Tableau Review
The most valuable feature of this product is drag-and-drop visual analytics.

Valuable Features:

The most valuable feature of this product is drag-and-drop visual analytics.

Improvements to My Organization:

By deploying Tableau Server with an interactive dashboard built with Tableau Desktop, our company has gone through a journey of enabling self-analysis, and adopting a data-driven decision-making culture.

As a franchise model, we have enabled our franchisees and master franchisees to prepare self-service financial and operational reports to support their day-to-day operations.

Room for Improvement:

  • Better integration with R. Currently, users need to start R before running R scripts in Tableau. Ideally, it would be great if Tableau could save the step of firing up R to start with.
  • Introducing more quite-common advanced analytics functions in Tableau. To enable users to perform simple advanced analytics at their fingertips.

Use of Solution:

I have been using Tableau for three years.

Stability Issues:

In terms of stability, we encountered compatibility issues when we upgraded the server version from 8.3 to 9.1. Several reports encountered error messages and were not able to render properly. Later, it was resolved by the server administrator together with Tableau support.

Previous Solutions:

We were using Excel-based solutions. Tableau was much more advanced and user-friendly at that time.

Cost and Licensing Advice:

Pricing is certainly a bit expensive.

Other Advice:

For smaller organizations, Tableau Online would be a better solution. It is always up to date with the latest version, and no complex administrative duties are involved.

For bigger organizations that prioritize data security over cloud infrastructure, Tableau Server could be considered, which would allow full control by the organization.

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

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