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Tableau Review
Desktop is fairly intuitive and easy to get started with.


Valuable Features:

Desktop – primarily ease of use, TTM, for ad-hoc and reusable analyses and visualizations.

Improvements to My Organization:

Primarily TTM. The product is used by a number of different groups throughout the company – marketing, services, product engineering...

Room for Improvement:

Server scalability and pricing. Tableau was considered but rejected for a large scale in-house analysis and reporting solution. Even with a large-scale implementation (eight-plus cores), it was decided that Tableau probably wouldn’t scale to the level needed and at that level, was costly.

Use of Solution:

Desktop was brought into the company five or six years back. Server instances soon followed to support smaller groups.

Initial Setup:

Desktop installation is easy and straightforward. Out-of-the-box usable.

Implementation Team:

We have a central IT group that handled server deployments and now handles corporate-wide desktop license maintenance and support with the vendor.

Other Advice:

The desktop is fairly intuitive and easy to get started with. Training (on the product, data viz/scientist) is needed for deeper analyses.

As with any solution, do your homework. Understand what it is you’re trying to solve. Tableau is just one of many tools/solutions implemented across the company.

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

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