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What is Tableau Desktop?

Tableau Desktop allows people to make data-driven decisions with confidence, by helping them answer questions more quickly, solve harder problems more easily, and uncover new insights more frequently. With a couple of clicks, Tableau Desktop connects directly to hundreds of data sources, both on-premises or in the cloud, making it easier to start analysis. Interactive dashboards, drag and drop functionality, and natural language queries help people of all skill levels quickly discover actionable insights, all from an intuitive and visual interface. Ask deeper questions by quickly building powerful calculations, adding trend lines and seeing statistical summaries, or clustering data to see relationships. Better understand your data, make new discoveries, and identify opportunities faster with Tableau Desktop. Tableau helps people and organizations become more data-driven. With an integrated platform that is easy to start and scale, Tableau supports the entire analytics journey, from data preparation, to deep analysis, to the shared insights that drive the business forward.

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Product Description

Tableau Desktop lets you drag & drop to analyze data. You can connect to data in a few clicks, visualize and create interactive dashboards with a few more.


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Tableau Software
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NYSE: DATA
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Year Founded
2003
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Seattle, WA
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$877
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@tableau
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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Data analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Amazing features for all types of data reporting. Whether you're looking for something simple or something with an elaborate data visualization, Tableau can do both! I've used a lot of other similar platforms and I can say with certainty Tableau is the best. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It does have a lot of lag time when working with large data sets. It's also not the most user friendly for beginners. I highly recommend you do some online training courses or tutorials before using Tableau. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Tableau Desktop to report survey response data in a way that is simple to understand for people who are non-analysts. It allows me to share the data reporting (as a pdf) and distribute to leadership. It's very effective if you create a dashboard you need to constantly update with new data! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The most helpful feature of tableau is report scheduling. We use it to update reports automatically on a daily basis (more than once per day every few hours). This way we are able to monitor our key metrics throughout the day without having too much dependency on analysts or someone from tech crunching up the numbers and devoting hours of their time on a repetitive tasks. This way we are able to save a lot of bandwidth of reporting and present the numbers in a much better way to the stakeholders in place of excel charts. Also, the easy integration with multiple sources helps us collate all our data in combined reports and give a holistic view of the performance of the organisation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Tableau is an expensive tool but if you invest in it and use it to a good extent for reports and business intelligence then it pays for itself considering the costs you're saving from having someone work on the reports full time. Also, the reporting does require knowledge of advanced SQL operations which not everyone can do and hence can create dependency on a technical person but it would not be like this in every case as most of the visualisations can be created by drag and drop by even a non-technical user. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Worth the cost and very useful for helping decision making. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use tableau to create reports that refresh automatically. Using these reports we are able to monitor all our customer metrics and we can track and detect issues before things go worse. We check the dashboards daily and use the insights to assist decision making and monitor metrics daily to check the performance of the various business verticals. The best benefit is the easy integration with multiple data sources as all of our data is scattered across multiple tools. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Dashboard Team Lead - AP&P Region
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The possibility to use multiple data sources and live data from server in a dashboard. The end result is neat, implementing changes on different sheets is easy and does not require to re-do things on multiple screens. Tableau is very smart in detecting errors. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I find it complex to use, especially different visualizations are not direct but designed in a complex way after combining different types of visuals. An example is donut chart, it is a very common type of chart but I had to overlay two pie charts to create a donut chart. Data source screen lacks ease of navigating from column to column, as one had to go left or right column by column. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do look for tips and tricks out there on sites like YouTube. Tableau is used in such a variety of objectives that you'll find hard to reach to the desired trick, so do a wide range search of solutions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am presenting tracking surveys results to clients, almost live with a daily update. Once designed perfectly, updating the dashboard takes negligible effort and time. The dashboards are extremely safe to use but most of the time, my clients are unable to pay for license and as per my organization's policy, we do not provide any free-ware solutions. Tableau viewer is a great way out for those who want to see the results without paying for license. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Overall, I love the software. It always great ability to develop great, interactive, dashboards for the Directors of multiple divisions in our company. Tableau has various options from which we can visualize data. The diversity of images or plots we can create from Tableau is vast.It is very good to do some data mining on your data. Ve used it on corporate data for performance improvement and it was a huge help Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I currently have a report which is giving me an error. It is very difficult to find the root cause in this software Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I suggest that any organization should evaluate the pros and cons and decide whether they want to invest in this software. If they have the resources to invest, they can go ahead and purchase this software. This software will definitely enhance your productivity Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We had a lot of data that we can work on but since we have a lot of data, it becomes difficult to operate on that data. Tableau gives a platform where we can work with such large data, create dashboards and handle things efficiently Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Technology Analyst
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Tableau Desktop is a data visualization tool. It is quite easy to create impressive charts, reports using the tool. It can be connected to n number of databases and it can handle huge data to create impressive reports. Any changes will trigger notification and can be managed accordingly. Once business users gets hold of report creation, it is quite easy to use them or with the help of IT, they can setup various reports based on different elements which were not visible in the traditional tools. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

IT assistance is required sometimes if you really get stuck while connecting with the database. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is meant for big organizations managing big data as it comes with a good cost. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is ideal for big data where traditional applications such as Excel etc will not be able to cope up. It can be connected with live data such as Share market, and it can give live reporting, trends that are required in the respective fields.

One such example is, everyday several people pass through turns tale and their data gets populated and it is stored in big data. Once the data is available to Tableau, it can generate impressive reports like, how many people went to which location, for what purpose, total time spent etc. Top management/ space management will be able to take decisions based on the reports for better user expereience. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Assistant Manager - Industrial Products and Manufacturing Sector
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The dashboard feature works great, ability to refresh data on the fly. The set of suggested charts and graphs work for me most of the time. Can create custom charts too. The software works very well with location-based data. To top it all, there is a free Tableau Reader version available for those who don't have a license, hence you are not restricted. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is definitely a learning curve to it. A user is out to struggle during week 1, but like every software, the more you use the better you become at it. One other thing I don't like is that the software is heavy and sometimes is not able to process very large excel files. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

will definitely recommend. once you learn the basics, you are never going back to PowerPoint for creating charts and dashboards Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VIsualize large data volumes to unearth insights, create and update graphs on the fly. Create quick client-ready graphs and associated decks. and finally, the dashboard forms a great tool to tell a story and let users explore data for themselves. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the visualization capabilities of tableau. Charts looks beautiful and quite appealing as compare to Qliksense. Inbuilt machine learning model support like clustering and regression makes it ideal tool for analysts at various levels to quickly draw the insight from the data. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

When it comes to ETL Tableau is far behind as compare to qliksense or qlikview. There are very limited support in terms of transformation that can be done on the data. So, in case some business logic need to be built then tableu developer again need to perform the ETL to bring the logic. Also, Tableau is not very responsive when the source data is huge. It becomes unresponsive and the data load is slow. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend Tableau to those who are looking for tool with unmatched visualization capabilities and have a separate budget for ETL tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving various business and operation problems and provieing actionable insights to our end users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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SQL and dotnet Developer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I am using this tool from last 1 year and it is having great feature to populate the data in the from of pictorial format like graphs /charts and many more.

We can collect and combine the data from different sources and manage it in the great way so that visualize it.

Also helps to transfer huge amount of data and great suggestion to represent it.

This tool is also great for the multiple calculation and efficacy.

One more point I would like to add is easy to develop and publish on web. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As per my observation till now I observe few dislike points such as

1. Some time very slow in performance when trying to fetch large amount of data and make some permutation and combination .

2. Costing is bit high based on the features due to which organization costing is impacted. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This tool helps us to take and track the progress on different project aspects.

Also we can get the great visualization on the over all progress of the organizations factors.

We have develop the different dashboards throughout the projects to make and track the progress which helps to represent/share to the higher management. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Sr Manager, Data & Analytics / Sr Manager, Shopper & Commercial Insights
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I love ho easy it is to visualize data using Tableau. My reports have been transformed from static spreadsheets to interactive dashboards that puts all of the data a user needs at their fingertips. Tableau also does an awesome job of adding new features with every new version of the software. Their training and support teams provide me with all of the knowledge I need to build dynamic interactive dashboards. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is a bit of a learning curve especially with the syntax needed for some of the calculations. They do provide multiple options for training though from free online videos, to e-learning, and in-person classroom training. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Download the free trial for 30 days. Take advantage of the free online training videos. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it to analyze retailer scan data and better understand category's and product trends. We also wanted to automate our monthly sales reporting from time consuming spreadsheets to a more interactive dashboard that users could drill to the level of detail they need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Chief Information Officer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Tableau combines powerhouse features with tremendous ease of use. Tableau can connect to dozens of data sources including expected connections for SQL, Oracle, Microsoft SharePoint and OneDrive, Google docs, web data connectors, and much more. Tableau smartly anticipates joining data tables and takes much of the guesswork out of the process. unlike other platforms, tableau also smartly anticipates level of detail operations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Tableau could improve it’s array of data visualization options including donut charts, gauges, and Sankey charts.

While Tableau supports plug-ins for these visualizations, they often are not customizable and don’t take full advantage of tableau us abilities. Working with a Tableau API can be challenging but does help to get the most mileage out of the product Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Consider carefully what you want out of your visual analytics platform. If you have exceedingly high demands, Tableau desktop is the preferred solution Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Google forms to gather extensive amounts of data about our business operations. We easily connect the data to tableau and within minutes are gaining deep insights about our practices and how we can improve our operations. Joining data to other aspects of our business, for example, through Google Analytics is a snap. Sharing our findings through Tableau Public or the Tableau Online platform only takes minutes. Using visual analytics in Tableau we have revised and enhanced many of our business operations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I really loved the availability of variety of chart options that you can use to visualize your data. It is quiet easy to use as you can do most of the things by a simple Drag and Drop and User Interface is amazing. This tool can read data from most of the data sources as multiple connection options are available. Also, the story telling functionality is awesome and useful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Reading huge amount of data can lead to lag/crashing of this tool. Some more statistical functionalities could be included for the ease of data analytics to get better insights from data. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is an amazing tool with most of the functionalities being covered by simple drag and drop. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This tool provides great insights from the data as we can use variety of charts to visualize our data. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Tableau is the best Data Vsualization tool I have used till now. It has a user friendly interface and drag and drop support which makes it easy and handy for the beginners. Also it supports R script for the queries which makes is customizable depending on the work you have to do. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Cant make flowcharts and the process flow. Should have been compatible with more Machine learning algorithms such as clusturing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend Tableau to professionals who are into analytics and business . Tableaa helps to visualize the raw unstructured data into beautiful looking dashboards and reports. Tableau is business intelligence tool which must be used in order to excel in the buisness. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using Tableau Desktop for making dashboards for a financial firm based on their day to day data and then analyze the pattern and meaningful patterns out of it.

Tableau is very simple to use and saves al ot of time in terms of making dashboards. Provides customizable features which makes it stand at top compared to other data visualization tools.

Tableau has been the best tool for buisness analytics so for . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Ease of use and small learning curve. Software is highly extensible and can connect t multiple data sources. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The licensing model is very restrictive. Even when sharing a license, only 1 person can be logged on. I wish they have a group license on a cheaper pricing model. Most businesses can't fork out huge sum of money just for analytics. So as a result all of the analytical work piles on 1 person unless the organization has more financial resources. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Consider inhouse talent and since license is costly, in house talent will safe you money in the long run. As Tableau is becoming more and more dominant in the market, the skills will eventually proliferate and might be able to get outside talents for cheaper. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Benefit of Tableau Desktop is that it is highly extensible. We can make complex charts and graphs and visualizations with ease. Standard charts and tables are easily created. The connectors are amazing and supports various data formats from csv, excel, json, actual enterprise databases and more. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Tableau Desktop is an amazing tool to create beautiful dashboards. It is very much user friendly and very easy to use. Tableau Dashboards are the most intelligent way to express your business in a story with charts and graphs which helps people to make decisions quickly and most effectively. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Tableau is expensive. Writing Sql queries is difficult . Version compatibility issue Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Tableau lets you make the insightful charts and graphs for a critical business .strategy . it helps to make you decisions quickly.I recommend tableau for visualization purpose. Also it can be integrated with R and provides some of algorithms such as Regression. it can be used for Predictive Analysis. All the best. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using tableau as a Business Intelligence tool where i make dashboards for a finance company.

with its visualization capabilities its my first choice as a visualization tool.

For me, the benefit is it gives luxury to use multiple data source which helps a lot while working on huge data.It is very easy to make the client understand whatever visualization has been made. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The extensive and free resources available on the official Tableau website lets anyone quickly understand the features and build visualizations. Data from various sources like Excel, PDF, text file etc cane be easily connected and further, cleaned (with an in-build feature named Tableau prep). The recommended type of visualization from the wide gamut of options helps develop better results. The new dashboard and new story features where-in various worksheets can be combined to tell a story makes it stand out from the other similar software available in market. Not only visualizations, but also various complex analytics pertaining to data can be easily enabled through the software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

For large data sizes, the software gets stuck and sometimes goes to the extent of crashing. Also, Tableau prep tool is not very effective for cleaning purpose. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If the data makes no sense at all, it is good to evaluate other similar tools which are providing various possible hypothesis once the data is loaded. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I utilized Tableau to develop visualizations such as heat maps, histograms, line graphs, pie charts etc. and further developed worksheets, dashboards and stories to present business case as part of my Master's coursework.Apart from visualizations, it helped me perform various complex analysis and also enabled sensitivity analysis through its features like parameter control and filtering. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Program Manager
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This powerful software allows us to have a significant impact on the Market, as a work team we draw on its tools to convert information or data into research that creates an important brand. It has a processing engine that helps analyze documents that are prone to generating hidden versions that reveal profitable opportunities. Its interface is advanced and professional, it has a somewhat advanced learning curve, which leads us to train ourselves as employees to work more effectively. We export our analysis to any direction so that they meet the objectives and generate an impact on the business. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It has a learning curve, which requires that the staff have the proper capacity to handle their system fluently, so time and money must be invested to make the whole team feel comfortable and agile working through it. software. Currently in our company, both new and old workers are fully trained to use all the tools it offers us. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Companies whose interests are nurtured by obtaining benefits from potential customers, whose information needs to be investigated in order to obtain new opportunities, can be satisfied from this software. Teams can make decisions quickly and efficiently, based on charts and graphs that are often very interesting for a critical business strategy. It is a very powerful interface for viewing and understanding purposes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We obtain detailed and even hidden customer information, which places us in a margin of probability to obtain new sales opportunities. We capture the data, integrate it, analyze it, combine it and merge it, in order to establish the proper control and due security to obtain quality data, which is later migrated to obtain a significantly higher income than we obtained before using this platform. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

A seamless management of computerized data collection assets in the cloud, is established with the procurement supply system used by the tableu desktop server, which identifies a selection of collaborative analysis time tracking, where its statistical charting network monitoring capability handles a prioritized tracking function for cloud communication regulation, tracking of local asset management capabilities, collaborative establishment of computerized email inbound, commercial transaction margin code subscription settings, deep supply chain positioning for inventory financing, campaign import, Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

An error in the follow-up of sales forecasts, maintains in deficiency the control of income of the company, where the standard of business and control of information processed by this application, which affects its understanding of relationship of administrative formats, causing monetary losses in aspects of chronological production, disproportions of contact with the client, irregular schemes of coordination codes, are of the indexes of programming of enterprise networks that present constant errors for my team of work, having to be made a correction next to its system to avoid following problems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The tableu desktop programming digital information resource management sector is recommended for streamlining e-commerce actions, deepening market growth reports, importing multimedia data compression separations, identifying encrypted values, customizable automatic workflow load formations, local action search chronologies, business traffic network connectivity, business performance calculation unification, online support management for e-mail entry moderation, make this sales-impulse dial-up server completely favorable to reflect the progress of small, medium and large enterprises. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With the precision of web approaches organized by the tableu desktop program I could obtain precise informative analyses, anchored to references opening virtual content creation channels, business support increments, customizable marketing application, data sample chronology in relation to customer service, activation of scalable measurements configured by a fast storage sharing interface, real time file research security, mobile emergence management, technical linkage of remote use configuration, fast operating system changes, correspond to the usage index concentrated in this application. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Data Warehouse Analyst/Programmer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Absolutely fantastic product which is so so easy to get going with. Go from data to visual analytics in minutes with this product. It has absolutely changed the way we run our business and given us insight to our data we have never had before. The ability to connect to pretty much any data source under the sun is fantastic and the ability to publish to the cloud/Tableau server for sharing your work is fantastic. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Inability to manage OLAP cube data sources very well and also lack of support for Parent->Child Hierarchies. Still can't believe the product cannot cope with them, something which a previous product (ProClarity) we used use to do with ease! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get a trial version downloaded and give it a go! You will be up and running in minutes producing visualisations that give you better insight into you data! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Focusing energy in recruitment and marketing to best utilise the limited resource available. Steer and advise decision making bodies across the business into making more educated and better decisions for the good of the business as a whole. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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