best?

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. The latest version of tableau allows data from different sources to be accessed at the same time from different sources and create cross data joins. This helps in the analytics tremendously. Custom geographic locations can also be created using latest version of tableau.

What do you dislike?

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. Dashboard interface is not easy to use. It's difficult to adjust and place the different sheets in dashboard while working on a laptop. takes up a lot of memory. High license cost. The data cleansing features of tableau needs to be improvised. It understands data only in certain predefined format. Loading and refreshing data is slow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use tableau if you don't want to code. You can analyze the data in charts, bar graphs, pie diagrams form. This kind of visualization helps the marketing team to study the data.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business Intelligence tool: Analyze sales, predict business trends, analyze profits/loss, analyze ROI. The enterprise data analysis has helped in making decisions and improve business.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Sarit S.</span>
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"Very easy to learn and use. Build industry standard eye catching visualization."

What do you like best?

Flawless drag and drop capability followed by automatic chart selection based on the data. Its capability to aggregate data in the visualizations at different dimension level using LOD expressions. High speed data extract creation and faster vizs.

What do you dislike?

No easy way for nested sorting based on the desired dimension level.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Creation of extracts from a data table of over a billion records in Google Big Query might be difficult. Multiple times it failed to created for me.

Apart from this, as long as the data table isn't that big, Tableau works great. Great tool when it comes to ad hoc programming and really a best way for users like me to easily surprise supervisors.

After the inclusion of Hyper, data extracts creation now are very fast.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

internal data KPIs. Fast and effective way of showing data anomalies.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Vipul S.</span>
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"Ease to use-> Basic Knowledge Needed"

What do you like best?

1. Drag & Drop Facility. User-friendly and basic knowledge of Database is needed.

What do you dislike?

License is expensive. 3d Graphs should be implemented in this.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I will suggest this tool for those people who want to analyze their data but don't want to put more efforts in writing query each time. In this, you only need a basic knowledge of joining table and know how the tables are linked to each other. You only need to write query in very rare case. And the tool is very fast in giving the analyses. The only thing is that you may forget how to write query after using this software. But your logic will be strong.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving about how many sells we have done in a month, week, quarter and year. Pictorial representation helps in understanding the trend of sales.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Marty A.</span>
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"Tableau developer Expert (Jedi)"

What do you like best?

Ease of use and ability to quickly get started with no previous experience. A natural path from excel analysis to Tableau.

Once you get started, you can share insights with others and then iterate through improved versions taking advantage of powerful features.

Tableau desktop always encourages visualization best practices.

What do you dislike?

I often find myself having to reshape the data slightly to make it easier for creating the visualizations. Tableau has made huge improvements in lightweight data prep within Tableau. They are addressing this issue by introducing a self-service data prep tool, shortly by Q4 2017 or soon after.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The popularity of Tableau has proved to be an excellent resource for training our developers, finding short-term resources and getting answers to questions through Tableau's FREE training site, in addition to Forums and user groups. As with most software try before you buy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

What business problems are we not solving with Tableau Desktop? Everything from lead generations to workforce management. Financial analysis and both internal facing and customer facing dashboards. We are seeing better decision making by being able to track our marketing efforts and creating efficiencies in teams to be able to better help our customers, in turn, helping ourself and increasing revenue.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Kaylee A.</span>
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"Great Visualization Service"

What do you like best?

I like that everything is drag and drop, which makes experimenting with different visualizations very easy. Also that the visualizations update automatically when you make changes to the data in your excel document.

What do you dislike?

There is not much that I dislike, but sometimes the system gets confused when you upload multiple sheets from a single excel document.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for those who have experience with visualizing, but best for those who have little to no experience. If you have a lot of experience with visualization, you may find that the software doesn't fit all of your needs or do everything you want it to do.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I teach this software in my art markets classes, where our teaching team shows students how to visualize non-conventional data. Because it is so easy to use, our humanities students who are not often exposed to data visualization prior to taking our classes really benefit from this software and are able to learn how to use data efficiently even in non-STEM fields.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Jake D.</span>
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"Tableau is the benchmark"

What do you like best?

Everything. I suppose if I had to pick then it would be the drag-n-drop. Sure, there are other tools out there that have the same feature, but the implementation is superb. The Tableau team really hit the mark for overall business impact.

What do you dislike?

Occasionally I run up against the limits of available memory, so it would be nice if there was an easy way to boost the compute abilities. Unfortunately that is more of a hardware issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it, play with it. Engage with the community. It is a powerful tool in the right hands.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Departmental metrics are so easy to create and publish. We use it for much more than that, of course. I have used it to publish visuals of telematics fault data by GPS clustered locations.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Telecommunications
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"Great app for tabulating survey data"

What do you like best?

I love how detailed the customization capabilities are. In addition to the customization, you have the ability to drill down to very specific details regarding specific pieces of information gathered through the survey questions.

What do you dislike?

It takes a lot of effort to get everything set up to where you can gain meaningful insights from the data gathered. Also, it tends to be a little slow when bringing up results to review for different options - although that could be due to the amount of data being sorted from our surveys.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau is a great product for taking deep dives into the granular details of survey completion data. I strongly recommend it to those businesses that rely heavily on surveys and the data they collect.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are utilizing it with a pilot program, which is reviewing surveys taken by our customers. It is calculating our response rate and allowing us to tweak our surveys to solicit a higher take rate amongst the survey recipients.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Maddie C.</span>
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"The New Must Have Product"

What do you like best?

Tableau allows time of reporting that keeps users up to date with everything and anything they need to do their job, as well as keeping it user-friendly and clean.

What do you dislike?

Some parts of using Tableau as a user rather than the administrator can be confusing, but as long as you know what you're looking for, it's pretty easy to get around.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take any trainings available to help you understand Tableau and how to use it effectively and appropriately, and you will be able to use this to your advantage every single day.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have not been able to rely on other systems and products in the past for financial reporting, and this has made it completely easy and useful.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Consumer Goods
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"Tableau Desktop-2 Year User"

What do you like best?

Tableau desktop is very easy to use and extremely user friendly. I am sent a link that I am able to save to my computer and easily access the desktop. There is also an app that you can download and is also easy to use. All of the information I need to track my sales goals and yearly sales are in one spot for convince.

What do you dislike?

Tableau will often log me out and I will hav eta log back in, in a short amount of time. Also some data will lag behind therefore not all data is year to date.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I really like Tableau! Simply put it makes hard to read data easy for everyone to understand!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Tableau desktop primarily to check how my sales accounts are tracking vs how much time has elapsed in the quarter in order to meet my sales goals. I use it to track my individual budget sales goal, my distribution of product, call coverage and total sales all in one space.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Higher Education
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"Great Visualization Tool"

What do you like best?

Easy to use interface and has great reporting features, great for big data as well. Even if you do need strong analytics, it has very useful partnerships and integration with other software packages.

What do you dislike?

It isn't very strong in its analytics, named for predictive analysis, however for basic functions it does a great job, far better option than Excel if you're going to be dealing with lots of data, especially if that data is from different sources as it can run joins across tables.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is great for creating reports of existing data if you are not in need of strong analytics, especially for predictive analysis. However if you have that data available, it will be excellent in visualizing it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Tableau for reporting views of candidates for various job positions we have open. The self-service aspect is great as users can adjust the view to their needs. And creating the visualizations themselves is very easy to do and much more efficient visually appealing than Excel most of the time.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Lingjing S.</span>
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"Powerful but not flawless"

What do you like best?

The table calculation is really powerful and convenient. Calculated Field and Parameters are also very useful. This is much better than Google Dashboard. With these features, SQL queries can be simplified and let Tableau do the rest of the job.

What do you dislike?

Once the tab name is changed and uploaded to the server, the previous link will break. Compared to excel, it lacks the flexibility to make pretty front. When I search for specific functionality usages, the tableau community or help page sometimes show very old pages and those pages never get updated.

When putting multiple sheets in dashboard, the shape or the length of the container won't adjust according to the the length of the data rows returned.

When switch data source in one sheet, all other sheets that use same data source will also be changed.

The integration with R is not that powerful. A lot of useful visualization or analysis functions in R are not support in Tableau.

The subscription feature can be improved so that users will not get report if anomaly is detected in the data.

The integration with presto is not good. It works fine in desktop but when the report is uploaded to server there will sometimes be an error message and users can't open the report on server.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau Report can be very customized whether for daily reporting or for adhoc analysis.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tableau Desktop can help to provide Customized Business Report. It can also help to visualize the data without using R or python. Very convenient tool to explore the data at early stage of analysis.

Tableau Desktop review by Consultant in Financial Services
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"Very User Friendly"

What do you like best?

The Tableau Community is very helpful every time I stall and need help with a visualization. Tableau Public is amazing! It allows me to learn from other users and professionals and improve my work.

What do you dislike?

Some basic visuals, such as selecting top 10% of a category and the next 10% and highlighting these take up quite a bit of time. They require creating parameters and sets. Some of these tasks are a lot easier and faster in Excel

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are trial and beta versions available, so I highly recommend before you settle on a BI tool, to try Tableau.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating visuals for presentations, to reflect insights, consulting on partner projects. Benefits are that Tableau can handle a large volume of data and is quicker at processing than Excel. Compared to other visualization software, such as Power BI, Tableau takes up less space and is a lot more user-friendly. Easy to drag and drop and also easy to teach others how to use the software.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Sajid S.</span>
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"Best Visualization Software !"

What do you like best?

- The simplicity and ease of use.

- Can create and deploy analytical dashboards quickly.

- Has a lot of inbuilt features that can be used for complex statistical analysis.

- Can create your own calculations for the graphs.

- Can connect to various data sources to get your data.

- Can Process multiple data sources at merge them inside Tableau

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What do you dislike?

- Tableau still has to iron out few small bugs that arise while normal operations.

- New updates that rollout sometimes mess with current version of dashboards.

- Once dashboard created in older versions is opened in newer versions do not work in older versions anymore.

Recommendations to others considering the product

- Do try it out. you can use the free trial to test it out.

- Tableau even provides free year of license to students.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Tableau eliminates the need to write custom Javascript code to create visualization on the web.

- It can help understand insights in data that are not possible using normal analysis on data.

- it exceeds in its field when compared with other tools like excel and qlikview in providing indepth anaylsis functions that are ready to use.

- You can integrate big data, external maps, custom geocoding which is sometimes required but not easily implemented.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Arpit K.</span>
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"Visualize Data like never before"

What do you like best?

The whole platform and the plethora of features Tableau offers is just great. I love how easy it is to upload the data and start working on the analysis and visualizations. The features of data manipulation,

What do you dislike?

The one thing I dislike is the security of your work on the public tableau, this can be improved upon. Otherwise, I have used this extensively and have enjoyed working on it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to get an interactive tool for exploratory and data analysis, tableau is the one. Get it and start having fun with data.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used tableau for possibly all my exploratory analysis before starting to actually work on the data. finding correlations, outliers, density, tableau provides everything, combining features, binning, you can customize variables according to your need.

Then, Tableau is also the best tools out there to visualize your analysis, making data speak through visualizations, dashboards is a great way to present your findings and results.

Tableau Desktop review by User
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"Best visualization software for instant insights, highly customizable and shareable dashboards"

What do you like best?

Drag and drop, easy mapping built-in, can analyze as fast as you can think, for survey can pivot data quickly from wide to long dataset and then plot all questions WAY faster, table calculations, easily import any kind of data, easy to clean data. Can interact with the visualizations and create dashboards and stories easily

What do you dislike?

That it costs more and that more people aren't using it yet to easily share things with them. I work a lot with partner organizations/governments in developing countries and they can't afford Tableau Desktop and Tableau Public is nice but you can't keep things as private and secure

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is definitely the future. You no longer need to be a nerdy programmer to be savvy data analyst. I think more universities should start teaching data analysis and cleaning with Tableau right off the bat because it's visual and therefore you get instant visual feedback from filtering out certain rows. Then after one REALLY understands data, then it makes more sense to learn an older less visual software like SAS so you have better tuition about what SAS is doing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Analyzing survey data, creating interactive dashboards and maps for public health/epidemiology dat

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Alexander C.</span>
Alexander C.
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"It's the best in class data visualizer, but has a big learning curve"

What do you like best?

Tableau is really great at handling large data sets. I've dropped in files that have tens of millions of rows of data, in addition to multiple connections and data attributes, and as long as I extract a .twb file local version on my computer it's very quick.

The other thing I like is the customizable data after you've imported. For example - if I had a data property that wasn't being calculated correctly, I can convert data, write custom formulas to better analyze and more. Their visualization tool is also the best I've used.

What do you dislike?

It has a BIG learning curve, and it sometimes not user-friendly. I understand that it's a complex product, but it's the same amount of effort as learning excel as a true beginner IMO. I spent enough time messing things up in Tableau that I *eventually* learned it, but it took me a while. It can also be slow to load large data sets initially.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to find online resources.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Tableau to visualize all of our data and make it digestible to understand trends/areas of improvement. One of the things we love to do is see trends that may not be noticeable from just looking at the raw data.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Government Administration
User in Government Administration
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"Powerful and Flexible Data Visualization"

What do you like best?

Tableau is extraordinarily flexible. You can import data from virtually any source and integrate it with data from virtually any OTHER source and manipulate it into maps, charts, graphs, bubbles, lines, etc...whatever type of tool that makes trends and outliers pop out of the crowd.

What do you dislike?

Like most complex software packages, Tableau isn't very intuitive. But, if you are familiar with Excel Pivot charts, you can kludge your way through. Tableau is expensive! And if you want to share your workbook, you either have to have a Tableau Server ($$$) put it on the public tableau cloud server (privacy concerns) or the person you are sharing with has to have Tableau or a free Tableau reader app. Not a deal breaker, by any means, but not ideal.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tableau is allowing us to move off of obsolete analytics packages and (hopefully) will open up new ways to look at our data. We're able to do all of our analysis via Tableau vs. having to piece things together separately from a few different software packages (e.g. Datamart/Hyperion, Excel, DB2.) We can do it all in one place.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Information Services
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"Tableau - The Visualization tool"

What do you like best?

Amazing visualizations of data in real time to get quick insights. Its really useful because of many build in features and drag drop features. Just load a source of data and it just prompts you various ways you can visualize data

What do you dislike?

There is nothing much i dislike about this tool. I would appreciate more options to write SQL inside tableau which will be useful for data aggregation. For mathematical calculations too, I would say some more options will be helpful

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definite tool if you have loads of data to visualize quickly. Accepts most of the data sources. If you have disparate data sources like a database and some in excel, its really helpful since you can join data inside tableau itself!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Amazing data visualizations are possible really quickly with tableau. It helps you quickly get insights on large datasets by quick drag and drop. Inbuilt maps help with geographic data visualization pretty quickly.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Mayand T.</span>
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"Great easy to use BI Tool & Great for visualizations "

What do you like best?

What I liked best was that how easy it is to visualize any structured data using Tableau within minutes. There are a lot of data connectors which we can use to import many different kinds of data Creating calculated fields is also fairly easy. Tableau also offers a robust and reliable performance. Tableau also has advanced features for forecasting, prediction and clustering. Tableau also has libraries to import python functions if needed. The geospatial data can also be visualized easily with Tableau.

What do you dislike?

Tableau can be a bit expensive if all its features are not used.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you need something that is easier to use and mostly for data visualizations but you do not have very complex statistical or regressional requirements that can only be solved via SAS & R then you should give this a try.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Recently, Tableau had added k-means clustering which is very useful for segmentation. I was able to effectively cluster the data set containing benign and malignant tumors using Tableau.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Ryan D.</span>
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"Tableau Rocks!"

What do you like best?

We are able to track thousands of sales across 200 agents. Scheduling, payment collection, sales, quotas, time spent ready is all tracked in the awesome tool.

What do you dislike?

You can get lost initially because there is a ton of customization. Some of our team have different visions for what they want so there is friction from start. Loading sometimes is a bit slow because of the servers we run on. Not necessarily a tableau problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you get the right fields that you want included. Play with look after you get the correct information in. So useful and informative.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Problems we are solving include multiple sales trackers for 200 agents. We have opportunity numbers, service credits, discounts given, bonus commissions, bonus installations, daily metrics all tracked in tableau for the individual and for the group. They can look up their own information and it is all tracked in this home of record. Amazing tool!

Tableau Desktop review by User in Retail
User in Retail
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"Tableau is a great visualization tool but hard to learn"

What do you like best?

Tableau is a fun and useful tool to make presentations and visualizations of data that you cannot do with Microsoft Excel. It is especially good when you have to do reporting that is completed on an ongoing basis. There are many options to work with the data and the ability to work with geographic, SQL, sales, etc types of data.

What do you dislike?

Tableau is extremely hard to master and very often you have to learn by trial and error. Some functions are not intuitive at all and it is very slow to work on Tableau. Also, you generally have to format the data perfectly first on MS Excel or SQL to ensure that Tableau can work most efficiently. It is a data visualization tool, not a tool to parse through data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely use it if you are doing reporting. It is hard to learn but can be worth it. If it is easier analysis or one-off analysis, definitely stick to MS Excel.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has allowed me to view trends and solve business questions that would otherwise take me longer to complete, visualization, and think about.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Zack S.</span>
Zack S.
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"Tableau Desktop is an Excellent Visualization Software"

What do you like best?

Tableau is great at creating many different kinds of visualizations, and gives you many more options to tweak the charts/graphs than Excel does.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve for beginners is fairly high. It can be confusing to get tables to show up the way that you want them to - requires a lot of trial and error.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to create visualizations that can be easily shared throughout the organization. We want dashboards that will easily be understood by those with all levels of analytical knowledge. By allowing everyone in the company to access dashboards, we have cut down on the analytics requests that take time away from the analytics team.

Tableau Desktop review by User in E-Learning
User in E-Learning
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"Dynamic and user friendly way to analyze data and operationalize analyses"

What do you like best?

Tableau is powerful in cutting data many different ways. There are also a lot of built in calculation functions that enables calculations like "YoY, MoM, Percent difference, cumulative". These are things we would've need another layer of query or data processing otherwise. The visualization component is also great and intuitive to use.

What do you dislike?

Tableau can be a sluggish once we get into order of billions of records. There might be better ways or more efficient data processing best practices that we are not using, so I'm also keeping an open mind about that. It can also take a little bit to get used to pivoting data in Tableau and working with the labels and coloring display of it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau is a great tool to help you visualize and dissect complicated data set. It can also easily connect with your data pipeline (we use SQL) to automate reports or KPI calculation. Your end users can then easily access the charts and dashboards via web link (may need Tableau server). If you have super large data sets (i.e., more than billions of records, you might want to consult with their support team on best practices around that.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've used Tableau to dissect user level data which has tons of permutations and combinations of ways to do. Tableau really enables us to do those very quickly and extract insights. We've also been able to set up automated dashboards that updates KPIs on a daily basis. This saves a lot of time on our team and increases internal efficiency.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Aaron J.</span>
Aaron J.
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"View, investigate, and discover your data with ease"

What do you like best?

Tableau makes data analysis approachable to anyone. You can with ease and speed discover hidden stories, present your findings, and make your data discover able to others. With high quality and easy to read visuals what you discover can easily be understood.

Tableau is great for presenting in working meetings. Have an initial visual and then people can ask questions and when sharing the screen you can discover the answers together easily in the span of the meeting. Drag and drop simplicity.

Tableau also has an amazing support community. Company themselves are responsive, the user community is very active and approachable. There are TONS of training and learning opportunities both paid and free.

Tableau itself is extensible and hack-able. If it does not do what you need, you can likely make it do that. Tableau recently added several APIs to aid in web development and data extraction. You can use Python and R to extend the capability of the product. And with the ability to use it on Mac, Windows, and soon Linux, it will likely fit in any IT structure.

What do you dislike?

Tableau keep growing and expanding (a good thing) but still does not do everything. Not all that it can do is best in class. Tableau can do ETL, but I would not depend on it for ETL.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You get out what you put in. It is easy to get started, but there is SO much in there, I don't know anyone who knows it all to an expert degree. It is easy enough to pick up and be productive with minimal training, but pay attention to what you need and focus on that. Still don't be afraid to branch out and explore.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tableau dramatically reduces development time, not only in the initial creation of the report/visual, but also in that is is so easy to use, when you deliver the report to your customers, they can ask and discover the answers to their own questions with the data, rather than having to request a new report.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Joseph S.</span>
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"Tableau has revolutionized the way our company views data"

What do you like best?

The best feature is the ability to integrate multiple data sources into one unified, user-friendly, and visually appealing dashboard where anyone can access exactly the information they are looking for. Prior to Tableau, we struggled finding ways to show how multiple data sources were interacting.

What do you dislike?

For me, what I disliked the most was the initial learning curve. Yes, Tableau offers free, in-depth online tutorial videos that were certainly helpful, but it is difficult to follow along without pausing. The particular data set I was working with may have been a little more difficult than the norm and that may have contributed to my initial difficulties, but the tutorials didn't necessarily align or work with my particular situation. Also, there is a lack of resources for how to integrate R with Tableau.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend taking a class to become familiar with the software and actually having a data set to work with during the training. I found that some things weren't necessarily applicable to my data and had to look to other sources for help.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest benefit in using Tableau is being able to see how one source of data is affecting another across platforms. Using Tableau has allowed us to connect different business units together and increase collaboration due to the ability to see how data is interacting from a more global perspective.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Lemmon M.</span>
Lemmon M.
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"Great tool for analytics and decision making"

What do you like best?

Tableau ability create level of detail calculations

What do you dislike?

When it crashes after Editing an extract.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool to analyze and learn your data

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Showing my users how to answers questions with one dashboard rather than creating multiple reports.

Tableau helps my users to ask more questions and has them thinking more analytical rather than just report generation.

Tableau also changes business culture for my end users. I helps to set a culture where everyone is not dependent on reports that does not answers questions but rather a Dashboard that introduce solutions, curiosity and challenges for better solutions and resolutions.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Joe R.</span>
Joe R.
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"A great BI tool with tons of flexibility, with ETL weaknesses"

What do you like best?

Tableau is a fantastic visualization tool, with a wide depth of personalization options, basic data functionality, and the capability to make all sorts of useful calculations.

What do you dislike?

Some data connectors, like the Salesforce connector could be better, allowing for SOQL queries would be a big plus. I've always had to do data building, cleaning, and customization pre-Tableau, which makes this not a "full-stack" solution.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau Desktop is a great tool for making data visualizations and customizing the data exploration process for users. While it is not what I would consider a full stack BI tool, since it lacks some data joining and prepping capabilities, it is fantastic for exploring and visualizing standardized data sets. Building and customizing dashboards is quick through Tableau's best practices that are automatically used by just double clicking the data you want to see. It is an intuitive and highly flexible tool with a great community and a responsive support team.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sales and Marketing dashboards that are impossible in either Marketo and Salesforce.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Food & Beverages
User in Food & Beverages
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"True Insight!"

What do you like best?

My favorite thing about Tableau is the incredible versatility in representing the data. I've managed to find a way of communicating important concepts each and every time I try to do so with the software.

What do you dislike?

I wish that the learning curve for Tableau wasn't so steep. As a user late to the Tableau game in my company, I didn't have access to training from their folks and my team were busy on projects unrelated to my own, leaving me to figure out most the details through trail and error.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've managed to grasp a very good picture of where our product moves and when. Using movement data to track down gaps and opportunities. Its also given us ways to represent our internal resource usage and allocation, so that we can be sure we're making the best use of them.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Calvin Loan X.</span>
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"Tableau 9.3 - Visualization for novices and professionals alike."

What do you like best?

Tableau allows the user to connect to a variety of data sources, including and not limited to CSV files (i.e. Excel sheets), Statistical file (i.e. R, SPSS), Access and server databases/warehouses such as Hadoop, Amazon Aurora and a Tableau Server. For my work with Tableau, virtually every kind data files can be imported and visualized using a very handy selection of built-in charts, graphics, geographical templates and mathematical models (confidence inferences for example). It's easy to drag and drop the dimensions and measures of your data files and Tableau does the hard job of visualization!

What do you dislike?

Depending on your network capacity, server specifications and your local computer configuration, connecting to a server database can produce a significant delay in building your reports. I notice that Tableau tries to initially download files to cache so it would allow you to populate the measurements and dimensions into the report. However, this certainly takes a longer period of time than just working with a file locally.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau offers a trial and I would take advantage of it to see if I can do more to visualize my data. It is relatively simple to learn and use due its relatively easy learning curve. The graphical user interface and drop-and-drag allows novice users to create professional-looking reports and charts without a heavy mathematical or statistical background knowledge. Even for professional data scientists, Tableau has enough advanced models and options to generate the reports that reflects what you want to show and tell.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was using Tableau to analyze New York City High School graduation rates and how it corresponds to SAT (Standardized Assessment Test) scores. Tableau allows me to realize certain trends and niches through the stories and reports generated by Tableau.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Andrea C.</span>
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"Great Data Viewer"

What do you like best?

It's ability to make data crossing with a great amount of information. You can extract exactly what you need & in the way you need. It's really versatile.

What do you dislike?

It's on the pricey side. In order to get an annual subscription you need to pay a lot more than other similar software

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you follow all the tutorials that the developer offers online since they are really useful and you will become a pro using the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multidimensional tables that allowed me to cross data in order to check the monthly progress of Share of Market. I could analyze data throughout different filters and this allowed me to identify problems and areas that needed improvement. Therefore, it was a great tool to develop marketing and selling strategies.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Joe M.</span>
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"Makes telling stories with data easy!"

What do you like best?

Tableau is great for creating a story using data. It is easy to create modular dashboards and immersive visualizations that allow users to explore what is happening within their organization. Whether it be marketing, finance, or operations data, Tableau allows for tremendous flexibility to detail exactly what is going on.

What do you dislike?

Data manipulation can sometimes be cumbersome - having a data cleansing tool (Excel, Alteryx, etc.) is recommended to make data ingestion into Tableau a bit easier. Some common formatting techniques can sometimes be difficult to achieve using simple steps and instead become laborious processes. Fortunately, once it is done once, there is typically no need for it to be done again.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for data visualization and reporting dashboards which ladder up to higher-level management.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Constant monitoring of key performance indicators at various levels of granularity are easily monitored with Tableau. Quickly visualizing trends makes optimizations much easier to make and then defend to other stakeholders.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Information Technology and Services
User in Information Technology and Services
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"Experience using Tableau Desktop"

What do you like best?

Tableau has many advanced features. I really like the flexibility to connect to many different sources. I also like the trend analysis and regression. I also like the maps where I can visualize the data according to the areas and postal codes. It helps to analyse huge data volumes by bringing the data offline.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes dashboards can be overwhelming to users who are new to understand the data. It would be great to have a feature where we can zoom in on one of the graphs in the dashboard and be able to interact with it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I really like using Tableau Desktop. There is a lot of learning material available and also a plenty of trainings. i definitely recommend considering Tableau over other visualization tools available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Tableau to visualize health data coming from many different sources like SQL databases. It is used to create useful dashboards which are used to give insight into how to data is organized and how it can be helpful for future growth. Also it would be great to be able to track the changes on the data for example, having alerts when some measure crosses the threshold etc. It is helpful to identify new opportunities for growth and also measure the growth quantitatively.

Tableau Desktop review by Consultant in Telecommunications
Consultant in Telecommunications
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" Review of Data Visualisation Tool Tableau"

What do you like best?

I like the simplicity of tool as its too easy to learn and work on Tableau. The basic function are pretty straight-forward and can be learned in 2-3 days. For advance analytics also user need not to know much coding algorithm, Anyone who is not having much exposure to coding, can also work on advance analytics using Tableau as it doesn't require much coding.

What do you dislike?

The only major thing which I dislike integration of Tableau with R. Running R code with Tableau is pretty difficult task as this requires command over complex coding, someone in my team tried to integrate R language code with Tableau but he faced lots of difficulty doing that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend it all enterprise which has digital data (In-house or cloud) as this is best tool to work with. The learning Tableau is pretty easy and doesn't require much coding skills.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As of now we are working with 300 products and tracking performance of so much product is really a difficult task. Tableau has made this work pretty easy as we just need to refresh the data, it automatically update all the dashboard itself.

The another major benefit of Tableau is that, end user need to have Tableau software in his system and Tableau dashboard can be accessed from Laptop, Mobile & Tablet.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>n v.</span>
n v.
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"You better learn about rapid business intelligence and implement them."

What do you like best?

The ability it gives me to ask questions I never knew I could ask about my business through my data. Ability to blend data sources on the fly.

What do you dislike?

Server price is steep--otherwise, you can share your viz on the public server for free but NOT recommended for confidential data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

be aware of the server price... otherwise, you should use it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Too many to list here. You should visit tableau public and see the different viz (visualizations) to see what you can do with this. you'll be surprised as to what the opportunities are.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Matthew R.</span>
Matthew R.
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"Tableau Desktop is a great way to visualize your data"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of the product and the overall cost is low.

What do you dislike?

To have full efficiency of the product you have to have an extra account "Tableau Online or Cloud" to share with others, and they have to purchase an account as well. In my industry "commercial real estate" it isn't a fun conversation to try and have a client purchase an account to view their own data in a different way. There are ways around this however.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Talk to the support group, they will guide you in the right direction for you and your company specifically.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Most of the time companies have their customer or patient data stored and maintained but are not using it to its full potential, this program can help you get to that full potential.

Tableau Desktop review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Financial Services
Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Financial Services
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"Dashboards made Snazzy!"

What do you like best?

I enjoy the easy-to-use interface as well as the helpful online content that helps you go from a novice to quite well trained in a matter of hours.

What do you dislike?

As of yet I have no complains. Data works properly, training steers you in the right direction and the possibilities are quite endless.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make use of the live support and wonderful support team

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We run a logistics management app that tackles problem solving on an operational level. We want to develop and commercialize a product that can show the Executive level helpful and effective dashboards as to just how their business is operating and how better to execute things. Ultimately we believe Tableau can do that and the benefits are quite abundant: on-hand help from the higher-ups and experiences visual builders and full-on support as well as an easy way to connect to the data and build almost instantly.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Jasmine H.</span>
Jasmine H.
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"Tableau for teachers "

What do you like best?

Tableau offers free licenses to students and faculty. This makes visualizing data easy for students, as well as basic analysis. Really great for undergrad and graduate students who need to make presentations or charts for reports.

What do you dislike?

Cannot export large images - are fuzzy in large poster presentations which makes it difficult for me to recommend to students. It would be nice to have a bit more control of the image size/ quality and format.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's great for analysis and visualization as long as you do not need to export high quality images. (that need to be blown up)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helping students recognize the value of data visualization and the impact it has on their work.

Getting students used to utilizing data analytics and visualization software before they need to know it in the workplace.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Saeid A.</span>
Saeid A.
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"Amazingly Appealing Visualization Engine!"

What do you like best?

It is visually appealing to work with for both beginners without visualization/analytics knowledge as well as expert analysts.

Tableau offers drag and drop feature that enables you to build visually appealing dashboards and reports in fraction of time compared to traditional visualization approaches. It needs minimal and in most of the cases zero knowledge of programming.

By couple of click of a mouse, you have a high quality agile and fast visualization dashboard or store that helps you to uncover hidden insight from your data.

What do you dislike?

It goes slow when you have millions of records in memory especially when it is from multiple sources.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is one of the best solution to visualize your data. It is also reasonably priced and easy to buy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Analytics, dashboard designing and reporting. It is surprisingly quick to creating visual reports or dashboards.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Sai Krishna J.</span>
Sai Krishna J.
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"Easy-to-learn, easy-to-use data visualization tool"

What do you like best?

The best part about Tableau, I feel, is the drag-and-drop interface. This helps any novice user to learn the tool and start using it very quickly. Filters and parameters provide a nice touch of interactivity to visualizations.

What do you dislike?

Lack of templates for commonly-used visualizations such as donuts, radars and speedometers which makes the user resort to workarounds.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Will recommend it over Microsoft Power BI.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a management consultant and I've worked predominantly with manufacturing companies. I've used Tableau to create visualizations that enabled my clients to reduce procurement costs, monitor building HVAC systems, identify bottlenecks in shop floor operations etc. In the procurement scenario, we found that the client would be able to save $2.00 on each order of a specific part if they procured it from a different supplier. In another situation, we were able to identify process bottlenecks, the elimination of which would enable the client to produce 30 more products per month.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Victor C.</span>
Victor C.
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"Tableau the viz champ"

What do you like best?

> Ease of use

> Splendid visuals

> Power to unleash creativity

> Blending different axis to create innovative visuals

> Integration with web pages and other technologies like CMS (Drupal, websphere)

What do you dislike?

> Not flexible with blend/joins of data items

> Does not offer query support

> Security setup is complex and not at par with industry standards

> Does not offer good reporting capabilities

Recommendations to others considering the product

> Please use tableau if you are not too much focused on getting data dumps

> It is recommended that users invest in a good data blending tool in order to prepare and cleanse the data before using it in tableau

> Tableau runs faster on flattened denormalized datasets

> I would also advise users to consider creating their TDE ( tableau data extracts) before using any data for the tableau sheets

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

> I am into HR analytics and we are responsible for delivering KPIs and other business metrics related to headcount, wagebase and positions

> Tableau has been our go-to tool for all HR analytics and BI visualization requirements

> We have been able to create complex calculations for better analysis

> We have been able to import and use infographics for different kinds of analysis where normal tableau visuals proved relatively ineffective

> We have been able to provide our users self service dashboards where they can log in and filter down to the exact data they need for their analysis.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Shivanshu M.</span>
Shivanshu M.
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"Great user interface. Tableau is the next big thing"

What do you like best?

The interface is great. Very easy to use. Tableau lets you make charts and dashboards quickly. These things used to take so much time in powerpoint and other tools. There are so many features that no one I know can say that he has a complete grip of everything that Tableau can do. We can also use Zip-terr files to plot maps.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing much dislike really. They also have a public desktop version for free use.

It can improve on the data import part though. The version with used had a bit of a complex system of importing data

Recommendations to others considering the product

A definite go-to tool. Tableau desktop helps in making much more elaborate, end to end analyses without much clutter.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business intelligence.

We created analysis charts of sample distribution for a pharma client. Plotted the locations of the physicians on the US Maps.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>William J.</span>
William J.
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"Game changing product within the BI sector."

What do you like best?

Absolutely fantastic product which is so so easy to get going with. Go from data to visual analytics in minutes with this product. It has absolutely changed the way we run our business and given us insight to our data we have never had before. The ability to connect to pretty much any data source under the sun is fantastic and the ability to publish to the cloud/Tableau server for sharing your work is fantastic.

What do you dislike?

Inability to manage OLAP cube data sources very well and also lack of support for Parent->Child Hierarchies. Still can't believe the product cannot cope with them, something which a previous product (ProClarity) we used use to do with ease!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get a trial version downloaded and give it a go! You will be up and running in minutes producing visualisations that give you better insight into you data!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Focusing energy in recruitment and marketing to best utilise the limited resource available. Steer and advise decision making bodies across the business into making more educated and better decisions for the good of the business as a whole.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Nadim H.</span>
Nadim H.
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"A Great solution with a lot of bells and whistles "

What do you like best?

It's much easier to clean the data with tableau and make it of higher qualities. the way it recognizes data fields and allow to connect them as well is a great advantage. The visualization options are also superior

What do you dislike?

To be honest I love it, it's just the market is being flooded now with similar software ( Not as refined though) but for free, also the way we share reports could be refined to be more easily accessible

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great solution if your data needs cleaning and a great way to share visualization with other departments

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps me explain to executives/marketing department the insights we have and we can segment data easily and examine micro segments through visualization

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Paul Arokiam R.</span>
Paul Arokiam R.
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"Ease to Use and Share Graphically. Continously improving."

What do you like best?

Tableau is easy to set up and start using. Building charts and graphs are quite simple and help to spot trends on transaction data as long as it fits the format that tableau needs. The product has been continuously evolving and adding real core usability like union queries. Reasonably good to mash up data. It has a very large and active user community so if you are stuck you should be able to search and find a solution quickly or post in their forums and get a response in a few hours. Tableau Reader is a great companion app that lets you share findings with colleagues. Lot of tutorials on youtube on how to start off. Perfect for business users looking to do some analysis and charting without the clunky interface that excel forces. Also share data without exposing it and only share to relevant business users.

What do you dislike?

It requires a lot of data cleansing and prep before it can be loaded into it for charting/analysis. This means you can end up going back to excel and get enticed to stay there. Discipline to go back to it and you are fine. Can be very slow when reading large data sets so not very scalable. A number of issues with formats and having to use too many complicated code in formulas for straight forward things like date formats. This can put you off or will be time consuming to set up. Colour palette is not best in class and often you cannot import you company's branding and colour palette into the tool to ensure that you don't fall foul of the brand police. Editing of fonts is time consuming and difficult to automatically apply styling to different charts once they are built.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go ahead and buy it. You will see the benefits immediately, Get your team to adopt it and eventually you go go for the server version once you have critical mass. As long as your team has access to data they can quickly build compelling data charts to support ideas and collaborate with each other.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easily show outliers and visual graphs that show differences and issues for various items in one dashboard that takes very little time to put together compared to standard spread sheets. Its also visually appealing and a welcome change from large rows and tables of numbers that a number of finance reports tend to be. Hence you can show absolute numbers and proportions to each other at the same time. This allows easy comparison of different cuts of the data in one dashboard and quickly focus on business decision making rather than spend hours creating and securing an excel file.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Non-Profit Organization Management
User in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Data made Easy"

What do you like best?

Intuitive and easy to use, Tableau visualizations make data easy to understand and accessible for individuals throughout the organization. The interactive elements make it easy for users to ask questions and quickly identify trends. Plus, the Tableau community is fun and engaging.

What do you dislike?

Cost is a bit prohibitive for our smallish nonprofit. We would love to have more users, but cost per person for online access is a bit high. Also, the salespeople can be somewhat pushy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it- but try negotiating pricing!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest benefit is having dashboard access throughout the organization. It's also great for people who aren't used to looking at data, and don't necessarily know what questions to ask. It's so intuitive that it allows leadership to answer their own questions.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Meghana H.</span>
Meghana H.
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"Amazing tool for data visualization!!"

What do you like best?

Tableau can perform very complex data visualization in a very simple, drag and drop manner. It is also very interactive and wide range of charts available. Tableau is also very fluid on a mobile platform. Comparatively low-cost solution.

What do you dislike?

Embedding or sharing charts is still a little difficult and not very user friendly. Also, scheduled reporting is not a feature yet.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is an amazing product to create great visualizations. Although a little on the expensive end, it is a worth-it tool to invest in!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A lot of statistical data is used to visualize for descriptive stories or preparing predictive reports.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Chris P.</span>
Chris P.
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"Best data pivoting and visualization solution on the market (IMHO)"

What do you like best?

Super simple to connect to existing data sets or SQL queries to build them. You can then build custom groupings, sets, and derived metrics in the platform (taking the weight off your shoulders of conducting in-query arithmetic). Build tables, maps, charts, histograms, etc. Easily share images, csvs, or complete workbooks with colleagues.

What do you dislike?

I wish it was more stable with certain monitor types. It zooms in like crazy on my secondary monitor, and there are no options for correcting it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just do it. It's powerful. It can be complex if you need it to be, and it can be simple if you need it to be.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A way to build stories, and images seamlessly. Makes it easy to create workbooks for those who aren't data savvy on your team as well.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Chris N.</span>
Chris N.
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"Good Visualization Alternative"

What do you like best?

Once you get used to it, setting up reports and charts is easy and can look very good.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve takes a little time and being used to Microsoft tools is a disadvatage because this tool works very differently in some aspects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau is a great tool to have in your arsenal. It works well with excel. It can easily be linked and automated with databases such as Teradata.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We track customer metrics and call center contacts through this tool. We identify problem areas and track reductions based on projects implemented over time.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Rochelle C. F.</span>
Rochelle C. F.
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"Great for transforming data into usable dashboard display!"

What do you like best?

Tableau is easy to use and you can get started with pretty much any data set. The displays are modern and help communicate data in a digestible way versus displaying results in dated charts or graphs.

What do you dislike?

Tableau doesn’t work like Excel or other Microsoft software to create exportable easy to use graphics. It uses data to create within-software data dashboards and displays.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We provide data presentations to stakeholders using Tableau. It provides us with a new innovative way to share results of data analyses.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Kamran S.</span>
Kamran S.
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"Best Software to visualise data for everyone"

What do you like best?

It's one of the most favorite software of mine when I wanna use data to present to my management.

Easy to use and live update of the data are the two of my favorite features.

It's easy to make all of the stakeholder understand the progress of the organization as well as growth measurement of the sales and support.

What do you dislike?

Price is the only Thing I don't like.

It's expensive for startup and SMEs or at least Nordic prices are high.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend that this is the best software if you can spare some money for it. You shouldn't think twice. It's not only all the feature but always keep impressing and improving.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to visual our sales data.

Sales targets of individuals as well as based on market regions as well as we use it for billing targets.

For Support section, we use it to watch our effectiveness on solving the issue of our customers.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Whitney B.</span>
Whitney B.
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"Best visual data analytics - changing the market!"

What do you like best?

Very easy interface; so many applications; import multiple data types; visually beautiful; great support teams; meaningful data 'stories'

What do you dislike?

A bit of a learning curve to maximize capabilities; the data needs to be clean before it is loaded - no data cleansing built in

Recommendations to others considering the product

The value is there. There is a significant learning cure to leverage the power and capabilities of the tool, but there is a support team, great demos and tutorials, and even local user groups. Wonderful use of data and visualizations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

data analytics, dashboards, auditing

Tableau Desktop review by User
User
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"The Application Is Very Good But The Constant Updates For Desktop Version Are Annoying"

What do you like best?

I knew this service from the academic field and then I was able to transfer it to the workplace. Excellent tool for data capture, processing and visualization. The application of statistical models on the data that is displayed is very useful and this is not complicated. What hooked me with this service was undoubtedly the combination of very pleasant and interactive graphical visualizations along with the application of advanced statistical models in some cases.

What do you dislike?

As I mentioned before, the use of this service in the desktop version is annoying due to the constant updates that lead to reinstall the application. If they could give support with updates on the same downloaded version it would be great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please, do not make it necessary to update the monthly version of the desktop in order to publish the boards online. It is tedious and annoying. I understand that this is what your business is all about, but if they do it more bearable, it would be great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tasks that may have involved days and even weeks I solved them in a very short period of time thanks to Tableau. Information that was housed in a database, which was to explore, order and apply statistical models for analysis, which could be complex to do involving different software, was easy to do using Tableau exclusively.

Tableau Desktop review by Administrator
Administrator
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"Sleazy Sales & Poor Customer Service"

What do you like best?

Overall, the product itself has given us what we need but dealing with the support has been a nightmare.

Definitely test using their trial offer. We found the integration to be fairly straightforward and were able to get up and running after only a couple of hours of work.

The product has some UI issues but is robust and functions well for our needs. If you buy, just hope that you don't have to deal with customer service or a sales rep.

What do you dislike?

Our sales associate, Yassine, couldn't have been any worse. He didn't have a ton of product knowledge, would say he was going to do something and not do it and came across as a sleazy, double charging us and not sending a refund.

In general, I have just spent way too much time chasing the support team and sales team to get a response. There is zero internal communication and depending who you talk to you will be told a different answer.

Example, after our purchase we received a broken URL for our authorization code which seemed like a very minor issue but took more than a week to resolve and led to more than a month of headaches and issues.

It has been super disappointing and I would not recommend this product to anyone. The headaches far out way any advantages this product might have over other providers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Has helped us with our internal and external reporting needs.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Internet
User in Internet
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"Very powerful tool for creating stunning visualizations"

What do you like best?

I enjoy tableau because it is very powerful, and you can create a wide variety of visualizations using your data.

What do you dislike?

It is a bit complicated to figure out at first, especially if you are new to working with data. Also embedding charts to Wordpress takes quite a bit of work to figure out how to do it as the given embed code doesn't work. You will spend an hour or two googling the right solution. (HINT: use an iframe)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Tableau Desktop to create visualizations for blog articles that we use for SEO and link building. I think the professional look of the finished product definitely makes this a strong tool for enhancing stories.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Umesh S.</span>
Umesh S.
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"Visualization on Tableau Desktop"

What do you like best?

Better visualization than most data analysis software

High level of customization to varying levels of granularity on the same sheet or without recreating different visualization for higher or lower levels of granularity. For example, by using filters such as age bins we can visualize how a dependent variable changes with the regressors in different age-groups on the same sheet. We do not need to create different figures for different age groups as in other software.

Managing databases such merging databases, e.g., inner join, outer join, are much easier in Tableau.

What do you dislike?

I have not yet been able to figure out how to add error bars if I have already a column for that data. This is easily accomplished in other software such as SigmaPlot.

Being a comprehensive application, it requires some initial training. It is not something I can start using it right away.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Understanding this application will require some patience and time. But I guess this effort will be well rewarded with continued use. I have the opportunity to use it free for one year on academic license. I am however taking a tutorial on Udemy.com for learning this application. Time spent learning this is worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have just been using it for a month or so. We are using it for our academic classroom project and my research project. We are visualizing healthcare data related to prevalence of most common causes of morbidity and mortality in the US over the last few decades and how effective the US healthcare system has been in improving these rates.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Information Technology and Services
User in Information Technology and Services
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"Great way to scale your insights, some good and some bad"

What do you like best?

Ability to drag-and-drop to create visuals was great, ability to iterate/change a chart was very simple, drilldowns through "Actions" was very cool once you learned it

What do you dislike?

Cant edit a query for a Published data-source which makes it less flexible than I needed it to be, tough to get formatting the way you want it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau has a great User Community so definitely leverage them and their resources as you get familiar with the product... PowerBI is stronger with the Microsoft suite obviously, so keep that in mind if Microsoft-integration its truly a necessary requirement with your BI software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed to scale the ability to get slicable healthcare data insights into the hands of our Customer Success org. As a result, we leaned on Tableau Desktop for the creation/curation of data and charts, then published our findings to Tableau Server (the online version) so that our end users could leverage what we built... Benefits realized are that we built a scalable, sliceable, auto-updating, dataset and visuals that end-users can leverage instead of our team having to manually curate for each ask then manually update each month/quarter

Tableau Desktop review by User in Biotechnology
User in Biotechnology
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"It's like Excel pivot tables on steroids!"

What do you like best?

I like how Tableau is so easy to use and is very intuitive. I have very basic programming knowledge but I'm still able to create very powerful Dashboards

What do you dislike?

There is very little that I dislike about Tableau. My only complaint is sometimes it's difficult to change out data sources and columns within Excel data sources

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the free trial and start exploring all that Tableau has to offer! Awesome product! This software has been a game changer on how my company displays and shares data with each other.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tableau allows us to visualize all kinds of data in a very easy to understand and easy to interpret way. My company has found the most value in the Dashboards that Tableau helps create.

Tableau Desktop review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Medical Devices
Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Medical Devices
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"Great way to visualize data"

What do you like best?

Tableau is one of the coolest programs I have ever used. It is not only a great tool for presentation of large data sources, but also extremely powerful for data analysis. The amount of functions built in are truly endless. Additionally, the ability to pull from all types of data sources in a huge plus. In our organization, we use Tableau for productivity, sales, and improvement analysis. The ability to have visualizations updated on the hour gives our entire department the necessary information on what needs improvement very quickly.

What do you dislike?

Since Tableau is such a powerful program, it can also be difficult for new learners to grasp all of it's capabilities. This means anyone that is just starting out with it may require outside training or a fair amount of time learning on the job.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to take a course to learn the basics functions of the program. It will take time to figure out how powerful Tableau can be.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of the most important measures for our department is productivity of each employee. With tableau we are able to break down data into individual agents or teams to pinpoint weak points in the company. Additionally, it's ability to update on hour allows for constant tracking of real time issues in sales, productivity, or coverage within the department.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Higher Education
User in Higher Education
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"Tableau Desktop Review"

What do you like best?

I absolutely love Tableau! Data visualizations are huge now, and it is ideal to get a head start on how to best use and display data. People understand raw numbers quite well, but the colors and the "applied" nature of creating a data visualization allow for a different degree of learning and understanding the content.

What do you dislike?

I've had to take some free courses about how to navigate the system. It's not hard if I could spend a while trying to figure it out, but it is no intuitive (not saying that it has to be). A better explanation, perhaps for which data points correlate to which capabilities in the system would be helpful. What are the implications of nominal, ordinal, and interval variables? What are the possibilities?

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a wonderful tool! Data visualizations are where data science is heading, and it would be awesome if your organization could get ahead in this way! Too, the graphs and things it spits out would be wonderful additions to powerpoint presentations, reports, articles, and to be live on websites.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am currently using Tableau to understand data form higher education. We are trying to get our university to get us a contract for Tableau, because many other universities are using manipulatable dashboards on their websites so that (prospective) students and their families can understand some data, particularly housed in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Robby T.</span>
Robby T.
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"Great software that is easy to use and easy to connect to data"

What do you like best?

The easy, drag and drop methods to creating sophisticated reports from your data. This software is easy to link to your database live so that you can access updated information every day as opposed to refreshing data. The data visualization is clear and aesthetically pleasing. There are many different charts that are easy to set up and are useful to use in dashboards. The story features is of great use for presentations and for organizing your data in a meaningful way. The trending and forecasting modeling is easy to use and to evaluate. It is easy to extract data from the model information.

What do you dislike?

Working with time series data can take a lot of data cleansing before hand. Also, it can be difficult to make data relationship links that work in the direction of your intended use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Connect to your data live. This helps keep up to date analysis without having to refresh data manually.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quickly and accurately providing interactive reports. We have realized the benefit of being able to create dashboards quickly for our team to view.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Dante P.</span>
Dante P.
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"Easy to use and intuitive analytics system"

What do you like best?

Tableau is a very straight forward and easy to use business intelligence and analytics software that helps you to analyze, visualize and understand data.

The user interphase as well as the included tutorials are very helpful and will guide you as you analyze different data bases inside the software.

What do you dislike?

When using geographical data for analysis, the databases on Tableau are very detailed in the USA, but if you need to analyze data with coordinates of geographic referecese or zip codes outside the USA, it is difficult to do so.

Sometimes the user needs to work extra in detailing the different characteristics of a variable (ex. number, zip code, character/text, etc.)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business analytics and automatization of data reports for various areas of the company.

Tableau Desktop review by Administrator in Philanthropy
Administrator in Philanthropy
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"Nice piece of software. Some learning curve required"

What do you like best?

Nice piece of software which does data visualization. Fantastic learning resources on their website. Videos, useful help pages and a community forum.

What do you dislike?

Does data manipulation, but not necessarily the best at it (or at least I haven't yet spent the time to learn). Also, really annoying that every month or two they release a new version which requires you to reinstall the software to access the upgrade. Then files produces with the new version never seem to be compatible with previous versions of Tableau. For light users of tableau, having to reinstall tableau every single time you use it is really annoying.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider other less expensive software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simple, clean data visualizations have really impressed our various stakeholders.

Tableau Desktop review by Administrator in Information Services
Administrator in Information Services
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"Great BI tool for the novice data scientist, but lacks functionality for advanced users"

What do you like best?

For those coming from Excel spreadsheets and workbooks, this is a great tool that's very friendly and easy to use. You are easily able to connect to data from many sources and easily visualize and aggregate information.

The server works very well with Desktop and with features like alerts, email subscriptions, and auto refreshes, this is far superior to the industry gold standard Crystal Reports.

What do you dislike?

For advanced users Tableau is very limited. It is very limited on count distinct and usually requires a "hack" to get most things working. As an example, combining sums and count distinct in a single sheet is not easy, especially when dealing with calculated grand totals.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Key reporting on financial and operational data to solve day to day problems.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Margo  M.</span>
Margo M.
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"Tableau Review"

What do you like best?

I like the clean way the data can be visualized and it can be shared easily with others.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the data manipulation it takes and it does not plug directly into SAS. You have to stage the work somewhere else and then pull it in or export it to excel. This can be time consuming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Utilize Google for answers as there is not enough wide use of the product yet to streamline learning for most business areas.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am trying to visualize data across several different strategy areas to make it easier for executives to have access to view real time data.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Joshua S.</span>
Joshua S.
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"Lots of upside and ability to do complex analysis but hard to get used to"

What do you like best?

I like that there are lots of options and I feel like I can do complex analyses using the software. The ability to extract or have a live feed of data is also a big plus for me.

What do you dislike?

Since the software is expensive and not so easy to use I can't create cards or dashboards for execs in the company that they can then take and modify. For that reason, and because I'm not able to share with other people so easily I prefer Domo.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Lots of people look to hire people with Tableau so from that perspective it's worth learning, otherwise I would say there are other products that are better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use tableau to make many graphs quickly. When I'm looking at many segments, it's easy to switch between different views and filters.

Tableau Desktop review by Internal Consultant in Retail
Internal Consultant in Retail
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"Great for Management and above"

What do you like best?

Desktop allows users to the possibility to view dashboards without having to download or refresh extracts. It is a super easy tool that anyone can simply follow links or star their favorites and it will take them right to the dashboard they want.

What do you dislike?

There is an edit on screen but, users with a high access level might see this option and think it is harmless. However, they are actually editing the dashboard. Possibly more insight into what that truly means would be very helpful!

Recommendations to others considering the product

The company is always rolling out new versions which are wonderful! I would highly suggest getting a team of analysts and a BI team for support so this tool can be rolled out company-wide.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data visualization for the entire organization. This tool gives people from expert analysis to executives the opportunity to have reports at their fingertips. A tool that every organization should utilize!

Tableau Desktop review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Tableau Desktop - Dashboard Creation Experience"

What do you like best?

It serves as a data visualization framework, it supports best practices w/o prior knowledge of data representation techniques. It really supports agile software development practice where the client is really not sure what they want but as times goes things get more clear, as development is super easy and intuitive it really becomes easy for developers to accommodate rapid changes and still deliver on tight deadlines

What do you dislike?

Performance optimizations required when handling large data

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really worth giving this tool a try as this would really make agile development really easy, handling changing requirements is really easy as the software is really intuitive when it becomes to dashboard techniques

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data visualization, usage of Tableau Desktop in order to create data visualizations is like using a Data Visualization framework that out of the box without prior knowledge lets to imbibe best practices to create great data visualizations

Tableau Desktop review by User in Hospital & Health Care
User in Hospital & Health Care
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"My favorite way to get to the answers in my data"

What do you like best?

I love Tableau's easy of use and how I can use it quickly get into my data and draw conclusions. It's intuitive, fast and incredibly powerful.

What do you dislike?

I do wish I could copy data out of Tableau to my clipboard - it can sometimes be hard to share data with colleagues who don't use Tableau.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau has a great support community, that's one of my favorite parts of it. You can seek answers from a crowd of friendly users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for analysis of retail and inventory data. I have found I can work with larger datasets and develop deeper insights than I can with tools like Excel.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Information Technology and Services
User in Information Technology and Services
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"Good data visualization software"

What do you like best?

The ability to create unique views of the data and save it in a storyboard format is the best feature.

What do you dislike?

The inability to have more than a few line graphs in a chart is very frustrating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are lot of competing products so do a thorough evaluation before paying the high fee for this product. I do like how I was able to pay a one-time fee and no annual support so I don't have any on-going costs. But downside is I don't get automatic updates. In the age of SaaS, it is kind of refreshing to have this product installed on my desktop and easy to use no matter where I am.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Tableau to analyze my client data for client retention problems.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Liz B.</span>
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"Easy Dashboarding Software"

What do you like best?

I love ho easy it is to visualize data using Tableau. ,y reports have been transformed from static spreadsheets to interactive dashboards that puts all of the data a user needs at their fingertips.

What do you dislike?

There is a bit of a learning curve especially with the syntax needed for some of the calculations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the free trial for 30 days.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it to analyze retailer scan data and better understand category's and product trends.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Insurance
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"Tableau is a great data analysis tool for analyzing your customer and implementation of scoring"

What do you like best?

The ease of use to import multiple data sets and have Tableau immediately render statistics to help the user understand important observations. For instance, our company and our collection agency vendors use this program to analyze customer characteristics and allow us to score the receivable entries from low risk to high risk.

What do you dislike?

No major cons; I use this and supplement this information with data from SAP Business Intelligence.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are considering scoring your customers in terms of risk and collect ability, this software is easy to learn and implement

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to have even Supervisors and low-level users begin analyzing data sets through easy aggregation/visualizations that Tableau renders.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Josh S.</span>
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"Tableau Desktop"

What do you like best?

Tableau allows for easy data visualization regardless of the data type. It has been useful for creating presentations as well as making analysis decisions for work.

What do you dislike?

I do not appreciate how difficult it is to learn how to use the software. It can be a complicated system to pick up and the tutorials are not always easy to follow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think you should reach out for additional support and tutorials to truly master this software. As it stands the tutorials are not adequate to make Tableau a useful solution without external training.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving the business problem of presenting data in an understandable way. It makes it possible to conduct analysis with hard data.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Internet
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"Data Insights for Sales"

What do you like best?

I like the customized reports the system makes into easy to use slide decks. I also like the level of depth into the data the system goes. We really like using it to dig into customer success and creating case studies for prospects.

What do you dislike?

Depending on the report pulled, it can be very slow to load. Occasionally the reports are not easy to manipulate and need to be set up by an administrator.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have a strong set of data and take time to set up the most relevant reports.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it in sales heavily. The software allows us to demonstrate value of our services to our customers.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Joe D.</span>
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"Great visualization tool"

What do you like best?

This tool has changed the way we are able to visualize our data. It supports a lot of data sources and the built in filters and dashboards make it simple to present reports.

What do you dislike?

You're not really able to build complex reports and sometimes updates are not compatible with your current dashboard and report, so they need to be built again.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best for those who are a novice to visualization. You can try the product for free and test out it's features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Alleviates the need to build custom apps and code to create reports. Can easily create one and be used as a sales tool.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Grant M.</span>
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"Tableau Desktop 9.02"

What do you like best?

Extremely easy to use.

Fantastic speed

Good access to a wide variety of data sources.

Tableau Software has been a good partner interested in successful use of their product in our company

What do you dislike?

Lack of report formatting

Geography visuals difficult to print sometimes

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great intuitive tool that can yield great results in a short period of time.

Creating reports is not its forte.

The visualizations that it comes up with on its own are often the best choice.

We would definitely recommend downloading test versions and give it a try. The resources available to help you along are really great - from online tools in the form of documentation and live videos to live people help.

We have compared to other competitors and for the money, there is absolutely no other product that comes close to Tableau's ease of use and fantastic ROI.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been able to expose key corporate data to Management who had to wait weeks to get access to data or have to pour over emailed reports daily for hours looking for key info. Now they can access on demand on a daily basis.

We are able to respond to business/customer needs much more quickly than before.

We are able to stop using other sources of Business Intelligence that was costing us 10s of thousands of dollars annually

Tableau Desktop review by <span>John S.</span>
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"Tableau is an awesome BI tool. Easy to use, advanced features like forecasting, modelling. "

What do you like best?

Ability to connect to a huge number of database types. Quick on-the-fly data visualization.

What do you dislike?

Not much to dislike. Overall, dashboarding with this tool is comprehensive and advanced. I would like it if embedding dashboard in websites was easier.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the most user friendly BI and reporting tool you will find. It provides you with the ability to connect to a huge number of data sources.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data visualization, adhoc analysis, reporting, self-service analytics for teams.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Higher Education
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"Getting there, but still has some work to do"

What do you like best?

Tableau is great for visualizations, that is what it was designed to do. Once one has mastered a few key skills, it is also pretty easy to use for basic Viz's. I like the way it allows the end user to change parameters and explore the data with relatively little technical experience.

What do you dislike?

I think that the learning curve is steeper than Tableau promotes. Also, while it is very easy to use if the data are relatively clean and simple (flat files), it gets complex fairly quickly if pulling data from a relational database. Tableau SQL seems pickier than some other products. We have gone to pulling and manipulating the data in base SAS, then using the compiled file in Tableau. Formatting tables and labels seems more complicated than it should be.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It has some great features - it may not fulfill all your analytical needs, but most companies probably need a few analytical tools if their needs are at all complex

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Analyzing and displaying data for academic administration.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Legal Services
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"Tableau Desktop/Server"

What do you like best?

I am a data anlyst/engineer who was writing queries for every report request before Tableau. Tableau definitely solved the problem of allowing my coworkers to create their own reports, and also to ingest reports that I created and hosed on Tableau server online. Hosting reports online also allowed access for my executive team.

What do you dislike?

I used Tableau for the past 2 years, but I have recently been exploring new tools like Looker, Periscope, etc. To me, compared to these other tools, Tableau unfortunately seems archaic now. The fact that it is a desktop application makes it so that when I create calculations and rename fields noone else can see that. Then there is a discrepency between what I see and what others see/create.

I know there is a web version but its really not very good, and very slow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do a full vendor analysis when thinking about buying Tableau. Consider who will be your users. It is somewhat clunky and will not be a tool where your whole company can create their own reports. BUT it can definitely solve a lot of problems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a data analyst/engineer. I needed a reporting layer on top of my data warehouse so that my coworkers could not only view reports that I created, but make their own reports. I no longer wanted to write a query every time someone needed a report. I also needed a website where I could host reports online so that people who did not need to create their own reports had access.

Tableau Desktop review by User
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"Simple and Effective"

What do you like best?

Tableau Desktop allows me to visualize data that I would have in the past presented in tabular layout. It makes creating additional insights from data that I have so easy. No more will I have to use Microsoft Excel tabs and pivot tables to derive information. The best part is the software is that it is simple and intuitive to use. There is not much you need to know before hand about the tool to create some amazing data visualizations.

What do you dislike?

There is not much to dislike. If I had to be nit picky, I would have to say that although it is easy to use, I do not know the full limitation of what is capable. Each day I learn something new about the tool that makes my life easier. I have also found that complex dashboards tend to need to be performance tuned. This is made me aware how important the layout the underlying data is when using a tool like Tableau to extract data. Performance techniques on the front end design is also important to have it quickly load.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau Desktop is a front end application that does allow for on the fly calculations. This is minimal and does not take away the fact that you still need to invest on data work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a way to effectively collaborate the data we analyze and have the audience take minimal time is understanding the true information that has been researched. It is helping us be better communicators of our data and insights. We also use it to create repeatable dashboards that are dynamic. A template is used to develop new content and the underlying data refreshes on its own.

Tableau Desktop review by User
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"Analytics lovers rejoice!"

What do you like best?

The amount of data and reporting that Tableau provides is truly unparalleled and of the highest value to our executives.

What do you dislike?

The amount of training required to fully understand the program is a bit much, but once you get going, it's not a problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely recommend evaluating the benefits of the software compared to the cost. While on the pricier side, the potential to solve numerous business problems is well worth the investment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to correlate data from our CRM with data from our marketing automation software truly helps us to realize how we are winning as well as areas where we need to improve.

Tableau Desktop review by Agency in Marketing and Advertising
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"non-technical, intuitive way to visualize data"

What do you like best?

The drag and drop dimensions and measures make it easy to build complex visualizations that would have otherwise taken hours in Excel. If you don't have a hypothesis or know what you're looking for, you can dig around in your data to find insights without worrying about wasting too much time since the visualizations are so easy to build. It's great for using Google Anlaytics because if you're working with data from a large site, it automatically queries new sets of data to prevent sampling, which means your findings are much more accurate than if you looked in Google Analytics itself.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how difficult it is to join data sources. Tableau isn't useful unless your data has really been cleaned and is all in one central database. If you're trying to blend different spreadsheets and databases or perform inner joins, it gets very messy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking to Tableau to understand clean, historical data, it's fantastic. Tableau cannot be used for predictive analytics though unless you package it with R.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I wanted to accelerate diagnosis and reporting on website performance and be able to present findings to clients in a very visual way. I also wanted to take large sets of data from Google search to find new areas of opportunity.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Jeff S.</span>
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"Tableau makes data visualization easy."

What do you like best?

The ability write complex code and integrate it with Python scripts to run and visualize complex data models

What do you dislike?

It's a bit difficult to get outside API's running (Python, JavaScript, etc)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau is easy to learn for both technical and non-technical people and you'll find uses for it far beyond just data visualiztion.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Effective performance management. Tableau has benefitted us in that I've been able to objectively identify who does PM well and who doesn't via visualizations.

Tableau Desktop review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Easy to learn, makes you love data!"

What do you like best?

Tableau is intuitive and works like your brain thinks. I'm not technical but I was able to learn the basics very quickly and the online help and community guides you through learning more advanced features.

Visualizations and calculations are shown as you work so you can "fail fast" without having to do a whole lot of work and then hope the output is going to turn out fine.

What do you dislike?

Each new version requires a fresh install - bookmarked workbooks disappear and you have to re-favourite them.

More Show Me types could be added even though they may not be 'visual best practice'

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simple business questions - sales over time, by person and product.

CRM usage - pipeline reporting, user reporting, data quality & exception reporting

Tableau Desktop review by User
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"Review of Tableau Desktop"

What do you like best?

Tableau is currently an emerging BI Tool which has proved its incredible functionality for visualizations and analytics area of the BI platform. It is easily approachable and can be quickly adapted by users belonging to any domain with little to no knowledge on other reporting platforms

What do you dislike?

It does not have ETL capability and since many companies have been recently using tableau, its flaws are yet to be discovered. It may not be confirmed that this tool is super scalable in terms of reliability and flexibility.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau Desktop can be used to develop/build appealing reports and visualizations for data analytics. Users can easily use them and modify according to their needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm currently using Tableau for building visualizations so that users from different teams including end users can utilize the tool for doing analytics for making better informed business decisions.

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Subhadipto P.</span>
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"Quick and user friendly"

What do you like best?

The fact that it is GUI based helps to learn and implement quickly. Also there are solutions on the net to the frequent problems that you may face.

What do you dislike?

The fact that it takes a lot of time to load file more than 2GB.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Switch to tableau if your dataset is not that "big"

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The DOT reports and the visualizations. They can be quickly and easily compiled using Tableau

Tableau Desktop review by <span>Jarin S.</span>
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"Amazing Software"

What do you like best?

I really like all of the options for getting data into Tabeau. I also love all of the veiws and visuals that you can create.

What do you dislike?

I think there is quite a learning curve to the product. Since it is geared towards visuals and not tabular like excel, it is sometimes confusing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?