Tableau Overview

What is 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.

Tableau Overview

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

Devices
Business size
S M L
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

Screenshots

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Tableau Reviews

Tableau Reviews

Overall rating
4.5
/
5 1232 reviews
Excellent
754

Very good
419

Average
47

Poor
8

Terrible
4

Value for Money
4.2
Features
4.5
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
4.2
95% recommended this app
Virginia M.

Tableau Desktop is my must-have software. I couldn't do my job without it (nor would I want...

Tableau has allowed our office to look at data in new ways. Whether we're using it for data exploration or dissemination, it makes the information easy to understand and use, even for newbies. In the past, we used spreadsheets and PDFs to share data with various constituents, but they were dense and only offered a static view of the data. Now, with interactive dashboards, end-users can not only search for the exact information they need, they can also see how it fits into the big picture. This capability has led people to ask more questions and actually get excited about data and assessment. Tableau allows us to answer those new questions quickly and accurately than before.


Andres Q.

A very intuitive business intelligence tool

I started using it while I was making my MBA and I was amazed at the easy of use and the possibility to make chart in a very powerful way beyond excel. Later on, when I was asked to do some complex representation of many parameters, Tableau has been the best and easiest option, beyond other 3 options I have tried from major sellers


Sergio S.

Great for dashboards, but training is required

I generally use tableau to show sales data on dashboards to executives. Overall experience is great now that I have enough skill to operate and manipulate the data to generate what I want.


Charrelle J.

A Review of Tableau

I have been using Tableau in the office for over 2 years now. It is a product that continues to develop and evolve to better serve as a data visual and analysis tool.


Patrick L.

Easy To Use With Good Performance

It's a good visualization tool. but price is not as cheap as we thought.


Virginia M.
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 501-1,000 Employees

Tableau Desktop is my must-have software. I couldn't do my job without it (nor would I want to)!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 5/12/2017
Review Source: Capterra

Tableau has allowed our office to look at data in new ways. Whether we're using it for data exploration or dissemination, it makes the information easy to understand and use, even for newbies. In the past, we used spreadsheets and PDFs to share data with various constituents, but they were dense and only offered a static view of the data. Now, with interactive dashboards, end-users can not only search for the exact information they need, they can also see how it fits into the big picture. This capability has led people to ask more questions and actually get excited about data and assessment. Tableau allows us to answer those new questions quickly and accurately than before.

Pros

I have been using Tableau Desktop for over five years now and I still get excited about it. First, Tableau is so easy to learn and use--the intuitive interface allows even first-time users to create amazing visualizations. Second, Tableau is a time saver. What used to take me weeks now takes days and what used to take days now takes minutes. Third, Tableau is versatile. There are many different chart types available, and with the ability to tweak everything from size to font to color, your imagination is the only limit. Fourth, Tableau is always evolving and improving. With each update, Tableau adds new features and capabilities that continuously make my job easier to perform. The software is capable of connecting with data in many different formats from spreadsheets and SQL to PDF's and spatial files, making it useful for any field or company that works with data. I could go on and on about the benefits of using Tableau, but the best way to understand my enthusiasm is to try the product--it speaks for itself!

Cons

Sometimes large data files can take several minutes to load. Tableau allows for the creation of extracts to speed up the process, but the initial upload still takes time. Tableau also does not have an auto-save feature, which has caused me to lose work on several occasions.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Andres Q.
Industry: Food Production
Company size: 10,001+ Employees

A very intuitive business intelligence tool

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 14/1/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I started using it while I was making my MBA and I was amazed at the easy of use and the possibility to make chart in a very powerful way beyond excel. Later on, when I was asked to do some complex representation of many parameters, Tableau has been the best and easiest option, beyond other 3 options I have tried from major sellers

Pros

- Very intuitive way o assemble data, no need for programming or special commands
- Easily change data from numeric to alphanumeric
- The most common and useful charts are available
- Easy to breakdown data into several clusters
- I once plotted 6 parameters in a 2 dimensional chart: X, Y, bubble size, color, name, icon
- You can build special read-only docs with the functionality to be read by Tableu Reader (as in acrobat reader)
- You can customize label, axis, trend and references lines

Cons

- Eventually some very specific charts are not there as chord, tornado, tree maps, nodes, gauges, alluvial diagram, dendograms
- Even with all the clustering, it lacks statistical analysis as Anova, hypothesis test between two set of data, normal probability plot

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Sergio S.
Industry: Insurance
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Great for dashboards, but training is required

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 5/12/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I generally use tableau to show sales data on dashboards to executives. Overall experience is great now that I have enough skill to operate and manipulate the data to generate what I want.

Pros

I like that you can merge different data sources to generate new views of data. for example, overlay a census report above your sales data and have a demographic profile of sales for the country. Also the hundred different graphs and charts to choose from. this scores me high points with the executives when I show them a fancy graphic in meetings.

Cons

We had some trouble with tableau speaking to our servers and applications which took longer that we wanted before we could start using live data to run reports. You must clean your data before you upload to tableau. the data scrubbing system on tableau needs work. This makes it difficult when using live data. I usually just use and extract, clean and upload.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Charrelle J.
Industry: Government Relations
Company size: 10,001+ Employees

A Review of Tableau

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 12/12/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I have been using Tableau in the office for over 2 years now. It is a product that continues to develop and evolve to better serve as a data visual and analysis tool.

Pros

Tableau is a great data visualization tool. If you need to make charts, graphs, tables or other types of data visuals, Tableau can get it done. You are able to upload files or connect directly to data sources on a server. After data is loaded, it is literally a drag and drop interface.

Cons

Tableau is great for creating visuals but is not so great as a data analysis tool. It lacks the ability to analyze and manipulate data that uses complex formulas and calculations.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Patrick L.
Industry: Banking
Company size: 10,001+ Employees

Easy To Use With Good Performance

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 15/1/2020
Review Source: Capterra

It's a good visualization tool. but price is not as cheap as we thought.

Pros

Extract data source - hyper. we converted some Cognos reports to Tableau, in Cognos we have to pre-schedule it because the complex query behind the scenes takes long time to run. At beginning we
use Tableau live connection, put most of calculations in ETL but still getting performances issue.
after switch to hyper...oh it's fantastic.

Cons

In Cognos, to view Query behind FM model or Report just one click, it's very helpful and convenient during development and troubleshooting. In Tableau have to dig into log to find the query or check from DB side.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
8.5/10
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Tableau Pricing

Tableau Pricing

Starting from
US$70.00/month
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

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

Value for Money
4.2/5
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Tableau Features

Tableau Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Ad hoc Reporting
Business Intelligence
Charting
Collaboration Tools
Customisable Reporting
Dashboard Creation
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Data Visualisation
Drag & Drop Interface
Monitoring
Multiple Data Sources
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Trend Analysis
Visual Analytics
Features
4.5/5
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Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials

Additional information for Tableau

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

    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, Creatio CRM, Marketing Creatio, Mendix, Sales Creatio, Service Creatio, Smartsheet, SocialChorus, Targetprocess, iAuditor

    Q. What level of support does Tableau offer?

    Tableau offers the following support options:

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