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Tableau review by Drew J. P.
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Tableau review by Lorraine A. O.
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"The best data viz tool"

What do you like best?

Its very easy to use Tableau Server and its great for suggesting different visualizations you can do with your data. It also uploads almost any source of data

What do you dislike?

I dislike that with every update, you would have to open past files to update them to the new format. If you don't do that, no one can open those files on the updated Tableau app.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look into Tableau user groups in your area. I've been to a few conferences, even webinars and online forums where other professionals give tips and tricks that they use often. There's also some books on Tableau that you should check out if you're interested! Its a real easy tool with a lot of power if you decide to dive in further.

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

I use the data visualization for meetings and presentations. Its really helpful when trying to explain financial data and findings to people at work who have no finance background or knowledge. Its a really useful tool, no matter what area.

What Business Intelligence Platforms solution do you use?

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Tableau review by Andrew N.
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"Great for Automatic Updates of Workbooks"

What do you like best?

If you have a workbook that you use for analytics that has been designed the way you like and don't want to make frequent changes to, putting it on tableau server allows you to have the workbook auto-update overnight so your data is always current!

What do you dislike?

Some of the view features are suppressed, so for example you can't make changes to the view, add filters, etc. within server. You are required to download the workbook to your desktop, make the changes and then re-upload to server. Also if you aren't showing a filter in your view, you won't see what is filtered out.

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

We use several workbooks for daily analytics and these are handy to have updating on server every night so the data is up-to-date in the morning. We also like the fact that if there are any failures with the updating process, tableau server sends an email to let us know that the failure occurred.

Tableau review by Greg P.
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"Industry Standard Method of distributing Tableau Reports/Dashboards"

What do you like best?

Full Permissions are able to be set right down to the data row level.

Easy to use interface to manage users, groups, permissions.

Extract Status pages easy to use

Ability to customize menus

Ability to embed dashboards into other applications

Ability to edit Dashboards from Tableau Server Interface (with sufficient permissions)

Ability to manage extracts/datasources from server interface

In built troubleshooting

Ability to create "sites"

What do you dislike?

There are still issues with displaying dashboards with lots of data (despite what tableau show off at Tableau Conferences)

Could there be better extract interaction between Tableau Desktop and Server?

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have fully specified machines running your Tableau Server Instance

With regards to permissions it is best to set all your users to be Publishers then create a series of groups with names corresponding to the level of permissions that you wish to apply to your users.

Add your users into the various groups appropriately.

Apply groups to each project to apply permissions.

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

Needed a method of distributing Tableau Reports/Dashboards and make sure that different departments/parts of the organisation only had access to appropriate reports.

Tableau review by User in Hospitality
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"Tableau Server - Salesrep"

What do you like best?

How customizable the reporting tool is. The tableau team built the sales team a completely customized dashboard showing every data point we needed in an easy to read chart. By clicking the chart you get all relevant data that populated the chart. This tool is pertinent to my daily work.

What do you dislike?

Occasionally the server will not auto populate the data and someone will need to go in to manually update it. This frequently happens on the last day of the month where the data is most crucial to the sales team.

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

The data and analytics capabilities of the the Tableau server has dramatically changed the way we sell. We can now track every goal, large and small, how we are performing, and most importantly how individual customers are performing. This allows us to have a more targeted and effective approach.

Tableau review by Benjamin A.
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"Excellent Data Visualization and Analytics Server"

What do you like best?

Tableau Server is easy to implement in a Global Corporation in just few months. This is a very user friendly web based application so all users do not require any training. An analyst or data scientist can publish a report on the server, the users logon into the server from internet explorer or a mobile device and directly see the Dashboards in very trendy way! It’s a 3 steps process which allowed our Fortune 500 corporation to deliver quickly Dashboards and Predictive analytics to 5,000+ users in a click!

What do you dislike?

Tableau Server is not yet a real large scale enterprise tool, lack of compatibility with different browser versions, you can’t create sub-folders to a project which is pain point. The permissions options are also not the best way to manage security. But overall, the tool is so easy and user friendly that you forget most of the pain points and just wait for the next realease bringing every two months amazing new functionalities!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau Server is easy to implement. If you are implementing it in the Cloud, ensure to have the network connection ready before or everything is going to be painful to implement in parallel with too many dependencies. The tool is excellent and the adoption is fast, be ready to scale up!

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

Our Corporation is using Teradata with Cognos and Oracle e-Business Suite with Oracle BI. Tableau allowed our Corporation to provide quick access to amazing visualisions to a large number of users without have to involve developers, IT or scale our environment. We realized cost savings on network, infrastructure, developers and analysts. We also were able to limit the support using the Elite Support team from Tableau.

Tableau review by Liz B.
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"Easy Platform for Sharing Tableau Dashboards"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to publish dashboards from Tableau desktop to Tableau Server in order to share them with users throughout my company. Tableau Server allows user access to be customized so people can view exactly what is relevant to them. Users can also download reports and dashboards for offline use.

What do you dislike?

Tableau Server can be slow at times depending on the internet connection. It is also somewhat glitchy at times.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have a lot of people that will be viewing Tableau dashboards this is a cost effective and easy way to do it. It is a much better option than emailing large Tableau files to each user.

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

Tableau Server allows us to share dashboards and reports to users throughout the organization. It is easy to access via an internet connection and can be accessed using a computer or mobile device.

Tableau review by Amey S.
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"Very user-friendly interface"

What do you like best?

The best part of Tableau server is that it helps the concerned person a lot to read and analyze the data in a very comprehensive manner. I have even heard that it facilitates MS Excel Add ins hence reducing manual efforts. Tableau is a tool that maintains the data in the backend and provides significant insights on the front end thus helping to take appropriate decisions.

What do you dislike?

It takes a bit of time to load. Apart from this, nothing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just go for it. Do consider Tableau Add ins available for MS Excel. Your way of looking at data will significantly change.

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

We keep our eye on organic and inorganic offtake of user, their behavior and consumption patterns and more things that are related to digital marketing. All-in-one-place benefit with insightful charts.

Tableau review by Amit U.
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"Tableau 10.3 & Server Review"

What do you like best?

It's the most powerful data visualization tool. I like the ability to create calculated fields, parameters and the easy drag and drop features. tableau server can be used to create filters by usernames which is cool if you want to personalize the dashboards by user names. It has endless customization features. It can be connected to almost every data source. Tableau is also constantly adding new data sources. One of the coolest features is DATA BLENDING which we can use to combine data from multiple sources.

What do you dislike?

It does not have direct connection to Dynamics CRM :( - So, I have to connect to a middleware for creating dashboards from Dynamics CRM. Well, it's competitor POWER BI has the ability to use R programming directly for data manipulation. In Tableau, we have to use the STRING FUNCTIONS to use R which is inconvenient.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a beautiful tool and constantly evolving. Wait fro the Dynamics CRM Connector to unleash its true power for creating Sales dashboard. It's slightly expensive though.

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

Creating scalable dashboards. It's ability to combine data from multiple sources by using data blending helps to get one view of disparate data spread across multiple data sources.

Tableau review by Kensei K.
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"Easy access to analyze data"

What do you like best?

Very easy to navigate and create any data sets you want to use.

What do you dislike?

The product is a bit on the expensive side, and as someone who is included in the billing side I do understand the hesitation some may have due to the pricing structure

Recommendations to others considering the product

I do know that the pricing structure has been recently modified to help when it comes to viewers/explorer licenses, but I think it may be helpful for more smaller companies to provide a free version with limited features, or make the threshold for viewer licenses to be less than 100, as that is a significant amount of users for smaller companies.

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

We use this ti analyze our data from our call center, and sales teams to create a dashboard of metrics based on call times, hold times, number of calls, as well as other metrics.

Tableau review by Karen Q.
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"Expedites Analysis"

What do you like best?

At the company I currently work at, we work with large amounts of tags for tracking different efforts across different teams. Due to the granularity, our own reporting tool takes a long time to load and export data. Our analytics team decided to integrate the data with tableau and it has made my analysis 10x faster. Data loads in seconds and I can filter, add metrics, adjust, and so forth with ease. I can also do a large portion of my analysis within the tool without having to export any data.

What do you dislike?

It may be due to my user restrictions, but there are simple things like creating a new project or workbook where I found it was not as intuitive. It took a bit of clicking through items before I figured out that I had to go into the list of data sources, find a specific data source, and click create workbook from there (vs. creating a workbook and then determining what data source after).

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

I no longer have to wait 15+ mins in order to export data I need from my company's own reporting tool. With Tableau, I get that data within 2 seconds which saves me a ton of time and expedites my work flow significantly.

Tableau review by Marty A.
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"Tableau Server"

What do you like best?

The Tableau server, allows developers to create a versioned repository of their content and automate, schedule data loads as well as receive automated emails of dashboards. In addition, a layer of security sits on top of this to authenticate and authorize users to the published content. The best part is that consumers can view and access with a modern browser or mobile and tablet device.

What do you dislike?

Tableau still has a bit more to go to become fully enterprise-ready. We are a global 70K employee very diverse company and just do not get the depth that we need. But the good news is that most of the missing enterprise functionality is starting to show up with updates. Such as Data governance, folders within folders and multiple identity providers as well as two brand new enhancement tools: Billions of rows super fast data engine and a really cool and easy to use data exploration and prepration tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau desktop is only a small piece of the whole suite of tools and capabilities offered by using Tableau server. If cost is prohibiting you to purchase a full core license of Tableau server, consider Tableau online and the new subscription models that have much lower initial cost commitments.

Tableau was famous in the industry that they do not negotiate and have published prices. Recently, that has not been the case as Tableau is trying to close some larger enterprise deals.

Try to negotiate a better deal as it is a win-win solution for both sides. You will realize a very quick ROI and Tableau will have made a lifelong partner and customer.

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

The business problems are really solved at the Tableau desktop level. Tableau server simply allows a very efficient way of distributing those solutions and insights with the masses. We have been able to become a data-driven organization at the top and are slowly pushing that down to the layers of management using data authorization that is built into the tool.

Tableau review by Alison S.
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"Great Tool for Business"

What do you like best?

I love that I can search any of my customers and know exactly what they are buying of the products we represent. I feel as though Tableau does the hard work for me, and it is impossible not to be able to set a high standard with customer relationships on the first meeting when you have so much information about them at your finger tips.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it takes about 4 months to see an update in a customer's purchase history; I would love if it were only a few weeks from the date of sale, so we as a company can confirm with data that they bought an item as opposed to holding on to their word for it and find out months later they might not have started buying the product just yet/there were issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It gives you full access to operators in regards to their usage of your products and who they are buying from. It makes selling so simple as you do not have to spend much time doing research with all of the information being in one place -- making it easier to work with accounts that are already loyal users buy other products of yours or notice they might benefit from alternatives products based on how much they are currently using.

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

I go in to accounts fully confident in know who they buy from, what they buy, and how much per quarter so there is no wasting time in presenting items they already use or might not be interested.

Tableau review by Christopher M.
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"Overwhelming, but Powerful"

What do you like best?

I like how simple the UI is for all basic level items.

What do you dislike?

I struggle with the calculated formulas and how they use their own language that varies slightly from SQL.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We did not switch from one software to another. We use this in addition to our other software. My biggest recommendation is to invest in training. There are a lot of options. Some that are very expensive and others that are reasonable.

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

We are solving all the reporting needs that our business unit has been looking for now for years. It is allowing us to consume the data in real time better than before. We have also started using it to distribute reports to the field as we can build the report once, clone it for all locations and then restrict it with permissions.

Tableau review by User in Education Management
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"Tableau for Education Needs"

What do you like best?

Tableau has become a valuable tool for managing our district's accountability. We have several issue in the past being able to get this information to our district staff who is needing this information to make important budgetary and staffing decisions. We also use this data to show our areas of need among our students -- what are our district's strengths and weaknesses and how can we improve for next year. These are the important questions that we are constantly asking ourselves in order to get better.

What do you dislike?

Tableau's interface could use some updating to make it more user-friendly. It just feels dated. Our district transferred most of utilities to Google, who are the kings of making software more inviting and user-friendly. It seems very similar to the old Sharepoint system that every business used to use before several companies came along to create a better solutions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would strongly recommend Tableau Server as it has been a huge benefit to our district. It is easy to use and navigate through the portals in order to pull the needed data. We have tried several programs in the past and have been very happy with the results of Tableau Server. We mainly utilize the dashboard feature which is beneficial for quickly running reports and keeping our information up to date.

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

Tableau dashboards have made it easier to keep our district staff updated on important accountability numbers and we are currently working towards using expanding its footprint in our district through budgetary reports.

Tableau review by Brian F.
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"Fantastic Software, User Friendly, but much more powerful after learning advanced skills"

What do you like best?

Simply said, Tableau presents data visualization in a way that is easier for new users to implement and outsiders to understand. You don't have to have a lot of skills to get started, in fact, someone with almost no experience could pick it up within a few hours of tinkering with it. On the flip side, for those who take the time to really learn it; learn the calculations, and what others have done, you can begin to do some great things with the software.

What do you dislike?

To get into the more advanced calculations, there is a learning curve and it becomes a lot steeper when there are more specific tasks. I would say there are "limitations", but there almost always a way around them. In other words, if you want to do something specific, but can't figure it out, there's typically an alternate way to do it. Although you can complete, you ask, "Why couldn't it have just been done this way?".

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you manage large amounts of data and have to present that data to others, Tableau is the way to go. It makes it easy for you to manipulate the data in an attractive way. Then, for those who wish to view it can do so for free with the Tableau Reader.

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

There was not an easy way to visualize data. Sure, excel does do the trick, but when you're dealing with months and months of sales data over time for multiple campaigns you can't put all of that info in a single excel file. It simply doesn't work. Not to mention the added time to create graphs, charts, tables, etc. Tableau does it all in one. The benefit is doing more in less time.

Tableau review by User in Food & Beverages
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"Just an Awesome tool for data visualization !"

What do you like best?

The best part about tableau is its Accessibility to data sets directly which makes it super user friendly for the people who are new to the world of data analytics. Another thing which is really cool is its Heat mapping chart type which is one of the best visualization factor for sensing the data.

What do you dislike?

Only one thing which i could think of as a con is that Tableau doesn't offer functionality to do traditional production type reporting. You can’t create static layouts or data tables and it doesn’t offer features related to distribution, or scheduling and notification of reports.

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

Tableau has given our business users the ability to perform fairly complex data visualization in a very intuitive, drag and drop manner. Its data visualization is also impressively interactive. The user can highlight sections and drill-down into charts without extensive skills or assistance from IT.

Tableau review by User in Religious Institutions
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"Great high powered Data Viz system"

What do you like best?

Tableau is an industry leading software package, and for multi-user use, the Tableau Server is the backbone that makes it all work. On a daily basis I login to our Tableau Server and use reports we have built to show our base line metrics. Being able to have automatically refreshed data at my finger tips is a real blessing compared to the old OLAP pivot table days.

What do you dislike?

As a non-profit the Licensing fee for the Tableau server can price out some of the most helpful uses. We have had multiple occasions where we have been unable to justify the cost for a server license for someone, which is never what users want to hear.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Connect with the Tableau beta testing process, that way you can see what is on the horizon. Then you can plan ahead and upgrade your Tableau Server as needed when the updates become available.

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

Sharing reporting and Data via the Tableau server has cut out time that was previously wasted to create and then maintain reporting that was not always visually consistent. It gives everyone the exact same data to look at, instead of people using other tools to pull the data separately, which is and always will be a huge issue.

Tableau review by William J.
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"Powerful Self Service BI Platform"

What do you like best?

So easy to get up and running with Tableau server. Allows for clients to easily publish workbooks and dashboards to Tableau server to allow users to at their leisure access the views via a self service portal. The UI is easy and clear to understand and use and embedded search facility allows you to find views with ease. The server specs we found considering the amount of work that goes onto our Tableau server are very good with the server running absolutely fine with 4 cores and 16Gb RAM.

What do you dislike?

Licencing changed after we purchased the server product from Tableau and now if we wanted to extend our infrastructure it would cost us far too much money so expand-ability has somewhat been cut off for us. We have also had some fairly annoying problems on upgrading from one version of Tableau server to another. These have been as minor as graphical glitches in the views displayed via Tableau server to most extreme one where the product was using up vast quantities of disk space causing our disks to fill and the product to stop functioning. Tableau releases are very frequent and I personally feel that Tableau as a company should do more testing before simply releasing it to the world.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have a look at Tableau public first as this is a very close experience to the server product and do not be put off by the installation and administration side of Tableau Server as it is extremely simple and easy to look after.

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

Ability to connect disparate data sources from different technologies together (e.g. Excel, Access and SQL server) and to be able to disseminate views and dashboards of this data to our user base via a web client. Mobile devices can now be used to consume MI and BI reports and bespoke Android and Apple apps only enhance this experience.

Tableau review by User in Oil & Energy
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"Great idea, slow to action"

What do you like best?

I love having access to my entire company's data lake, it supports myself as a sourcing team member to be able to leverage best practices without having to log in and out of multiple entity ERP's, and without having to be signed in via VPN.

What do you dislike?

The datalake does take a long time to refresh, and can very frustratingly time out when you are trying to pull the reports. Overall, it worse the time taken to wait.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have no other ways to access all data lakes, this is great for dashboards and quick looks at the business's spend. The reports are only as good as the data put in, which can also spit out many false negatives that take a while to be cleansed. It is worth the effort to put good data in.

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

We are able to leverage the entire business's spend with specific suppliers, including Parent company details. As a smaller business with low volume and high mix, it is critical to leverage all spend when possible.

Tableau review by Lauren W.
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"Allows others to view your work"

What do you like best?

Tableau Server is a helpful platform through which you can publish workbooks (dashboards) to share with others, and depending on permissions, they can download as well. It also lets you link to workbooks if you want another website/page to feature your data visualization.

What do you dislike?

Any edits that are made to a workbook must be saved and re-uploaded, I haven't been able to edit in Tableau Server's site which means you can end up with many copies of a dashboard..

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

Tableau allows us to share our visualizations/dashboards with clients and receive feedback on our work, while letting them utilize what we've built, without them being able to make edits or change anything.

Tableau review by User in Publishing
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"Robust system with a minimalistic interface"

What do you like best?

It allows us to access our data using a variety of parameters to get at the specific data points that we need. It is the most robust system that we use. Plus, the "Dictionary" function is particularly helpful when looking for an obscure report or onboarding new team members.

What do you dislike?

The quick time-out on the product (both from within each report - as the report will default back to original settings - and from an account automatic log-out) is counter-productive when trying to multi-task. The interface isn't particularly attractive, and it can sometimes be confusing to navigate. A less Tableau-responsible issue is that our data isn't updated in real time (there is a +1 day delay on all of our data between our internal database and Tableau).

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a good system if your business fits within one industry category (example, ecommerce only). If you have multiple sectors of your business, then you might need this in addition to another reporting feature depending on how you can tie your order system into Tableau.

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

Internal reporting, this is how we access our internal order data from our subscription service.

Tableau review by Subhadip S.
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"Tableau - the BI Giant"

What do you like best?

Efficient servers are necessary in the business world today so that the vast quantities of information being transmitted to, through, and from businesses can be delivered to the right people at the right time. Servers need to transmit data, perform data analysis and manipulate data. The transformation of raw data into something meaningful and an insightful presentation of this data is crucial to a business’s success.Tableau Software provides a solution to this server need. In addition to their desktop, online and mobile products, Tableau delivers a server product called Tableau Server. Tableau Server provides solutions to all of the basic server needs while adding details that make it one of the best options on the market today. The Server operates by housing and sharing dashboards created in Tableau Desktop in a matter of minutes. These dashboards can be accessed by users from mobile devices like tablets and phones as well as from individual PCs.

What do you dislike?

Initial Data Preparation: Companies need to have strong technical skills to build the initial structure. This is typically done by IT or a consulting organization. Once the integration with the data source is done, though users with no or very little SQL knowledge can also access the tool create the dashboards and analyze data.

Features: Some argue that not all statistical features are provided by Tableau. Business–centric solution such as Tableau are used broadly throughout the organization, though they do have narrower set of capability.

Financial Reporting: Although great for analytical purposes, Tableau and other BI tools cannot replace Financial Reporting applications. This does require financial analyst to be proficient in a number of reporting tools and to use them interchangeably.

Can be cost prohibitive

Like most BI vendors, Tableau offers a few different software licensing options. There’s a free version of Tableau for personal use, but its functionality is limited. To download Tableau to your desktop, you’ll pay in the range of $1000 and $2000 per year. Online or hosted access to Tableau costs $500 per person, per year.

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

Dashboard generation for Visual Analytics

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"Tableau Server - Where data speaks cont. "

What do you like best?

My favorite part of using Tableau server is the ability to share data across the server. I think that it's imperative that the data I am using to pull my reports can be something that anyone in the marketing department would have access to.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how often I disconnect from the server when I am trying to run various reports. I understand that the reason behind this is due to too much being asked on my end at any one time but it would be nice to go between reports without it occasionally disconnecting from the server.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I truly believe that Tableau server much like Tableau Desktop is essential for all data analytics. I honestly don't know how else I would be able to review the data of what I do on a quarterly basis and make the difficult choices that I make with the 20+ vendors that I work with if it wasn't for this platform and these capabilities of this software.

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

I think the number 1 business problem that Tableau Server solves is the use of false data across a company. When we have the ability to pull the data from Salesforce into Tableau and end up getting the same data as our sales team or any other department I think we are able to address concerns as a company easier.

Tableau review by Andrea C.
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"Tableau is amazing"

What do you like best?

I love the usability of Tableau. You do not need to be a data scientist or have familiarity with databases to use tableau. For medium level Excel users - Tableau makes your data into a glorified pivot table, with added depth, insights and way more usability and functionality than Excel.

What do you dislike?

I'm still fairly new to Tableau - so I need to dig a bit deeper - but sharing datasets is currently a bit confusing and looks like it requires a separate subscription for Tableau Server, which doesn't make sense.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a business intelligence / insights solutions. Tableau is a great place to start. Their training sample workbooks will get you up and going in no time and the usability and functionality is way better than fumbling around with Excel spreadsheets.

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

I am easily able to analyze prospects affiliate programs, paid adwords effectiveness, as well as geographical trends sales data trends for our B2B clients.

Tableau review by Peter E.
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"A powerfull and complex tool"

What do you like best?

The visuals are excellent. Very crisp, clean, and modern. Once the report is built, I like that it can be imbedded to your website.

What do you dislike?

Building the report is often very time consuming and frustrating. When connecting to a data warehouse the dates can't be edited using a filter like when connecting to other data sources. Also, there are ways of creating custom color templates, but this requires some HTML coding. Instead of just saving a color palette.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make it easier for first time users to connect to data and build their 1st report. It is far above other software out there, but for the price I think the learning curve may scare a lot of people. It would be nice to have a quick report feature that allows you to build common reports similar to those in excel without having to know in-depth know of Tableau. I believe that is what gets people hooked and wanting to know more. Also, the performance on rather large data sets can often take a while to load hindering people from using it the way it is intended.

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

Creating reports that are scalable for many different users that come from many different technical backgrounds. We have been able to create custom reports that have modern visuals that are user friendly and easy to perceive action along with creating reports that the objects adjust easily.

Tableau review by Consultant
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"Great Visualization tool"

What do you like best?

The ease with which we can connect with any data source, like SQL, Microsoft Access file, or even a JSON file is very handy. I loved the way how we can create some dashboards just dragging and dropping and thus creating a story from the dataset.

What do you dislike?

One thing that Tableau should add is creating complex SQL queries within Tableau and not just keep it limited to JOINS. Just as in Power BI, we can do more complex SQL queries similar funcationalities should be added within Tableau

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software which even if compare with other visualization tools is very much handy and of great use. The Tableau server serves the purpose of creating some cool dashboards and creating data stories of the datasets that we are having. Instead of just considering this as a visualization software, it is software, we can do a lot within itself and hence reduce the hassle of using any other products or software for other purposes.

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

Being working in a Healthcare Industry, we get to solve business problems related to healthcare data and predicting the flow of patients. We realized that using Tableau the charts, and visualizations are easy to create and thus we directly see the story instead of evaluating the data. Applying filters and directly able to see the required data is something which helps a lot while solving certain business problems

Tableau review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
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"User Friendly BI Tool"

What do you like best?

The fact that Tableau can do schedule data refresh, share and subscribe a view/ dashboard, comment in the view. The most important thing, can do the data drill down.

What do you dislike?

The fact that Tableau distrubute every quarterly a minor version, and almost every year a major version that makes user hard to follow all the functions on the tool.

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

I've created several dashboards which reflect the major KPI of company which allow the management borad can reach the genral view to monitoring the company's situation by having a simple look in dashboards.

Also a customer protal in Tableau have been created to link the published dashboards on Tableau server to give the users a single path to get all the different types of information.

Tableau review by Taylor H.
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"Great Analytical Tool"

What do you like best?

I love the ease and ability to pull data fairly quickly, especially while in meetings. About half of my daily and weekly reporting comes out of here.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes load times, typically when using multiple filters, can be really slow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you manage large amounts of data and have a need present that data to others, Tableau is definitely the way to go. It, also, makes it easy for you to manipulate the data in an attractive way and allow for anyone to understand what is in front of them.

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

Tableau allows us to put many different reports, charts, and documents in a shared space, with the ability to only let certain people access each area.

Tableau review by Joon Y.
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"Awesome tool to simply pull metrics"

What do you like best?

I used Tableau software to pull metrics of teams all across the organization.It was already built for us to simply put in what we wanted to see and pick how we wanted to see it. It was simple, easy to use, and effective. It does take time to get used to it, but after that, it was no issue.

What do you dislike?

Not a lot of complaints, but there are just tons and tons of features that you can use which can be confusing when initially learning to use the product. It is also up to your engineers or analysts building the tool for your company, whether or not it will be easy to use... But in the end, all the additional tools were super helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a very useful tool to pull data. I've seen PowerBI and Tableau, they're very similar to an outside (non-tech) person like me, but Tableau was fairly easy to see from the start as opposed to PowerBI, hard to figure out what is what.

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

We pulled our metrics from SalesForce to see how much work was being done by each employee and over all as a team, as well as the division. It helps us visually see a trend yoy and month over month to see which seasons or months are tougher or better. It also helps individual employees be able to keep a track of their KPI and metrics.

Tableau review by User in Utilities
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"Great for sharing data"

What do you like best?

I can publish data to the server and my team can filter and customize the data for their particular needs.

What do you dislike?

It's not completely user friendly. If a report isn't published with the data selected, people need to click in just the right spot for crosstab download to be an option. It is also much slower than the desktop version at spitting out results. I don't know how much of this is due to internal technology issues rather than the server.

Would like to see more options for subscribing people. Subscribe to an entire workbook with custom views.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Excellent tool that keeps improving. Excels at making data accessible. People can subscribe to views and customize what they see.

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

I don't have to run as many custom reports because people can be more self sufficient.

Tableau review by Justin F.
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"Tableau has made reporting easy and all in one unified location"

What do you like best?

I like how the program allows our team to pull in data from multiple databases and add manual fields that provide a custom view on reporting. It's features for graphs and data tables make it easy to plug reports directly into presentations.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the filters or limitations are not as explicit as needed. It's also tough to understand what data is being pulled in if you are not the one who created the table.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consistency and testing is key for building new dashboards. There can literally be dashboards for everything!

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

We are trying to capture media spend for our advertiser clients across 3 separate SSP Exchanges. The challenge this presents is different reporting databases and naming conventions. With Tableau we have successfully combined reports making it easier to see the full picture making the sale to an advertiser easier.

Tableau review by Administrator
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"Power tool for viz dashboards"

What do you like best?

Tableau Server has the power to host the interactive, insightful dashboards created from Tableau Desktop. It is able to incorporate SAML or AD authentication for added security, as well as host separate sites with varied user permissions. The ability to easily add users from the TSM web interface has been a good improvement.

Tableau Server also has the ability to connect to a massive selection of items for a data source. The divisibility increases the types of dashboards that can be created from combining analytics from multiple sources into a single dashboard.

What do you dislike?

There are still many commands that require command-line interaction, some of the search functions/filters seems to be less than intuitively-placed, and the dramatic increase in the cost of the OEM support is a certain dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are various options (on-premises versus cloud-hosted), so make sure to do your research on how much you can save by hosting your own. Be sure to take advantage of the Web Edit function on Tableau Server which can save you some money buy not having to purchase as many Tableau Desktop licenses to edit dashboards (you will still need some to create/connect data sources).

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

Tableau has been leveraged to create powerful analytics dashboards and real-time reports for campaign-levels, flights, spends, and so much more.

Tableau review by Dan M.
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"Ferramenta líder em usabilidade e integrações"

What do you like best?

Descrever o potencial da ferramenta é bastante simples diante da usabilidade e diferencial técnico da plataforma. Desde o aprendizado, passando pela sofisticada interface, e implementação, absolutamente tudo nesta ferramenta remete ao fantástico propósito do Business Intelligence nas organizações. Interface é um diferencial, alinhado à usabilidade através da conexão com diferentes fontes de dados. O big data, é bastante admirável na ferramenta e as integrações possui uma velocidade de performance encantadora. O suporte e a comunidade é um fator positivo. Recomendo.

What do you dislike?

Preço é um fator de ameaça para as pequenas empresas que não desfrutam de budget para projetos de Business Intelligence com esta interface. As linguagens e programações são alguns dos fatores que demandam conhecimento prévio dos programadores que consideram o uso da ferramenta. Importante ressaltar que o pacote é vendido com número limitado de licenças, ou seja, para organizações com mais usuários, a necessidade da disponibilidade de mais licenças se faz necessária, oque representa mais custo.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As recomendações são as melhores. O Trial é uma plataforma completa que permita uma experimentação inicial que trará as respostas necessárias aos usuários e gestores.

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

Desenvolvimento de Dashboards cuja a integração com sistemas legados permitem uma sincronicidade de oportunidades e leituras bastante avançadas. A partir da implementação do Tableau, a leitura pode ser estabelecida com diferentes bases de dados, desde Excel à grandes sistemas como SAP e Oracle. A ferramente possui conectores que permitem e geram fácil integração entre os diferentes tipos de sistemas.

Tableau review by Grant M.
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"Tableau Server: Easy to Get Started, and Maintain"

What do you like best?

It took only minutes to set up. Soon thereafter we were publishing models for users to utilize.

It takes little to manage Tableau Server on an ongoing basis.

What do you dislike?

Tableau Server does not offer any solution for version control on its published models.

I also found it difficult at times to discover the root causes of failed scheduled tasks.

It would be nice to have some more optimization tools in order to get the most out of the models being offered and the resources required to refresh the data on an ongoing basis,

Pricing to expose Tableau models on websites is expensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau Software was very supportive of our efforts to deploy Tableau Server. They offered copious amounts of help, and made resources available to us when required. We are not a big account for them, but were not treated as an afterthought.

We would recommend to start small. It is fast to start, and with little prototyping the results will quickly justifying further investment.

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

We have realized countless business problems over many knowledge areas.

Most importantly, we have moved from a model of printing/emailing reports to Branch Managers on a daily basis, most of which was ignored, or far too much time was required of them to analyse to one that allows them to get information on demand, that is drillable and flexible enough to allow for ad-hoc discovery.

This has allowed us to be more agile.

Tableau review by User
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"All you could want in a data software platform"

What do you like best?

Tableau is changing the game with its state of the art reporting software. Being able to connect to our CRM, marketing automation and even uploading excel documents, Tableau provides a slick interface that provides a great user experience.

What do you dislike?

There was a little ramp up period in the beginning where you may need to go through some training in order to fully understand all the capabilities of the software. Luckily, Tableau has an immense amount of trainings and resources available to help!

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's super powerful but be prepared to take time and really dig into all that the software has to offer.

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

We have been able to report on data sets and provide reports to our executives that help drive how we do business as well as the most profitable areas for growth.

Tableau review by Agency in Marketing and Advertising
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"Tableau - Data Visulalization"

What do you like best?

Tableau allows my team to more easily visualize data across multiple sources. It is an incredible resource not only for viewing our own data, but sharing with clients. With multiple data sources across numerous platforms, Tableau has allowed us to create a one stop shop for all of our data needs.

What do you dislike?

It would be more intuitive. If you are not a trained Tableau user it can be difficult to cut and change the data as needed. This proves difficult with sharing data views with clients.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A strong coding/data analytics team is needed when porting multiple sources of data into Tableau.

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

With multiple data sources across numerous platforms, Tableau has allowed us to create a one stop shop for all of our data needs. We use tableau for both internal data read outs for optimization of media as well as sharing data with clients.

Tableau review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Tableau - Visualization made easy"

What do you like best?

The report gets updated automatically with the recent feeds and we don't need to perform this manually.

It is a low cost software.

Also has good customer service.

The user can also view the reports from their mobile phone.

What do you dislike?

Uploading CSV file or Excel file is easy, but connecting to a database is quite a task.

Workbook folder should be made available to share on the web

Upgrading the new version is quite hard, you will first have to uninstall the old and reinstall the new version of it.

Reporting features can be improved.

Tableau support team should be made available for the customers always, it's quite hard to reach them as you don't find their contact numbers easily.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tableau Desktop is a perfect tool for visualization. Tableau is more user friendly with its easy UI. The reports can be saved in your computer. You can certainly consider this product for your organization.

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

Tableau is a trending tool that is used across many organization. It helps us perform Data Visualization and has several fascinating dashboard options. Tableau desktop is a free software which makes many organizations adapt Tableau. I used Tableau in my department to merge data of students enrolled across all department. I also with my team conducted trend analysis and generated the reports using Tableau.

Tableau review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Excellent Data Visualisation Tool"

What do you like best?

The ability to merge different data sources then filter, make calculated fields from that is unparalleled from any other visualisation tool. The simple drag and drop UI makes it a cakewalk to work on. I also am looking forward to addition of Hyper in 10.5 and future versions.

What do you dislike?

It sometimes take quite a time to run if I have a couple of other softwares running on my machine which can be a bit annoying at times, also I'm also a bit indifferent towards Tableau licensing.

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

Dashboard Generation, I've realised that even a naive user can pick up quite easily on Tableau and if you put in the effort to learn you can go on and on.

Tableau review by User
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"Business Intelligence reports and data visualization using Tableau"

What do you like best?

Tableau is great for dynamic modeling of data and reports where multiple fact tables are involved for building a trend report. It has impressive data visualization features. I like the easiness in building prompts for a report and a dashboard for multiple reports.

What do you dislike?

It provides a really cool forecasting feature which uses predictive analytics algorithms, but we cannot customize the algorithm. They can improve by creating an interface for tableau users to customize their own algorithms for forecasting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend Tableau to people who want to save time on developing BI reports and have really interesting data visualizations! So go get going and install Tableau today!

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

I have been building reliable data models for contact center data, for operational and analytical reports. This involves fetching data from Oracle Data Warehouse and Online Analytical Processing to generate Business Intelligence reports for historical data for customers like DHL, Citi

Tableau review by User in Higher Education
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"Great for Sharing Data"

What do you like best?

Tableau Server is an amazing tool for analyzing and displaying data. It is easy to use big data sets and make them into actionable data using Tableau visualizations. I like Tableau Server because it is easy to share dashboards and manage permissions and users.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that you can only have one owner for a dashboard on Tableau Server.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend using the free training resources on Tableau's website.

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

My organization uses Tableau Server to display big data for decision making. We deploy dashboards to Tableau Server so that we can share them with others across our organization.

Tableau review by Scott K.
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"Very powerful for visualizations and analytics"

What do you like best?

I love the ability to draw together diverse data sources and do joins and calculated fields right within the application. It has taken over many tasks I used to use Access or Excel for.

What do you dislike?

Takes a long time to learn to use well. Sometimes hard-to-see changes in the setup of a page (e.g., changing the color of a pill from blue to green) can dramatically change the output, which can make results frustrating to debug.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I found this product hard to learn by just playing around with it; good courseware is necessary to get up to speed on Tableau.

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

I use Tableau to analyze multiple related data sets simultaneously; this lets me avoid having to upload and join the data sets in an application like Access before getting into analytics. Saves time and makes advanced statistical analysis look easy.

Tableau review by User in Legal Services
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"As a basic user, I find Tableau straightforward and simple"

What do you like best?

I like that everything has a purpose, there isn't any unnecessary clutter. I like that each icon gives a description when hovering and it's always been simple to find my way around.

What do you dislike?

One frustration i've experienced is lag time while selecting multiple filters, when there are a significant amount of options, it always brings me back to the top after selecting 2-3 boxes. The interface could use some updates in terms of visual appearance, font size, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I can only speak to it from a basic user standpoint, but it is easy to find and run reports, the data visualization / charts are very intuitive and user-friendly.

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

Viewing and interacting with data. I run reports for my personal performance metrics as well as using it to find project status reports.

Tableau review by A.J. W.
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"From a sales rep's perspective: slow"

What do you like best?

I love the quantity of data that can be managed and the range of reporting and charting options that exist. There are billions of data that I need to be able to access and synthesize into easily understandable stories. This tool allows me to do this.

What do you dislike?

Many of the reports have poor UI, but this may be a characteristic of the report-builder as much as the tool itself. I also dislike how slow it often is. I will often run reports (that I haven't built myself--these are canned reports built by others for use by sales reps) and they may take a long time (usually not more than half a minute) to run.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I don't know much about it from a technical point of view other than what I can figure out from using it as a sales rep. From this standpoint, I find it very valuable in providing crucial data, but I often find the interface clunky and my biggest complaint is how long it can take to actually run a report. Sometimes I will wait for several minutes to actually have the data pull. I'm not sure if this is a Tableau issue or has to do with the amount of data I am often looking at.

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

Culling insights from billions of datapoints. Tableau is one of the primary engines supplying me with data insights that allow me to inform my clients about their performance and ROI.

Tableau review by Duncan H.
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"A good platform for business users"

What do you like best?

As a developer, I like how simple the layout is. It is very intuitive to start using and view dashboards.

What do you dislike?

I think that it could use more customization from the user's perspective to do small ad hoc changes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would really figure out the permissions aspect of it before just implementing it out there for the company to start using.

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

Since I work in insurance, quotes are a big deal. Having a tool that provides visibility on that is a huge step from just trying to analyze spreadsheets.

Tableau review by Administrator in Civic & Social Organization
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"Step Up Your Data Viz Game with Tableau"

What do you like best?

Tableau makes your data analytics BEAUTIFUL. Whether you work in operations, finance, business, or another department, if your organization buys into Tableau the results can be fantastic.

What do you dislike?

The hardest part of Tableau - like with any other rollout of a new software to a company - is user adoption. Tableau offers many resources to get staff trained in Tableau, but ultimately there will need to be early adopters in your organization who embrace a culture of beautiful data analytics. Also the differences between Tableau Server and Tableau Desktop can be difficult to work through if you have both users.

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

We primarily used Tableau to take our data visualizations using data from large administrative data sets to the next level.

Tableau review by Chaitra T.
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"Best tool for story-telling"

What do you like best?

It helps to analyze data to create insights that cannot be seen from the data. It helps to build a story for the data and make better business decisions for the stakeholders.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that Tableau that it is not open source. I mean it has trial version but after that we have to pay for it to use it. Atleast, they should've released a open-source version with less functionalities for public use.

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

Any business problems can be solved. Anything problem that has complex data will need visualizations and this tool is best choice for that.

Tableau review by Tushar B.
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"Very good data visualization application"

What do you like best?

Ease of use to generate tableau dashboards for various purposes of tracking which helps in solving various business problems. Love the drag and drop feature.You can also filter based on various parameters which is pretty cool and helpful.

What do you dislike?

With lots of data, it becomes way too slow. They should use some advanced parallel processing algorithms to refine faster. It should also have multi choice and then filter functionality as opposed to choosing one and starting the filtering.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is one of the best data visualization tools and really very widely used nowadays. So if you haven't tried it, please do so!

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

We use tableau server for tracking out of SLA bugs per manager / director / etc.

Tableau review by Becky S.
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"Good, but not great"

What do you like best?

It's visually appealing and great for figuring out our attributions. The graphs are super helpful and I (a non analytical gal) can use it relatively easily.

What do you dislike?

We're unable to track by specific area in our company (i.e if a sale came from marketing, social media, email, webinars, etc.) Perhaps we're not using it correctly, but from my understanding, we're not able to track this.

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

Figuring out if sales, leads, etc. came from a specific country. We're able to showcase our numbers for our monthly reporting, which is great. Plus, the graphs make it super easy to visualize everything!

Tableau review by Agency in Marketing and Advertising
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"Necessary!"

What do you like best?

I love how Tableau organizes data for our clients. The one-sheeters always come out professional and easy to read. It is a great way to share and communicate data with clients and other employees.

What do you dislike?

There are so many different aspects to Tableau that I have yet to learn. Sometimes I wish it was a little more user-friendly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to complete all the training before utilizing this service.

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

Tableau updates data in real time and provides an easy way to analyze big data. With the help of Tableau, I am able to create useful insights for our clients.

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