About Tableau

Tableau is the world’s leading AI-powered analytics and business intelligence platform.

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.

Speed and Ease: Better contextualized insights for everyone to make faster decisions. In Tableau, users can leverage the latest in generative AI models, AI-powered predictions, natural language querying, recommendations, and flows to uncover trusted answers to business-critical questions. Automatically discover simple solutions to complex business questions across the data lifecycle from preparation to actionability in other systems.

Deeper Analytics: In Tableau, people can create any data vizzes from tree maps to cohort analyses with a few clicks. More advanced users can connect to R or Python to extend their analysis even further to easily visualize model results. Non-technical users can ask previously unapproachable questions, while data scientists can iterate and discover deeper insights faster, yielding more valuable findings. Tab provides users with the ability to dive deeper into data questions at all data skill levels.

Trust, Compliance, and Governance: Tableau provides efficiencies of scale with solutions for the entire lifecycle as the trusted environment for your data and analytics — from connection, prep and data source management, data quality assessments and exploration to insights, decision-making and action. With the Einstein Trust Layer in our platform an org’s internal data is safeguarded with security guardrails from the product to our policies so teams benefit from Generative AI without compromising safety.

Flexible Platform: Tableau is flexible and fits into your existing tech stacks, instead of dictating it: SaaS/on-prem/hybrid with extensibility via mobile and embedded capabilities. Tableau connects to a wide range of data sources with out-of-the-box connectors, WDCs, and APIs. For Salesforce users, Tableau offers deep integrations into the Lightning Platform, Data Cloud, Slack, and other popular Salesforce technologies for additional value.


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.

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    Paul
    Paul
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    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Best looking data analyst tool

    Reviewed on 09/02/2021

    Extremely happy with Tableau. Compared to other tools like PowerBI or Qlik, Tableau is far ahead,...

    Extremely happy with Tableau. Compared to other tools like PowerBI or Qlik, Tableau is far ahead, and improving all the time. Going forward, as the products are now, I can't imagine choosing any other.

    Pros

    Tableau Desktop absolutely produces the cleanest and most intuitive reports of any software like it. The learning curve for basic functionality is short and the online resources for deeper dives are plentiful.

    Cons

    Reports distribution in Tableau Desktop is clunky and connecting to SharePoint or similar distribution tools are too difficult to setup without professional IT assistance.
    Tableau Prep is still in early stages of development. Some Flows take much too long for what shouldn't be so challenging an operation.

    Alternatives Considered

    Microsoft Power BI

    Reasons for Choosing Tableau

    Better, more intuitive functionality. Cleaner aesthetic.

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    Katie
    Katie
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    • Industry: Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Longtime User

    Reviewed on 11/05/2021

    great.

    great.

    Pros

    Tableau is just way easier to use. Ive used a lot of others. Yes many have features that Tableau does not. But when it comes down to ease of use and fast turn around Tableau is probably the best

    Cons

    Tableau is not great when it comes to time series data. Its ok. But the amount of contortion that is necessary to show meaningful data in a time series is a real pain in the neck. Also Tableau data blending is nonsense. Better than Alteryx? probably. But still.

    Aurel
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    • Industry: Computer Hardware
    • Company size: 51–200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

    Aggressive onboarding, false statements. Not customer-oriented.

    Reviewed on 31/08/2020

    We were on 30 days trial. The trial was about to expire but things didn't work correctly. Tableaus...

    We were on 30 days trial. The trial was about to expire but things didn't work correctly. Tableaus aggressive onboarding team made me sign for a one-year contract anyway. They promised to support us until everything works. But that did not happen. So I talked to them. Someone seemed to understand and said, he'd cancel the invoice and give us another trial and hopes, thins will work. After a few months, it worked indeed. So we purchased again. But: we never got a license even we already paid. Statement: the old invoice needs to be paid. So although we have a written confirmation, that the invoice is cancelled, tableau didn't cancel and now we have no money and no license. Very sad company. The product might be great but the philosophy horrible.

    Pros

    Once you have your data ready in a way, tableau is able to connect, it's an easy to use tool.

    Cons

    There's supposed to be a web data connector between Filemaker and tableau. This is not working. Tableau sales representative do not care about it.

    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Education Management
    • Company size: 201–500 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

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    Reviewed on 29/11/2023

    My overall experience with Tableau remain good in terms of gaining a lot of knowledge on creating...

    My overall experience with Tableau remain good in terms of gaining a lot of knowledge on creating visualisations, making various types of charts for different types of data dimensions etc. Tableau gave me a start to my journey into data analyst and has enabled me to dive into huge datasets and create useful and meaningful charts on the data according to the requirements and also to improve my visualisations with time. In other words I learnt what type of chart is suitable for what type of data, how to show performance, efficiency as concept and also tableau provides a huge online community, resources and tools for supporting and developing various types of dashboards through tableau community.

    Pros

    Pro:
    A) Data Visualisation Capabilities - great tool for data visualisation
    B) self explanatory and intuitive
    C) advanced tools provides
    D) huge variety of visualisations can be created
    E) ease of using large excel file and Combining them to use for visualisation
    F) drag and drop features
    G) story

    Cons

    Does not have much of cons but listing them as much as I know:
    A) bit tricky when it come to work with date and time functions
    B) some specific charts not available
    C) cannot write sql queries directly into tableau
    No statistical analysis possible
    Sometime it is difficult to operate and navigate through calculated fields

    Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 5,001–10,000 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Tableau- Excellent for analyzing data and making decisions

    Reviewed on 09/06/2022

    Tableau is one of the best reporting tools I have used to analyze large amounts of data, it is...

    Tableau is one of the best reporting tools I have used to analyze large amounts of data, it is popular in data industry BI and analytics platforms. Its ability to manage large amounts of data and display it in the simplest way has had a good adoption in the last years.

    Pros

    Tableau is an easy-to-use, scalable data analytics solution that interfaces with a variety of applications to extract insights from data. Databases can be easily evaluated as it provides graphs for better understanding and success with E2E data blending, data preparation, data modeling, data visualization and data distribution. In my company we use it to analyze large databases and generate possible predictions in decision making,

    Its learning curve is average, and it supports a wide range of visualizations, such as tables, graphs, among others, importing data is simple when using Excel. To transfer information.

    Cons

    the only thing I don't like about tableau is that it is too expensive for small business users.

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    Tableau offers the following pricing plans:

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    • 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:

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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, RapidMiner, Salesforce Sales Cloud, ServiceNow, Simply Measured, SnapLogic, Splunk Cloud, Strategy & Research, 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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