Tableau Software


 

Whether it's a manager, executive, analyst or any business role, Tableau is tailored to meet the needs of anyone looking to explore and analyze key business data, regardless of technical or analytical background. Tableau's suite of offerings provide business intelligence that is actionable and insightful, as well as extremely easy to learn.

Tableau has no limit with regards to performance, speed or business size and can be flexed to suit a number of industries, including securities, real estate, manufacturing and supply chain, to name a few. The most basic functions can be learned in less than an hour, and Tableau offers a "ShowMe" feature that draws views based on visualization best practices for user-selected fields.

Tableau has taken years of research and built best practices right into the solution. From color schemes to eye-catching design templates, information presented is both focused and meaningful. Stanford-developed technology lets users drag-and-drop data for analysis, following their own fluid train of thought to quickly create dynamic visuals where any changes can be viewed in real time. With a single click, users can also layer in additional data sources and then with a few more clicks, share the report. Publishing to the web takes seconds, since there are no changes necessary to the dashboards. All viewers need to engage is a browser to sort the data and find their own answers.

With Tableau's architecturally aware approach, users have a number of ways to connect to data. Even if you are working with an enormous amount of information, it can be loaded into Tableau's data engine for snappy response and is supported by live and on-demand training, as well as online support documents.

 

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)

11 Reviews of Tableau

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from Orbis Education
Specialty: Education
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Tableau-Rapid Fire Analytics!

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Very good customer service, product offerings range from start ups to large corporations. In the world of Business intelligence, this is one of the easiest I've seen to use and one of the most affordable.

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Product elements and being able to "shape" some of the things you'd like to see can be tricky as far as whether you want something to appear as a number, text, counts, etc. Filters can be a bit temperamental based on your data sets.

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Look at your data sets--are they something that is concrete, fluid, or need manipulation? Tableau works better with concrete, even though it offers what if analysis.

 

from Independent Consultant
Specialty: Consulting
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Intuitive Data Visualization and Discovery Tool

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The product is very intuitive and easy to learn. Allows you to build visualizations and analyze data very easily.

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Enhance the ability to create pixel-perfect dashboards.

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Download the trial and build something with it. I'd be very surprised if you didn't like the tool after using it.

 

from Razorfish
Specialty: Advertising
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Fun software for data

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The ease of use and output is unparalleled and made data management fun.

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some data integration issues with partners that made longer launch timeframes

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do your research for integration with partners and know what is needed.

 

from Landmark Associates, Inc.
Specialty: Banking & Financial Services
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Tableau Changes How We Look at Data

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Tableau is incredibly simple in its ability to easily visualize a data set. No longer do we have to spend needless time working on constructing data models for presentation.

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When attempting to manipulate data at a significant level, it can be fairly frustrating at times to accurately display the data.

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Provide a little more support, as well as more examples for further documentation for the end user.

 

from Advanced Engineering
Specialty: Engineering
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Tableau Review 3-11-15

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I like how user-friendly it is and how many tutorials are available online as well as the quality of the output.

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I don't like how slow it becomes when the data becomes extensive.

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I recommend they take into account the amount of help available to use the software and the final product.

 

from Landmark Associates
Specialty: Other
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Tableau is Awesome

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Tableau creates the most amazing visuals. If you know how to format your data, because your data cannot be formatted any other way than database-friendly, than you are able to create very meaningful visualizations that you cannot with other programs. It is also very easy to share these graphics.

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You really need product-specific skills to use this program. For instance, you have to be able to manually understand things like their dimensions vs measures which is something that someone with Tableau-specific knowledge would do. It is hard to crack without an instructor or specific instructions.

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Play around with the software. If you have your basics correct in the program you can explore the different features it has. Also, find someone else who knows about the program because they can help you in-person.

 

from Findable Consulting
Specialty: Consulting
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

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Tableau has super easy configuration for your data. From the standard Bar, Line, and Pie charts to the more colorful and novel Bubble, Heat map, Treemap, and Box-and-whisker plots, Tableau organizes data in surprisingly simple and enjoyable views.

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There isn't much I dislike at this point. I'm currently outputting some visualizations of some predictive, multivariate analyses from SPSS and some machine learning results from BigML.

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Whether you're considering an actual statistical package like SPSS, SAS or R or just doing data visualization through products Qlikview or even d3js.org, you should do a trial of Tableau. I actually also like Qlikview for it's fantastic filtering and simple and intuitive data manipulation (for non-SQL wizards), but for a large selection of super-easy (drag and drop) visualization formats, Tableau has all these products by a mile.

 

from United Airlines
Specialty: Travel, Transportation & Logistics
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

I am very happy with Tableau.

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The software is quite robust and flexible. The vendor very actively updates and improves the software.

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It's difficult to learn by yourself. Nobody in my company knew how to use Tableau, so we all learned by trial and error. The progress was extremely slow in the beginning, and everybody resisted using Tableau. We couldn't figure out why it was always crashing, why it was so slow, etc. I think the online videos aren't helpful. I wish there was an easier way to learn how to use it.

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For those who work with massive quantities of data, I would recommend getting Windows 64-bit and at least 4GB of memory. Otherwise, Tableau is pretty much useless, as it will crash all the time, and there is no auto-recover.

 

from Finance Consultant
Specialty: Consulting
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Great product for quick BI dashboards

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I like the ease of use and the quick ad hoc reporting abilities.

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Complicated BI projects take longer in Tableau than in more sophisticated, albeit higher-learning-curve, projects.

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Use it and push it, see what it can do and what it can't do. Large multi-table/data sources make tableau crawl, but unless you want to build custom solution, it's great for ad hoc creation.

 

from Findable Consulting
Specialty: Software / Technology
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

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Tableau has super easy configurations of your data. From standard bar and line graphs and pie charts to more colorful and novel Bubble, Heat map, Treemap and Box-and-whisker plots, Tableau organizes the data in surprisingly simple and enjoyable views.

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There isn't much I dislike at this point. It's just a great product.

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Whether you're considering an actual statistical package or just doing data visualization through products Qlikview or even d3js.org, you should do a trial of Tableau. I actually also like Qlikview for its fantastic filtering and simple, intuitive data manipulation (for non-SQL wizards), but for a large selection of super-easy (drag and drop) visualization formats, Tableau has all these products by a mile.

 

from United Airlines
Specialty: Travel, Transportation & Logistics
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

Useful and fun visualization tool

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I like how Tableau can connect to so many different data sources, whether it's connecting to a text file, an excel file, a database using SQL, etc. I like how you can connect live and Tableau updates as your data updates. I also like the visualization; it's a very appealing design. The global filters are very helpful in allowing you to update all your worksheets at once. The graphs turn out very cool-looking! There is a lot of support out there from Tableau user groups.

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Formatting is a pain. If I'm trying to change the font, change text into a dollar format, etc., I have to go into each graph and change it manually. I really wish you could apply a global format. Adjusting graphs on a dashboard is kind of confusing, with all the different containers and such.

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I look at distributions and attach rates for my customers across different attributes to identify hot spots. I also monitor email campaigns and A/B testing using Tableau. My team creates dashboards that we share with the department to communicate our company's performance.

 
 
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