Tableau Review

We use it for data visualization, predictive analytics, and forecasting.

What is most valuable?

  • Ease of use
  • Data visualization
  • Predictive analytics and forecasting

How has it helped my organization?

We are a consulting company, so we could use it internally. However, this is more for other clients. It does help those clients in analyzing their data.

What needs improvement?

There are certain things that I would want it to do, but it wouldn't be something that I could easily describe.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for around three years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It all depends. You have to make sure that you've designed the data part well. It is doing better at handling scalability. In other words, you can throw more users at it and it shouldn't impact the system performance.

How was the initial setup?

The setup part depends on what Tableau products you're using. For Tableau Desktop Developer, the setup was very straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that you have your requirements and your use cases. You need to know what exactly you are trying to solve. You need to know the story that you are trying to tell. The business needs to know.

If you are an IT organization, then you need to understand what the business is trying to do before you just go and start using the product.

Tableau was able to handle the challenges that we've had, in terms of reporting and analytics. It's flexible enough, so that you can bring in other data and be able to quickly marry that data with what you have, report on it, and be able to tell the story that the business wants fairly quickly.

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