Tableau

Tableau

Business intelligence & analytics

4.5/5 (1004 reviews)

Tableau Overview

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.

Pricing

Starting from
US$70,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

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

Tableau Reviews

Overall rating
4.5/5
95% positive reviews
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Excellent
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Average
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Raghavendar N.

On the fly BI tool with rich visualizations and Dashboard features

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/03/21
Review Source: Capterra

We used Tableau for Visualization BI apart from having Business Objects for reporting. We have created a story for a given subject with all the related information to present to the user. It gives a quick glance on what is happening on the sales of drug for a pharma company that I worked. Migration from non-prod to prod is very easy (unlike other BI tools). Cost of the project reduces a lot with Tableau for BI projects

Pros

Tableau has changed the BI world a lot. It has brought in a software, using with business user can create dashboard & reports on the fly and can check what is there inside. It allows the user to read through the data and derive the insights without much technical analysis. First it can connect to any database (I know about 44 database it connects) and you can set the data, slice the data needed for current analysis and then you can do quick reporting. It provide multiple features, like different charts, graphs and tables and mathematical and statistical functions for analysis. Once you have create multiple visuals you can put them onto one dashboard or multiple dashboards into a story and present the same to business

Cons

Even though it has rich features but it can support the Enterprise BI needs like business object or Cognos does. It does not provide all the feature for E L T (extraction, load and transform) which requires complex transactions. As data gets huge the graphs and charts become unreadable. also, this software is more useful to the business user for personal purpose than company wide reporting etc. The administration part of it needs a lot.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Tableau Lets You Become Productive in Minutes

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/01/24
Review Source: Capterra

Tableau and especially Tableau server has helped our business share data much more efficiently and accurately than the old method of emailing spreadsheets and presentations around. The ability for anyone to manipulate the data and answer their own questions allows analysts to concentrate on the truly difficult and unique problems instead of cranking out a never-ending series of custom reports. Having the data connected to live source or warehoused data means everyone is up to date all the time.

Pros

Tableau is exceptionally easy to pick up and be productive, and has the ability to connect to almost any data source you can imagine, including REST APIs (though this is a pretty advanced process).

Cross database joins are an amazing feature that allow you to mix data from Excel, Oracle, MySQL and others on a single dashboard.

There are a ton of online resources available from Tableau, and the broader user community which help you in the event that you get stuck on a thorny issue.

Tableau also supports the Tableau Public desktop software which allows anyone to create and share visualizations for free on the web (though data sources are severely limited with Tableau Public).

Cons

Price is an issue, particularly if you're an individual or a small business. Woe be unto you if you're a small business and you'd like to set up a Tableau server.

There are some functions which we've all grown accustomed to in Excel which new users will expect to be in Tableau but just aren't--robust Conditional Formatting, for instance. However, in most cases there are workarounds and other ways of accomplishing the same task.

While it's easy to become quickly productive, most users will outgrow the easy stuff pretty quickly as they attempt join new data sources, or produce more complicated visualizations.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Griffin B.

Tableau Rocks!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/01/07
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, Tableau is a fantastic program for getting automated reports created, published, and off your plate! The visuals are amazing and the subscriptions and alert system are my absolute favorite. The software has its quirks but I've yet to have a problem I couldn't logically program my way around with a little time spent on web forums. Amazing software, very useful, exciting to use!

Pros

I love Tableau because, to me, there is almost nothing else out there that does data visualization so quickly and so effectively. I love that you can import almost any kind of data source (I only use SQL or Excel as sources, but there are hundreds of other options). I love that you can then add your own calculated fields, group data into custom buckets, and create parameters which the user can input on the published workbook. I love that you can visualize the data so quickly and in so many ways (with color and shape/size as further attributes). It's like a pivot chart in Excel but so much more agile to use! Finally, I love that you can then build dashboards with these individual reports/worksheets that you create, publish them onto the web, and essentially "set it and forget it," thereby providing your end users with future reporting that is automatic and requires no further work on your end! The real beauty is the creation of alerts and subscriptions, which can email users on a schedule or depending on certain conditions. That's when life really gets exciting--it's like having a full-time robot managing your processes!

Cons

I definitely wish Tableau could write back to a database. That would be amazing. I've heard it's in the works, but for now, it's still just on my wish list. I dislike various aspects about Tableau that can make it quite tricky to use. When you publish a data source, you should really publish it first before creating any calculated fields, groups, or parameters. Otherwise, it becomes much more difficult to edit these fields later as you have to re-download the published data source to make your edits to those fields, and then republish your data source, which results in my having to ask IT to re-input the server refresh password to get the data to refresh on a schedule again. This is a tremendous headache. So it's best to create and save new fields at the workbook level, not the data source level. There are also a great many bugs I still run into with Tableau from time to time. Strange behaviors that show me it was created by a human being, as all software is. There is usually a way to figure out a workaround but you have to get creative. Tableau is quirky, for sure. Some actions in the local program work great but don't necessarily translate to the web form. For example, if you create a calculated field that depends on data from two different sources, that works great locally, but it doesn't work well once you publish those data sources to the Tableau Server, because, for some reason, it does not allow the calculation to draw from the separately published data.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Janosch F.

The future of Big Data visualisation and processing

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/11/25
Review Source: Capterra

It took me some time to understand the scope and approach of Tableau. During this time i was confused and sometimes frustrated as It was hard to get static reports out of tableau. Once however I understood the magic behind it (well actually it wasn't Tableaus fault, but just me being stubborn) a whole new world of analyzing data opened up. A Magnificent, splendid, dynamic and playful way of getting answers from data and a completely new way of thinking questions to ask from my data. If you do not have to create static reports which you want to mail daily to a bunch of people but want to explre the secrets your data holds This is THE tool. Definite recommendation.

Pros

Tableau is centered around you as a user asking questions to your data. It is as simple as that and it works in ways not imagined before. Via graphical user antierface and drag and drop you combine aspects of your data and visualize relations. The coolest thing is that Tableau supports you without pushing or distracting. The process is emergent and makes it possible to walk the line from coherence to causality and have fun along the way. The End results look great and can be reformated by a couple of clicks in order to shift perspective or look from a different angle or with a different point of interest towards your findings. Tableu picks you up where you are and you can run it as SAAS or on premise, depending on your preferences. Also the API is simple and powerful, making the integration as a dedicated reporting and statistcs module, or more precise data visualisation playground to your existing product easy and convenient. By doing so you can add tableaus product-versatility, ease of use and beauty to a product and participate from its user friendly and open aproach to data analysis.

Cons

The licensing was a bit of a hassle as we started in the early days of tableau. Also Sales were very eager and pretty actively tried to support us. This never was a bad thing, just a bit too much. Also Tableau introduced support for document based databases rather later than earlier so we had a slight wait there. Then again, every time the did include a feature it was just bug free and worked like a charm so this was allright as well.
Two things are especially important when evaluating Tableau, from my point of view: The data you whish to process with it must adhere to a minimal standard (or you will have to do a lot of conversion before you can enjoy it within tableau). So older datasources might become somewhat bothersome or at least require a preprocessing step. Most important is that you understand what tableau is for: You will have a great time when dynamically and actively exploring data, even rapidly changing data or real time streams. If you use a tool for creating static reports you waste the potential of this great piece of human engineering and might run into issues.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Margot K.

Tableau: all-in-one data visualization and organization software

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/08/21
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

I have tried many ways to organize my files, especially my data for work. I had tons of trial and errors with different software. I tried Tableau and I have been using it ever since. Tableau lets me store my files and so much more. Tableau allows me to view my data in a way that I wanted it to be shown, organized and sorted. I can access different files using cloud and data warehouses. No other software allows me to merge two different data and viewing them as one except for Tableau. And because my data are to be shared with most of my co-workers, it allows me to do just that. It is amazing how easily everyone in my team can access the files through online and server. Another great thing about Tableau is its availability on iOS, Mac and windows, which increases the ease of my team’s accessibility.
My work requires me to review different trends on different topics and with a simple drag and click; I am allowed to review what I need with Tableau. It seems that Tableau is really created for my needs; it is just amazing that this software can be of so much help.

Cons

Tableau is great but it really was confusing at first, especially without any help or tutorial, the software had too many functions that it can take time to be able to learn a single task in it. A helpful solution is that Tableau has a help area where frequently faced difficulties can be answered and since many has already been using it, asking for help from others was not that hard. It was not that difficult to learn the functions of Tableau.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Tableau Pricing

Starting from
US$70,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

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 Features

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Filtering
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Monitoring
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Third Party Integration
  • Visual Analytics

  • Business Intelligence
  • Charting
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics

Additional information for Tableau

Key features of Tableau

  • API
  • Access control
  • Active Directory integration
  • Activity dashboard
  • Ad hoc analysis
  • Ad hoc query
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Application security
  • Authentication
  • Automatic notifications
  • Automatic updates
  • Categorization
  • Collaboration tools
  • Content library
  • Create interactive dashboards
  • Create "no-code" data queries
  • Custom fields
  • Customizable reporting
  • Dashboard commenting
  • Dashboard creation
  • Data filtering
  • Data import/export
  • Data manipulation
  • Data mapping
  • Data notifications
  • Data querying
  • Data storage management
  • Data transformation
  • Data visualization
  • Database integration
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Email integration
  • Email notifications
  • Embed dashboards within
  • Filtered views
  • Gantt charts
  • Geographic maps
  • Geolocation
  • Graphical data presentation
  • Highlight and filter data
  • Import all ranges and sizes of data
  • Interactive content
  • List of native data connectors.
  • Metadata management
  • Metadata management
  • Mobile-ready dashboards
  • Monitoring
  • Multiple projects
  • Offline access
  • Permission management
  • Real time analytics
  • Real time data
  • Role-based permissions
  • Security permissions at any level
  • Server REST API
  • Share dashboards
  • String insights into a guided story
  • Tableau Public for data sharing
  • Tableau Reader for data viewing
  • Task management
  • Third party integration
  • Toggle view and drag-and-drop
  • Translate queries to visualizations
  • Trend analysis
  • Usage tracking
  • User activity monitoring
  • Visual analytics

Benefits

  • 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.

  • Tableau FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Tableau.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Tableau offer?

    Tableau offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$70,00/month

    Pricing model: 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

    Q. What are the main features of Tableau?

    Tableau offers the following features:

    • API
    • Access control
    • Active Directory integration
    • Activity dashboard
    • Ad hoc analysis
    • Ad hoc query
    • Ad hoc reporting
    • Application security
    • Authentication
    • Automatic notifications
    • Automatic updates
    • Categorization
    • Collaboration tools
    • Content library
    • Create interactive dashboards
    • Create "no-code" data queries
    • Custom fields
    • Customizable reporting
    • Dashboard commenting
    • Dashboard creation
    • Data filtering
    • Data import/export
    • Data manipulation
    • Data mapping
    • Data notifications
    • Data querying
    • Data storage management
    • Data transformation
    • Data visualization
    • Database integration
    • Drag & drop interface
    • Email integration
    • Email notifications
    • Embed dashboards within
    • Filtered views
    • Gantt charts
    • Geographic maps
    • Geolocation
    • Graphical data presentation
    • Highlight and filter data
    • Import all ranges and sizes of data
    • Interactive content
    • List of native data connectors.
    • Metadata management
    • Metadata management
    • Mobile-ready dashboards
    • Monitoring
    • Multiple projects
    • Offline access
    • Permission management
    • Real time analytics
    • Real time data
    • Role-based permissions
    • Security permissions at any level
    • Server REST API
    • Share dashboards
    • String insights into a guided story
    • Tableau Public for data sharing
    • Tableau Reader for data viewing
    • Task management
    • Third party integration
    • Toggle view and drag-and-drop
    • Translate queries to visualizations
    • Trend analysis
    • Usage tracking
    • User activity monitoring
    • Visual analytics

    Q. Who are the typical users of Tableau?

    Tableau has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

    Q. What languages does Tableau support?

    Tableau supports the following languages:

    Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Tableau offer?

    Tableau has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Tableau support mobile devices?

    Tableau supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Tableau integrate with?

    Tableau integrates with the following applications:

    Bitium, Mendix, Smartsheet, SocialChorus, Targetprocess, bpm'online CRM, bpm'online marketing, bpm'online real estate, bpm'online sales, bpm'online service

    Q. What level of support does Tableau offer?

    Tableau offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials