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Sai Krishna J
Real User
Data Scientist at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Jun 26 2019

What is most valuable?

I believe the most valuable feature of Tableau is the flexibility it offers with regard to the types of visualizations the user can create. A lot of other products in this space offer limited chart types and work in a way that provide little room for customization, if any. But Tableau allows the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In our line of work, we primarily use Tableau Desktop/Server to visualize data based on our clients’ requirements. Once, while dealing with a procurement scenario, we found that the client could save $2.00 on each unit of Part A if they ordered it from Supplier X rather than from Supplier Y. In… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the inclusion of a template to create a speedometer chart. I can understand that Tableau doesn’t have it as one of its default chart types because it’s not a good way to represent the data. Indeed that’s true, but speedometers are quite popular and once we had a client who was… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have also worked with Microsoft's Power BI and I've found Tableau to be far more flexible and user-friendly in terms of the variety of visualizations it allows you to create.
Lunik Kanungo
Real User
Assistant Vice President - BICC - Development at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 03 2018

What is most valuable?

It's the ease of use, the quick deployment from developing it and then moving it on to our servers. It's much faster than our Cognos deployment. It is also a self-service tool so it decreases the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In the long run, things should be faster to deployment, to production, than they used to be before. It's the speed of getting results, based on what the user actually requires. Before it was a very… more»

What needs improvement?

I think they have just come out with a tool called Prep, which we just heard about today. It was something that was missing, a little data preparation type of tool. I believe it is an ETL tool but… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The switch was driven by the end-user level. We discovered that people were actually getting the self-service tool without us really being aware of it. Once we found out that they were using it, we… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be that you should consider Tableau. Certainly, for visualization-type projects, it would definitely be one of the products to look at, and I would recommend it at this time. Because… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In our case, people were already using Tableau. There are other groups within our company that are using other types of tools like MicroStrategy, and we already had BusinessObjects and Cognos here… more»
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Jhornber
Real User
Sr Manager, Reporting & Analytics at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 05 2018

What do you think of Tableau?

***We've upgraded to 2018.1 So I've updated the Pros and Cons accordingly!" I've been working between Tableau and Qlikview (depending on use case) and have been jotting down Pros and Cons of each as I come across them.  Many of these, but not all, are centered around some fairly specific UI functionality and limitations that I've come across while trying to deliver on various dashboard solutions.  If you're evaluating Tableau as a potential data visualization solution, some of these points might help with your evaluation, or at least I'm hoping so!  One caveat I will apply to the "Cons" section is some of these may in fact be resolved in the latest version, or may be achieved through some means that I'm just not aware of (though I do generally research pretty extensively before…
VP9887765
Real User
Vice President Engineering Intellicloud at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 06 2019

What is most valuable?

The diagram drop facilities help to double up hard drive reports. The map facilities and the ability to connect with different data sources are the most valuable features. Tableau has a lot of different connectors, many of which are very… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I work for clients. That is my business model. Business people really like to see Tableau. They love Tableau because it is very user-friendly. The platform provides an easy to use interface, which is what most people like about it. Being… more»

What needs improvement?

I have a lot of experience on the desktop version of Tableau. My recommendations for improvement for Tableau would be: * From the developer perspective, the data connection handling the target data set is what most needs to be improved. *… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We don't have any preference for other solutions. We depend on Tableau for the solutions based on the client's requirement. If a client requires Tableau, we develop the application and customize it.

What other advice do I have?

First, clients should be comfortable with the existing resources or existing platform which the organization is using - that is one of the very important aspects before you decide on any new tool or any kind of new technology. Second, you… more»
Alberto Guisande
Real User
Director at Decision Science
Jun 07 2019

What is most valuable?

* Its ease of use and ability to convert drag and drop gestures into queries. * The ability to create complex calculations. * The completeness of things you can do. * It… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Data is easily understood at all levels of the company. * Business insights are shared across various departments. * They allow you to quickly mount decision scenarios… more»

What needs improvement?

* Conditional formatting could be an interesting feature to provide to final users. It is a long-term request of our users. * The data preparation/blending options are… more»

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

Tableau's licensing is pretty straightforward and simple. However, Tableau is a company that does not respect partners. Tableau is a company that overlaps and steps onto… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I used Cognos, BusinessObjects, and QlikView. I switched because of the paradigm change to self-service capabilities and ease of use. We also have a lot projects to change… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do not hesitate to implement Tableau. You will not regret it if you are looking for a visualization and discovery tool. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: *… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Power BI, which was in its early stages at the time, but now sprawling across Latin America. Yellowfin, who we are a partner with now. We are now looking at Birst. We… more»
Bohdan Harimovych
Real User
Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Syapse
Apr 24 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features is that the solution allows users to build interactive dashboards. This allows the end user to modify the criteria or the filtering if need be. As far as for my personal use as a QA Engineer, I really value how extensive their API document support has been.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, we built the dashboards manually but this practice proved to be inefficient and ineffective since it meant we spent a lot of time debugging. It's was hard to find developers capable of doing that kind of work at scale. Since the Tableau community user base is so big and a lot of people… more»

What needs improvement?

Improvements can be made in template support. The workbook file structure is really hard to version control. If there was some sort of version control support offered particularly for workbooks, that would help big time. Another note is that the interactions within the UI are not fast enough and in… more»

What other advice do I have?

Tableau provides a UI which can be used to build a clear graphical visualization that allows quick and easy data comprehension. This functionality really helps turn data into scalable insights. This makes things a lot easier for people who don't have coding experience and with dedicated people… more»
Pro3289Mng
Real User
Program Manager at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 24 2018

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features are the different visualizations. It makes it much easier for us to represent what the data is showing. The dashboard is great, and the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to basically understand and evaluate our numbers in an expedient manner. It doesn't require us to need a huge number of data bases that we need to manage… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to set the parameters in a more specific manner. I feel as if it's not a questions of whether the solution is sufficient, it's whether we… more»

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

The price is competitive. We always consider pricing when considering a new solution. We are a non-profit, and pricing is a huge concern.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used Microsoft BI.

What other advice do I have?

When reviewing a possible solution, we always consider: * Price * Functionality

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We always like to evaluate other products in tandem with what we are using.
Guillermo (Bill) Cabiro
Consultant
Director of Development at Strat-Wise Consulting
Aug 29 2019

What do you think of Tableau?

I do use both Tableau and QlikView. Although very different, I really like both solutions. They belong to the new BI generation known as Interactive Visual Analytics. In my opinion, QlikView has a more intuitive interface for regular users or executives that are not technical experts but the development side is a little more complex. Up to version 12 QlikView did not provide drag & drop features. If a user wanted to see something not included in the application the new object had to be created by a power user or developer because Qlikview's scripting has somewhat of a learning curve. On the positive side, QlikView's scripting is a great asset as it functions as an ETL allowing the integration of hundreds of different data sources into the same visual app. Another feature that’s…
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