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EDU/NP TABLEAU DESKTOP PRO LIC is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 45.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Provides the story behind the data giving stakeholders the necessary insights and metrics Valuable FeaturesOperations Perspective:The most valuable aspect of this product is the ease of deployment from the Tableau Desktop to the server, providing the ability to either connect live to a data source or create a cached dataset that can be published and updated separately. The deployment of a Tableau Workbook can even be packaged up and sent to someone with a Tableau Reader installed. This makes the solution very agile and scalable.The ability to deploy is the added ability to centralise the Tableau repository for all Tableau Developers. We have initiated a central shared directory for each Tableau platform, Dev, UAT, and PROD with each containing subdirectories for each Tableau Site and Project. Being a financial institution we must provide data segregation to comply with legislation and Data Governance policies enforced by brand segregation.Development Perspective:Ease of use is the most common call out from the developers. There is a thriving user group online that provides any number of ways to build reports quickly and easily, but the most important ability is to allow the Developer to storyboard the information in a dashboard. Tableau provides the developer a means to provide captions and business information on the dashboard to tell the story of each Workbook. This ability to break down a complex Workbook into an easy to digest narrative provides the business stakeholder a way to really understand and discover the story behind the data giving them the necessary insights and metrics.Improvements to My OrganizationTableau has provided the organisation a means to allow business people to explore their data at their pace. They can either review the reports online, or on their Tableau Reader or they can download it into other formats for use in data analysis. The key insights and graphic representations through the dashboards has also provided them a quick and painless overview of their current status, whatever that may be.Room for ImprovementAt this stage, we haven’t had any suggestions since moving to Tableau 10.3, so there may be improvements requested further down the line.Use of SolutionSix years.Stability IssuesWe did have issues with Tableau 10.1 server with the brokers failing on heavy load but since moving to 10.2, then to 10.3, this issue seems to have been resolved and the environment is now quite stable.Scalability IssuesThis is no longer an issue in Tableau 10.3.Customer Service and Technical SupportA nine out of 10. With all first line support, sometimes these support people need to read the question a couple of times before responding, but this is typical of any first line support for any vendor.Previous SolutionsWe are still using another solution. However, this will be shutdown next year due to the decline in development on this platform. The development cycle on this legacy platform has been too slow for any type of turnkey solution and the end result did not provide a proficient self-service capability that satisfied the customer. Performance has been another factor in this platforms decline.Initial SetupThe initial setup of Tableau had been developed with a DevOps lens. I wanted to build a platform that had rigor and a platform with a level of governance of aspects which could guarantee report certification and certainty for the business stakeholder. These processes were carefully thought out even before the product was installed.Once the process was developed and tested, we rolled out the solution to the business with a migration form for developers to fill out as we needed to meet audit policy guidelines and brand segment legal requirements. We allocated several business people to be software advocates whom were familiar with the migration requirements and liaised with the business to guide them in their approach to using the Tableau solution.After six years, we can confidently say that any report in production is guaranteed to be correct (within limits) and the data source has been certified for provisioning.At the time, this did have pushback from the vendor, but we’ve seen the chaos caused in other organisations that we mitigated right at the start.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingBuy 50 at a time. Project your use base every three months, and project your requirements forward, so you can meet demand for licenses by having them available.We have also added the vendor into our internal order system for ad hoc requests that we meet the needs of those that want a license on their own terms.Other Solutions ConsideredActually no. This was a spontaneous purchase by an executive and we basically ran with it.Other AdviceI’d strongly advise going to the forums, attending the Tableau conferences, and ask questions about governance, report certification, and capacity. These questions and the corresponding answers should guide you on how you would best implement your own solution. We did not want to be dictated to by Tableau to install it as a free for all. We wanted to future proof the product and provide certainty around the reports being developed and deployed to the business.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time saved by allowing the tool to make necessary changes is definitely worth my company's money Valuable Features:* Data Interpreter: Which can identify issues or potential errors with your imported data.* Split: When you need to split columns.* Pivot: Good for changing date columns.* Metadata: This selection can clean up field names, especially after a pivot.Improvements to My Organization:* Data Interpreter: Can rid your data of null value fields.* Split: Click on the column you want to split, identify how you want to split it, and where you want to split the data.* Pivot: Great when you have many columns of dates. Just highlight your date columns, then right click and select Pivot. That's it. Now, your totals and region data will be based on any particular year.* Metadata: You can select the second icon above your previewed data source. You can select the dropdown arrow for each Field Name you would like to change and you can split the names here as well, or double click on the Pivot name and correct the name where it makes more sense for the type of data you are using. You can create alias names as well.Room for Improvement:Tableau is always good at improving, but I typically get so busy with utilizing what is there, I have not had any needs yet for improvement.Use of Solution:More recently in the past few months.Deployment Issues:No deployment issues.Stability Issues:No stability issues.Scalability Issues:No scalability issues.Customer Service:I have not had to use customer service for Tableau. I just go online and google my needs typically.Technical Support:I have not had to use technical support for Tableau yet. As with customer service, I just go online and google my needs typically.Previous Solutions:I really like the user-friendly (usability, user experience) layout of Tableau. The visual layout for me is very appealing.Initial Setup:It is really straightforward, but I can see if someone has issues with the download and setup, you may want to contact technical support.Implementation Team:Implementation was in-house on my own. It was easy.ROI:I have not measured this, but the time saved by allowing the tool to make the necessary changes instead of going back to the spreadsheet is definitely worth my time and the company's money.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:Not sure about this, except that Tableau can be costly (but this can be indefinable, such as user experience vs. cheaper etc.)Other Solutions Considered:Again, this was more based on learning curve and user experience for me. I've worked with MicroStrategy and BusinessObjects (learning curve is higher for me for these, then Tableau). Big thing here is the user experience for less savvy or non-technical people (from my experience). I'm sure MSTR and BO are good tools, just not my preference.Other Advice:As I had mentioned above in regards to improvements, I believe every tool or application or databases for that matter can always use improvement. That's why we work in the field of data and/or IT, it's ever changing and improving, so we need to change and improve as well. Keep abreast of new things in the market and the improvements of the tools or apps you use on a daily basis. The last thing we want in our industry is to become complacent. Then again, we should never become complacent in any facets of our lives.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It allowed us to transition from static to dynamic reporting and from restricted to flexible visualizations. Valuable Features:* Analytics* Dashboarding* Presentation* ReportingImprovements to My Organization:* Transitioned from static to dynamic reporting* Transitioned from restricted to flexible visualizationsRoom for Improvement:* Scheduling the reports as email to multiple users on daily basis preferably in Excel without creating user accounts for each userEstablishing an effective connection from SAP BO universe to TableauUse of Solution:I have used it for 3+ years.Deployment Issues:I have not encountered any deployment, stability or scalability issues. I recommend filtering data at the source itself instead of bringing data into the tool and then applying filters.Technical Support:Technical support is excellent. I hope they continue doing the same.Previous Solutions:We previously used another solution. We switched to Tableau because, in my opinion, it has some of the best features available. It will take five years for other tools to catch up to where Tableau is right now.Initial Setup:Initial setup complexity was due to the organization's data structure, but it had nothing to do with the tool.Implementation Team:Implementation was in-house; we read through the guide.Cost and Licensing Advice:It is expensive but worth it. I would prefer a lower license cost or an increase in the allowed # of users per license.Other Advice:Buy it, implement it and stick with it for a sure and quick ROI.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Has Ability To Share Reports And Analyses Quickly Valuable Features:* Rapid visualization of data* Interactive views connecting multiple data sources* Reduces need for IT cycles (hours vs. weeks to create report)* Ability to analyze problems quickly* Ability to share reports and analyses quicklyImprovements to My Organization:* Ability to focus staff on more analysis versus reporting* More/Better/Faster analysis by staffRoom for Improvement:Pace of improvement to product has slowed. Most additions are now just nice to have.Use of Solution:More than eight years.Deployment Issues:No.Stability Issues:No.Scalability Issues:No.Customer Service:I haven't really needed customer service. Help from the sales staff is okay at first. The community is amazing. You can google any question and usually find an answer.Technical Support:I haven't really needed tech support.Initial Setup:Very straightforward. A lot of free training available online.Implementation Team:In-house. Easy!Other Solutions Considered:* Spotfire* MicroStrategy VI* QlikDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We use it for data visualization, predictive analytics, and forecasting. Valuable Features:* Ease of use* Data visualization* Predictive analytics and forecastingImprovements to My Organization:We are a consulting company, so we could use it internally. However, this is more for other clients. It does help those clients in analyzing their data.Room for Improvement:There are certain things that I would want it to do, but it wouldn't be something that I could easily describe.Use of Solution:I have been using this solution for around three years.Scalability Issues:It all depends. You have to make sure that you've designed the data part well. It is doing better at handling scalability. In other words, you can throw more users at it and it shouldn't impact the system performance.Initial Setup:The setup part depends on what Tableau products you're using. For Tableau Desktop Developer, the setup was very straightforward.Other Advice:Make sure that you have your requirements and your use cases. You need to know what exactly you are trying to solve. You need to know the story that you are trying to tell. The business needs to know.If you are an IT organization, then you need to understand what the business is trying to do before you just go and start using the product.Tableau was able to handle the challenges that we've had, in terms of reporting and analytics. It's flexible enough, so that you can bring in other data and be able to quickly marry that data with what you have, report on it, and be able to tell the story that the business wants fairly quickly.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We use it for data visualization, predictive analytics, and forecasting. Valuable Features:* Ease of use* Data visualization* Predictive analytics and forecastingImprovements to My Organization:We are a consulting company, so we could use it internally. However, this is more for other clients. It does help those clients in analyzing their data.Room for Improvement:There are certain things that I would want it to do, but it wouldn't be something that I could easily describe.Use of Solution:I have been using this solution for around three years.Scalability Issues:It all depends. You have to make sure that you've designed the data part well. It is doing better at handling scalability. In other words, you can throw more users at it and it shouldn't impact the system performance.Initial Setup:The setup part depends on what Tableau products you're using. For Tableau Desktop Developer, the setup was very straightforward.Other Advice:Make sure that you have your requirements and your use cases. You need to know what exactly you are trying to solve. You need to know the story that you are trying to tell. The business needs to know.If you are an IT organization, then you need to understand what the business is trying to do before you just go and start using the product.Tableau was able to handle the challenges that we've had, in terms of reporting and analytics. It's flexible enough, so that you can bring in other data and be able to quickly marry that data with what you have, report on it, and be able to tell the story that the business wants fairly quickly.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast and easy data exploration that needs a fast DB or storing in proprietary format Valuable Features:Easily visualize data.Improvements to My Organization:I'm able to prototype charts/dashboards in hours vs days or weeks with other tools (mainly Excel). Doesn't require me to think about the level of aggregation that I'm going to need as it deals with large data sets. Blends disparate datasets together which is awesome for plan vs actual reports where the data is a two different levels of granularity.Room for Improvement:Needs a metadata solution plus some enhanced ETL functionality.Edit: v9 introduced some light metadata solutions that are helpful from Excel.Use of Solution:4 yearsStability Issues:None.Previous Solutions:Initially used Tableau at a large electric utility where we were largely using Excel. Utility had bought into SAP BusinessObjects but IT had locked down these tools so much that all we had was Excel. Used to work at BOBJ myself but I haven't used their tools in while. We're going with Tableau right now because it works for our dept and we could get it working quickly and without an enormously long and expensive project to get IT involvement.Now I work for a small start-up but one of the first things I did was to get a copy of Tableau.Initial Setup:Very easy to build with a rudimentary understanding of databases and data.Cost and Licensing Advice:So far we're just using the Tableau Desktop, so just the licenses for that. The Reader is free to deploy. We've just started to pilot Server.Other Advice:Everyone is always impressed with the charts that Tableau can produce. As well as the ability quickly modify them.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The usability allows a business user to prototype without going through IT. Valuable Features:The best feature of Tableau is the usability. It allows a business user to prototype something without going through IT and spending a lot of time and money trying to translate requirements. Going back and forth, it allows you to rapidly develop things that you need to analyze the data.I also think, as I used SAP Business Objects before that and built out the reports, that you can build almost anything you need to, but it's a little more complicated. I would say Tableau is more like Apple, it just looks nice. It formats things. It just gives it to you in one way, as it assumes that is the way that everybody wants it. So it might be frustrating if Tableau doesn't give it to you the way you want. But usually, it does give it in a good enough way. So, it saves you a lot of time.Room for Improvement:The thing I don't like is the refresh feature . The users can have the web page open and there's a browser refresh every 10 minutes, or every 30 minutes, whatever IT sets as the refresh rate. You lose everything when you have to refresh the page and it may take 30 seconds. So, that's a bit frustrating too. You expect that when you leave a browser page open, you want it to keep that view there.I don't know if they've introduced it yet, but there is a connector with Smartsheet. We use Smartsheets a lot for project management and capturing data. We are basically exporting from Smartsheet to Excel, and then creating in Tableau and publishing it. I believe there is a connector now but I haven't actually used it. So that would be one useful feature; more connections to data sources.Use of Solution:Cisco has been using it for about seven years. Teams that I work with use it. I've contributed to the requirements of building dashboards with IT. I have been using Tableau for about three years.Stability Issues:There can be a memory hang, or the memory crashes sometimes. I'm not sure, but generally it's stable. I think it's when I build complicated data sets, like too many worksheets or too many reports in my workbook, this can happen, which is annoying.Scalability Issues:I don't think it is scalable because of the stability issue. I think it's good for desktop; it's quick and dirty, making things you need, and you can actually build some really nice dashboards. It's scalable when you publish it to the server. Also, you can have as many users as you want accessing it. I have some impressions on how much data you can actually use at a time when you're building your reports.Technical Support:I think technical support is OK. We have in-house support at Cisco, which is a team that supports Tableau as well, but we can go outside to Tableau support itself if we need help.Initial Setup:I found it easy to get started. I'm more of a technical user with an IT background, so I had no problems setting it up.Other Advice:Get started using Tableau as it serves the purpose for most people.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-03-08
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