First, check out my post on Tableau 8.0.0 here
Following the small differences with Tableau 8, I almost expected 7.0.0 wasn’t going to be so bad. And it wasn’t – For me, it performed much better in terms of speed than 8.0.0 did. Visually though, there were some huge differences. But what was our task? For this version, we had to do a makeover of something we had originally created. My choice? Something sports related, to continue the theme. So, as an Ipswich, I had got Sky Bet Championship data from WhoScored.com and over the summer, I wrote a blog for fun which looked who would make a 5-a-side football/futsal team. (to read my initial blog post setting the scene is here (http://bit.ly/1PSN9dt) and my visualisation showing the results is here; http://bit.ly/208QppN)
And this is how you guys used to create a dashboard? With two clicks, not one? No wonder RSI is common amongst desk workers ;-). Another dashboard nuance was this;
Two things, which I believe are now do-able simply within the dashboard view. Interesting, nothing really stopped me creating a half-decent visualisation. One of my favourite Tableau features, Tooltips, was actually not on the marks card – You have to navigate from the menu bar.
So what was next? Tableau 6.0.0 and a really not-so-nice dataset.
Let’s get the worst part over with… Here’s my dashboard.
Anyway, more importantly, how did I find Tableau 6.0.0 – Once again, more toys were taken away from us, but I though that Tableau 6 was quite cute. It still had quite a familiar Microsoft feel about it, and some really nice little quirks which made me smile while using it. See a couple below.
So that finishes up my experience with Tableau 7.0.0 and 6.0.0 – After Coach Kriebel actually started playing with previous versions, most notably Tableau 6 (his workbook looks really good though, he got the maps to work as well) he saved us from actually playing with 5.0.0, instead half of the Data School took on Power BI and the other half QlikSense. Given that I’d already experienced Qlik, I had a go with Power BI, and created this.
I liked Power BI – You’re able to connected to a good amount of data sources, including some web connecting capabilities – what really caught my eye was being able to connect to GitHub repositories. This is something I couldn’t get to work in the timeframe, but I really want to get it to work, given the amount of data on GitHub.
The interface is very Microsoft, so any computer user is good with it, understands what’s going on and what each aspect should/will do. And further more, the customisability is easy, it’s interactive and the transitions are slick. Sure, it didn’t have the customisable potential that Tableau has, but I think it has it’s place in the market – and it’s continuously developing. I particularly liked the ‘Cards’ visualisation, and the neat labels on the scatterplot. Colour customisation was difficult, but overall, I was fairly impressed!