Tableau Review

Fast and easy data exploration that needs a fast DB or storing in proprietary format

What is most valuable?

Easily visualize data.

How has it helped my organization?

I'm able to prototype charts/dashboards in hours vs days or weeks with other tools (mainly Excel). Doesn't require me to think about the level of aggregation that I'm going to need as it deals with large data sets. Blends disparate datasets together which is awesome for plan vs actual reports where the data is a two different levels of granularity.

What needs improvement?

Needs a metadata solution plus some enhanced ETL functionality.

Edit: v9 introduced some light metadata solutions that are helpful from Excel.

For how long have I used the solution?

4 years

What do I think about the stability of the solution?


Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Initially used Tableau at a large electric utility where we were largely using Excel. Utility had bought into SAP BusinessObjects but IT had locked down these tools so much that all we had was Excel. Used to work at BOBJ myself but I haven't used their tools in while. We're going with Tableau right now because it works for our dept and we could get it working quickly and without an enormously long and expensive project to get IT involvement.

Now I work for a small start-up but one of the first things I did was to get a copy of Tableau. 

How was the initial setup?

Very easy to build with a rudimentary understanding of databases and data.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

So far we're just using the Tableau Desktop, so just the licenses for that. The Reader is free to deploy. We've just started to pilot Server.

What other advice do I have?

Everyone is always impressed with the charts that Tableau can produce. As well as the ability quickly modify them.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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