Tableau Review
I can upload custom images and icons for visualizations.

Valuable Features:

  • Drag and drop options
  • Custom image/icon upload for visualizations
  • User-friendly interface
  • Easy connection to multiple data sources

Room for Improvement:

With Tableau, use of an external ETL tool is a must if it’s connected to a data warehouse. It doesn’t really provide the room for complex computing or data transformation.

Use of Solution:

I have used it for about a year.

Deployment Issues:

I have not really encountered any deployment, stability or scalability issues.

Initial Setup:

Simple. Tableau installation is pretty simple.

Other Advice:

Analyze the business need and end users first, and then go for implementing Tableau. Simple reporting can be done in IBM Cognos or various other tools available in the market. What Tableau can bring to the table: better visualizations, ease of use (in case the end users are business guys and not technical folks) and advanced analysis capabilities.

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

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