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
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    iPad Support
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic)

36 Reviews of Tableau

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from VGM Homelink
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

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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.

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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

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

 

from Locher Pavelka Dostal Braddy & Hammes, LLC
Specialty: Legal
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

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.

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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.

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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.

 

from Schneider Electric
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

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.

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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.

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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.

 

from Continental Mills
Specialty: Food / Beverage
Number of employees: 501 to 1,000 employees Employees number: 501 to 1,000 employees

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.

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

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

 

from Scientific Technologies Corporation
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Tableau: A True Business Analytics Asset

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

from cognizant technology soln.
Specialty: Energy & Utilities
Number of employees: 501 to 1,000 employees Employees number: 501 to 1,000 employees

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

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

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

 

from Measuring Success
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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.

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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.

 

from Equitable Life & Casualty
Specialty: Insurance
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Data Analysis in A Pinch

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

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

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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.

 

from Milestone Church
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Easy to use and customize

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

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

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

 

from UT southwestern medical center
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

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.

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

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

 

from Vizzy Solutions
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

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.

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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.

 

from Lendio
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

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.

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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.

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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.

 

from Measuring Success
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Great software but could be more intuitive

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Ability to create really great dashboards. Flexible and easy to learn for anyone comfortable working with data. Easy to replace datasets to update your dashboards (or set up an API to automatically update).

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Not always intuitive. You may have to reformat your data a few times before getting it into the right format for a specific dashboard you want to create.

For delivering to clients, can become expensive.

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I reviewed many many similar products. The functionality of the products is fairly similar but costs vary widely based on how you plan to use and deliver your dashboards. Will the software be used by a few people from one organization or many people from many organizations? Does it need to be available through the internet, or is it okay if you have to download software? Do you need to hide underlying data that may be sensitive? Does it need to automatically update or is it okay to send new files every time there is an update? The costs of Tableau vary significantly based on how you plan to use the product, and can become cost prohibitive - especially if you work with non profits. Tableau Reader is a great option for delivery if your data is not sensitive, but if you need separate licenses for all users it gets very expensive very quickly.

 

from Jobvite
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Self-service, easy-to-use

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I was inexperienced in using any sort of analytics tool before I started using Tableau. Tableau taught me how to build insightful and impactful reports. I rarely even had to use a user guide - it was so intuitive.

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I don't have many negative things to say about Tableau. It's at a high cost, though.

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I think this is one of the best analytics software systems I've used to date. And it taught me a lot about working with data, which is great!

 

from AT Kearney
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

Great data visualization software

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easy to manipulate large datasets quickly and make adjustments on the fly

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the learning curve can be a little steep for someone unfamiliar with the software, especially without a hands on coach

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Give it a shot, more powerful than excel and easier to use than powerpoint

 

from AppDirect
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Most powerful visualization tool but steep learning curve

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Tableau is a powerful desktop analytics software which allows the most customizable and sophisticated analytics I've seen after having used Qliksense, Qlikview, and Domo. Almost anything you can image you can create, including sophisticated drill downs, color coding, correlated charts, and more. As I started learning Tableau I was consistently impressed by how deep the functionality of the product is and how I was able to create compelling, interactive visualizations to allow stakeholders to self-serve analytics.

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Unfortunately the power of tableau brings a lot of complexity. It's not the type of software you can just click around and figure out so people who use it regularly do need to do a significant amount of training, and depending on their software proficiency the learning curve can be quite steep. The product, as a desktop software (I didn't use the online version), is starting to feel dated: you still have to save files and the software does crash every so often causing lost work, and you still have to deal with the annoyance of file management.

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If you need highly sophisticated, interactive, customizable visualizations and a powerful desktop analytics engine, Tableau is becoming an industry standard. Ease of use needs some work though.

 

from Tennessee Hospital Association
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Tableau for Aggregate Healthcare Data

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The ease of use is outstanding. It's a very powerful tool that can become more power with the integration of R. The visualization are beautiful, and I love being able to impress my coworkers, leadership, and customers.

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I wish there were some report building features. I know inherently, that's not what Tableau is intended for, but I have having to use a separate product to build reports on the same data.

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If you are a heavy report builder, go another route. If you have staff that are open to working with the data in a hands-on way, this is the best tool out there.

 

from Derevo
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Fair Tool but it was not for me

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The charts looks good, easy Interface, is easy to use.

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Data model is all about queries, slow down the processing when you have a considerable amount of data loaded

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Depends on budget and usability, this software is fair to me but in my personal experience and my needs is slow, I rather use other BI tool which give me speed whith huge and complex data models.

 

from Rudy Vasquez
Specialty: Marketing Services
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Beautiful data visualization

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Ability to connect many data sources and create impressive looking visualizations easily. The interface feels much more modern than some of its competitors that I've tried.

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There is a steep learning curve, but this isn't unique to Tableau. Data integration can be quite complex and without a clean data source the software isn't much use. Also, I found it slower than some of its competitors.

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Make sure it can handle the format and amount of data you are trying to visualize. While there is a lot of support online to deploy it by yourself, I recommend working with an consultant when trying to integrate many data sources.

 

from Derevo SA de CV
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Tableau, the BI for self sevice analytics

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Well, I have been using Tableau just for a few months and I'm impressed how easy is create cool visualizations, drangging and dropping objects, measures and dimensions. Also is one of the besto tools to create dashboards using Big Data.

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Users can leverage the power of Self Service analytics with this product, but talking about Guiding Analytics and projects for Enterprise companies, Tableau is not the best aproach to work with, also ETL process is a little bit more complex so you need to do it using other tools.

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As all the other BI tools, this product offers great capabilities, nice visualizations, but when you need to decide which BI tool is the best option, well, first you need to think in what do you need? This process includes gathering and prioritizing BI requirements, as well as determining use cases and tool categories and styles.

 
 
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