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.

Advanced Mapping
Advanced Mapping
Advanced Mapping
Interactive Dashboards on the Web
Interactive Dashboards on the Web
Intuitive User Interface
Intuitive User Interface
iPad Support
iPad Support

Supported Operating System(s):

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



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Erin from 2U Inc.

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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October 2018

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Pros

I like the Tableau is able to show data in a visual way.

Cons

It is not easy to use. I often have trouble figuring out how to us the different functions.

Erikka from Choice Hotels

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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October 2018

Tableau

Pros

Tableau has streamlined our reporting processes. By allowing us to combine data from several sources across our business lines we are able to get accurate screen shots of how our sales people are performing to goal. We love that the data updates weekly. This really helps our sales team to be able to patch leakage in travel programs right when they become an issue and thus reduce the lost room nights.

Cons

We have a lot of data in Tableau and because of this it seems to run slow or take a while to produce reports depending on how much data you are pulling.

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Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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October 2018

Powerful Business Intelligence Tool

Building dashboards and presenting data.

Pros

Powerful tool to slice and dice data. Easy to deep dive and pivot on important metrics. Building new graphs is relatively easy and makes sense to the data layer.

Cons

It's primary built as desktop software, so collaboration can get tricky if you're working with multiple analysts.

Jacqueline from MISNET

Specialty:  Software / Technology

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

Easy to use and with connectivity to different data sources like excel, oracle, teradata

improve shape files for map

Pros

Easy to use
Excellent visual representation
Dynamic in dimension/measure calculations
A lot of examples online for calculations and graphs

Cons

Intensive use of laptop memory during .tde/.hyper extraction
Costing of license per user
Viewing time of dashboard once uploaded in Tableau server

Lisa from University of Chicago

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2018

Nifty features to conduct exploratory data analysis

My overall experience with Tableau has been a positive one. I liked how I could make connections to MySQL database as well where I store most of my data. Also, Tableau works great with conventional excel files such as xlsx and csv. If you are an advanced user, Tableau works with geospatial files too. I had a lot of fun creating maps in Tableau. My boss was very impressed with the quality of the maps and how it was so easy to pick up an insight with the help of Tableau.

Pros

Tableau has been the talked of the town because of the ability to create dynamic visualizations on the fly allowing no disruption when conduction exploratory data analysis. This allows the presenter to engage his audience/senior management to address questions immediately. Compared to other visualization tools, Tableau is relatively easy to pick up. With simple clicks,drag and drops, a business analyst can create a dashboard in a short amount of time. My favorite feature would be Pages as it allows the analyst to observe how the data changes with respect to time. Tableau also offers a variety of visualizations, dashboard and story features. The bubble plot is by far my favorite!

Cons

The price for the enterprise version of Tableau is expensive. Taking the certification exam to get license is expensive as well. (However, there is the public version that is available for free). In addition, do not bother to contact customer service if you are not a corporate client. They will not entertain your questions. Having said that, the tableau community is an extremely resourceful page and there are a few good tutorial channels out there.

Raghavendar from Infosys Technologies Ltd

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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October 2018

Tableau the next generation BI

I worked on many dashboard and it is very intuitive way of presenting the things is extraordinary. The on-fly reports and the look and feel of the colours is very fascinating.

Pros

1. Easy to use to know the insights in data
2. overall project cost is far less compared to other BI tools
3. Innovate and adoptive to the changes very quickly and takes less time in new releases

Cons

1. Still the problem is it is not a complete replacement to existing Enterprise BI
2. Also, it creates less jobs (developer like me) when compared to other tools like BO, Cognos

Marcelo Luis from CIDOC - Centro de Investigación y Documentación de la Facultad de Humanidades y Comunicación - UFT

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2018

Amazing tool for data visualization and analysis

I've worked with Social Media Analytics with Twitter data (and metadata) and it really was a breakthrough tool for that end. Things I was struggling with other tools were almost effortless on Tableau. I really recommend. There are resources online and courses so anyone with enough time and dedication may learn and get things done.

Pros

Excellent tool. Once you get by the first interface learning curve, it is easy to learn, very well documented and simple to do the basic stuff. If you want to get more serious, of course it is harder, but I was able to do things I deemed were very complex with not so much work, thanks to Tableau. Besides, since I am an academic researcher, they have a generous free license program that allows me to perform my research without spending all my (not-so-abundant) resources, such as with statistical analysis softwares (unfortunately...). The visualization possibilities are most helpful not only to analyze, but to synthesize sometimes, so it works as a means and an end at the same time. I am very impressed and thankful to Tableau software and the community that helped me get through with Social Media Analytics for my PhD.

Cons

It is resource intensive, so you better work on a good (hopefully desktop) computer. Specially if dealing with big data. Also, sometimes the interface goes a little crazy and you have to load and unload to get the visualization right. It crashes with some frequency, but I have never lost much of the work thanks to an auto-recovery tool. The data import may feel less intuitive (as compared to the worksheet interface) and I had problems importing *.csv files and converting date fields.

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Number of employees:  1 employee

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October 2018

Easy sales analytics tool

Pros

Ability to pull information into charts, graphs, and tables.

Cons

Not as much historical data as I would like so difficult to compare previous info to current.

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Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

Easy to use

It is great product to use

Pros

The greatest thing of Tableau is ease of use and connect to the different data sources seamlessly. You can build stunning dashboards in no time for a Non-IT person.

Cons

The content deployment from Development to QA and Production servers is difficult as you need to publish the content to DEV, QA and Production independently.

Sirma from taxback.com

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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October 2018

Can't recommend enough

Pros

Different people have different ways of processing information . What I like about Tableau is that through its reports each different type of understanding of data is represented .It makes it extremely easy to use (after you know what you are doing ) . I can honestly say that the tool has improved my decision making .

Cons

It can be intimidating for novices at the beginning .It takes a while to learn how to navigate through Tableau. If you handle a lot of data through it ,you'll need to run it through a powerful machine .

Sasha from RU

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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October 2018

Amazing data visualization tool

Pros

There are a plethora of graphs types that can be created in Tableau, making it the premier data visualization tool. Although there are so many features and it takes a while to become familiar, the online support system is amazing. There are so many reference guides and forums where people share tips and assist new users with the system.

Cons

There isn't anything I don't like about Tableau. It's just a matter of learning how to use the system, which yes, does take time, but it is doable.

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Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2018

Great for data analysts

Being experienced in Tableau has given me a great boost in my professional life. Being able to organize the data in such a great way gave me a head start on the rest of my competition.

Pros

Tableau allows me to organize my company's data and present it in a reader friendly, efficient way.

Cons

Tableau is a great skill for a Data Analyst to have, but it does require a good amount of learning and training to become an expert.

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Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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October 2018

Love Tableau, Not the Price (Online/Cloud Version)

Pros

Great data imaging that brings your research to life, for everyone to be excited. Works well with all forms of data.

Cons

It's too expensive and takes a little to learn how to correlate the data.

Gabriel from Profesia, spol. s.r.o.

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

Modern and easy to comprehend visualization of data

We are satisfied users :)

Pros

I really appreciate the waterfall graph visualization - we were looking for a tool to interpret data this way and tableau has proved to be the most suitable
Public sharing of graphs is also a good asset of this tool

Cons

I might be wrong, but we register longer loading times with more sophisticated graphs

Alaeddine from Helpling

Specialty:  Sales & Marketing

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

Master of automated reports

- I would recommend Tableau software ( desktop and server ) to any medium sized data driven company. With the new pricing, the quality / price ratio is fair enough.

Pros

- Tableau server : Ability to publish reports and share the data with the wanted parties in 2 clicks
- Data download : Downloading data ( raw format or tabular ) directly from the report
- Variety of customisable charts and dashboards
- Use of parameters : Passing values using parameters will make the report more customisable

Cons

- Extract and automated refreshing process are a bit buggy.
- UI will crash if the report is built on top of an important amount of data ( depends also on the UI and how many filters are used )
- Live connexion feature do not scale well with the size of data used.

John from RDI Corporation

Specialty:  Telecommunications

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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October 2018

data packed warehouse

Pros

This product is great for a analytical mind or any business trying to drill down even further. Great tool for the tool belt

Cons

I wish there was more instructed led or tutorials on this product. There is so much that it can do that you don't know unless you google or youtube it.

abdelli from Southern States University

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

Tableau is the future of data visualisation

It's a great experience..

Pros

the preview of the data on a map by regions, also the drag and drop of measures, which make it easy to use. And finally that they give a free license for the student to learn more about it, which is amazing..

Cons

The documentation for tableau sometimes it's hard to find what i m looking for

Dawn from Christopher Newport University

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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October 2018

Great for visualization

So far, I have really liked the product. Additional training is a must, particularly for hands-on learners.

Pros

the mapping function is wonderful. It allows you to overlay data together on one map to dig deeper into each data point while having an overall picture of where your alumni and friends live

Cons

Its not very intuitive and there is a pretty sharp learning curve.

Sharmaine from IT services provider

Specialty:  Software / Technology

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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October 2018

To review Tableau

Pros

One of the features that I like in this software is the ability to solve data analysis. It has many approaches to solving data.

Cons

I just like least the price of this software, a little price to get a tableau license. I do hope to make it a more acceptable price.

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Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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October 2018

1 week trying to upgrade....And counting

Pros

The information the site generates is very useful to those who consume it.

Cons

As an admin, I have been fighting trying to do an upgrade on Tableau unsuccessfully for over a week now. Just simple things like starting and stoping the service take over a half hour so it's a very slow process as well.


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