We live in a world of data — IDC Study says that by 2020, there will be 5,200 GB of data for every person on Earth. Data accessibility gives unbelievable possibilities for us as users and especially for our business industry. The first app, people have started to use for working with data was Excel, but when you have tons of data to work with, and especially if you or your employees are not data experts, it becomes harder and harder to use Excel in your everyday work. And then it happens — you find Tableau, which not only improves work with data for non-pro users making it easier but also helps to visualize your data and makes it simple to present and explain your report to your colleagues and boss.
But what is the real reason why people love Tableau Software?
Why do you have to use it and maybe why you actually don’t?
Let’s see Tableau advantages and disadvantages and if you already use it — how is it possible for you to improve your working process.
It is for everyone!
Data is in all areas of our life and business or government-industry: university, hospital, bank — everywhere.
Tableau would be a really good entry point into data learning. It is easy to learn, but with Tableau, you are in a halfway to understand how data analysis works.
Moreover, Tableau promotes data learning by various campaigns trying to show how data is part of our everyday life
One of those campaigns was called “data + music” , which was made to create visualizations from the data of favorite music of the Tableau community members. You could just download your data from Spotify and paste it in Tableau Public app, which, by the way, is fully free. Then you get a visually perfect dashboard based on data of music you have been mostly listening to since the last year, sorted through months, genres, playlists and etc.
It is easy to use!
There are a lot of people that work in the business analysis industry and use Tableau in their work every day and they don’t actually need any knowledge of BI or IT. Within a couple of clicks, you can connect to almost any data source. The dashboard has an intuitive look and the drag-and-drop tool in Tableau allows non-developers to use the full functionality of the app. And the more advanced user you become — the more possibilities you get to use as a professional such as table calculations with which you can create advanced expertise analysis and more.
It is mobile-friendly!
You can use it on the go because Tableau has a modern looking and usable application for leading mobile platforms such as Android and iOS. So, traveling somewhere on a business trip or waiting for a bus, everywhere you are, whatever you are doing — you can comfortably work with Tableau.
It is cloud-based!
Tableau is a part of “data gravity” generation, so all of your analytical reports move from data warehouses to cloud computing in a few seconds. That means that you can use Tableau with cloud services like Google BigQuery, Google Analytics, and Amazon Redshift. You can even still use Excel, just export your spreadsheets to Tableau and make it more aesthetically skillful with Tableau visual dashboards. Since Salesforce has bought Tableau, everyone has got compatibility with their system too. For now, Tableau can be connected to more than 40 different sources, but additional services and online features continue to appear, so we can wait for new benefits and possibilities in a very short period of time.
It is responsible!
With a special feature that Tableau has, you can customize the dashboard for a certain device such as smartphone, tablet or laptop. Tableau knows from which device your user is viewing the report and automatically makes adjustments to be sure that the right viewing format is being shown on the right device.
It takes time to become a pro-user by your own
It is easy to use basic Tableau features and possibilities, but as Tableau Sofware is a professional data tool so it has almost unlimited visualizing data potential, that for a pro-user is a great opportunity and for a non-dev one — just an unrealistic option. There are tons of learning information on the Tableau website but reading and learning it alone without any specific knowledge is almost unreal.
There are also many online courses and some short-video lessons on YouTube, but the most effective way to become a pro-user in a really short time, especially for a group of employees, is to take a training course from a Tableau partner agency, which will help you to get to know all of the features and possibilities of Tableau Software and will support you through the whole knowledge journey.
It happens to have poor after-sales support
Actually, this one depends on who your Tableau partner is. That is not a Tableau disadvantage, but many companies’ clients complain about being a client before buying a software product and after. They are just being treated in 2 different ways.
Well here we have a great solution — as Mobile Reality is official Tableau Partner, we give the highest service for our clients and one of the most high-rated online support, so you can always be sure that whenever you get any trouble with Tableau services, we are always near to help on the phone, in all social media platforms and in online chat support on our webpage.
As you see that is almost impossible to find a real disadvantage of Tableau Software if you are a pro-user. So in the next articles, we are going to publish some Tips&Tricks articles about learning Tableau faster and becoming a real pro-user in a short period of time.
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