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Sai Krishna J
Real User
Data Scientist at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
May 10 2020

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.
Gaurav Chakraborty
Real User
Senior Team Lead at Peristent Systems
Jul 28 2020

What is most valuable?

Tableau has really good and interactive visualization and interactivity. The action feature which Tableau has is very useful for us. If we click on one visualization, it will pass the value to another visualization. That interactivity… more»

What needs improvement?

Tableau would be really good if we could have predefined templates. I was doing a POC another newer tool, Einstein Analytics. They have predefined templates already set up. These predefined templates do the heavy lifting for the initial… more»

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

The company chose to purchase a creator license for me, which was $70. With that license, you can also be an administrator. We also have 20-25 extra licenses and they cost around $20-$35 each. Those are for normal users who will be viewing… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've used BusinessObjects and MicroStrategy as well. I used to use Power BI for a few months. The main competitor to this product is Power BI, which I also use. This license is a bit costly compared to Power BI. Not more, but a bit costly… more»

What other advice do I have?

Our company has a partnership with Tableau. I've used both on-premises and cloud, depending on the requirements. This particular solution is quite an easy to use product. It's very robust. Even a layman who has previously was not worked… more»
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Jhornber
Real User
Sr Manager, Reporting & Analytics at Expedia, Inc.
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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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
Apr 07 2020

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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
Real User
Product Manager at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Jul 12 2020

What is most valuable?

I like the data flow and the ability to easily manage the data. The solution also has good building capabilities. When we apply filters, we tend to order different reports and it becomes easier for us.

What needs improvement?

The solution requires a lot of user training before reports can be created. That can make things difficult and require us to have Tableau specialists. It's difficult for a newbie to start developing reports. Tableau queries and analytics… more»

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

Licensing is charged per user, I believe. Even if they're just providing you a minimum specification there will be added costs if you need more processing power. If you want to connect to the data sources, then that needs to be included in… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

People who have always used Tableau want to stick with it but those just getting into the field will look at options that can provide almost a similar functionality with the main difference being the cost. It's a trade-off between the… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend anyone looking at this solution to check the validity of the business case. If you don't have a very expensive business case and you're going to be on the data processing side, I wouldn't necessarily recommend the product… 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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