Tableau Review
Compared to OBIEE, Tableau is more visually appealing and has less performance issues.


Valuable Features

Ease of use, In-Memory data storage, native connectors for different DB’s and many more

Improvements to My Organization

We're a service based company and we most of the times get adhoc requests for implementing reporting. Since Tableau helps us create rich and meaningful visualizations in a short time frame, it’s helping us improve our business.

Room for Improvement

ETL functionality to be incorporated and Server to be improved in terms of including more features in Web Authoring, Quick steps in replacing data source connection credentials etc.

Use of Solution

I’ve been using Tableau for 2.5 years.

Deployment Issues

  • Tableau Desktop: No
  • Tableau Server: Not meeting the hardware requirements
  • Otherwise, deployment is smooth.

Stability Issues

No. Just that hardware requirements need to be met.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Excellent

Technical Support:

Excellent

Previous Solutions

I’ve used OBIEE. When compared to Tableau, visualizations are not visually appealing and I also had performance issues.

Initial Setup

Straight Forward in both Tableau Desktop and Server.

Implementation Team

In-house team

ROI

I cannot say a specific number, but lots of projects are using Tableau for their reporting solutions.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

We’d bought 10 licenses initially and cost was discounted by $100 per license. No day-to-day cost but, we’ll need to pay maintenance of $500 per year.

Other Solutions Considered

Qlikview, Pentaho.

Other Advice

People should use Tableau because it is fast and visualizations will be rich.They can reduce the resource cost as reports can be done by a small team and does not require too much technical expertise.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Tableau partner

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