Tableau Desktop is built on breakthrough technology that translates pictures of data into optimized database queries. Use your natural ability to see patterns, identify trends and discover visual insights in seconds. No wizards, no scripts. You can connect to your data and perform queries without writing a single line of code. Whether you measure your data in petabytes or in billions of rows, Tableau is built to work as fast as you do. It’s self-service analytics, for everyone.
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Cloudswave Score for Tableau Desktop
Rating based on 18 Critic Reviews
David Strom, on Pc Mag
Tableau Desktop is a superlative self-service business intelligence (BI) tool that continues to be the market leader in BI because of its wide variety of visualizations, extensive supported data types, and slick finish.
Allan Delmare, on GetApp
This software is by far the easiest BI software I've used (tried Zoho, Excel Pivot tables, Microsoft BI, and many others). It's a slam dunk for drag-and-drop analysis of lots of things. But if you want to do more complicated analysis of what you're looking at beyond face-value graphs of plotting X and Y axis, you're going to need to learn how to perform some custom coding. Fortunately, there are LOTS of free guides available through community forums and online blogs. But it takes time to read those, and unless you're trying to do exactly what the examples show, it takes quite a bit more time to adapt said examples to whatever is specific about your scenario. The price isn't cheap at something like $1000/yr, so it's no small investment. But from every other software I've seen, I'd buy this over the others.
Pros : Super simple drag-and-drop interface for plotting out info. Massive online community forums packed with information and examples Huge amount of content produced by others on various sites (blogs and such). Ability to quickly open someone else's example worksheet to get "hands on" with the data from their examples (as opposed to just reading about it).
Cons : Like every other software I've seen, there's no escaping the need to code custom functions for complex or deeper analysis The price tag is fairly high - likely cost prohibitive for a small business who is just looking to try and analyze data that their POS software won't do for them, or that Excel Pivot tables just can't quite seem to cover.
Amber from United Airlines, on Software Advice
It is very hard to learn by yourself. However, once you've learned it, it is quite easy to use.
It handles large amounts of data very well. The BI visualization is quick and easy.
It's getting progressively better. I wish dashboard rendering would be a lot faster.
I have never used their customer support.
The software is quite robust and flexible. The vendor very actively updates and improves the software.
It's difficult to learn by yourself. Nobody in my company knew how to use Tableau, so we all learned by trial and error. The progress was extremely slow in the beginning, and everybody resisted using Tableau. We couldn't figure out why it was always crashing, why it was so slow, etc. I think the online videos aren't helpful. I wish there was an easier way to learn how to use it.
For those who work with massive quantities of data, I would recommend getting Windows 64-bit and at least 4GB of memory. Otherwise, Tableau is pretty much useless, as it will crash all the time, and there is no auto-recover.
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