Tableau Review

Active Online Community Provides Guidance, Decreasing Learning Curve


What is most valuable?

The drag and drop in development, design and usage; the Show Wizard feature.

How has it helped my organization?

As a BI and data visualization enthusiast and provider, I have compared Tableau against other BI and data visualization tools. It provides tremendous ease of use and a shorter learning curve when compared to the rest. Provides astonishing visualizations as well.

What needs improvement?

The user interface and ease of use requires a bit of a learning curve to pick up. No drag and drop functionality at the development stage, unlike its competitors.

The data preparation is quite good but not as powerful as the one I use or would recommend for data manipulation and cleansing as well. Tableau seems to focus on the data visualization end and provides, or has partnered with, some other software for data preparation.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None at the moment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Tableau, as noted above, does not provide much in terms of data preparation. Handling of large volumes of data sometimes does not work well with this all-in-one purpose tool making it less ideal for business users.

How is customer service and technical support?

The Tableau online community is rich and vibrant and provides quick guidance on getting started with the basic use of Tableau.

Which solutions did we use previously?

None.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward for personal use, except when looking at deploying on local premises. Doing so entails some configuration during the installation process.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Tableau pricing and licensing is on the high side for a small company, but it’s competitive among its peers. They offer a monthly subscription for their cloud service.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As a consultant in the area of Business Intelligence and data analytics, I have personally evaluated BI tools such as QlikView, Qlik Sense, Power BI and MicroStrategy.

What other advice do I have?

Invest in the memory and RAM of the PC or server you intend to use with Tableau. Though most database sources are available for connection, you should still ensure you have all the necessary resources and connectors installed for proprietary databases.

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