Tableau Valuable Features

Sai Krishna J
Data Scientist at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
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 user to work with its predefined templates such that the end result can be a visualization that is highly customized - in terms of the design, colors, sizes, shapes and the overall visual appeal. This is an invaluable feature as it enables one to communicate more powerfully from the data. I would also consider the ‘Create Calculated Field’ feature as very valuable. It’s one that I’ve used quite extensively. Most of the time, the data we work with will not have all the necessary features that enable us to tell a good, convincing story out of it. Therefore, it becomes imperative that we create them and extract the maximum amount of information possible from the data. Formatting charts - colors, lines etc. - is also simple and there are a lot of options for customization. View full review »
Lunik Kanungo
Assistant Vice President - BICC - Development at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 burden on having centralized IT-type teams or developers. It has now gone out to the different groups within the bank, and we just have to make sure that they follow certain governance rules so that they don't create crazy queries. It's easier for them. Hopefully, in the long run, they will get their visualization much more quickly. They are closer to the team members that are giving the requirements so they get feedback right away. View full review »
DHS HQ at a government with 10,001+ employees
It’s good for quick visualization and being able to quickly consume unstructured data to play around with. This is good way to show a demonstration/prototypes of dashboards and scenarios for design discussions on reporting requirements or to show what the data is telling us when it comes to features of data integration, OLAP services, data mining and extract, transform, and load (ETL) capabilities. View full review »
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Peter Birksmith
(2IC) Senior System Analyst at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Operations Perspective: The most valuable aspect of this product is the ease of deployment from the Tableau Desktop to the server, providing the ability to either connect live to a data source or create a cached dataset that can be published and updated separately. The deployment of a Tableau Workbook can even be packaged up and sent to someone with a Tableau Reader installed. This makes the solution very agile and scalable. The ability to deploy is the added ability to centralise the Tableau repository for all Tableau Developers. We have initiated a central shared directory for each Tableau platform, Dev, UAT, and PROD with each containing subdirectories for each Tableau Site and Project. Being a financial institution we must provide data segregation to comply with legislation and Data Governance policies enforced by brand segregation. Development Perspective: Ease of use is the most common call out from the developers. There is a thriving user group online that provides any number of ways to build reports quickly and easily, but the most important ability is to allow the Developer to storyboard the information in a dashboard. Tableau provides the developer a means to provide captions and business information on the dashboard to tell the story of each Workbook. This ability to break down a complex Workbook into an easy to digest narrative provides the business stakeholder a way to really understand and discover the story behind the data giving them the necessary insights and metrics. View full review »
Vice President Engineering Intellicloud at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 new. You can connect many different data sources with Tableau. Overall, it was a good experience with Tableau and the visualization looks quite attractive with the proper combination of colors. View full review »
Alberto Guisande
Director at Decision Science
* 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 has a very nice dashboards. * You do not need a technical background to fulfill your business needs. View full review »
User at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Data Interpreter: Which can identify issues or potential errors with your imported data. * Split: When you need to split columns. * Pivot: Good for changing date columns. * Metadata: This selection can clean up field names, especially after a pivot. View full review »
Bohdan Harimovych
Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Syapse
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. View full review »
BI Expert at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Data connectivity, data transformation, and web editing, because being able to connect to a variety of data sources and bring them together, and store that dataset in an environment where others can also access it, consistently, drives a lot of self-service within the organization without a lot of fear of dispersion of truth. The Web Editing capabilities allow us to grant end users enough capabilities for them to do self-serve discovery without the added cost of needing to get everyone desktop licenses. View full review »
Program Manager at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 visualizations are really what we focus on. It's as powerful if you know how to use it, so it's made as much as we know how to use it. It's enough, but there's much more of a need to understand what you do to operate the solution. To be able to do more, we need to set it up to do different things. It is fine, but we have not really invested time or people into doing this much. View full review »
Enterprise Risk Manager at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most attractive feature for our users is the ease of visualizing data in a meaningful manner. The ease of experimenting with different visualizations is also very useful. The ability to load and work with large volumes of data without requiring very high level of system resources is also valuable for us. View full review »
Business Intelligence Manager with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable features are: * Ease of setup * Ability to create visualizations * Level of interaction. The users required no training after visualizations have been presented to them. View full review »
ProductEngineer with 51-200 employees
The feature which I value the most about Tableau is its ability to plot nonstandard charts/graphs, such as coxcomb, streamgraph, chord, sankey, and hexbin charts, etc. The map feature is cool, too. For now, it can integrate with Mapbox and other WMS services. I wish in the future there were more choices. View full review »
Carlo Capasso
Partner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
The most valuable feature is the drag and drop, then the simplicity to build dashboards which allows us to provide more usable data to our customers. In this version of Tableau (the latest version), the most valuable feature is Tableau Prep, which is a useful integration because I can prepare data in simple ways without errors. View full review »
Software Development Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The following features were why we picked Tableau: * Ease of use and integration. * Analysis of data without need for coding. * Gold standard intuitive, interactive, visualization experience. View full review »
Advisor at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Tableau is one of the most intelligent and dynamic visualization tools I have worked with. It provides dynamic adjustments of measures and dimensions. The reason this is useful is that it gives a business user multiple dimensions of data to look through. From these you can infer interesting business operation data characteristics. View full review »
Senior Director BI & Analytics at Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.
The features that stand out in this solution are: * Scheduled extract and the multiple connectors are fantastic. * Tableau Prep is fantastic. * Tableau mobile on the tablet is also great for operations and the field users. * "Ask Data" is good. View full review »
Ayodele Makun
Pre-Sales Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The drag and drop in development, design and usage; the Show Wizard feature. View full review »
Anthony Febres
Ejecutivo de cuentas at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
What hooked me to this service is the combination of very pleasant, interactive graphical visualizations along with the application of advanced statistical models (in some cases). View full review »
IT Instructor at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
User interface is designed for ease of use for non-technical users. Users can pick up the product without attending training session. This is a plus. View full review »
Consulting Head
Fluent expressions are beautiful. It provides many alternatives to present and understand business. View full review »
Jonathan Friesen
User at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Easily visualize data. View full review »
Cristobal Rodriguez
Director Consultoria with 201-500 employees
The most valuable features are data discovery and fine visualizations. View full review »
Project Development Coordinator at a logistics company with 51-200 employees
With Tableau, I can upload excel files and visualize the information with details. Another aspect is that I can organize the information with the data I have as dates of income, expenses, and annuals. View full review »
Senior Principal at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Ease of use * Data visualization * Predictive analytics and forecasting View full review »
Sunyong Kim
Business Intelligence Specialist
* Possible to access various data sources (data base, etc.). * Based in memory for functional implement. * Easy to use if user is not an IT engineer. * Function for suggesting various view with mixed dimension and fact. * Easy to create trend information for recent years. * Function for helping to calculate summary easily related to statistics. View full review »
Praveen Yalagandula
Sr Programmer Analyst at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Tableau's strength is visualization. If a report/dashboard is presented in visualization, the end user can easily connect with the data compared to a tabular format. View full review »
Project Manager
* Easier to use View full review »
Business Intelligence Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Visualization and storytelling. View full review »
Senior Manager - Analytics at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Ability to do self-service * Drill down * Publishing capabilities * Security features of Tableau Server View full review »
Javier Florian
BI & New Project Profesional at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Visualization and user friendly. Visualization: How you sell your ideas or your message, for example, integrate D3.js graphs. Traditionally bars or line graphs are useful, but they make a difference when presenting your important ideas. The vision of Business Intelligence creates a rupture between old-school (like IBM, Oracle, etc) and new guys (Tableau, TIBCO, and SAP Lumira) and new forms to work with: structured and unstructured data. View full review »
Miguel Molano
‎R&D Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It's ability to connect to multiple data sources, easy and intuitive interface, and analytics functions. View full review »
Sr Business Intel at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
The extremely intuitive and user-friendly UI helps naive users easily click and connect, drag and drop, and build fantastic visualizations. Of course, the back-end data structure needs to be strong for them to be able to do that, but it saves them a lot of time. View full review »
David O'Toole, PMP
Director, Analytics at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Rapid visualization of data * Interactive views connecting multiple data sources * Reduces need for IT cycles (hours vs. weeks to create report) * Ability to analyze problems quickly * Ability to share reports and analyses quickly View full review »
Manager Technology at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Interactivity * Fast data access * The graphs * Understanding our data better based on the sublevel of data provided. View full review »
Dante Garcia
BI Operations Support Leader at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
* Visual analytical reporting * Ad hoc reporting * Self-service; users can build their own reports based on their needs. * Drag and drop to create analytical dashboards. * Multiple data sources connectors View full review »
MEA Sales Director at DR
The most important feature is the tool is very easy to use. This makes it simple to introduce it to CxOs. After a rapid demo, they are usual impressed by the results shown, because it has such a rare simplicity. View full review »
IT Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is easy to adapt visualizers to have interactive conversations among decision-makers. Powerful aggregating and drill-downs are critical for effective insight discovery. View full review »
Vice President, Business Analytics at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the "drag and drop" environment. We also appreciate the ease of use for adoption with "row-level" internal customers. View full review »
Director, Data-Driven Innovation with 201-500 employees
Definitely ease of use and interactivity. We found Tableau has the quickest learning time out of the few other BI reporting tools that we have used. View full review »
Fernando Chang
ACS/OPS at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
The friendliness and easy way of using the platform. I think that as a new user it is easy to learn, and really easy and quick to try and learn from mistakes. View full review »
Mariebel Larin
Analysis Manager at a K-12 educational company or school with 51-200 employees
* Parameters * Calculations * Dynamic filters * LOD * The ability to use multiple data sources. The use of a storyboard helps the flow of the data visualisation. View full review »
Rajat Wadhwani
Process Data Engineer (Subsurface and Wells) at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
* Platform to automate and make user-defined customized dashboards. * Very well integrated with other applications which helps to move data from one application to another with much ease. View full review »
Ahmed Massoud
Senior Java Developer & Software Engineer with 11-50 employees
* Ease of use * Maps * Filters * Drag and drop functionality * Dates * Undo button * Wide-range of data connectors View full review »
Francisco Lizama
Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
* Easy of use * Easy to learn * Gradual scalability from simple to complex situations * Wide integration with BI industry View full review »
Robert Meunier
Principal Consultant at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ease of developing visualizations, not just charts and graphs. View full review »
Jayesh C
SVP Technology at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the 3D charting. View full review »
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