Is a Took Kit meant for use by a hobbit?
I think there's a lot of "it depends" here, but some of the things that can be useful sometimes include:
Excel (yeah, I know -- but it's useful for checking exported crosstabs for example)
Tableau Data Reshaper (for aforementioned Excel)
TOAD (if in an Oracle shop)
Pentaho Data Integration (for upstream combination of disparate data sets, if you can't afford Informatica)
Keeping with the 'image editors' part of your question, I think Mark Jackson and I believe PowerPoint is one of the better image creation/development tools out there (even though many hold it in low esteem). Easy to learn, easy to use. Just EZ.
Hans rosling uses PowerPoint so it's not all bad
I love PowerPoint! I use it all the time to make my Tableau dashboards better. Besides that, Excel used to be my favorite tool until I found Tableau. I still use it as a data entry tool and for small scale data manipulation. It is the real magic behind my March Madness dashboard.
Other tools that help me with Tableau are Snagit and Camstudio Pro. I use Komodo Edit for writing my SQL. Instant Eyedropper is awesome for matching colors on your screen.
I use Greenshot for screen capturing/editing (love the Obfuscate function).
Advanced Query Tool for querying various databases (it's the tool my company uses so I use it by default).
XML Notepad 2007 (free by Microsoft).
Notepad++ (most helpful when creating batch scripts, free GNU licensing).
The Tableau Forums
PL/SQL Developer from All Round Automations is a good Oracle SQL and PL/SQL development tool. Oracle's free SQL Developer is not bad if you don't want to pay.
TextPad and NotePad++ are useful text editors
Matt Francis wrote:
I'm collating a list of useful tools that people use along side tableau, database tools, image editors etc which i am going to put together as a toolkit for beginners in my blog. So, what essential tools do you use?
On top of what I've emailed you about the GIS stuff:
dB tools - Navicat
Image Editors: GIMP, Inkscape, ImageDIG, ImageMagick
Data Integration: Lavastorm (can publish Tableau Data Extract files)
Data Manipulation: R (especially the 'reshape' and 'plyr' packages)
Publishing/Distribution: Excel (not my preference but a perfectly reasonable way to distribute tabular Tableau outputs to folks who cannot access Tableau Desktop, Tableau Reader, or Tableau Server)
Thanks for all the great suggestions, I'll be putting it altogether soon to create a recommended tool kit .
Yeah i need to get a look at Alteryx. Going on a course in January to see what its all about. Still trying to see how i would find a use for it.
I haven't found a good use for Alteryx either. I think its not for everyone. Its a good tool for individual analysts that have a deep level of access to various data sources. But I'm doing things at an enterprise scale and IT already has tools in place for ETL that work.