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Data visualization tools enable end users to present data sets in graphical form, typically as part of a report creation function. As organizations grow more data-driven, there is a compelling need for data visualization tools that can be used by non-technical employees. This represents a transition in the category. The previous generation of data visualization software packages were designed for use by experts. Now, the average end user needs to be able to create high quality visual displays based on large and complex data sets. A good data visualization tool can help transform that raw data into visuals that are easily digestible, oftentimes highlighting conclusions that were not previously apparent.
Selection preferences for data visualization packages revolve around ease-of-use. However, as IT Central Station members comment, the ease-of-use concept extends beyond basic user experience. For example, users want an easy-to-use API which makes it possible to connect the tool to multiple data sources without excessive administrative overhead.
Ease of use also implies a tool that could be learned and then deployed easily without a lot of technical expertise. A simple drag and drop hierarchy creation is another desired feature, once again making it easy for non-technologists to create effective visual displays of data. Or, having story creation helps end users build reports that put meaning into otherwise opaque data. Some users express a preference for tools that can create visualizations built for the web.
Performance and the ability to handle large datasets are valued by prospective users. How well the tool deals with multi-tenancy visualization plugin support also factor into selection. Some users are pleased with a tool that doesn’t try to do everything for everybody. Focus counts. Time to deployment also matters, along with ease of implementation. Large data sets figure into a preference for data visualization tools with high query speed. An end user might be querying a data source millions of records. If this process takes too long, productivity suffers.
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I believe the most valuable feature of Tableau is the flexibility it offers with regards to the types of visualizations the user can create. A lot of other products in this space offer limited chart types and work in a way that provide little... more»
In our line of work, we primarily use Tableau Desktop/Server to visualize data based on our clients’ requirements. Once, while dealing with a procurement scenario, we found that the client could save $2.00 on each unit of Part A if they... more»
I would like to see the inclusion of a template to create a speedometer chart. I can understand that Tableau doesn’t have it as one of its default chart types because it’s not a good way to represent the data. Indeed that’s true, but... more»
There are so many smart features baked into this product, it's hard to even rank them. I think what makes Tableau stand out over other software I've used is that it doesn't start with a visualization, then pump numbers into it: It starts with... more»
The use case has been different from one organization to another. In most cases, the initial buy-in and value-add is at the analyst level. The freedom to calculate, then derive, then iterate - that never-ending cycle every analyst out there... more»
Connectivity seems to be a sticky point, but it's also a hard nut to crack at the level that I would love to see. Tableau is fast, razor sharp on the whole - WHEN you use an extract. The problem is querying the data to fill the extract is... more»
It's very easy to import data and also to create formulas and so on. In that sense, it's really easy and friendly. Also, it made creating charts, and especially, for example, the bubble charts, really easy and very powerful. I've been creating metrics that show variances, for example, in surgery times and supplies used in surgeries, and also in expenses,... more»
It would be valuable if I could more easily share what I do. Right now, where I work, we have SAP BusinessObjects, but there's no way to easily store on a server and share. If we could store models I create in a folder that I could share. Sharing is something that I think should be improved. Also, because Lumira saves directly to your My Documents folder, it... more»
It’s good for quick visualization and being able to quickly consume unstructured data to play around with. This is good way to show a demonstration/prototypes of dashboards and scenarios for design discussions on reporting requirements or to... more»
Good for adhoc visualization of an unstructured dataset which comes from other sources outside of source systems that you can overlay on top of the structured data and you have to get a quick visualization dashboard prototype going. It helps... more»
It is good for its use if ad hoc, offline, or needed for quick turnaround on reports/dashboards. It is not so great when it comes to data exchange/integration, data mining, etc. I rely on what’s available in current versions to see what APIs... more»
Global Manager BI Applications at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 20 2017
What do you think of SAP Lumira?
The most value that Lumira provides is in its ability to consume the Business Objects universe.
• Improvements to My Organization:
In our experience, it hasn't improved our organization.
• Room for Improvement:
There are improvement that need to be made everywhere. Lumira's capabilities feel like that of a store app with the intuitiveness of a desktop app, which is not a good combination. For SAP, Lumira may seem phenomenal, but when you take your SAP glasses off, it pales in comparison to other products in this space.
• Use of Solution:
I've been using it for one year.
• Stability Issues:
The product crashed on several occasions, particularly when dealing with larger data sets.
• Scalability Issues:
I got an error when trying to load...
The data blending capabilities is a huge factor for our team. The ease of blending data from multiple sources has allowed us to generate new insight and bring a different level of questions to the meeting table. The type of dashboards we have... more»
We’ve been able to replace several manual spreadsheet reports that took hours for individuals to complete. With Tableau Server and some automation processes put in place, those reports are now automatically delivered to the end users, saving... more»
Formatting controls could use some improvement. We’ve found that to be the most confusing part of developing reports, at least until you get use to where all the controls are at and how to use them. Ideally, making a user-friendly interface... more»
The ability to view all of these different logs, then drilling down into specific times or into specific data sources, has proved to be the greatest aspect in decreasing our troubleshooting overhead time. The added security has proven... more»
Splunk has helped our organization mainly on our increased use of the security side. We use Splunk to monitor all machine logins (both successful and unsuccessful) and actions taken on those machines under each user. We have set up some... more»
Splunk has continually been increasing its features and also expanding and perfecting its core functionality. I would like to see it to continue to improve its predictive analytics and machine learning tools. It is not to be said that they... more»
Tableau excels at data visualization and exploration. Terminologies such as a "sheet" are similar to the concept of a worksheet in Excel. Connection to most databases are supported out of the box. These factors keeps the learning curve short... more»
Tableau has empowered the business users to get answers to their data questions without relying on IT teams. Rather than following build, wait, and iterate cycle, business teams are able to analyze the data much more quickly and identify... more»
Many areas for improvement are in Enterprise features. Some of which are: 1. A private folder on the server for a user to store his/her files. 2. A built-in tool for deployment and migration between multiple Tableau Server environments. 3.... more»
Operations Perspective: The most valuable aspect of this product is the ease of deployment from the Tableau Desktop to the server, providing the ability to either connect live to a data source or create a cached dataset that can be published... more»
Tableau has provided the organisation a means to allow business people to explore their data at their pace. They can either review the reports online, or on their Tableau Reader or they can download it into other formats for use in data... more»
I think rapid development, geospatial coding, using it to connect to multiple data sources are all good selling points for it. That's important to our company because it enables self-service or data as a service for the end-user community.
We've streamlined our tool selection. A lot of other groups within the company have used other products, Excel, Power BI, Tableau, and then Lumira came into play. Being an SAP company, we're trying to have people gravitate towards one common... more»
I think there is room for improvement in connectivity, basic connectivity across data sources or datasets. HANA is a new set that we could connect to, but there are limitations for blending data with multiple sources with HANA. Same thing on... more»
The most valuable features are all of the analytical dashboards, which then pull real-time data. We can prepare a summary and, with these dashboards, anybody can build it and they are all self-service tools. You don't really need to program... more»
We haven't actually done anything. We are just exploring. We are doing a couple of proof of concepts. We haven't realized anything in production. We have something planned. I was given a glimpse of what we intend to do. We have a lot of data... more»
One area where I would like to see improvement is the speed. It needs so much resources. I would like to see everything running on the server rather than having it separated between the Lumira server and Lumira desktop, with one flavor here,... more»
The most valuable features of Tableau are: * The ease of learning and use. Tableau is very user friendly. I have a few colleagues at my place of work that had never used it. Within a few months, they created brilliant content. * The ability... more»
We now are starting to remove the data silos. We are seeing how data visualization helps to lead to quicker actionable insight. It also has helped reduce the number of reports and dashboards the organization needs.
I am very excited about Tableau 10 and what has been built into the beta. I think with those changes and some we saw at TC15 that are coming, the product is poised to remain the industry leader. I would like to see Tableau provide a bit... more»
We like the idea of being able to tell a story about our data and do some ad hoc data mining. It was like doing some dashboarding to show the sales across territories and actually see which ones were performing better than other ones and see... more»
We knew which stores were selling a lot, but we didn't know that they were actually outperforming all the other stores. When we were able to visualize it, it actually drove that home, and we were able to do that on the fly. It took a very... more»
I would look at the geospatial part of it which doesn't seem work well as when you look at converting that for your maps, it a little cumbersome, and it's not as accurate. It doesn't seem to do it as accurately so it's needs to be done... more»
The ability to render and visualize data across time or organizational hierarchies. It provides better, more robust ability to visualize data than in Excel or some of the other desktop tools that are out there, providing users the ability to... more»
We use it for things like planning major holidays, looking at resources required by hour based on things like traffic or sales or other important events that we may need to take into consideration. We can also provide some executive guidance... more»
I would say a better integration with the Business Objects platform. To develop the views, it's not user friendly. It's a great tool for developers to create the information model for Lumira. Once that has been developed then it's easier for... more»
The breadth of features, compared to the simplicity of implementation and use. The product doesn’t try to do everything, for everybody – but it has a broad range of capability. As an implementer, the ease of installation, plus how quickly you... more»
I have been involved with the implementation of many BI products; many products are expensive, require complex and difficult implementations, and once installed it is only the start of a lengthy consulting engagement to get the installation... more»
I wrote originally that "the Version 7 “minimalist” interface is new and is in the process of maturing" when I first wrote this review. The first release was a bit buggy, but they seem to have gotten on top of that very quickly. They appear... more»
* User adoption (ease of use) * Fast prototyping of data sets and analytics * Collaboration (both inside and outside our organization) * Pre-built connectors * Access from mobile devices * Data Awareness for enterprise * Data democratization... more»
It's a night and day change. We've gone from an organization that had no awareness into its data quality, and where data requests would take weeks to months, to one where our culture has transformed to being data first. Communication, trust,... more»
This isn't your typical BI tool. It flips some of those standard concepts we have around reporting tools on their heads. There are areas to improve on like visualization options, and there are areas I think would be valuable for Domo to... more»
I like the integration, so it's easy to integrate different data sources. Then you can play with the data in the first screen that basically turns it into a table. I like that, that I can integrate multiple sources of data.
To be honest, the way I function, I'm not sure it has improved the organization. I work for an SAP third-party vendor, so I got my Lumira license through my company. Basically, we use it because it's an SAP product and we have a certain... more»
An area of improvement, for sure, is the flexibility of the visualization. Often, my clients want us to see the data in a very specific way, maybe with their color palettes or whatever they want to see. Lumira is not very flexible when it... more»
Data Visualization & Analytics: In my last project, we used ESRI maps super-imposed with brand sales and sales history. By adding more dimensions to the data, we were able to drill from sales territories to analyze product sales at... more»
The client is in transition from traditional BI reports to real-time, mobile sales reporting, with a goal of eventually providing predictive analytics. The transition included a move away from IBM Cognos to Tableau, and using IBM Watson for... more»
The trend I see from clients is towards more mobile solutions, more real-time analytics, and the integration of analytics and order entry. E.g. A sales consultant can seamlessly transition from sales analysis to entering an order while... more»
I really like the design of the charts. The rapidness of the development is impressive. Its full set of options helps you reach the specific chart that you need and you can add any kind of additional data source. It gives the business user... more»
My company is a Tableau partner, and we are located in Lima, Peru. We used it to perform a geo-spatial analysis of prospects, and we created a distribution of them with a drill-down analysis for future clients, so we can segment the... more»
Tableau lacks a lot of ETL capabilities. Of course, it’s not the core of the product but it is the best tool for data discovery and really needs an ETL or data quality module inside of the suite. Enterprises have to use another tool (such as... more»
Sr Manager, Reporting & Analytics at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 08 2017
What do you think of Tableau?
***We've upgraded to 10.2.1 So I've updated the Pros and Cons accordingly!"
I've been working between Tableau and Qlikview (depending on use case) and have been jotting down Pros and Cons of each as I come across them. Many of these, but not all, are centered around some fairly specific UI functionality and limitations that I've come across while trying to deliver on various dashboard solutions. If you're evaluating Tableau as a potential data visualization solution, some of these points might help with your evaluation, or at least I'm hoping so! One caveat I will apply to the "Cons" section is some of these may in fact be resolved in the latest version, or may be achieved through some means that I'm just not aware of (though I do generally research pretty extensively before...
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