About Tableau

Tableau helps people and organizations become more data-driven as the trusted leader in analytics.

The Tableau platform provides the breadth and depth of capabilities to serve the needs of even the largest global enterprises in a seamless, integrated experience. Tableau is designed to fit, not dictate your data strategy, and adapts to your environment with unmatched flexibility and choice, while meeting the toughest governance and security requirements.

People love using Tableau because it is both powerful and intuitive—and offers a fundamentally different user experience by empowering people of all skill levels to explore and analyze data using visuals and natural language. Tableau has become the standard language of analytics for modern business users and continues to lead the industry with the most passionate and engaged user community in analytics, a customer base with millions of users at more than 80,000 organizations, and a deep commitment to customer-focused innovation.

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  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Tableau

  • Ask Data: Use natural language to ask questions of any published data source and get a response in the form of a visualization.

  • Tableau Prep: Get to analysis faster by quickly and confidently combining, shaping, cleaning and operationalizing data flows.

  • VizQL Technology: Patented technology based on years of research at Stanford University. Create queries without writing code and transform these into queries graphical visualizations and dashboards.

  • Tableau Public: Allows users to publish interactive data stories on the web. Publish data on the business website and guide readers through a narrative of data.

  • Open, view and interact with dashboards built within the app. Users can filter and drill down into data, but cannot edit or interact without author permissions.

  • Metadata Management: Rename fields, modify number formats, combine fields into groups, create subsets of data by selecting groups of points, and build new hierarchies.
  • Typical Customers

    • Freelancers
    • Small Businesses (2-50)
    • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
    • Large enterprises (500 and more)

    Deployment

    • Cloud-based
    • On-premise

    Markets

    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany , France, United Kingdom, Guernsey, Ireland, India, Jersey, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore, United States

    Supported Languages

    Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese , Korean, Portuguese, Spanish

    Pricing starting from:

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    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of Tableau: 138

    • AB Testing
    • AI/Machine Learning
    • API
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Ad hoc Analysis
    • Ad hoc Query
    • Ad hoc Reporting
    • Alerts/Escalation
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Annotations
    • Association Discovery
    • Authentication
    • Bayesian Analysis
    • Behavioral Analytics
    • Benchmarking
    • Campaign Tracking
    • Categorisation/Grouping
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Compliance Tracking
    • Contextual Search
    • Customer Database
    • Customer Journey Mapping
    • Customizable Branding
    • Customizable Dashboard
    • Customizable Fields
    • Customizable Reports
    • Dashboard
    • Dashboard Creation
    • Data Analysis Tools
    • Data Blending
    • Data Capture and Transfer
    • Data Cleansing
    • Data Coding
    • Data Connectors
    • Data Dictionary Management
    • Data Discovery
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Integration
    • Data Management
    • Data Mapping
    • Data Migration
    • Data Quality Control
    • Data Security
    • Data Storage Management
    • Data Transformation
    • Data Visualization
    • Data Warehousing
    • Database Support
    • Demand Forecasting
    • Drag & Drop
    • Dynamic Content
    • ETL Tools
    • Element Analytics
    • Embeddable Maps
    • Event Logs
    • False Positives Reduction
    • File Storage
    • Financial Reporting
    • For Education
    • For Healthcare
    • For Sales Teams/Organizations
    • For Science
    • Forecasting
    • Functions/Calculations
    • Geographic Maps
    • Heatmaps
    • High Volume Processing
    • Information Governance
    • Integration into Third Party Applications
    • KPI Monitoring
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Marketing Reports
    • Master Data Management
    • Match & Merge
    • Media Analytics
    • Metadata Management
    • Mixed Methods Research
    • Mobile Dashboards
    • Modeling & Simulation
    • Monitoring
    • Multi-Channel Attribution
    • Multi-Channel Data Collection
    • Multi-Language
    • Multivariate Analysis
    • Natural Language Search
    • OLAP
    • Offline Access
    • Performance Metrics
    • Performance Monitoring
    • Predictive Analytics
    • Private Dashboards
    • Profitability Analysis
    • Public Dashboards
    • Publishing/Sharing
    • Qualitative Comparative Analysis
    • Quantitative Analysis
    • Query Builder
    • ROI Tracking
    • Radial Mapping
    • Real Time Analytics
    • Real Time Data
    • Regression Analysis
    • Relational Display
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Role-Based Permissions
    • Sales Reports
    • Scheduled/Automated Reports
    • Scorecards
    • Search/Filter
    • Self Service Data Preparation
    • Self Service Portal
    • Self-service Analytics
    • Sensitive Data Identification
    • Sentiment Analysis
    • Server Monitoring
    • Single Page View
    • Statistical Analysis
    • Statistical Process Control
    • Statistical Simulation
    • Storytelling
    • Strategic Planning
    • Survival Analysis
    • Task Management
    • Templates
    • Territorial Mapping
    • Text Analysis
    • Third Party Integrations
    • Time Series Analysis
    • Trend Analysis
    • Trend/Problem Indicators
    • User Management
    • User Research Analysis
    • Visual Analytics
    • Visual Discovery
    • Website Analytics
    • Widgets

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5
    (2,030)
    Value for Money
    4.2/5
    Features
    4.5/5
    Ease of Use
    4.1/5
    Customer Support
    4.2/5

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    Federico
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    • Industry: Banking
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    The best Visualization Solution

    Reviewed on 01/06/2022

    Really impressed on the way this tools works, as easy as drag and drop fields in an Excel pivot...

    Really impressed on the way this tools works, as easy as drag and drop fields in an Excel pivot table, in addition, Tableau won't allow yo to develop wrongful charts.

    Pros

    We really like the easiness to upload and prepare data visualizations, charts, graphics and dashboards. It works with the mains data files such as text crv, xls and google sheet documents. They have a free version which present the main functionalities, perfect for a small business, then if you need to upgrade to a paid version the process is very simple. Their forums and community really support, and help to improve, learn and develop great visualizations.

    Cons

    As any other solution, it takes some investigation and learning to understand the way it works and how to prepare robust presentations in Tableau. Some older versions do not allow roll back. Some sharing and analytic challenges are presented and really wish they develop additional features.

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    Microsoft Power BI

    Reasons for Choosing Tableau

    Tableau is a better product for the easiness and the complete customer service experience.

    Reasons for Switching to Tableau

    Once we started working with Tableau, we would not change to another solution because the way we work with the tool fits our opertive needs.
    chander
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    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Data analysis

    Reviewed on 12/12/2022

    Pros

    Tableau is very famous to visual analytics platform to transforming the data in graphics presentation.handle real time analysis in graphics view.

    Cons

    High cost is little bit problem for some organization. Security feature and version updating.

    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Internet
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

    Amazing for data analysis and exploration, not great for dashboards

    Reviewed on 14/09/2022

    At my team we use Tableau as a data exploration tool for data practitioners, and not for dashboards...

    At my team we use Tableau as a data exploration tool for data practitioners, and not for dashboards and data reporting to the company. This setup takes advantage of what Tableau does best and don't use it for what it doesn't.
    Tableau as a data reporting and dashboard tool may be suited for more traditional organizations, with a lot of experienced BI personnel who can take the time to build good dashboards with it.

    Pros

    Tableau allows for very good exploratory data analysis, and one can build amazing visualizations with it. Once you learn how to work with it, it becomes very easy to explore data and get insights from it.

    Cons

    Tableau is very expensive compared to its competitors, and if you want to get the whole company using it for dashboards, the pricing is certainly prohibitive for startups.
    I also don't Tableau for Dashboards, as the discovery and navigation interface is not very inviting to business users and dashboards are hard do discover. At the same time, building dashboards on Tableau is a lot less straightforward than in other tools. One can build very advanced dashboards, but that requires a lot of time and expertise, which not all Data users in a company will be.

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    Looker
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    • Industry: Higher Education
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Great tool for analyzing big datasets!

    Reviewed on 02/12/2022

    My overall experience with Tableau has been good. There are plenty of features that I know how to...

    My overall experience with Tableau has been good. There are plenty of features that I know how to use, and many more that I am still learning. I learn something new about the software everyday.

    Pros

    I like the flexibility in presentation and in data preparation and the beautiful data analysis features to Tableau.

    Cons

    Tableau has a learning curve that similar pieces of software don't have. It is not ideal for the beginner data analyst.

    Svetlana
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    • Industry: Banking
    • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Use friendly application

    Reviewed on 13/12/2022

    My team uses Tableau on the daily basis and the reports are being used for daily controls.

    My team uses Tableau on the daily basis and the reports are being used for daily controls.

    Pros

    I like most the visualization of data through Tableau. It is easy to use, set up, have different views and delivery times.

    Cons

    Sometimes the report is being delivered with the prior day data. Might need to improve the batch update of the data.

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    Tableau offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from:
    • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

    For Individuals Tableau Creator: $70 USD/user/month, billed annually For Teams & Organizations (On-premises or public cloud) Tableau Creator: $70 USD/user/month, billed annually Tableau Explorer: $35 USD/user/month, billed annually Tableau Viewer: $12 USD/user/month, billed annually | min. 100 Viewers required Fully hosted by Tableau Tableau Creator: $70 USD/user/month, billed annually Tableau Explorer: $42 USD/user/month, billed annually Tableau Viewer: $15 USD/user/month, billed annually | min. 100 Viewers required

    Tableau has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

    Tableau supports the following languages:

    Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish

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    Tableau integrates with the following applications:

    Alteryx Designer, Anaplan, Attivio, ClickTale, CloverDX, Crimson Hexagon, Datameer, Google Analytics 360, Infor OS, Jedox, Khoros Marketing, Kognitio, Numerify, Panoply, Procore, Qualtrics CoreXM, RapidMiner, Salesforce Sales Cloud, ServiceNow, Simply Measured, SnapLogic, Splunk Cloud, TapClicks, Workable

    Tableau offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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