Tableau Prep advantages and disadvantages

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    The following are few advantages and disadvantages that I came across while using Tableau Prep.




    1. Quickly combine, shape, and clean their data for analysis.

    2. At any point while working in Tableau Prep, you can create an extract of your data, publish your data source to Tableau Server or Tableau Online, or even open Tableau Desktop directly from Tableau Prep to preview your data.

    3. It lets you always see your data, directly interact with values to fix issues, and see the results of every change so you can be confident you are getting the right data.

    4. Three coordinated views let you see row-level data, profiles of each column, and your entire data preparation process. Pick which view to interact with based on the task at hand.

    5. Tableau Prep employs fuzzy clustering to turn repetitive tasks, like grouping by pronunciation, into one click operations.

    6. It’s easy to open your output with Tableau Desktop or share it with others via Tableau Server or Tableau Online. Easy sharing reduces friction and helps you bridge the gap between data preparation and analytics, for better business results.

    7. Tableau Prep is included alongside Tableau Desktop in the new Tableau Creator offering.



    1. Tableau Prep is only used for static data extracts.

    2. There is no scheduling in the first version of Prep.

    3. If you want to refresh the data, you need to re-run the flow from Prep.

    4. In the data connections pane, SAP HANA, Tableau Server etc are not available as of now.


    Kindly suggest more observations