Tableau Room for Improvement

5c6a0b62 e155 47e7 8367 fb900aa6ec38 avatar?1447759027
Data Scientist at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
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 insistent on having highly-customizable speedometers and I had to spend a good amount of time to create them via multiple workarounds. In my experience, I've seen many customers who do not want to consider alternatives to speedometers. I’ll address these two points: * Speedometers/dial charts are a not-so-good way to represent data * I had to resort to multiple workarounds to create a speedometer in Tableau First, I’ll give you a few reasons as to why speedometers are not considered to be a good way to visualize data: * Low data-ink ratio: ‘Data’ here refers to the data that you want to show on your chart/graph and ‘ink’ refers to the aesthetic elements of the chart such as lines, colors, indicators or any other designs. A low data-ink ratio implies that the quantity of ‘ink’ on the chart is very high relative to the small quantity of ‘data’ that is present on the chart. What does a speedometer or a dial chart do? It shows you the current state (value) of any system. Therefore, the data shown by the chart is just one number. Let’s come to the ‘ink’ part. Needless to say, there is a lot of ‘ink’ on a speedometer chart – so many numbers all around the dial, the dial itself, a needle that points to the actual number etc. The fundamental principle of data visualization is to communicate information in the simplest way possible, without complicating things. Therefore, best practices in data visualization are aimed at reducing visual clutter because this will ensure that the viewer gets the message – the right message – quickly, without being distracted or confused by unnecessary elements. * Make perception difficult: The human brain compares lines better than it does angles – information in a linear structure is perceived more easily and quickly than that in a radial one.Let's say I’m showing multiple gauges on the same screen. What's the purpose of visualizing data? It's to enable the user to derive insights - insights upon which decisions can be taken. The more accurate the insights, the better the decisions. So, its best that the visualization does everything that helps the user understand it in the easiest possible way. Hence, the recommended alternative to a dial chart is a bullet chart * Occupy more space: Assume that there are 4 key process indicators (KPIs) that I need to show on screen and the user needs to know whether each KPI is above or below a pre-specified target. If I were to use dial charts I’ll be creating 4 dials – one for each KPI. On the other hand, if I were to use bullets, I’ll be creating just one chart where the 4 KPIs will be listed one below the other and each one in addition to showing its actual and target values, will also show by how much the actual exceeds/falls short of the target in a linear fashion. As real estate on user interfaces is at a premium, believe me, this is definitely better. Now, let me come to my situation where my client would not accept anything but a speedometer. As I’ve mentioned in the review, Tableau doesn’t provide a speedometer template by default. So when I was going through forums on the Internet I saw that people usually used an image of a speedometer and put their data on top of that image and thereby creating speedometers in Tableau. This would not have worked in my case because my client wanted to show different bands (red, yellow and green) and the number of bands and bandwidths varied within and between dials. For example, one dial would have 2 red bands (one between 0 and 10 and the other between 90 and 100), 1 yellow band and 1 green band while another would have just one yellow band between 40 and 50 and no red or green bands. Also, these bands and bandwidths would be changed every month and the client needed to be able to do this on their own. Therefore, using a static background image of a dial was out of the question. So, here’s what I did: I created an Excel spreadsheet (let’s call it data 1; used as one of the 2 data sources for the dial) in which the user would be able to define the bands and bandwidths. The spreadsheet had a list of numbers from one to hundred and against each number, the user could specify the band (red/green/yellow) in which it falls. The other data source (data 2) was an Excel sheet containing the numbers to be indicated on the dials. Then, in Tableau, I created a chart which had 2 pies – one on top of the other. Both the pies had numbers from 1 to 100 along the border, providing the skeleton for the dial. The top pie used data 1 and had the red, yellow and green bands spanning the numbers from 1 to 100. I then created a calculated field having an ‘if’ condition: if the number in data 2 matched the number in data 1, the field would have a value ‘yes’. Otherwise, it would have a value ‘no’. This will produce only 1 ‘yes’ and 99 ‘no’s’ because there will be only 1 true match. I put this calculated field onto the ‘Color’ shelf and chose black for ‘yes’ and white for ‘no’ – this formed the content of the bottom pie. So the bottom pie had 99 white colored slices (which looked like one huge slice) and just 1 black slice (which looked like a needle). I made the top pie containing the red, yellow & green bands more transparent and this gave the appearance of a needle pointing to the KPI value, also indicating into which band the number fell, thereby enabling the client to gauge their performance. view full review »
Justin larson li?1426024414
Principal Business Intelligence Analyst at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Connectivity seems to be a sticky point, but it's also a hard nut to crack at the level that I would love to see. Tableau is fast, razor sharp on the whole - WHEN you use an extract. The problem is querying the data to fill the extract is only as fast as the source system. The result is that when you start working with large volumes of data, you often must start finding creative ways to improve the performance of your query. Here's where it gets tricky. I almost exclusively use SQL Server as a source. When I want to create custom data for an analysis (or some ongoing report with complexity), I have the latitude to write custom SQL. The problem is that in order for Tableau to retrieve metadata, the query sent to the server arrives as a subquery like: SELECT * from ([your custom SQL here]) x Because of this, I can't use a host of very useful T-SQL techniques that improve query performance or clarity. No CTEs, no temp tables, etc. In some organizations, the argument is that if you want that kind of complexity, wrap it up in a stored procedure and call the procedure (which, yes, you can call sprocs in Tableau), but that comes with its own disadvantages, which I won't get into too much here. But that is not to mention not all report writers or analysts have the privileges to create or alter sprocs on a server within their organization. In any case, depending on how much control you have over your database as a Tableau user, as well as the nature of the data you are pulling, you may find yourself having to be very creative just to get data TO tableau to create larger extracts. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
DHS HQ at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is good for its use if ad hoc, offline, or needed for quick turnaround on reports/dashboards. It is not so great when it comes to data exchange/integration, data mining, etc. I rely on what’s available in current versions to see what APIs and plugins that I can use and they have Open Source on GitHub is a plus to share things to re-use. Room for improvement is more on data integration features that are agnostic to any solution platform but can be plug and play to be able to reuse what was built out Tableau in any other platform of work. view full review »
Reviewer91872 li?1414330324
Senior HR Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Formatting controls could use some improvement. We’ve found that to be the most confusing part of developing reports, at least until you get use to where all the controls are at and how to use them. Ideally, making a user-friendly interface for formatting the worksheets and dashboards would be a big improvement and time saver. Recent version upgrades have added some new features such as being able to change the format for your entire workbook all at once. Still a work in progress though. view full review »
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BI Architect at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Many areas for improvement are in Enterprise features. Some of which are: 1. A private folder on the server for a user to store his/her files. 2. A built-in tool for deployment and migration between multiple Tableau Server environments. 3. Ability to share a "database connection" between multiple Tableau data sources so that one change to connection information will be reflected in multiple data sources which share that connection. 4. Email distribution: Delivering analytics via emails on enterprise scale is difficult. Areas for improvement in Visual Analytics: 1. Blending improvements: Slow performance when two sources are blended together on a high cardinality dimension. Blending does not support full outer join and does not allow using non-additive measures ( e.g. count distinct, average) from secondary data sources. Update for Tableau 10.1: Some of the above are getting addressed in version or in future version as per Tableau road-map declared at Tableau Conference 2016 in Austin, TX. Specifically, there may be features for private folder in future. Tableau migration pains are somewhat alleviated with TabMigrate, their open source tool ( no support) and email distribution is getting better with conditional subscriptions ( 10.1). view full review »
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(2IC) Senior System Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
At this stage, we haven’t had any suggestions since moving to Tableau 10.3, so there may be improvements requested further down the line. view full review »
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Manager Business Intelligence and Analytics at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I am very excited about Tableau 10 and what has been built into the beta. I think with those changes and some we saw at TC15 that are coming, the product is poised to remain the industry leader. I would like to see Tableau provide a bit better integration with the Microsoft Office platform. You can download your dashboard data to CSV or crosstab, but it’s not optimal. Even if it’s the best dashboard design ever, there are users that still want to see the numbers underneath. Until data visualization reaches a critical mass, like Excel did in the late 90s to early 2000s, we still will need a way to give access to some of the underlying data in an easy way for Microsoft Office to consume. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Director at a tech services company
The trend I see from clients is towards more mobile solutions, more real-time analytics, and the integration of analytics and order entry. E.g. A sales consultant can seamlessly transition from sales analysis to entering an order while on-site. This implies a BPM integration with SAP, Oracle eBusiness Suite, SFDC and others. The architecture this client was prototyping was an SFDC application with imbedded analytics provided by Tableau delivered to a tablet device. There are several ways to go about this, but the architecture was selected because SFDC was the system of record for all customer information. view full review »
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Business Intelligence Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Tableau lacks a lot of ETL capabilities. Of course, it’s not the core of the product but it is the best tool for data discovery and really needs an ETL or data quality module inside of the suite. Enterprises have to use another tool (such as Alteryx, IBM DataStage or Talend Studio) in order to support some business needs. But this entails additional cost, maintenance, resources, etc. Tableau will add a lot of capabilities for data blending, joins between different data source, etc., in its next version, Tableau 10. view full review »
Virginio d amico li?1414339029
Developer at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
I would give it a perfect rating if it weren't for a few flaws and limits that make it slip off from perfection. There are some weaknesses in the desktop tool that could be greatly improved, concerning the dashboard layout management and the initialization of parameters. There are also some frustrating limitations in its data engine that sometimes make it hard to handle filtering and combining data from multiple data sources in the same dashboard. Hopefully such limitations are expected to be solved in the next upcoming release, version 10. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Performance Management Analyst at a local government with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are a couple of areas where I’d like to see improvement. One: in creating visual templates so that the vizzes can be standardized with our fonts/layouts/colours. As more analysts are starting to work with Tableau, it is becoming harder to maintain some of the visual standards. Being able to have more control over the layout of sheets on a dashboard would also be helpful. Two: we use a lot of statistical formulae in our work to determine standard deviations, percentiles, etc. Currently I’m working on a project where those SDs had to be pre-calculated in order to create a funnel plot correctly. I’m not exactly sure how we could have done this in Tableau directly without being able to create custom functions. One tiny thing ... being able to have no colour for a mark would help hide marks you can’t exclude in other ways. Yes, sometimes we have to trick Tableau to do what we need to do ;) Oh, and one more thing ... we’d love to see more Canada-specific map details built in ... things like health authorities, postal code areas, etc. Creating custom background maps is not easy. view full review »
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Product Manager - Emory University (Tableau) at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
This is tough to answer. The company puts more $$ into R&D than any other in the industry and I don't even use all of its current abilities. They put out releases regularly, so at this point this is more about keeping up with the changes and understanding how they are useful to us. The tool was not created for data structuring, but does provide some functionality. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Manager, Finance Operations at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The thing I don't like is the refresh feature . The users can have the web page open and there's a browser refresh every 10 minutes, or every 30 minutes, whatever IT sets as the refresh rate. You lose everything when you have to refresh the page and it may take 30 seconds. So, that's a bit frustrating too. You expect that when you leave a browser page open, you want it to keep that view there. I don't know if they've introduced it yet, but there is a connector with Smartsheet. We use Smartsheets a lot for project management and capturing data. We are basically exporting from Smartsheet to Excel, and then creating in Tableau and publishing it. I believe there is a connector now but I haven't actually used it. So that would be one useful feature; more connections to data sources. I would sometimes get an error message stating “out of system resources”, but when I checked the RAM/CPU utilization in my laptop, it would appear that I had lots of resources. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
User at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Tableau is always good at improving, but I typically get so busy with utilizing what is there, I have not had any needs yet for improvement. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Industry Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Two major improvements that I would like to see: - A better/quicker interface for formatting graphs and dashboards. The current design takes too much time and doesn't really allow for the same formatting to be applied globally across all of the visualization. - Improved data formatting prior to visualization. I do know that some improvements are coming with the next major release - for instance, the ability to join data across disparate data source types (e.g. joining CSV and SQL Server DB) - but this is currently a major limitation. view full review »
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VP, Business Insights at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
* They still need to improve advanced query functions. Level of detail and table calcs have improved but still are difficult to use, especially when working with large data sets. * The custom query editor has lots of room for improvement. If Tableau can add features and functionality here, it would be easier to work with the database in one environment, instead of having to open another query editor to develop custom queries for advanced analytics. * The formatting interface is the one area that has lots of room for improvement, as well as the ability to be more precise in formatting. At the moment, it is much more of an all-or-none proposition. * More integrated statistical functions. view full review »
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Senior Engineer Business Intelligence at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Tableau comes out with one major release every year and minor releases frequently, which is very good. Also, most of the changes are done based on the ideas posted on the community, which means it listens to the user base to come up with the changes, which is phenomenal. As far as the changes I would like to see, they could improve performance with respect to big data connections and cube data sources. Many users in my organization feel that Tableau is great with RDBMS, but with Hadoop or cube data sources, the performance is not so great. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
VP Strategy, Global Delivery & Operations at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
* Facility to add custom code to the dashboard will be helpful. * Custom SQL feature is not working as expected from the performance perspective. Irrelevant of the SQL, the engine executes for everything available. * Archive historical data using extracts * MeasureName filter can’t be shared across multiple sheets in a dashboard. * Cascading with relative has restrictions over the worksheets in a dashboard. * Multiple selection in parameters * Formatting option for individual filter is not available. * Using HiveServer2 connector is a big challenge to pull, even with smaller data sets. Not sure if that has been improved with Spark Thrift server connector. * Not much support for Hadoop / Hive as the backend in the market, connectivity issues not limited to the drivers. * Few complex report requirements (for dashboards) could not be achieved with better performance (e.g. Dynamic Parameters). * Reverse engineering from the front end report is not that impressive. * For massive volumes of data, the performance acutely degrades. * Permitting external users with no SSO is still a concern. * Server support on Linux is lacking. * Caps on report scheduling view full review »
Ff2564f8 93a5 4ccf 8101 d962424a003e avatar?1455278064
Consultant Director at DataBound Solutions
It came at a cost. Developers end-up, many times, scratching their left ear with the right hand, in order to make visualizations more powerful, effective or appealing than off-the-shelf ones. The next challenge for Tableau will be combining ease of use for basic-to-mid level complexity design (self-serve, "power users") with flexibility and repeatable development in a corporate environment (professional designers), avoiding "hat tricks" or "cookbook" style. Also, when building corporate dashboards, it may be challenging to gain the type of control needed without having to resort into some forum tricks or Zen-Master's advice. Workbook, connection versioning, and governance would be great for mid-to-large size organizations. Server-wise, having options to trigger alarms to an Administrator under certain conditions would also be an asset. view full review »
Milena manfredini li?1422291849
Delivery Planning & Implementation at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
There is still room to improve visualization when more than two dimensions are synchronized. Sometimes when you need to use more than one measurement from 2 different data sources, you won't be able to show the values. Also it would be nice if it was possible to have more than one type of maks used on a single sheet, e.g. use trafic light together with text. view full review »
Ron chipman li?1414339219
BI Expert at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
At the organizational level, increasing the servers' capabilities to support us as an enterprise tool: data management, semantic layer, and integration with other collaboration tools. At the analyst level: Better connection with Python data frames. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
IT Admin at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
They can improve the integration of SAP BW (join between elements) and Tableau Server platform, better adaptation for tablets and cellphone by the application and organize displays more efficiently. view full review »
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Data Analysis Team Leader at Viber
Data science: Tableau lacks machine learning algorithms that you can implement using R, SPSS Modeler, and Python. It has clustering and time-series forecasting abilities which are helpful, but adding machine learning capabilities like decision trees, CHAID analysis and K-means would make this product perfect! Tableau has a connector to R; you can use the ML algorithms there and visualize it back in the Tableau. view full review »
Gaurav mandilwar avatar 1432606269?1432606267
Program Manager (Graduate Assistant) at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most important feature that Tableau must introduce is to provide 'reference hints' for every dimension and measure. For example: When working with numerous dimensions and measures, it's difficult to debug and back track to determine whether a certain dimension was used in a visualization, tool tip, filter, parameter, or action. It would be great to debug and back track already developed Tableau dashboards. I’d also like to see the following features introduced or improved: * Auto-Save or Backup feature. There have been quite a few instances when Tableau crashed after substantial dashboard development and I had to start over from the scratch because the work was not saved. The best workaround for this is to be diligent and create manual backups and save as work is progressing. * Performance with 32-bit computers. There have been numerous instances when Tableau threw an out-of-memory error when working on a 32-bit system. * Performance in general. Tableau works best with light data sets. Although extract optimization is a good way to improve performance, it can be better. * I feel the user interface for adding actions is complicated. It can be made simple and intuitive. view full review »
Gareth crawshaw li?1414337963
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Expansion of number of visualisations, as well as potential for straight to dashboard function, rather than design individual visualisation – these are, however, genuinely not priority to amend. Having used another software for a reasonable period of time, I wonder about the chances of incorporating other languages, such as d3.js in future releases (NB I'm still using 8.3) view full review »
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Business Intelligence Analyst at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Tableau development has an increasingly large learning curve. It is marketed as an upper management tool that anyone can dive into. However, trying to develop even simple tables within Tableau is an exercise in frustration and patience. The end results cannot be denied, but the path to getting there is not for the lighthearted. view full review »
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Enterprise Risk Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Improvement is required in the way filters operate when applied on large data sets. Having the ability to select and deselect filters without having to retrace the original path would make it easier to demonstrate the results. view full review »
Sumit agrawal li?1425541019
Lead Business Analyst at a tech vendor
We were not able to implement organization-wide security the way it exists in BO or OBIEE. We had to do a workaround to restrict access by transferring roles on the portal using Java and PHP to restrict content. The second area for improvement is the processing large amount of data using R. Finally, I’d like to see Tableau have more statistical capability. view full review »
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Senior Consultant at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would love to see some easier ways for predictive analysis or machine learning in Tableau. The only way to do it at the moment is manually and with the integration of other tools. I’m used to everything being fast and easy in Tableau and I think that can be a significant upgrade. view full review »
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BI Specialist at a K-12 educational company or school with 501-1,000 employees
It needs a more robust way to connect and share the "big-data" origin. It also needs an easy-to-develop interface for creating new charts and tools in business dashboards. view full review »
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Sole Proprietor at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Version-specific work did not automatically version up with the upgrade. Since the version change occurred during the course and the majority of us had never used Tableau before, this static versioning for the projects caused some anxiety and some rework. There might have been an easier way to move these projects to the new version, but it was not transparent how to do that and online resources referenced an older version solution that did not work in the newer version. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Data Warehouse Manager at a university with 10,001+ employees
I’d like to see the forecasting capabilities expanded from an algorithm standpoint to offer different options for multi-variate forecasting. I think they can improve the ability to integrate with web pages. I’d like to see a more secure option for data regarding HIPAA regulations. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
IT Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
They need to make it more flexible for enterprise administration, e.g, more job scheduling flexibility, more robust permission control, and more comprehensive mapping service that is native and not dependent on a third party like Mapbox. They also need to develop more comprehensive DR and HA solutions. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Business Intelligence Manager with 501-1,000 employees
While noted that the product is specifically designed for visualization, it would be the perfect tool if it had more ETL features. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Lead Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Tableau can handle only one joined/denormalized table, e.g. students, classrooms, teachers. * Sometimes I need to analyze the joined/denormalized table from multiple perspectives in one single workbook. * Create analysis both for students, teachers and classrooms * To use simple drag-and-drop is not enough to show * Average student age per classrooms or teachers because some students have classes multiple times in the same classroom * Average grades per teacher * Sometimes I would like to analyse both student-classroom and teacher-student or classroom-student relations out of the original joined/denormalized table. * I think the Qlik Sense approach is better for this very specific case. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
ProductEngineer with 51-200 employees
I think dashboard and story can still improve. For example, the placement of sheets on dashboard are quite tedious work, especially when the page is long. The automation of adjusting size of sheets has given us a hard time to place sheets neatly on the dashboard, even though the intention is good. As for story, just wish there could be more templates. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
IT Specialist at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Its server lacks traditional BI solution capabilities such as job scheduling, HA and etc. If you want to roll out it as an enterprise-wide application, you must consider many usage scenarios and operation-level items. Tableau has a robust design UI and presentation layer, but lacks many of the capabilities of an enterprise BI solution. We have been using the SAP BO BI solution for many years. We feel Tableau Server still has a long way to go. view full review »
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Director, Business and Clinical Analytics at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
- More advanced capabilities to format dashboards - More advanced data merging from multiple data sources - More advanced management of data extracts view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
BI Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We need a Tableau connector to connect to other BI tools like SAP BusinessObjects. view full review »
Larry keller li?1414328940
CEO at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* 100% in the cloud. * Reduce the price once in the cloud. * Go back to emphasizing simplicity. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
IT Admin at a tech company with 51-200 employees
There are many things that users want Tableau to improve: * Multiple choice for filter selection. This is a very big shortcoming. * Dynamic parameters. * Currently, it cannot aggregate further on a measure that has been aggregated already * A button function for dashboards. Sometimes, we need a button to link to another dashboard. * Display/hide an object based on a parameter as a real function, not using tricks. You can do it using tricks, but it looks so ugly. view full review »
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Partner at a tech services company
I need to be able to combine in a worksheet from different sources because the insights could be much more powerful. It is possible that the product can do this now, but it was not easily found. An option to interrupt the process of loading of external data (like from Google Analytics) would be helpful. A few times, I had issues with interruption of the initial data loading process, when it took longer than the expected. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Software Development Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
* Tableau Online does not have any way of automating the usage reports. You can download them as a PDF but have to do so manually to distribute them. There is no way to schedule these reports for business users who would like to measure users activity. * While you can see how many licenses are used, there is no way to see how many licenses are available for use. You have to contact support to get this information. view full review »
Simone noventa li?1422998950
Industry Analyst at a construction company
* Improved predictive analytics. This part is still a bit missing and it'd be useful for the companies. * More advanced built-in statistical tools. Still a bit rough on defining trends. * More flexible "storyboard" worksheet implementation. For instance, having a summary where you can define the filters and worksheets in the storyboard, without having to define it sheet by sheet. * More easily customizable fonts and formatting. Today, it still requires some time. It would be great to implement a "copy format" function. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
IT Admin at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees
I have not yet transitioned to Tableau Desktop 10.0, but I understand version 10.0 has functionality that allow users to perform cluster analysis. I am sure that I will be using this functionality frequently going forward. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Advisor at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
The key feature of Tableau that has room for improvement is its performance with structured and unstructured data. I'm not sure I would suggest that Tableau go for a hardware oriented solution for this. Nevertheless, that would not be a bad approach to enhance the product and align with current marketing trends and its competitors. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Senior Business Analyst at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Enhance standard reporting like QlikView (scheduled reports, notifications etc.); for MNCs, the server version license is not cheap; and row-level security: every user needs a DB account, which can give a hacker more opportunity to attack via more DB accounts. view full review »
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Architect-Technology at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
While they continue to make a lot of changes for every version, in the current BI landscape, they need to be more device agnostic, especially to compete with other similar products in the market. view full review »
Kimberley mitchell avatar 1431440619?1431440616
Business Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Some of the command choices have to be memorized and are not intuitive. It could be even easier to learn. view full review »
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Manager - CRO at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
* Better dashboard creation * Ease of making reports view full review »
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Pre-Sales Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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. view full review »
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Director of Analytics at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I’d like to see a better ETL preparation engine. view full review »
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Founder, Director, Srinivasan Software Solutions Pvt., Ltd. at a tech vendor
Some features where the product can improve are: * It can be cost prohibitive. * Little change management issues * There is no functionality for scheduling and reports notification * Needs the ability to build complicated reports * Risky security and permissions view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Business Intelligence Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Well at this point, we are in the process of implementing the in-memory feature for our costing process. We need to have online costing information. We think if we have more parameters or tools to customize this feature, we can improve the performance in the processes that generate and load the information. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
VP Associate Director at a marketing services firm with 501-1,000 employees
There is a pretty steep learning curve, the product would be better if it were somehow more intuitive to use. view full review »
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Senior Marketing Manager, CRM at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Share-ability. If your audience isn’t using Tableau, getting them to see and use the insights can be challenging. Tableau’s approach to communicating information around data is great, but it requires a shift in how you communicate it and they purposefully don’t make it easy to share via traditional methods (e.g. PPT). view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Director at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
ETL functionality is limited, which is both a strength & weakness. It would be nice to have Alteryx & Tableau as a package, but I believe Tableau have deliberately stayed out of the "deep" ETL capabilities to "stick to the knitting", which they have done very well. view full review »
Richard l williams li?1414338773
Senior Engineer, Big-Data/Data-Warehousing at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
A simple mode for new/occasional users might be helpful. Occasional users will always have trouble coping with such a feature-rich product. Unless you are using it every day, and it is crucial for at least part of your job, the learning curve never flattens out. A simpler "mode" which removes many of the more complex features or just hides them in tool "ribbons" might present a less-daunting interface to aid adoption by the vast majority of users. view full review »
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Technology Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
For Tableau, R is just a script interface. It is missing the R-style Plot area the data scientists want to use. They really want to overlay pieces on the plot and derive new graphs. They need to provide a Folder hierarchy for organizing content and setting security. Creating 900 sites takes way too much work and limiting. As a result, we have hundreds of Worksheets in one long list—not good. view full review »
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Analyst at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
The feature I would like to have is publication of a live dashboard on a webpage, so that dashboards can be incorporated in webpages. We can do this currently on Tableau public but because of data security, we need the dashboards to be private. But in private dashboards, we cannot publish it on webpages. Sisense provides this feature. view full review »
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Solution Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Metadata/reuse, performance/scalability at high data volumes + high user concurrency, disparity between desktop vs. web versions – need to address enterprise requirements in general. view full review »
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VP at EON group
* Korean geographic map at the detail level * Polygon map is a hot requirement from end users Korean users want the Tableau default map function to be one more detailed level when they would visualize Korean territories. ---------------- Country : South Korea Great area(OOO-do) : Seoul city, Busan city, KyungKi-do, Chungchung-do,... County(XXX-gu): Mapo-gu, Seocho-gu,.Gangnam-gu these are covered by Tableau 10. It needs more detailed level (GGG-dong) that is Seocho-dong, Minrak-dong, Woomyun-dong as these are not covered yet. view full review »
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Director, Strategic Data Analytics at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
I would like to see improvement in licensing. It is expensive to provide licenses beyond the 10 we already have. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Assistant Vice President, Institutional Analysis at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Tableau does an excellent job upgrading the software with each release. One thing we have been waiting for is the ability to import an ArcGIS Shapefile into a custom map. There is a workaround using a third-party utility but it is unstable. view full review »
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Management Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Calculated fields are relatively simple and may leave a user wanting. Joining between multiple datasets also needs to be improved. (I heard this is an improvement that will be made with the version 10 release this summer.) Source data formatting requirements are a little particular, and reloading for new users can get repetitive. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Data Warehouse Consultant Sr at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
If it had a semantic layer, it would be great. I know Tableau is not meant for data modeling but the data warehouse is not always perfect. Without a semantic layer, we need to reach out to the ETL team for even small data model changes. Also, a semantic layer would have allowed for building 'subject areas' by grouping tables and defining joins. This would then allow users with appropriate permissions to build ad-hoc reports without having to worry about table joins. view full review »
Christina durta li?1414329817
Managing Member at Christina M. Durta, CPA, LLC
Tableau Public is free, which is incredible. However, the paid version is too expensive per user. They need to reduce the cost of the user that is not making the analysis, but only reading / drilling down on the results. It is hard to get a client to pay that kind of money to view reports. From my conversations with Tableau, their product Tableau Online is what allows others to view and interact with data online privately. The cost per online user is $500 per year. There is a free Tableau Reader, but it is limited. So, if I wanted to make data visualizations for a client or within my own company, I would have to pay for the desktop software to make the visuals plus pay an additional fee for everyone who wants to use the full functions online. Tableau Public is free and an awesome tool, but it is all publicly available. view full review »
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Director at a tech services company
With the Device Manager in Tableau 10, you can design, customize, and publish a single dashboard with optimized views for tablets and phones. Other features include clustering segmentation data and a custom territories map. view full review »
Jonathan friesen li?1414332822
User at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Needs a metadata solution plus some enhanced ETL functionality. Edit: v9 introduced some light metadata solutions that are helpful from Excel. view full review »
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IT Instructor at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Integration with big data platform is a plus for any BI tool. They need to perform ETL/ELT operations with a direct connect to Hadoop ecosystem and RStudio for data quality tasks or offer a similar features. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Consulting Head
All area where business insight is needed. Also, I would like to see improvement in server capacities. view full review »
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Portfolio Analyst at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
* Better integration with R. Currently, users need to start R before running R scripts in Tableau. Ideally, it would be great if Tableau could save the step of firing up R to start with. * Introducing more quite-common advanced analytics functions in Tableau. To enable users to perform simple advanced analytics at their fingertips. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Senior Principal at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are certain things that I would want it to do, but it wouldn't be something that I could easily describe. view full review »
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Planning Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have difficulty working with many filters on the dashboards, and I'd like to see more options in the "Histories" section. QlikView makes better use of the dashboard filters. view full review »
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Business Intelligence Expert at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It would be nice to be able to use the reports as a data source. Calculations in reports are still tricky. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
EMEA Business Operations Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It over-uses custom calculations to do simple format and other changes. This is time consuming, compared to the actual chart making and holds up the enjoyable process of data discovery. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Consultant at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Tableau is moving fast. In fact, we see it as a leader in the data visualization market. We would like to see improvements in its enterprise capabilities. It offers the Tableau server for deploying apps that can be shared and used by multiple users, but it needs further improvement to be able to support a large set of users in a big organization. view full review »
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Solution Engineer - QlikView/Qlik Sense at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
It needs to allow for more complexity in data joins and creation. It needs to allow for designers to create objects together on one page instead of each object having its own page before then bringing them all together. They need to offer a personal (i.e., free) edition. view full review »
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Senior Analyst at a government with 501-1,000 employees
I would like to see more Excel-like functionalities, perhaps, e.g. the countifs function. It is quite a hassle to code this using query language. view full review »
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Manager, Business Intelligence at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would love to see dynamic parameter values & radial distance recognition on other WMS maps. view full review »
Dongyan zhu li?1430289042
Deputy Director, Global Sales Planning & Policy at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would say they could improve the data blending within the desktop version. Ideally, it is better to be done on the server, but for small businesses (or company divisions), the server is not an option due to cost. For the China market, I would encourage them to offer a license below $1,000 per year. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Project Manager
* Consultant engagement * Margin analysis * Project break-even point (analysis of the project) * SLE of projects view full review »
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Business Analyst at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
I would really like to import data from any online website to make it dynamic. I would like them to also extend the trial version to 30 days to encourage more people to use it and understand it more. Like an addiction, when you use something for a long time, it becomes a habit. :) view full review »
Ambikapathi krishnamoorthy ambi li?1425676186
Senior Consultant at a tech vendor
Performance improvement: Handling a huge amount of data and loading reports in a minimal time frame. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
IT Admin at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
* Not browser independent * Sometimes, data retrieval was slow I had a bad experience viewing the reports with Microsoft IE or Chrome. The version well supported the Mozilla Firefox version. The browser showed no response when it was fetching the data or executing a report based on dynamic data. This is just an observation. I predominantly used Chrome browser for viewing dashboards using Tableau. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Business Intelligence Specialist
* About Tableau Server, it has to access various OS, not only Windows' server. * When extracting data, it can perform tasks about the update. * Needs tuning for slow work blending technology between dissimilar systems. view full review »
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Tableau Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Scheduling the reports as email to multiple users on daily basis preferably in Excel without creating user accounts for each user Establishing an effective connection from SAP BO universe to Tableau view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Sr Programmer Analyst at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There is lot of improvement needed on Tableau extracts. Right now, Tableau doesn't support updating extracts with only changed records. We are doing full extracts everyday, which is utilizing a lot of resources. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Business Intelligence Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Sometimes, when the KPIs or metrics are kind of complex, Tableau could slowdown in the timing of the process and respond (clicks). view full review »
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Data Visualization and BI Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It should allow user-defined functions. There are several ideas logged by various Tableau developers in the community and they should implement those ideas as soon as they can. view full review »
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Assistant Consultant at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Performance is one big area of improvement I believe. Being an in-memory analytical tool, I think lot of work needs to be done to make the reports’ performance faster. view full review »
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Senior Manager - Analytics at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Number of out-of-box visualizations can be increased. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
President at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
It would be great if the licensing cost per user was cheaper. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Tableau/Data Visualization Specialist, Reporting & Analytics at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I’d like more data integration across data sources. view full review »
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Tableau Specialist, BI and ETL Developer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We would like to see more advanced data science capabilities like predictive analysis and advanced linear regression. Tableau also lacks native financial functions. Also, we would like to see integration with native Hadoop and some standard reporting capabilities beyond the dashboard. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Add ETL function; add 3D graphics; add a keep-only filter because it is difficult to revert to the original data format; add more ShowMe options; include AI function. view full review »
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Senior Manager at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Server scalability and pricing. Tableau was considered but rejected for a large scale in-house analysis and reporting solution. Even with a large-scale implementation (eight-plus cores), it was decided that Tableau probably wouldn’t scale to the level needed and at that level, was costly. view full review »
Hiren parikh li?1422513415
Assistant Manager at a pharma/biotech company
I feel Tableau didn't cater to each and every requirement within the team. For example, we have an SSAS cube and I don't remember that I could connect that in Tableau. Maybe in the latest version this has been taken care of. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Sr. Database Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I would like to see them add new charts, especially gauges, which are unfortunately not currently available in Tableau. view full review »
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BI & New Project Profesional at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Preparation and consolidation of data. Many organizations needs prepare data, changes formats or consolidate sources. ETL jobs waste a lot time and sometimes is unproductive. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Lead Knowledge Analyst - Advanced Analytics at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Data preparation and joining different data sources is still not very intuitive and could be improved. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
‎R&D Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Custom formatting and layout. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is not scalable at the enterprise level. Performance degraded massively when we scaled up backend data. They have not developed a feature to re-use components. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Technology Lead at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
More visualizations can be added. Real-time reporting capabilities can be improved. view full review »
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Business Analytics Specialist at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Governed data discovery * Collaboration * Other enterprise features view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Senior Business Analyst at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
It’s a very basic thing, but being able to copy and paste data elements from the screen would be nice. view full review »
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Data Analyst at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has some shortcomings: * Not very well-made dashboard designing * Lack of formatting options * Sometimes, not enough operating speed while working with huge amount of data * In the next version, I would like to see more formatting options and an improvement in overall performance. view full review »
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GSDC Consultant at a consultancy
Add calculated columns in the edit text box like in Spotfire. view full review »
David o toole pmp li?1414339401
Director, Analytics at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Pace of improvement to product has slowed. Most additions are now just nice to have. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Business Analyst at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
With Tableau, use of an external ETL tool is a must if it’s connected to a data warehouse. It doesn’t really provide the room for complex computing or data transformation. view full review »
Diego hidalgo li?1423661010
QA Manager at Tandicorp
Part graphical gauges compliance does not include the Balance Score Card style, however you can develop these graphics, another shortcoming in not having mondrian engines. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Technical Lead at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Enterprise deployment * Prompting features * Writeback to tables I’d like to see extraction after publishing. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Assistant Manager - Solution Consulting at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real-time interactions need more attention. Predictive analytics capability should be increased. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
Senior Java Developer & Software Engineer with 11-50 employees
* Scripting just as loops would be great. * Forecasting on table calculation fields. view full review »
Anonymous avatar x60
BI & Digital Transformation Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
- HA feature is missing - Better scalability view full review »

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