I recently came across Tableau in a featured email via Analtica Bridge and need to get some user experience feedback before I personally buy this desktop software in hopes of making quicker decisions at work.
I had little trouble talking my previous employer into buying a (enterprise-level; means it accesses MS SQL, Oracle, etc.) seat for Tableau...especially with all the people looking over my shoulder and asking "What's THAT?!"
Account Exec Larry Keller (sp??) made sure I knew that FedEx bought 200 (not a typo) seats, and also made sure I got the Free intro training before my licensed package even arrived (I even got a certificate).
If we had bought Tableau a year or so earlier, we would have saved about $80-100kon a branch we closed... would have closed it much earlier.
The drag and drop to "shelves" interface is easy... it took 90% less time to accomplish something in Tableau that it did in Excel.
I love the fact that they now have a server version... means my execs can play to their heart's content (with what I let them access) and they never touch the actual database.
Go to tableausoftware.com and get their white papers. I have no stake in this company or its owners. They developed this for Homeland Security for a reason.
Probably the best data visualization software since the abacus.