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.

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.

  • Devices

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    Markets

    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany and 4 others, United Kingdom, India, Japan, United States

    Supported Languages

    Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese and 3 others, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish

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    Features

    Total features of Tableau: 136

    • A/B Testing
    • AI/Machine Learning
    • API
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Active Directory Integration
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Ad hoc Analysis
    • Ad hoc Query
    • Ad hoc Reporting
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Analytics/ROI Tracking
    • Annotations
    • Association Discovery
    • Authentication Software
    • Bayesian Analysis
    • Behavioral Analytics
    • Benchmarking
    • Campaign Tracking
    • Categorization/Grouping
    • Channel Attribution
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Compliance Tracking
    • Content Library
    • Content Management System (CMS) Software
    • Contextual Search
    • Customer Database
    • Customer Journey Mapping
    • Customizable Branding
    • Customizable Dashboard
    • Customizable Fields
    • Customizable Reports
    • Dashboard Creation
    • Dashboard Software
    • Data Analysis Tools
    • Data Blending
    • Data Capture and Transfer
    • Data Connectors
    • Data Dictionary Management
    • Data Discovery Software
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Integration
    • Data Management Software
    • Data Mapping
    • Data Migration
    • Data Quality Control
    • Data Security
    • Data Storage Management
    • Data Transformation
    • Data Visualization Software
    • Database Support
    • Demand Forecasting
    • Drag & Drop
    • Dynamic Content
    • Element Analytics
    • Email Management Software
    • Embeddable Maps
    • False Positives Reduction
    • File Storage
    • Financial Reporting Software
    • For Education
    • For Healthcare
    • For Sales Teams/Organizations
    • For Science
    • Forecasting
    • Functions/Calculations
    • Gantt/Timeline View
    • Geographic Maps
    • Geolocation
    • Information Governance
    • Interactive Content
    • KPI Monitoring
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Marketing Reports
    • Master Data Management Software
    • Match & Merge
    • Media Analytics
    • Metadata Management
    • Mixed Methods Research
    • Mobile Dashboards
    • Modeling & Simulation
    • Monitoring
    • Multi-Language
    • Multiple Projects
    • Multivariate Analysis
    • Natural Language Search
    • OLAP
    • Offline Access
    • Performance Metrics
    • Predictive Analytics Software
    • Private Dashboards
    • Profitability Analysis
    • Public Dashboards
    • Publishing / Sharing
    • Qualitative Comparative Analysis
    • Quantitative Analysis
    • Query Builder
    • Radial Mapping
    • Real Time Analytics
    • Real Time Data
    • Regression Analysis
    • Relational Display
    • 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
    • Simulation Software
    • Single Page View
    • Social Media Monitoring Software
    • Statistical Analysis Software
    • Statistical Process Control
    • Statistical Simulation
    • Storytelling
    • Strategic Planning Software
    • Survival Analysis
    • Task Management Software
    • Templates
    • Territorial Mapping
    • Text Analysis Software
    • Third Party Integrations
    • Time Series
    • Trend / Problem Indicators
    • Trend Analysis
    • Usage Tracking/Analytics
    • User Management
    • User Research Analysis
    • Visual Analytics
    • Visual Discovery
    • Website Analytics
    • Widgets

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5
    (1,453)
    Value for Money
    4.2/5
    Features
    4.5/5
    Ease of Use
    4/5
    Customer Support Software
    4.2/5

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    Shishir C.
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    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Excellent tool for Data Visualization with simplicity

    Reviewed on 2019-06-25

    I have worked on domains like Telecom and Network where in I have been using Tableau. Its really...

    I have worked on domains like Telecom and Network where in I have been using Tableau. Its really liked by senior management as it shows each and every bit very clearly to relevant stake holders. For example, Marketing head likes region wise revenue sale dashboard which gives region/sales manager/product wise sale.

    Pros

    There are many features which lot of users would have liked:-
    1. Connection to almost all database
    2. Many types of Charts can be created including Sankey, Doughnut, Maps etc.
    3. Its has the feature of data blending and data extraction
    4. Dashboards can be viewed on multiple devices like tablet, mobile and laptops.
    5. Its really fast while drilling down or filtering out from any dashboard.

    Cons

    Its a bit expensive tool as compared to other data visualization tools however its a value for money.

    Paul P.
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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 2021-02-09

    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.

    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: E-Learning
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Finally, Reporting Made Easy!

    Reviewed on 2021-03-04

    Overall, I am very glad to be using Tableau for reporting. It really helps my team and I see and...

    Overall, I am very glad to be using Tableau for reporting. It really helps my team and I see and understand the reports easily so that we can focus on analyzing. The automatic updates and the ability to turn certain filters on and off have been a big game changer for us. If you're looking for a better way to visualize your data, I recommend looking into Tableau.

    Pros

    Tableau seamlessly integrates with Salesforce and allows us to create beautiful reports and dashboards. Prior to this, we relied on Salesforce for all reporting and we found it pretty limiting or difficult to set-up. With Tableau, it's been very easy to see all of our reports in one place. I love that you can toggle on certain filters too to change the dashboards easily rather than having to edit the whole thing. We also have ours set to auto refresh daily, which saves us time. I always found that refreshing my reports or dashboards on Salesforce took some time, but with Tableau this process has been sped up.

    Cons

    I have yet to encounter any difficulties with this software. The process has been pretty smooth so far.

    Aurel G.
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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 2020-08-31

    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.

    Thomas R.
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    • Industry: Media Production
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

    A premium option at a premium price point

    Reviewed on 2020-12-19

    Overall Tableau is a great BI/Visualization tool where the only limitations are what your team can...

    Overall Tableau is a great BI/Visualization tool where the only limitations are what your team can do with it. The platform itself has every bell and whistle you could want and provides a ton of customization for various use cases.
    The challenge arises when moving to the logistical management of the platform, specifically around access, user education and price. While it might be great for individual organizations, our use case of deploying dashboards to hundreds of clients just isn’t what Tableau was built for.
    If you have the right use case and team to support it, it’s a fantastic option. But if you’re lacking in those areas (or perhaps want a tool with more automatic BI/AI capabilities), there’s likely a better option for your organization.

    Pros

    There is a reason that Tableau is synonymous with data visualization tools to many people and organizations. It’s a premium product that can do pretty much whatever you want it to.
    Tableau’s features are limitless and with the proper resources to maintain and deploy it, you’ll rarely identify capabilities that it doesn’t have. It is truly a BI tool that enables your team to overcome any obstacle they face.
    I specifically enjoyed some of the advanced visualization capabilities of Tableau that more “basic” tools don’t offer. The time series visualizations are easy to configure and are always a crowd favorite. The ability to deploy on-premise or in the cloud means that organizations can configure to their preference.
    All in all, it is an incredibly powerful tool that leaves very few stones unturned.

    Cons

    The three biggest drawbacks to our organization continuing with Tableau were ease of use, cost scalability and functional scalability.
    Tableau is not the tool for organizations that lack technical resources. It’s not as “plug and play” as other options on the market and requires significant training of architects to fully take advantage of all its capabilities.
    Tableau also isn’t the ideal solution if price is an obstacle in your organization. Frankly, it ain’t cheap. Depending on your desired level of investment and the number of users you’ll need, it can run the tab up quickly.
    Additionally, user management in Tableau itself isn’t an issue, but deployment presents its challenges. Other options on the market are much easier to introduce users to (here’s your login, go to this URL and boom, you’re good to go) whereas Tableau requires more configuration. This is dependent on which Tableau version you utilize, but there are efforts involved in scaling the platform.

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    Tableau offers the following pricing plans:

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    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

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    Tableau has the following typical customers:

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

    Tableau supports the following languages:

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

    Tableau supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    Tableau integrates with the following applications:

    Alteryx Designer, Anaplan, Attivio, ClickTale, CloverETL, Crimson Hexagon, Datameer, Google Analytics, Infor Birst, 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 Software, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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