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 regards 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. View full review »
Justin Larson
Principal Business Intelligence Analyst at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are so many smart features baked into this product, it's hard to even rank them. I think what makes Tableau stand out over other software I've used is that it doesn't start with a visualization, then pump numbers into it: It starts with numbers, and then represents them as shapes on a canvas. The result is more akin to an artist painting on a canvas using numbers as the brushes and colors. As a result, it is the flexibility of the mark types, and how they interact with data types, that make this product stand out. Someone who wants to create a visualization need only imagine the intended output, then use the numbers to create the marks in that output. A non-trivial example is that a number can be considered continuous or discrete, depending on the context. In some cases, you need to use the same number both ways in the same visualization (histogram, anyone?). The flexibility to specify how a number is interpreted in terms of how an axis/mark will be generated is visualization at a more fundamental level. It is a completely different experience than pointing Excel at a highly manipulated table to generate an inflexibly structured chart type. View full review »
it_user251337
DHS HQ at a government with 1,001-5,000 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 »
Lunik Kanungo
Assistant Vice President - BICC - Development at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's the ease of use. 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 »
Ron Bayes
Senior HR Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The data blending capabilities is a huge factor for our team. The ease of blending data from multiple sources has allowed us to generate new insight and bring a different level of questions to the meeting table. The type of dashboards we have been able to create have made it easier for individuals who are not use to looking at data to navigate and drill into their own material to find answers or ask questions they never thought to ask in the first place. View full review »
Dev Bhosale
BI Architect at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Tableau excels at data visualization and exploration. Terminologies such as a "sheet" are similar to the concept of a worksheet in Excel. Connection to most databases are supported out of the box. These factors keeps the learning curve short for business users. Charts in Tableau are rendered using visualization grammar called VizQL. This enables creating unique and out-of-box charts such as lollipop, sankey, sunburst, etc. The charts you can build in Tableau is only limited by your creativity. In addition, it is relatively to easy build interactivity and pass parameters in your dashboards so you can drill in and progressively reveal more details as the user interacts with data. View full review »
Peter Birksmith
(2IC) Senior System Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 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 »
Karl Riddett
Manager Business Intelligence and Analytics at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features of Tableau are: * The ease of learning and use. Tableau is very user friendly. I have a few colleagues at my place of work that had never used it. Within a few months, they created brilliant content. * The ability to connect to any data source without any reporting layer or meta-data layer needing to be developed. I can connect directly to Oracle tables & views, SQL Server objects, flat files, Excel files, anything. I don’t need to do any additional work in order to achieve this. * The capability of creating brilliant, creative insights while still achieving data discovery. Tableau makes creating analysis fun and beautiful, while still finding incredible gold nuggets in the dark data of enterprises. * The culture and support community around the product. There is a true excitement in the Tableau community and anyone who uses Tableau knows what I'm talking about. There are many user group community meetings around the globe that are educational, helpful and fun. * The ability to share, collaborate and view content through Tableau Server or Tableau Public. It is easy to send users to a web portal to see content analysts create. * The cost. Tableau is much lower priced than an Oracle-, SAP-, MicroStrategy-type product. The cost is similar to QlikView and a bit more than Microsoft PowerBI on its own (but you need an EA from Microsoft to leverage the lower pricing on PowerBI). * The support. I can pick up my cell phone and call four people I know from Tableau and get their feedback and help right now. View full review »
it_user176814
Director
Data Visualization & Analytics: In my last project, we used ESRI maps super-imposed with brand sales and sales history. By adding more dimensions to the data, we were able to drill from sales territories to analyze product sales at individual retail outlets. The next phase will be to add age-group demographics to the analytics. That also describes our Agile approach. Incrementally add dimensions to the underlying data, and add richness to the analytics capability, and it’s a business-driven approach. View full review »
Oscar Barrientos ǀ ITIL V3, SAP BO
Business Intelligence Specialist with 1,001-5,000 employees
I really like the design of the charts. The rapidness of the development is impressive. Its full set of options helps you reach the specific chart that you need and you can add any kind of additional data source. It gives the business user the power to analyze something new with his own datasources. 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 »
Virginio D'Amico
Developer with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this product is that business people with no technical background can autonomously design and implement their visual reports, relieving the IT staff from this burden. On the other hand, despite its ease of use, the tool does not support highly complex visualization and filtering mechanisms. View full review »
it_user257478
Performance Management Analyst at a local government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Tableau’s flexibility is its best feature. The types of data it handles, and the various data sources, allows me to quickly analyze and present data in ways that Excel (our old way) never made possible. View full review »
Nick Heigerick
Product Manager - Emory University (Tableau) at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
For visual data analysis, discovery analysis and usability, it is the best product on the market. For data cleaning, it can be very helpful in showing you where there are holes or mistakes in your data. View full review »
programm5345
Manager, Finance Operations at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The best feature of Tableau is the usability. It allows a business user to prototype something without going through IT and spending a lot of time and money trying to translate requirements. Going back and forth, it allows you to rapidly develop things that you need to analyze the data. I also think, as I used SAP Business Objects before that and built out the reports, that you can build almost anything you need to, but it's a little more complicated. I would say Tableau is more like Apple, it just looks nice. It formats things. It just gives it to you in one way, as it assumes that is the way that everybody wants it. So it might be frustrating if Tableau doesn't give it to you the way you want. But usually, it does give it in a good enough way. So, it saves you a lot of time. View full review »
reviewer712779
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 »
it_user161736
Industry Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The speed with which it is possible to explore data is, for me, the best thing about Tableau. By this, I mean it is extremely easy to drill into data, which in turn shortens the time from having raw data to having useful, actionable insights. The aesthetics of the dashboards and adherence to data visualization best practices by default is also great. View full review »
Kathy Williams Chiang
VP, Business Insights at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The best features of Tableau include: * Freedom of connection: Its ability to connect to practically any database. There is no need to go through cryptic ODBC or other driver setup procedures. * Freedom of exploration: The ease one can explore a data table. With simple drag and drop, you can produce easily readable cross tabs and paretos on-the-fly to learn everything you need to know about an unfamiliar table. * Freedom of expression: You can pretty much build any type of analytic structure you need to analyze your data. * Built-in visual best practices: Interfaces are clean and simple. You have to work hard to produce an ugly chart in Tableau. View full review »
Vineeth V
Senior Engineer Business Intelligence with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are many features which I can speak about, but its overall ease with which you can analyze your data within a couple of clicks is an outstanding feature. Also, the stunning visualization with lots of statistical options, makes it a valuable product. View full review »
Sampath Pippala
VP Strategy, Global Delivery & Operations at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
* Valuable to use smaller data sets * Automatic Extract Creation * Replace on publish data sources * Online sync client * Progressive-loading dashboards. * Parameter to pass an initial SQL dynamically * Combine multiple sets with union * Subscribe and schedule the reports to receive email on data snapshot * Ad-hoc reports and ease of use for the end user * Reduces development effort * Easy maintenance * Security with role-based access and in line with Active Directory and SSO * Alerts and scheduling * Heat maps, geographical charts, 3D charts, drill down/drill up, drill through, cascading effects, and multi-dimensional and canned reports all in one tool * Embedding into Microsoft SharePoint View full review »
Milena Manfredini
Delivery Planning & Implementation at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of Tableau is the possibility to provide an overall view of the analysis done and let the users get the visualization the way they need/want. Another valuable thing about using Tableau is that you just need to create the dashboard once. Any type of data update is done automatically. It is also possible to combine many different types of data sources on a single data connection. View full review »
it_user151629
BI Expert at a tech services company with 501-1,000 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 »
it_user236448
IT Admin at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
One of its greatest strengths is that it can very quickly perform various analyses, tests and rules out different scenarios, in seconds. It works perfectly integrating different data sources and applying immediate updates. Ease of use: It requires a brief introduction and then you can use your imagination to perform all the analyses you want. Other valuable features are: the ability to graphically represent different ideas, integration with different data sources and the ability to perform the deployment throughout the organization. To perform analysis is important but being able to share empowers the organization. View full review »
Yali Pollak
Data Analysis Team Leader at Viber
* Drag and drop: It's easy for beginners to use Tableau as it's very intuitive and simple to create insights. * Quick table calculations: There are some best-practice shortcuts for tables, which means Tableau can be implemented very quickly. * Data Connectors: Tableau has many different connectors for different databases. It's very easy to connect to MySQL, SQL Server, Amazon EMR, Presto, Redshift, BigQuery, and so on. Just name it and they have the connector; the work they do is very impressive. View full review »
it_user244335
Program Manager (Graduate Assistant) at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
It helps me deliver a tool to my clients that can be easily customized according to their business needs. Also, it provides great insights and analytics on huge volumes of data coming from disparate sources, which has helped my clients and managers make sound business decisions. The most valuable features of the product are: * Most importantly, flexibility * Visual features * Filters * Actions * Parameters * Interactive dashboard building View full review »
Gareth Crawshaw
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Extraordinary ease of use, easier to use than any competitor product I’ve used in 15 years or so I’ve worked on MI/BI. Since I originally wrote this, I have found the mapping on Tableau has been extremely useful and easy to use, particularly that it includes very good geocoding for the UK. In terms of the UK, the support and community here is also exceptional and I know that I don't have to trawl through sites endlessly to find solutions, the community is one of the strongest I've seen thus far in BI View full review »
Jered McClure
Business Intelligence Analyst at a university with 501-1,000 employees
The ability to connect multiple data sources, build data extracts, and display said data in an automated, graphical, format is the key driving factor insuring I continue using Tableau. While there are plenty of other tools on the market, such as Report Builder or Crystal Reports, Tableau is the first I have used that allows for such wide spread data integration and presentation in a visibly pleasing format. Moreover, the data extract function of Tableau has hooked me into using their tool over any other. Specifically, the ease of extracting and automating report generation from these extracts. View full review »
reviewer639489
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 »
Sumit Agrawal
Lead Business Analyst at a energy/utilities company
Visualization and ease of use are the product’s most valuable features. Dependency on the IT team has been reduced. Users feel comfortable creating their own dashboards. View full review »
Anthony Korkmaz
Senior Consultant at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
The live connection to data and publishing are the most valuable features of Tableau. You can connect to your data almost wherever it resides in a straightforward, simple connection. Your local dashboard is only one click away from being online and shareable with other users. View full review »
Arthur Kancelarovicz
BI Specialist at a K-12 educational company or school with 501-1,000 employees
It can build in-memory data with an easy-to-use interface, connecting numerous data sources and linking referenced tables/origins. It also has an awesome Sense-Me tool that indicates the most appropriable graphic to use with selected information (dimensions and measures) and, in my opinion, works like a charm! View full review »
it_user434919
Sole Proprietor at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable features are the ability to use various data sets from different platforms, the intuitive graphs, and the ability to play around with the data and graph selections for different views of the data. As the course work is focused on ‘Big Data’ - both structured and unstructured - the ability to mix some of these sets and have Tableau suggest the best graph was very helpful. Because the product is so flexible, other graphs can be selected and a new ‘view’ of the same data presents a different insight. View full review »
DataWarehouseMgr798
Data Warehouse Manager at a university with 10,001+ employees
Valuable features include the various “Show Me” graph options; the ability to do forecasting (which is an area that Tableau needs to continue growing its modeling capabilities); and the immediate responsiveness to adding dimensions/measures and their effect on the visualization. View full review »
reviewer601230
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 »
LeadSoftwareEng896
Lead Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Easy and intuitive chart creation * Easy conversion between different chart types and crosstabs * Easy map-based charting * Built in geo coordinates for cities, states, countries- Easy-to-create fields with formulas * Ability to connect so many kinds of data sources View full review »
Ann Chen
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 »
it_user348144
IT Specialist at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It provides access to many kinds of data sources. For example: big data/SAP BW. The second-most valuable feature is the wonderful usage experience. You cannot find this on any other vendor’s solution such as Microsoft or SAP. Even though Qlik’s QlikView is similar. View full review »
it_user424317
Director, Business and Clinical Analytics at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Ease of use, speed to develop and deploy solutions. The ability to quickly develop solutions is invaluable. We are managing an immense amount of data and can more quickly correlate multiple data sources to aid in our decision making. We don’t need a large team of technical staff to develop tactical solutions to support executive decisions makers, while also developing robust work queues to aid staff in prioritizing their work or improving health and outcomes of our patients. View full review »
it_user403101
BI Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Ease of use (including frequently used calculations), drag and drop and interactive data visualization are the most valuable features of the product to me. View full review »
Larry Keller
CEO with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have been using Tableau since 2006; 3.5 years as an employee of Tableau Software and 7 years as a trainer/consultant. The more robust features include improved geo-encoding. Shape content is a big winner, as is cluster analysis. Cross-DB joins are helpful, as well. A huge improvement is the ability to render DV to any device from phone to PC. View full review »
Tran Tin
IT Admin at a tech company with 51-200 employees
* It's easy to connect to, and supports, a variety of datasources * It supports multiple languages well, which is very convenient for me. When I develop a dashboard in English or Japanese, it can display time differently based on the language you choose. For example, EN: 2010/01/01, JP: 2010年01月01日. * Stunning graphs, easy to drag & drop dimensions into your dashboard. * Compresses data well. View full review »
Valentin Nedkov
Partner at a tech services company
* Easy to connect to random sources of info. In my case, to MySQL + Google Analytics + an Excel file with Facebook Insights in one case, and another MySQL + PostgreSQL in another case. * Easy to build with drag & drop even for a rookie like me. * Fancy graphics in the end result. This is important when I use it during a demo in front of potential customers. * Interactive filters. A selected option in one widget can filter automatically the other widgets that are used in a dashboard. This is awesome! * A wide range of customisations. View full review »
Aditi Roy
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 »
it_user189633
Industry Analyst at a construction company
* Flexibility: It's able to connect to any data source. * Reliability: So far, no major issue seen with the tool. It never crashes, even with huge amounts of data to handle. * Easy to use: I can create and modify dashboards, workbook or stories easily * Easy to share: Even without the online version, workbooks are easy to export and share without any additional cost. * Easy to maintain: Once the workbooks are set up, updating them is quick and easy. View full review »
ITAdmin097
IT Admin at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees
Tableau Desktop is equipped with so many valuable features that it is difficult to know where to begin. The functionality that allows users to join multiple source files and create visualizations using the fields from each of the joined source files is certainly nice to have. While the list of graphs and charts on the “Show Me” menu is impressive, one can do so much more with Tableau. With a little imagination and ingenuity, customized visualizations can be created easily and quickly. View full review »
GURU RAJAN ANANDHAPADMANAPHAN
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 »
Allen473
Senior Business Analyst at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Data visualization: Simpler and cleaner charts, easier for users to perform self-service, not so steep learning curve for non-technical users; good integration to big data Hadoop and predictive analysis, well integrated with other ETL tools. Less-technical maintenance cost compared to QlikView, which requires the developer to do more scripting. View full review »
it_user221823
Architect-Technology at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The drag and drop feature that provides self-service analytics with absolutely no coding is the most important feature. It’s pretty strong in geo-spatial analysis as well. View full review »
it_user237714
Business Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have been using Tableau to visualize data sets. The three features that are most valuable to me are: * Ease of use. Most of the configurations are accessed by drag and drop, so very little actual programming is required. * Interactivity, especially the ability to use tool tips to identify exactly which points are plotting in an unusual or unexpected position. This is the first step in distinguishing outliers from important data features, which is an important part of data exploration. * The ability to easily annotate and export finished plots for presentation purposes. View full review »
Vishal Shah
Manager - CRO at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
* The ability to connect to different sources of data like SQL, Excel, etc. makes Tableau a very smart tool for data visualization. * The way it incorporates user-level data with geographic mapping really helps in building strategy at the top-most level. * Sharing dashboards among the team is extremely hassle free and also the data being up to date makes management extremely happy. View full review »
Ayodele Makun
Pre-Sales Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The drag and drop in development, design and usage; the Show Wizard feature. View full review »
Renato Rocha
Director of Analytics at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Tableau Desktop - The product is easy to use, and does not require IT skills. I can create dashboards and connect to databases very easy and quickly. 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 »
KALYANI RANGARAJAN (CBIP)
Founder, Director, Srinivasan Software Solutions Pvt., Ltd. at a tech vendor
* Amazing data visualization * Excellent mobile support * Low-cost solution to implement and upgrade * Impressive integration * Large customer base and resources * Good customer support View full review »
BIDirector874
Business Intelligence Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Charlie LeCrone
VP Associate Director at a marketing services firm with 501-1,000 employees
* Easy interaction with data * Variety of visualizations possible * Integration with R and Alteryx We do a lot of work for our clients helping them understand the impact of marketing campaigns on their business results. Tableau helps us tell stories with data. View full review »
it_user332121
Senior Marketing Manager, CRM at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ability to have a question and be able to quickly find the answer without having to reconfigure the data like you would have to using Excel. It also makes it much easier to visualize data in different ways quickly. View full review »
principa168822
Director with 501-1,000 employees
* Flexibility producing visualizations * Scalability View full review »
Richard L Williams
Senior Engineer, Big-Data/Data-Warehousing at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Various features are valuable. It is intuitive; Tableau have been investing and releasing regularly. A tech-savvy business person can run with Tableau if they have a decent DWH and engineer supporting it. Access rights can quickly get out of hand, but with Tableau's UI and a tech-savvy business person committed to using the product, they can take charge and not have to rely on the tech team. View full review »
it_user261888
Analyst at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
The best feature of Tableau is its simple GUI with drag-and-drop feature. It helps even a rookie create a great visualization. But for experts, it also provides flexibility of writing queries to fetch data. It’s easy-to-integrate feature - with almost all the databases - makes it a great value. View full review »
Steve Cornett
Solution Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Ease of use, polished visualizations, all data elements are treated as discrete, the story-telling feature, self-service, excellent for visually exploring data with unknown questions. View full review »
YungKyoo Kim
VP at EON group
Easy visualization, with only drag & drop, double-click! View full review »
Galina Kozachenko
Director, Strategic Data Analytics at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
* Ease of use * Efficiency * Integration with sources * Amazing way to view your data View full review »
AssistantVP739
Assistant Vice President, Institutional Analysis at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Ability to read multiple data sources * Beautiful visualizations# * Easy to learn and use View full review »
it_user357120
Management Consultant at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ability to analyze data patterns in more visual dimensions (size, shape, color) than are realistically possible in Excel is the functionality most valuable to me. View full review »
it_user291708
Data Warehouse Consultant Sr at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Very easy and fast to build dashboards, compared to many other BI tools * Has connectivity options to various data sources * Good community support and very useful free training videos View full review »
Nadia Alatas
Director at a tech services company
Self-service: Its ease of use means Tableau can be operated by business users. It is aligned with the mission “Help people see and understand the data”. View full review »
Jonathan Friesen
User at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Easily visualize data. View full review »
CarolynFrench
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 »
consulti720510
Consulting Head
Fluent expressions are beautiful. It provides many alternatives to present and understand business. View full review »
it_user278760
Portfolio Analyst at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this product is drag-and-drop visual analytics. View full review »
seniorpr552978
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 »
Miroslav Kosecek
Business Intelligence Expert at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
* Ease of use - very intuitive * Same design for both the desktop and server solution - Easy configuration * Easy and intuitive manipulation of data * Program automatically suggests the best data representation * Graphical design - modern and nice View full review »
Paul Arokiam Raja
EMEA Business Operations Analyst at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Ease of creating visually appealing charts and dashboards * Large user community View full review »
Ashutosh Paliwal
Consultant at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
If you want the most beautiful dashboards, Tableau is the answer. If you want to shift your dashboarding/analysis development to your users, Tableau seems to be the best choice, as for the most part it’s quite easy to use. It offers beautiful visualizations on the fly. New users will catch on to it quite fast for doing simple analysis. Creating complex objects can sometimes get quite tricky, but most of the things can be done very simply and quite faster compared to QlikView. View full review »
Mindy Kay
Solution Engineer - QlikView/Qlik Sense at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Ease of creating dashboard objects * Variety of dashboard objects * Visual appeal * Storyboarding * Scalability * Responsive design View full review »
Xavier Lim
Senior Analyst at a government with 501-1,000 employees
The drag-and-drop interface and its flexibility are the product's most valuable features. View full review »
Akarsh Agnivesh (Tableau/Spotfire/R Enthusiast)
Manager, Business Intelligence at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature in Tableau Desktop developer version is the drag and drop feature of dimensions & measures in the view. Parameters and action filters are also great. View full review »
it_user231165
Deputy Director, Global Sales Planning & Policy at a renewables & environment company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Table joins * Formulas * Visualization * Dashboard View full review »
projectm2696
Project Manager
* Easier to use View full review »
it_user409698
Business Analyst at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Actually, the whole product is very valuable for me. View full review »
it_user204687
Senior Consultant at a financial services firm
The properties of each chart: It is helpful because in the world of analytics, not everyone is a developer; there are business analysts and directors as well, who want to play around and find quick solutions. If that requires coding or other settings, it would be more difficult or they don't even think of playing around. For developers, also, it’s easy to build reports as compared to coding. View full review »
Bala Subramanian Krishnan
IT Admin at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
* Reports on demand based on dynamic data * A single dashboard for understanding the learning performance in various geographic areas * Easy-to-use navigation * Responsive UI * Dashboard was superb and good enough to be used in corporate presentations for managers * Exporting the graphics to other Microsoft Office tools 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 »
Ratan Putla
Tableau Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Analytics * Dashboarding * Presentation * Reporting 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 »
Alexandra Cesar
Business Intelligence Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Visualization and storytelling. View full review »
it_user284769
Data Visualization and BI Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Drag and drop-oriented development process that facilitates rapid development of dashboards and reports * Can connect to any data base in industry * Sits really well on top of big data platforms * Sharing and collaborative development is awesome with Tableau Server * Excellent and visually rich visualizations View full review »
Selva Prakash
Assistant Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Rich visualization * Data blending Probably, these factors set Tableau apart from many of its competitors. View full review »
it_user261768
Senior Manager - Analytics at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Ability to do self-service * Drill down * Publishing capabilities * Security features of Tableau Server View full review »
Cindy Pham
President at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
The ease and speed of creating visualizations and interfaces with any database are this product’s most valuable features. View full review »
DataVisSpec991
Tableau/Data Visualization Specialist, Reporting & Analytics at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Highly interactive and intuitive data discovery: helps people see and explore their data. * Ease and breadth of connectivity to so many different data sources. * The interface to make joins between tables is greatly appreciated. View full review »
RajivKumar
Tableau Specialist, BI and ETL Developer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Tableau is easy to use. It provides us with faster development and deployment. It also produces impressive graphs and charts. View full review »
Wan-Jin Leu
Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable features of this product are: * Easy-to-create dashboard * Friendly user interface * ShowMe * Database connections View full review »
it_user153378
Senior Manager at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Desktop – primarily ease of use, TTM, for ad-hoc and reusable analyses and visualizations. View full review »
it_user187248
Assistant Manager at a pharma/biotech company
The dashboard with graphs is this product’s most valuable feature. View full review »
SeniorDBA879
Sr. Database Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
You can publish dashboards with Tableau Desktop and share them throughout the organization. Mapping really is a very beautiful feature. 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 »
it_user244824
Lead Knowledge Analyst - Advanced Analytics at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dynamic interactive visualisation and publishing to server for distribution are the most valuable features of this product. 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 »
Shahed Mirza Baig
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this product is its visualizations. View full review »
it_user173613
Technology Lead at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Ability to visualize * Easy to use for Business Analysts as this would enable different teams and remove their dependency on the IT team View full review »
SrBizAnalyst872
Senior Business Analyst at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ability to create visualizations of data is the product’s most valuable feature to me because it provides a meaningful view of the data and the metrics used by our clients. View full review »
SorabBOUBAKOUR
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_user337086
Data Analyst at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In Tableau Desktop, the most valuable features for me are: * Live connection to databases * Parameters and calculation fields * Actions on dashboards View full review »
AmitJain
GSDC Consultant at a consultancy
* Simplicity * User friendly 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 »
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 »
it_user397626
Business Analyst at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Drag and drop options * Custom image/icon upload for visualizations * User-friendly interface * Easy connection to multiple data sources View full review »
AdrianGonzalez
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 »
reviewer879756
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 »
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 »
Diego Hidalgo
QA Manager at Tandicorp
The most valuable feature is the ease of generating management reports on demand, and ease of generating incremental extracts live or work very quickly. The integration with R for more complex algorithms in analytical data is also nice. View full review »
Raju856
Technical Lead at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Data blending * Storytelling * Easy-to-use dashboard View full review »
Mgr457
Assistant Manager - Solution Consulting at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Geo charts * Dashboards * Data connections 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 »
BIConsultant052
BI & Digital Transformation Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In-database analytics is the product’s most valuable feature to me. 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 »
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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