Tableau Software


 

Tableau is an integrated business intelligence (BI) and analytics solution that helps to analyze key business data and generate meaningful insights. The solution helps businesses to collect data from multiple source points such as SQL databases, spreadsheets, cloud apps like Google Analytics and Salesforce to create a collective dataset.

Tableau's live visual analytics and interactive dashboard allow slicing & dicing datasets for generating relevant insights and exploring new opportunities. Users can create interactive maps and analyze data across regions, territories, demographics and more. Tableau helps to create a narrative story of the data analysis with interactive visualizations that can be shared with their audience.

Tableau can be customized to serve a number of industry verticals including banking, communication, education, healthcare, real estate, manufacturing and technology. The solution can be either installed on-premises or hosted on the cloud as a SaaS application. Users can also view and analyze data on their Android and iOS smartphones with Tableau Mobile app.

 

Tableau - Advanced Mapping
 
  • Tableau - Advanced Mapping
    Advanced Mapping
  • Tableau - Intuitive User Interface
    Intuitive User Interface
  • Tableau - Interactive Dashboards on the Web
    Interactive Dashboards on the Web
  • Tableau - iPad Support
    iPad Support
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic)

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Damir from Intelligo
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Overall it is a good product. The only thing is that you need to pay for it.

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Pros

It's working fine with large databases. I did not have any problems when I uploaded a db with hundreds of tables.

Cons

Visualization solutions could be a bit better. I have seen products with more appealing graphs, pie charts etc.

 
 

Edward from Rosetta Stone
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Tableau as Reporting System

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My company utilizes Tableau to store and display different kinds of internal data. I've found it to be relatively user friendly in terms of downloading and displaying data, and would recommend it to any company for those purposes.

Cons

It seems that Tableau has some difficulties with interpreting complex business rules, which limits its functionality for some higher level purposes. That said, it's possible that has as much to do with how my company utilizes Tableau as it does with the tool itself.

 
 

Joe from Pelotonia
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

March 2017

March 2017

Need to dedicate learning time

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Tableau has amazing potential for all business types. Success within any organization will be determined by the amount of time you can dedicate to learning, both on the building side and on the consumption side.

 
 

sai from hnexus
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

good bi

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Good BI tool, which is easy to use, by creating new dashboards & stories.

 
 

Sree Vidya from Orchestra Technology
Specialty: Telecommunications
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Tableau Review

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Tableau is an amazing product that is simplistic and lets user create the most advanced analytical reports with very easy steps. It is a user friendly tool that helps businesses make critical decisions and it is compatible with many data sources.

Pros

User friendly
Scalable
Easy to use
Good visualization
Good compatibility with different datasources
Great reporting tool
Open and active community to share ideas and problems

Cons

It take some time to execute the queries when dealing with large datasets

 
 

Smaraki from RPI
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

November 2016

November 2016

Nice visualization tool

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A comparatively easy to use software for visualization of trends, if you know how to play around with data and draw out information from the data. Can be very effective in drawing insights and finding out patterns based on the data.

 
 

Madelyn from Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

November 2016

November 2016

Great tool- but do your research

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I love Tableau as it is a GREAT tool for translating data into understandable information. There are so many different ways to display the data, and the software gives you a lot of different capabilities in manipulating the data. However the software is not for the faint of heart and I would recommend reading up on lots of tutorials/youtube vids to get familiar with all that the software can do.

Pros

SO many options!

Cons

It's pro is also its con in that you definitely need to spend time doing research/learning all of the software's functions.

 
 

Josna from Capgemini
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

November 2016

November 2016

Tableau Review

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The Show me feature in Tableau is very useful to draw views based on best practices in the software field.

 
 

Scott from VGM Homelink
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services

September 2016

September 2016

Easy mode analytics

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Likes Best

With Tableau it is really easy to connect to your data and get started right out of the gate. You do not need any special skill sets in order to be up and running.

Likes Least

Combining different data sources together proves difficult such as loading excel files, stored procedures, and direct table access all in the same page doesn't work well.give the free trial a shot

Recommendations

Give the free trial a shot. It is a great product for data discovery and building out dashboards.

 
 

Shannon from Locher Pavelka Dostal Braddy & Hammes, LLC
Specialty: Legal

September 2016

September 2016

A Useful Analytics Tool

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Tableau is very helpful in visualizing a large amount of data and presenting it in a way that is extremely easy to understand even if you don't have the technical or statistical skills usually necessary for such analysis.

Likes Least

I do not like some of the familiarity needed with coding to do specific functions needed for drilling down more into the data. It is very useful for broad analysis, but if you want to get specific then it becomes much harder to use.

Recommendations

I would recommend taking some of the intro course before using Tableau. It is easy to play around with and learn that way, but you will save much time and effort by taking intro courses before.

 
 

Chris from Schneider Electric
Specialty: Manufacturing

September 2016

September 2016

Does it get any better?

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This products dimensions for analyzing trends is unmatched in the industry. I love the way the data is presented and can show exactly where you need to focus on the "hot spots" when reviewing data.

Likes Least

While there are a lot of different ways to manipulate the way the data is presented, there are still some limitations, this shouldn't be a contributing factor when considering this software.

Recommendations

Learn all that you can through the youtube videos and tutorials online, there is a lot this software can do that you can't even imagine.

 
 

Tamara from Continental Mills
Specialty: Food / Beverage

September 2016

September 2016

Users love the visualization so!

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We brought in this product as an interim solution while working on a long term BI project. Because of the ease of use, end user friendly interface and visualization capabilities, this product has stayed and the uses refused to give it up. Now it is part of our permanent solution.

Likes Least

Cost model has been challenging. Especially when using this in conjunction with our other BI solution.

Recommendations

Get users involved and make sure what they want to see and how they use it is part of the process

 
 

Jacob from Scientific Technologies Corporation
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services

September 2016

September 2016

Tableau: A True Business Analytics Asset

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Likes Best

This product is extremely helpful in day to day analytics. It can connect to a variety of different databases from which data can be uploaded extremely easily. The tool is very user-friendly from drag and drop functions to aesthetic visualizations. However, from a a technical perspective it is also very effective. Users can drill down and code to get much more specific results.

Likes Least

Customer service has been a problem in my experience due to the large nature of the company. Of the multiple emails I've sent requesting technical assistance, only one has been returned and a technical meeting was not set up.

Recommendations

Ease of use is obviously an important feature when looking at Tableau. However, its in-depth technical functions are still extremely useful. These aren't seen immediately when analyzing this product, so it is important to realize that they are there and can be used efficiently.

 
 

DEEPAK from cognizant technology soln.
Specialty: Energy & Utilities

September 2016

September 2016

IT manager review on Tableau

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the product offers a wide range of features easily configurable , but is high in licensing cost and memory

Likes Least

the only negative aspect of this software is the licensing cost , the amount of RAM usage

Recommendations

look at the system requirements , if it works with latest OS like windows 10. RAM usage licensing cost. time to configure the software

 
 

Adam from Measuring Success
Specialty: Non-Profit

September 2016

September 2016

Great product to help my organization!

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It's rather simple to learn and really gave me valuable info to help my organization. I found that the visualization of data was especially helpful.

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The thing that I liked least about the product was that you need good hardware to run on it. When we first tried using it on just slightly older or lower performance machines we had trouble. Once we used it on more advanced machines it really performed well and the computer worked much better overall.

Recommendations

Make sure you take into consideration the hardware that you have at your organization that you will be using the software with. You don't want to purchase software only to have it not work well for you.

 
 

Barry from Equitable Life & Casualty
Specialty: Insurance

September 2016

September 2016

Data Analysis in A Pinch

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Tableau offers plenty of opportunities for learning and networking with other users.

Likes Least

There could be more statistical analytical capabilities offered, such as for stochastic modeling, data fitting, and predictive modeling.

Recommendations

To put the software through its paces, think of a story that you want to tell through the data, and assess whether Tableau can generate reports that can tell that story as quickly and clearly as possible.

 
 

Sarah from Milestone Church
Specialty: Non-Profit

September 2016

September 2016

Easy to use and customize

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Likes Best

It is very easy to use and allows for a great deal of customization.

Likes Least

It is quite expensive, especially for a nonprofit, but the features make it worth it if you can afford it.

Recommendations

Definitely utilize free trials and instructional videos to get a feel for if it can function the way you need.

 
 

Pratibha from UT southwestern medical center
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services

September 2016

September 2016

Tableau as a Dashbaording tool

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Product is easy to understand and the filters and layout is very customizable. Saves resource time who is building it once you get a hold of it. The visualizations are great, cascading dashboard feature helps to create a connected feel and still a drill down approach.
Vendor is extremely responsive, even for the trial version of Tableau server the support was awesome and very fast.
Also they provide initial setup support a training (for some extra cost), which is good for first time users. Also the web authorizing feature is something that is very useful, the users do not have to depend on the report developer to customize.

Likes Least

The pricing comes as a barrier, also if this would have supported ETL also that would have been great.

Recommendations

Easy to build, can connect to large number of different data sources. The performance is good even with huge datasets.

 
 

Andrea from Vizzy Solutions
Specialty: Consulting

September 2016

September 2016

10.0 and Online changed my mind

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Intuitive to pick up. Lots of control in formatting and adjustung without having to edit every single cell with some picayune, obscure widget or code. Beautifully designed graphical choices, making the final presentation easy to develop. Online's extract and updates scheduler removes the need for the reporting server layer. Responsive technical support.

Likes Least

Working with nulls is tricky. Creating calculations is "so easy" that incorrect aggregations can create errored results. With 10, alot of my issues with the software have been resolved. But this is not a heavy hitter for deep statistical work. This is a final presentation layer, so the back-end build needs to work with the business to define the views which will be pulled into Tableau. At that point, the end user (who is not a statistician or analyst) can really play around with an appealing, responsive interface withrilldown capabilities. But "self-service" analytics...it really isn't, not if your data is messt, or requires transformative work - which most does. Tableau needs clean data to work with.

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Tableau works off cleaned data. Its transformation capabilities are limited and even though they have SQL support, it appears it is MySQL, with limited common expression capability. Yes, they have data blending, but that is still easier to develop on the backend. That said, once the backend is built, the business owners love the interface, the speed to learn, the responsiveness, and the flexibility with which they can answer their own questions.

Architecturally, the Online is the easiest cloud solution I've found. Implementing the "reporting" layer is a breeze. Scheduling updates nd receiving failure alerts - intuitive and quick. No messy vpc, ec2, blah blah pull out your networking textbook to figure out how to make a frickin connection. Just build your basic workbooks with views linked to data sources, and "publish.". The popups guide you through the rest.

 
 

Erik from Lendio
Specialty: Education

September 2016

September 2016

Tableau is a valuable data science tool with robust visualization

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Tableau is one of the best tools out there for visualizing your data. While building basic profits and sales charts are definitely in it's wheelhouse, it really shines the more data points you gather on your customers. Being able to track customers by location as well as lifetime profit value as helped direct our advertising efforts.

Likes Least

Just like a swiss army knife, you may not need all of it's features, and that can be a little overwhelming. It can be hard to find the documentation for specific features if you don't know how to ask the question. I recommend using their support team and the training instead of just jumping into it.

Recommendations

If you're just looking for sales data, you probably can find better options out there that will match your needs for cheaper. If you're looking for a robust set of tools to visualize all aspects of your data, Tableau is the software for you.