Tableau Review

Tableau is excellent for visualizing pre-built data or data that are already organized

Valuable Features:

• Graphical representation – great for showing trends over time or comparisons • Data source integration – can integrate with almost every type of databases/data sources like text files (csv, txt), SQL, SSAS, Oracle, etc • Flexible – very simple for a user to create reports with parameters and filters • Drill down – this functionality is built in so it is very simple to export into Excel and link from report to report, dashboard to dashboard. • Links - Using the URL you can link to any webpage or any report accessible via URL

Room for Improvement:

• Unlike Tableau, QlikView is a powerful, agile platform. • Lack of shortcuts – no controls such as dials or gauges which are generally find with dashboard • Poor Performance in hierarchical data– this is an usability problems when filtering as it doesn’t recognise the hierarchy. You can’t clear all filters enabling the user to start again when using complex filters • Unable to link parameters

Other Advice:

• Graphical representation of data - refers to the aggregation of data in a relevant and easy to read • Customizable Maps: Table 7 allows correlation with geographical indicators displayed by different colors. Each geographical area will receive a predefined color. For example, if economic growth in Spain it will receive colors depending on the level of growth • Related Charts: It is possible that in one chart to be visible all the variations. • In addition to the possibilities of visual correlation with indicators of geographical areas, the new version of BI offers a number of other new features: • multiple maps • Multiple names points / geographical areas (depending on language, types of abbreviations) • ability to add new points according to geographical longitude and latitude points • Automatic identification and centering it on the map for viewing relevance.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user3645 (Director of Development with 51-200 employees)

Excellent Advanced Visual and Interactive Analytics tool. Intuitive to both users and developers.

author avatarit_user4401 (Developer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

From my point of view, Tableau has three advantages: First is that the user can create visuals quickly and then switch between types easily in order to find the model that best represents the message. Second is that the user's interface is well organized and he can customize the view with a few clicks. And third is that defaults are based on best practices and the initial result contains nice color combinations and layout.