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 XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Web browser (OS agnostic)

4 Reviews of Tableau

 

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.

Ease-of-use

It is very hard to learn by yourself. However, once you've learned it, it is quite easy to use.

Functionality

It handles large amounts of data very well. The BI visualization is quick and easy.

Product Quality

It's getting progressively better. I wish dashboard rendering would be a lot faster.

Customer Support

I have never used their customer support.

Likes Best

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

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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

Ease-of-use

If you know anything about SQL and BI, this tool makes it easy.

Functionality

Sometimes you need to move to the big guns, but Tableau will meet most day-to-day needs.

Product Quality

There is always a give-and-take robustness versus ease of use. I would say that Tableau does a good job in balancing the two objectives.

Customer Support

I haven't needed customer support so I can not really speak to this.

Likes Best

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

Likes Least

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

Recommendations

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

Founding Principal

Ease-of-use

It's super easy to use for a moderately-experienced computer user but not for a beginning computer user (like many software packages).

Functionality

It has fantastic simplicity for a moderate-level computer user (but not for complete computer beginners).

Product Quality

It's super easy. It's a great way to learn data visualization basics without becoming an expert in a new discipline.

Customer Support

Not applicable. I don't user the customer support.

Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

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

Recommendations

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

Ease-of-use

It's easy to play around and get to what you need. I love the undo button! That makes it very easy to play around with. Tableau desktop does use a lot of memory, so it's best not to have too many other applications open at the same time.

Functionality

I use it to create weekly and ad hoc reports. I am able to get my data into Tableau and make the graphs I need.

Product Quality

Graphs come out very nicely. The dashboards look clean and elegant. The graphs are very customizable.

Customer Support

I haven't really reached out to Tableau support for anything. But there is a lot of support out there by user groups for any question you might have.

Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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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