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EDU/NP TABLEAU DESKTOP PRO LIC

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EDU/NP TABLEAU DESKTOP PRO LIC is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 43.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from There are some best-practice shortcuts for tables, which can facilitate implementation. Valuable Features:* Drag and drop: It's easy for beginners to use Tableau as it's very intuitive and simple to create insights.* Quick table calculations: There are some best-practice shortcuts for tables, which means Tableau can be implemented very quickly.* Data Connectors: Tableau has many different connectors for different databases. It's very easy to connect to MySQL, SQL Server, Amazon EMR, Presto, Redshift, BigQuery, and so on. Just name it and they have the connector; the work they do is very impressive.Improvements to My Organization:Three years ago, Viber didn't have any visualization tool to present its massive data inside the company. One month after implementing Tableau, inside Viber we were able to understand much better the business, opportunities and technical problems.Room for Improvement:Data science: Tableau lacks machine learning algorithms that you can implement using R, SPSS Modeler, and Python. It has clustering and time-series forecasting abilities which are helpful, but adding machine learning capabilities like decision trees, CHAID analysis and K-means would make this product perfect! Tableau has a connector to R; you can use the ML algorithms there and visualize it back in the Tableau.Use of Solution:I have used it for 3.5 years.Stability Issues:Previous versions suffered from instability but that has been fixed in later versions. The current version has no issues with stability as far as I can see.Scalability Issues:Tableau is not scalable on the desktop version. On the server version, you can scale it by adding more machines and configuring Tableau to use all of them.Technical Support:One of Tableau’s secrets is that they have one of the best tech support in the world of BI. The community of developers is great, with a lot of contributors; very nice and helpful – for beginners and professionals.Previous Solutions:In the past, I used QlikView as the BI solution. It's also a great tool with many features and great support. The problem with QlikView is that it's expensive and it takes longer to implement inside organizations.Initial Setup:It's very simple and quick to implement Tableau in an organization; you can have helpful dashboards in a matter of hours.Cost and Licensing Advice:Tableau pricing is low compared to other solutions that are in the market; for small-medium businesses, that would provide good cost-effectiveness. For big business, Tableau could be expensive as having a lot of Tableau server users (entering with a browser to reports) could be a bit expensive.Other Solutions Considered:We compared Tableau to QlikView, Panorama Necto and TIBCO Spotfire. We evaluated them by:* Price* Ease of use* Speed of implementation* Use-case visualizationsOther Advice:Don't visualize more than 2M data points in a report. Use extracted data and not a direct connection to the database; it will run faster. Don't use too many sections in a report; 3-4 at most. Make most calculations during the ETL process and not in Tableau; every calculation that Tableau does will make the report go slower.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is intuitive. Tech-savvy business people can run with it. Valuable Features:Various features are valuable. It is intuitive; Tableau have been investing and releasing regularly. A tech-savvy business person can run with Tableau if they have a decent DWH and engineer supporting it. Access rights can quickly get out of hand, but with Tableau's UI and a tech-savvy business person committed to using the product, they can take charge and not have to rely on the tech team.Improvements to My Organization:It is helping to make Makerbot a data-driven company.Room for Improvement:A simple mode for new/occasional users might be helpful. Occasional users will always have trouble coping with such a feature-rich product. Unless you are using it every day, and it is crucial for at least part of your job, the learning curve never flattens out. A simpler "mode" which removes many of the more complex features or just hides them in tool "ribbons" might present a less-daunting interface to aid adoption by the vast majority of users.Use of Solution:I have used it for four years (released ~5-10 years ago).Deployment Issues:I have not encountered any deployment issues.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Customer Service:Customer service is good.Technical Support:Technical support is good.Previous Solutions:Domo: inflexible due to lack of expertise and confusing with blurred demarcation between DWH, ETL and BI layers.Initial Setup:Initial setup was straightforward.Implementation Team:I implemented it myself.ROI:We achieved ROI in <1 year.Cost and Licensing Advice:Don't buy licenses until there is actual demand - buy a couple of full desktops and a couple of cloud licenses and grow from there ONLY when you have tables/reports/dashboards for users.Other Solutions Considered:We also evaluated Domo and QlikView.Other Advice:Start ASAP with a tiny cohort of hungry users; let them drive it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-23
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