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Sai Krishna J
Real User
Data Scientist at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Jan 21 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… 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… 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… more»
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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»
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Anonymous User
Real User
DHS HQ at a government with 10,001+ employees
Aug 23 2017

What is most valuable?

It’s good for quick visualization and being able to quickly consume unstructured data to play around with. This is good… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Good for adhoc visualization of an unstructured dataset which comes from other sources outside of source systems that you… more»

What needs improvement?

It is good for its use if ad hoc, offline, or needed for quick turnaround on reports/dashboards. It is not so great when… more»

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

License small scale and run with it to get a business case going on its use. Give the licenses only to those analysts you… more»

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

I didn’t switch. It was just a matter of seeing where Tableau makes sense as a service to use in our environment, which is… more»

What other advice do I have?

We always have the latest versions of Tableau (part of the package deal), so we can have the latest in APIs and… more»
Ron Bayes
Real User
Senior HR Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
May 08 2017

What is most valuable?

The data blending capabilities is a huge factor for our team. The ease of blending data from multiple sources has allowed… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We’ve been able to replace several manual spreadsheet reports that took hours for individuals to complete. With Tableau… more»

What needs improvement?

Formatting controls could use some improvement. We’ve found that to be the most confusing part of developing reports, at… more»

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

Best advice on pricing is to anticipate the desire for more licenses once the results of this product are acknowledged in… more»

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

No - most of our reporting was done between MS Excel and MS Access.

What other advice do I have?

The annual Tableau customer conference is a huge learning opportunity for new and seasoned users alike. The week-long… more»
Peter Birksmith
Real User
(2IC) Senior System Analyst at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 20 2017

What is most valuable?

Operations Perspective: The most valuable aspect of this product is the ease of deployment from the Tableau Desktop to the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Tableau has provided the organisation a means to allow business people to explore their data at their pace. They can… more»

What needs improvement?

At this stage, we haven’t had any suggestions since moving to Tableau 10.3, so there may be improvements requested further… more»

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

Buy 50 at a time. Project your use base every three months, and project your requirements forward, so you can meet demand… more»

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

We are still using another solution. However, this will be shutdown next year due to the decline in development on this… more»

What other advice do I have?

I’d strongly advise going to the forums, attending the Tableau conferences, and ask questions about governance, report… more»
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… 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… 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… 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… more»

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… more»
Alberto Guisande
Real User
Director at Decision Science
Jan 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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Data is easily understood at all levels of the company. * Business insights are shared across various departments. *… more»

What needs improvement?

* Conditional formatting could be an interesting feature to provide to final users. It is a long-term request of our… 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… 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… 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… more»
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