Tableau Software is a business intelligence and analytics solution that offers a range of integrated products to help you visualize and understand your data. The software comprises three core products: Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server and Tableau Online. There are also two recently added, additional products: Tableau Reader and Tableau Public.
Furthermore, under the title of Tableau 8.2, the company has released a whole range of new features. Tableau handles all data sizes, is accessible for technical and non-technical users, and the customizable dashboards are updated in real-time.
Tableau Desktop is a self-service analytics app that allows you to explore data and answer questions in rapid time. The app uses a patented technology based on years of research at Stanford University to translates mouse clicks into database queries and present the results through graphic visualizations. Tableau Desktop allows you to perform all kinds of queries without writing any code.
You can shift between views and use drag-and-drop functionalitiy to view as much data as you want from as many data sources as you want. You can then create real-time, interactive dashboards with whatever data and metrics you like and share these insights using Tableau Server and Tableau Online.
Tableau Server and Tableau Online
Tableau Server allows you to publish dashboards from Tableau Desktop on any browser or mobile-based device. You can embed dashboards on company portals with the ability to add comments on dashboards. Users can also get updates on data, filter data and drill down into data. You can refresh this manually or automatically. Tableau Online is a hosted version of Tableau Server providing live and online access to Tableau dashboards through the cloud.
Tableau has allowed our office to look at data in new ways. Whether we're using it for data exploration or dissemination, it makes the information easy to understand and use, even for newbies. In the past, we used spreadsheets and PDFs to share data with various constituents, but they were dense and only offered a static view of the data. Now, with interactive dashboards, end-users can not only search for the exact information they need, they can also see how it fits into the big picture. This capability has led people to ask more questions and actually get excited about data and assessment. Tableau allows us to answer those new questions quickly and accurately than before.
I have been using Tableau Desktop for over five years now and I still get excited about it. First, Tableau is so easy to learn and use--the intuitive interface allows even first-time users to create amazing visualizations. Second, Tableau is a time saver. What used to take me weeks now takes days and what used to take days now takes minutes. Third, Tableau is versatile. There are many different chart types available, and with the ability to tweak everything from size to font to color, your imagination is the only limit. Fourth, Tableau is always evolving and improving. With each update, Tableau adds new features and capabilities that continuously make my job easier to perform. The software is capable of connecting with data in many different formats from spreadsheets and SQL to PDF's and spatial files, making it useful for any field or company that works with data. I could go on and on about the benefits of using Tableau, but the best way to understand my enthusiasm is to try the product--it speaks for itself!
Sometimes large data files can take several minutes to load. Tableau allows for the creation of extracts to speed up the process, but the initial upload still takes time. Tableau also does not have an auto-save feature, which has caused me to lose work on several occasions.
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Streamlined our reporting - provided informative dashboards to our executive team and staff.
I use tableau as an analyst every day and I like the ability to create rich visualizations from different kinds of datasets. If you are of a creative and problem solving mindset there is almost a limitless set of complex Vizzes that you can design using Tableau.
I think Tableau can be less than intuitive. While there is almost unlimited capabilty, often it's difficult to immediately understand what is required to solve your problem. It's good however that there is a huge customer base and forums that can help you. It's often better to solve your problems in the database rather than with Tableau. Use it as the Viz layer as much as you can and try to limit usage of it in doing calculations, especially with big datasets. Performance can degrade.
In the dashboard design there should be a little bit more finetuning of the interface. Can't copy/paste items which would be a nice feature.
Customer support staff are extremely professional and friendly - if you can get a hold of them. Tableau support has fallen away recently I have found.
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A special mention should be made about their student policy. I started with the software because the company gave me a one year access while I was in school, and I brought the knowledge I acquired with it to my employers. It is a great way of promoting the software and giving students a great tool for their resume at the same time.
Tableau’s productivity suite allows you to connect it to all data sources we’re already using in a matter of minutes. This maximized our analysts' productivity, moving their tasks from the mostly mechanical to the analytical.
It is incredibly easy to use; it is intuitive even for non-savvy users, and doesn’t took time, programming knowledge, or expensive training for our team to get a grasp on it.
Its collaboration features facilitate group analytics, and at the same time ensure that all team members are on the same page. The best part about it is the devoted mobile app for different devices, which allowed our sales representatives to work from wherever they are.
Last, but not least, their tech support team is unmatched in service and follow-up.
Even with all the flexible options they provide, it's still a pricey solution. However, it is totally worth it
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We used Tableau to combine over 2 million lines of health claims data from Excel spreadsheets with approximately 85 data points per line. Tableau made it possible for our team to compare each line of data and locate the specific lines of data that indicated problems within the coding for health benefits. After locating the issues and fixing the coding, we used Tableau to compare the data again and validate that the potential issues were corrected. Without the use of a tool like Tableau, our comparison process would have taken weeks longer, and would have been less effective.
Able to gather large pieces of data from multiple spreadsheets and combine them to create a cohesive picture
Flexibility in creating different types of reports and graphs for sharing with a variety of audiences
Overall, most functions were easy to learn, and once the graphs were created, it was easy to copy them and alter them for additional purposes
Some of the functions were difficult to master quickly--had a higher learning curve than I would have liked for some tasks
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This has become a go-to reporting solution for our team.
Tableau is a very intuitive data visualization tool. We use both the desktop version, for report development, and Tableau server for publishing reports for our staff. The tool is very flexible when it comes to data connections - you can connect to almost anything. The interface is very clean and once you get the hang of dimensions and measures you will be on your way to becoming a data viz master. Tableau has come along way with their ability to join data sources. This has been a major area of improvement in the last release. Tableau has a huge online support community and the few times I have had to use their customer support it was exceptional.
There are times I wish you could do more statistical analysis in Tableau. They have some built in components for this, but in my opinion this is one of the weaker areas of the tool.
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Below are some frequently asked questions for Tableau Software.
Tableau Software offers the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $35/month
Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Available
Tableau Desktop Personal Edition: $35 per user, per month.
Tableau Desktop Professional Edition: $70 per user, per month.
Tableau Server: $35 per user, per month.
Tableau Online: $42 per user, per month.
Enterprise licensing is also available.
Tableau Software offers the following features:
Tableau Software has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business
Tableau Software supports the following languages:
Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
Tableau Software has the following pricing plans:
Tableau Software supports the following devices:
Android, iPhone, iPad
Tableau Software integrates with the following applications:
Bitium, Mendix, Smartsheet, SocialChorus, Targetprocess, bpm'online CRM, bpm'online marketing, bpm'online real estate, bpm'online sales, bpm'online service
Tableau Software offers the following support options:
FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials