TABLEAU DESKTOP PRO LIC

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interactive dashboards enable the end user to modify the criteria or the filtering What is our primary use case?We use this business intelligence tool to build dashboards to display some of the statistical and analytical information that our company gathers. We develop a precision medicine software platform that enables academic and community healthcare providers to implement and scale precision medicine programming. We capture clinical data, genomic and other molecular data, biomedical knowledge, and the relationships among them. We also provide integrated complex genomic and clinical data to clinicians with actionable insights.How has it helped my organization?Previously, we built the dashboards manually but this practice proved to be inefficient and ineffective since it meant we spent a lot of time debugging. It's was hard to find developers capable of doing that kind of work at scale. Since the Tableau ( /products/tableau-reviews ) community user base is so big and a lot of people can use it; the widespread support is one of the biggest benefits. Besides that, it's a fantastic framework to build dashboards and innovative visualizations.What is most valuable?One of the most valuable features is that the solution allows users to build interactive dashboards. This allows the end user to modify the criteria or the filtering if need be.As far as for my personal use as a QA Engineer, I really value how extensive their API document support has been.What needs improvement?Improvements can be made in template support. The workbook file structure is really hard to version control. If there was some sort of version control support offered particularly for workbooks, that would help big time.Another note is that the interactions within the UI are not fast enough and in certain instances, there have been issues with the intuitiveness of the tool. Such as delays in configuring and achieving some specific effects.I have to say Tableau ( /products/tableau-reviews ) does have excellent and extensive online support.For how long have I used the solution?One to three years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?The solution is stable. I've never had any problems.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?My impressions of the scalability of this solution are that there are ways to make it as scalable as you want. There have been some issues with the amount of the data that we had to use on the platform. We ended up using the extracts. It works fine now. I would say it is scalable.How are customer service and technical support?I haven't contacted their live support or emailed them. Their documentation is fairly extensive and we also had a training session conducted by one of their partner companies. It was the Tableau Accelerated Course and that helped a lot.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was straightforward with respect to the deployment.What other advice do I have?Tableau provides a UI which can be used to build a clear graphical visualization that allows quick and easy data comprehension. This functionality really helps turn data into scalable insights. This makes things a lot easier for people who don't have coding experience and with dedicated people focused on managing the visualizations, not requiring them all to be developers or to have any coding experience is a real plus.If I was to give this solution a rating from one-to-ten, ten is the best, I'd rate it a 9 because it does all that we require of it and more. I would recommend this solution to my colleagues from another company. It's a nice tool to work with.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As a self-service tool it decreases the burden on IT and enables faster production What is our primary use case?We use it for different groups within the bank. They produce the visualizations they need based on their requirements. It's just rolling out. It's mostly for reports or visualizations - different financial applications. There are also HR applications as well.For the groups that are advanced, they are pretty happy with the results, and the ones that are just starting the process, the journey, our group is ready to help. There are a lot of learning materials out there to get them trained and try different things out.How has it helped my organization?In the long run, things should be faster to deployment, to production, than they used to be before.It's the speed of getting results, based on what the user actually requires. Before it was a very strict, follow the FDLC process. There was a lot of documenting and control that you had to follow before it went to production. We have decreased those a little bit so that they can move to production a lot more quickly than they used to. So time to market, or time to production is a lot faster than it used to be, because of self-service.What is most valuable?It's the ease of use, the quick deployment from developing it and then moving it on to our servers. It's much faster than our Cognos deployment.It 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.What needs improvement?I think they have just come out with a tool called Prep, which we just heard about today. It was something that was missing, a little data preparation type of tool. I believe it is an ETL tool but it's not, as far as I know, a robust type tool.The other thing is a data modeling tool, a little bit more advanced modeling. I would like to see functionality like Cognos has in the Framework Manager.For how long have I used the solution?Less than one year.What do I think about the stability of the solution?We are somewhat new at it, so as more and more people onboard to the server, we'll see how that is being managed. Of course, if the performance is slow, we have to find out the reasons, the causes. If it has to do with how they are building certain things, we have to send that information back to them and then they have to correct their models.We are in the early stages right now. I wouldn't consider ourselves in the middle or advanced stage yet. We're onboarding a number of customers now to our servers.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?This is one of the things that we're going to have to address as people start onboarding. It's going to be the challenge, where we have to choose which BI tool to use. Thre is scalability in term of the number of users and in terms of the volume of data. We don't know the volumes of data that we're dealing with. If they're extracting data and putting it onto our server, that all will take up space. Those are things that we're going to discover over time.Tableau is also improving its product. We're not using the latest version which has some performance improvements. That's because we don't have the hardware to support it. That is something that Tableau will, I'm sure, improve over time as well and catch up with some of the bigger players.How is customer service and technical support?I haven't personally used support but when there is an issue, an internal ticket gets placed and if we can't resolve it ourselves, then we have a platform team. There is a member there who will submit it to Tableau. There have been a few of those.Which solutions did we use previously?The switch was driven by the end-user level. We discovered that people were actually getting the self-service tool without us really being aware of it. Once we found out that they were using it, we did some research and looked at the market, saw how popular this tool is and how easy it is to use compared to our existing tool. We said, "Okay, let's not fight the end-users. Let's help the end-users, let's adopt it and help them grow."That is how we've moved to this level where we've actually built out of a center practice. We're now a group, not so much of developers, but of people that will help the individual businesses build their own projects.The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are support, for sure, and their ability to advance in the technology. We have found with Tableau that there is such a community out there. They have a lot of information that is freely available. Those are the main things, support and that they advance their products, that they don't get stale.How was the initial setup?I wasn't the one that did the server setup. Definitely, on the desktop, it's very easy to use. And I suspect that the server is also fairly easy. It's pretty straightforward in terms of deploying projects onto the server and promoting it on to production. I haven't heard of any real hiccups yet.Which other solutions did I evaluate?In our case, people were already using Tableau. There are other groups within our company that are using other types of tools like MicroStrategy, and we already had BusinessObjects and Cognos here. But because of the ease of use and the self-service nature of the product we decided, for products in that category, that Tableau was the best.What other advice do I have?My advice would be that you should consider Tableau. Certainly, for visualization-type projects, it would definitely be one of the products to look at, and I would recommend it at this time.Because we are just starting the process, I would definitely give it an eight out of 10. We are getting a lot of good support from the groups using it, but that can only get better as we get more and more groups adopting it, and they are happy. It's really going to be a matter of how happy our users are in building their projects. As that grows, and if their feedback is good, then that will only increase the product's rating.Tablo has a good community base and we're trying to recreate that community within the bank as well so that different groups of individuals can help each other. That's what we're promoting, and it's working. We have our own intranet site that people can go onto and ask questions and get answers. We also have training and all sorts of different information that's Tableau related.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is a stable product. It doesn't break. Primary Use CaseThe primary use case is more visualization for user interactivity.Valuable Features* Interactivity* Fast data access* The graphs* Understanding our data better based on the sublevel of data provided.Room for ImprovementWe would like a report model, because currently there is no schema that we can create in the tool.Use of SolutionOne to three years.Stability IssuesIt is a very stable product. It doesn't break.Customer Service and Technical SupportI am not using the technical support. There is a great Tableau ( /products/tableau-reviews ) community.Initial SetupI was not involved in the setup.Pricing, License Cost and SetupTableau ( /products/tableau-reviews ) is an expensive solution, though it comes with its advantages.Other Solutions ConsideredWe are researching for a new solution.Other AdviceMost important criteria when selecting a product:* Price and licensing* Future landscape* Support.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Active Online Community Provides Guidance, Decreasing Learning Curve Valuable FeaturesThe drag and drop in development, design and usage; the Show Wizard feature.Improvements to My OrganizationAs a BI and data visualization enthusiast and provider, I have compared Tableau against other BI and data visualization tools. It provides tremendous ease of use and a shorter learning curve when compared to the rest. Provides astonishing visualizations as well.Room for ImprovementThe 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.Use of SolutionThree years.Stability IssuesNone at the moment.Scalability IssuesTableau, as noted above, does not provide much in terms of data preparation. Handling of large volumes of data sometimes does not work well with this all-in-one purpose tool making it less ideal for business users.Customer Service and Technical SupportThe Tableau online community is rich and vibrant and provides quick guidance on getting started with the basic use of Tableau.Previous SolutionsNone.Initial SetupThe initial setup is pretty straightforward for personal use, except when looking at deploying on local premises. Doing so entails some configuration during the installation process.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingTableau pricing and licensing is on the high side for a small company, but it’s competitive among its peers. They offer a monthly subscription for their cloud service.Other Solutions ConsideredAs a consultant in the area of Business Intelligence and data analytics, I have personally evaluated BI tools such as QlikView, Qlik Sense, Power BI and MicroStrategy.Other AdviceInvest in the memory and RAM of the PC or server you intend to use with Tableau. Though most database sources are available for connection, you should still ensure you have all the necessary resources and connectors installed for proprietary databases.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We already had an ETL solution in place, so Tableau complemented it well for our use cases. Valuable FeaturesThere 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.Improvements to My OrganizationWhen we started with Tableau, it was basically used for converting existing Excel reports. But later on, after exploring the features and with latest releases, it had a greater impact on the way we interact with the data. We were able to connect the data from different source of data together. We were able to relate the defects, quality and cost aspects of the products of our company from different regions in a much more efficient way. The visualizations gave a better picture of the current state of affairs and we got an idea of what needs to be improved in the line of business. Now, Tableau has become an integral part of our organization for any analytical solution.Room for ImprovementTableau 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.Use of SolutionI have been using Tableau for nearly four years for the majority of my reporting and analytical solutions.Deployment IssuesWe did not face any issues with deployment, stability or scalability. The deployment was simple and we have not faced any issues until now.Customer Service and Technical SupportI would rate customer service and technical support as 9/10, excellent. The turnaround time for any issue is very good.Initial SetupThe initial setup was straightforward. The only thing you have to check is for hardware compatibility. The rest is very simple, with just a click of a button.Implementation TeamAs implementation is simple, we preferred an in-house team. But you will get assistance from a vendor team if required.ROIROI depends on how effectively you utilize the tool and explore the data.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingPricing of the tool would be expensive for any small organization. I would suggest sitting with the vendor's relationship manager to discuss your strategy and the pricing model you’re looking for.Other Solutions ConsideredWe explored other tools such as QlikView and Pentaho, but Tableau stood out in terms of its ease of use, great visualizations and simplicity. We already had an ETL solution in place, so Tableau complemented it well for our use cases.Other AdviceTableau is more than a reporting tool; it has the analytical capabilities which need to be explored efficiently to get the best out of the tool. If you just want to replicate an Excel report, it would not help much in terms of ROI.Tableau is a very good analytical reporting solution. It is improving its features with every release.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Provides the story behind the data giving stakeholders the necessary insights and metrics Valuable FeaturesOperations 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.Improvements to My OrganizationTableau has provided the organisation a means to allow business people to explore their data at their pace. They can either review the reports online, or on their Tableau Reader or they can download it into other formats for use in data analysis. The key insights and graphic representations through the dashboards has also provided them a quick and painless overview of their current status, whatever that may be.Room for ImprovementAt this stage, we haven’t had any suggestions since moving to Tableau 10.3, so there may be improvements requested further down the line.Use of SolutionSix years.Stability IssuesWe did have issues with Tableau 10.1 server with the brokers failing on heavy load but since moving to 10.2, then to 10.3, this issue seems to have been resolved and the environment is now quite stable.Scalability IssuesThis is no longer an issue in Tableau 10.3.Customer Service and Technical SupportA nine out of 10. With all first line support, sometimes these support people need to read the question a couple of times before responding, but this is typical of any first line support for any vendor.Previous SolutionsWe are still using another solution. However, this will be shutdown next year due to the decline in development on this platform. The development cycle on this legacy platform has been too slow for any type of turnkey solution and the end result did not provide a proficient self-service capability that satisfied the customer. Performance has been another factor in this platforms decline.Initial SetupThe initial setup of Tableau had been developed with a DevOps lens. I wanted to build a platform that had rigor and a platform with a level of governance of aspects which could guarantee report certification and certainty for the business stakeholder. These processes were carefully thought out even before the product was installed.Once the process was developed and tested, we rolled out the solution to the business with a migration form for developers to fill out as we needed to meet audit policy guidelines and brand segment legal requirements. We allocated several business people to be software advocates whom were familiar with the migration requirements and liaised with the business to guide them in their approach to using the Tableau solution.After six years, we can confidently say that any report in production is guaranteed to be correct (within limits) and the data source has been certified for provisioning.At the time, this did have pushback from the vendor, but we’ve seen the chaos caused in other organisations that we mitigated right at the start.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingBuy 50 at a time. Project your use base every three months, and project your requirements forward, so you can meet demand for licenses by having them available.We have also added the vendor into our internal order system for ad hoc requests that we meet the needs of those that want a license on their own terms.Other Solutions ConsideredActually no. This was a spontaneous purchase by an executive and we basically ran with it.Other AdviceI’d strongly advise going to the forums, attending the Tableau conferences, and ask questions about governance, report certification, and capacity. These questions and the corresponding answers should guide you on how you would best implement your own solution. We did not want to be dictated to by Tableau to install it as a free for all. We wanted to future proof the product and provide certainty around the reports being developed and deployed to the business.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time saved by allowing the tool to make necessary changes is definitely worth my company's money Valuable Features:* 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.Improvements to My Organization:* Data Interpreter: Can rid your data of null value fields.* Split: Click on the column you want to split, identify how you want to split it, and where you want to split the data.* Pivot: Great when you have many columns of dates. Just highlight your date columns, then right click and select Pivot. That's it. Now, your totals and region data will be based on any particular year.* Metadata: You can select the second icon above your previewed data source. You can select the dropdown arrow for each Field Name you would like to change and you can split the names here as well, or double click on the Pivot name and correct the name where it makes more sense for the type of data you are using. You can create alias names as well.Room for Improvement: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.Use of Solution:More recently in the past few months.Deployment Issues:No deployment issues.Stability Issues:No stability issues.Scalability Issues:No scalability issues.Customer Service:I have not had to use customer service for Tableau. I just go online and google my needs typically.Technical Support:I have not had to use technical support for Tableau yet. As with customer service, I just go online and google my needs typically.Previous Solutions:I really like the user-friendly (usability, user experience) layout of Tableau. The visual layout for me is very appealing.Initial Setup:It is really straightforward, but I can see if someone has issues with the download and setup, you may want to contact technical support.Implementation Team:Implementation was in-house on my own. It was easy.ROI:I have not measured this, but the time saved by allowing the tool to make the necessary changes instead of going back to the spreadsheet is definitely worth my time and the company's money.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:Not sure about this, except that Tableau can be costly (but this can be indefinable, such as user experience vs. cheaper etc.)Other Solutions Considered:Again, this was more based on learning curve and user experience for me. I've worked with MicroStrategy and BusinessObjects (learning curve is higher for me for these, then Tableau). Big thing here is the user experience for less savvy or non-technical people (from my experience). I'm sure MSTR and BO are good tools, just not my preference.Other Advice:As I had mentioned above in regards to improvements, I believe every tool or application or databases for that matter can always use improvement. That's why we work in the field of data and/or IT, it's ever changing and improving, so we need to change and improve as well. Keep abreast of new things in the market and the improvements of the tools or apps you use on a daily basis. The last thing we want in our industry is to become complacent. Then again, we should never become complacent in any facets of our lives.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It allowed us to transition from static to dynamic reporting and from restricted to flexible visualizations. Valuable Features:* Analytics* Dashboarding* Presentation* ReportingImprovements to My Organization:* Transitioned from static to dynamic reporting* Transitioned from restricted to flexible visualizationsRoom for Improvement:* Scheduling the reports as email to multiple users on daily basis preferably in Excel without creating user accounts for each userEstablishing an effective connection from SAP BO universe to TableauUse of Solution:I have used it for 3+ years.Deployment Issues:I have not encountered any deployment, stability or scalability issues. I recommend filtering data at the source itself instead of bringing data into the tool and then applying filters.Technical Support:Technical support is excellent. I hope they continue doing the same.Previous Solutions:We previously used another solution. We switched to Tableau because, in my opinion, it has some of the best features available. It will take five years for other tools to catch up to where Tableau is right now.Initial Setup:Initial setup complexity was due to the organization's data structure, but it had nothing to do with the tool.Implementation Team:Implementation was in-house; we read through the guide.Cost and Licensing Advice:It is expensive but worth it. I would prefer a lower license cost or an increase in the allowed # of users per license.Other Advice:Buy it, implement it and stick with it for a sure and quick ROI.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-10-05
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