Tableau Review
Fantastic visualizations & dashboarding capability but some basic ETL functionality will do a world of good


Valuable Features

Fantastic visualizations & dashboarding capability, ease of use for business users.

Room for Improvement

It is meant as a visualization tool agreed, but some basic ETL functionality will do a world of good. Also, enterprise collaboration and embedded analytics (like Spotfire) would be great

Use of Solution

3 years

Deployment Issues

Yes, hierarchies and cube definitions are not retained while connecting to an OLAP DB.

Stability Issues

Yes, certain features cause Tableau to hang repeatedly - for example, editing the data source to point to another extract. Certain issues with data blending exist as well.

Scalability Issues

Lots of care including design/caching required to ensure quick reports while handling large amounts of data.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Good, most times any technical queries I have are addressed by the community posts itself - but there a number of easy to implement and tremendously useful functionalities included in the Ideas page that are yet to be implemented.

Initial Setup

Easy as pie.

Other Solutions Considered

QlikView/Microstrategy
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Hariharasudan PReal User

Intresting. I think it has to improve a lot in terms of performance and scalability.
+'s are : Visualizations and Self service BI is amazing stuff that one can do in browser itself.

PS: it is my own comment and not aligned to my company or someone else.

08 May 14
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