Is Tableau Right for You? 10-Point Checklist to Make the Right Decision — DZone Big Data Zone

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If you are choosing a business intelligence tool for your analytics, you have probably heard of Tableau Software. Tableau provides desktop, server, and hosted software that allows users to connect, explore, and visualize their data. Tableau has native connectors that enable it to query relational databases, cloud databases, flat files, and spreadsheets. Interestingly, Tableau was…

Of all the business intelligence tools I’ve used, I enjoy Tableau the most.  I’ve been a Business Objects, Crystal Report developer and instructor for many years and sadly it has become obsolete.  Some of the things I do in Tableau are just not possible in Business Objects.  The runner-up for BI tool is Microsoft PowerBI.  It is still in the growing stage but, it grows every single month.

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Business Intelligence comparisons done dirt cheap

The proliferation of business intelligence platforms, tools, and software stacks is dizzying. It seems that not a week goes by in which a new product isn’t introduced to the market, which grows ever more fragmented and confusing. Specialized business intelligence tools for cloud-based data visualization, Hadoop, text analytics, and other specific solutions for certain analyses…

It’s official I’m doing any more BI comparison posts.  I just can’t keep up.  I swear there is either new BI tool every week or a “New Features” post on an existing one.  Recently I did a comparison of a specific set of BI Tools requested by a State Agency.  The problem was the selected set of tools to review didn’t provide the best solution.  Now there are 19 websites with comparisons out the Yazoo and you don’t have to pay a consultant, or do you?   This week I have 2 favorites Tableau and Microsofts Power-BI.  I’m fickle so next week it may be something different.

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Dashboards on the cheap, DIY with Gridster

Recently, I published an article on various JavaScript libraries for Dashboards. In this article, I am going to demonstrate how we can create a dashboard with drag-and-drop visuals and export it using JavaScript. I am going to use the Gridster library to create the dashboard. I have used this library in my projects and found it…

It takes a few libraries to create dashboards that look like

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Gridster.JS is a jQuery plugin that when combined with Chart.JS to create the charts and jsPDF to snapshot the page into a PDF file you can build a custom dashboard quickly.  If you have used Tableau or Microsofts Power BI and wondered, “Could I write something like this in code for a specific solution”, me thinks the answer is “Yes”.

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Tableau, Microsoft and Qlik are the three lone-remaining leaders in this year’s Magic Quadrant.

ext.jpegIf you a big follower of the “Magic Quadrant” from Gartner then this announcement from Timothy King reflects what I have been telling folks for the past year.  The BI players have changed and those providing self-service, less IT infrastructure  and desktop/web tools are winning.  There should be no surprise that Microsoft with Power-BI in here too.  Microsofts new mindset of continuous development and feature enhancements has made it viable.  Some new Microsoft announcements of SSRS 2016 support in-house Power-BI deployment was the missing component.