Tableau software


Tableau is an integrated business intelligence (BI) and analytics solution that helps to analyze key business data and generate meaningful insights. The solution helps businesses to collect data from multiple source points such as SQL databases, spreadsheets, cloud apps like Google Analytics and Salesforce to create a collective dataset.

Tableau's live visual analytics and interactive dashboard allow slicing & dicing datasets for generating relevant insights and exploring new opportunities. Users can create interactive maps and analyze data across regions, territories, demographics and more. Tableau helps to create a narrative story of the data analysis with interactive visualizations that can be shared with their audience.

Tableau can be customized to serve a number of industry verticals including banking, communication, education, healthcare, real estate, manufacturing and technology. The solution can be either installed on-premises or hosted on the cloud as a SaaS application. Users can also view and analyze data on their Android and iOS smartphones with Tableau Mobile app.

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7 , Windows Vista , Windows XP , Web browser (OS agnostic)

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  • Margot from University of California San Diego

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

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

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    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.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Michael from Brill

    Specialty: Manufacturing

    Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees

    August 2018

    Excellent functionality

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    We used it as a sales analysis tool and it worked well for that.

    Pros

    -You can slice and dice your data any way you like
    -Reports are clear and easy to understand
    -Web-based version available

    Cons

    -Not intuitive or initially user-friendly (it's easy enough to navigate through once you're used to it)

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  • Syrine from UTHealth

    Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees

    August 2018

    Amazing Tool to create visualizations

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    Tableau is so robust and is constantly updating the software with more features for the user. If you are in the data and analytics environment, this is the tool to have! It takes the guess work out of figuring out what type of visualization to use to tell the story. It has a story feature as well that makes it super easy to create a picture out of the data!

    Cons

    There is not a think that I can think of because they are always updating their software to the latest version and communicating these changes.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Paul from RetailCapital LLC

    Specialty: Banking & Financial Services

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    This Software s complicated, but if you know your stuff it may be worth it.

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    Its a complicated piece of software...love the end result however if you get it to work right.

    Pros

    Lots of choices, you can do just about anything and display it for your office, collection floors, Call centers, and sales floors etc...

    Cons

    The interface is like a spaceship interface or cock pit of a F-18...way too much for the novice. Which I was at the time of using this software.

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    August 2018

    Decent way to create and share data and insights

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    I've got some great data visualizations out of it - better than I've been able to get with other tools.

    Pros

    It's fairly easy to get started and quickly produce good-looking reports.

    Cons

    The price! Although, to be fair, you do get what you pay for - as long as you don't sign up for things you don't really need.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Brent from KSMC

    Specialty: Consulting

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Tableau Review

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    Pros

    As a visualization tool, Tableau does a lot of things very well. GIS functions are amazing and the ability to view geocoded data is great.

    Cons

    Getting various data sources into Tableau can be a little difficult. It can be difficult to map to certain sources.

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  • Yazir from Cochez y Cia

    Specialty: Retail

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    August 2018

    Great product

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    This is a very powerful tool. Any user of dynamic tables in Excel can easily create good data presentations. Some simple tasks might get complicated. Connectivity to any data source is beyond expectations

    Pros

    Can be really easy to use for simple tasks.
    Ability to create visualizations and graphs with ease.
    Can create really advanced dashboards
    Great connectivity to data sources

    Cons

    Can be hard to send or share information to non Tableau users
    Some internal calculations may be complicated

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  • Freddy from 2U

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    August 2018

    Reporting made easy

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    Easy to use and easy to understand

    Pros

    This is such a helpful tool to track progress and compare to historical patterns

    Cons

    I like everything about tableau, it has given me total control of our pacing

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Quick powerful data visualizations

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    I'm now able to set up recurring analytic visualizations directly against our business databases without the need to move data around and run them time and time again with ease.

    Pros

    Ability to generate data visualizations quickly and easily. Tableau is able to connect to almost any type of data-set from Excel files to a wide variety of ODBC connections. Data is easily manipulated and when ingested into Tableau even very large data sets are quickly analyzed making it a breeze to change things on the fly and perform many what if scenarios.

    Cons

    Have not really found a down side as of yet. Have found a few ODBC connectors that don't allow full functionality of Tableau but I believe that is due to the age of the connector and not a Tableau problem. I'm still able to pull the data needed outside of Tableau, then import and do what I need.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Cliff from Lincoln Financial Group

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    August 2018

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    Great software and company

    Pros

    Ease of use
    Drill-down capabilities
    Visual display

    Cons

    Join features are not as crisp as software such as SQL

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Alan from HCL Technologies

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    August 2018

    I saved lot of my time using this business analytics software, plus, I enjoy using it!

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    Pros

    The application is very easy to use and understand. I had started to use Tableau Software a couple of months back, the interactive dashboards are very clear and help us understand what the figures mean, giving us an overall picture. There are different types of customizable charts and tweaking them is a lot of fun too. These kinds of visualizations are very important, especially while you consider the analytics, it keeps the team interested and helps in removing unwanted assumptions. You can connect with any data source and it improves collaboration by facilitating group analytics. You can group data by using the bar type graph options. The tool enables superimposing of information between related variables. You can create coding queries without much technical knowledge. They keep updating features to catch up with the current standards and requirements.

    Cons

    I can't see the autosave feature anywhere, which is a very major drawback. Also, the application takes time to load sometimes.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: GetApp
  • Calin from Progrexion

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    August 2018

    A Much Better Way to Manage Data Than Spreadsheets

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    I really like the functionality that allows me to subscribe to reports and be updated continually with new data. For the most part, everything is very responsive and easy to view and understand. Filtering data is super easy and makes diving into large chunks of data manageable.

    Cons

    I wish there was an easier way to have reports automatically emailed to you daily rather than just subscribing to the view. Also, navigating through workbooks and different views can be a mess if you aren't careful with how you add data. Having too many people working on different projects can get messy real fast.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Chandrashekar from KGI

    Specialty: Software / Technology

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    A powerful software for an effective visual data

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    Excellent software and worth the buy for data analysis!

    Pros

    - The dashboard is complex with multiple features and user-friendly
    - Reports can be customized according to the user's needs
    - The customer support is awesome
    - Analysis can be performed either through script or Point-and-click

    Cons

    - The software is quite expensive, may not be recommended for start-ups that are tight on budget
    - Some initiative or effort is necessary to learn Tableau
    - The tool could get slower when there is a huge data upload

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    August 2018

    Great Reporting & Visualisation Tool

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    Downloading and using Tableau excel has been a solid experience, usually what I do is toss some data into it and see what's it capable of and it certainly makes data analysis easier than most other visualisation tools I've used in the past.

    Pros

    It does a fantastic job of mixing datas from various sources. I also love the simple drag and drop interface with auto recommendations that helps you get results right away. It does have a bit of a learning curve but the amount of tutorials available on the web, it shouldn't be an issue.

    Cons

    If I have a lot of applications open on my desktop, Tableau seems to get a bit laggy and it tends to does this quite a bit.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Andrew from Bickford Senior Living

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    August 2018

    Great Business Intelligence tool

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    Pros

    Able to interface with just about any data points you have within your organization. The custom reporting options are numerous, and can easily be adapted for your companies needs. User set up / permission allocation is easy to maintain.

    Cons

    Bit of a learning curve to start with, would need an outside consultant to get you up and running.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    My favorite data visualization software

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    What can I say? I love playing with data, and recently got an official Tableau license through my job. I am pretty proficient at making graphs and pivot tables in Excel, but Tableau lets me take this to a whole new level, and it's pretty to boot! There are so many things I can do now that were difficult (or impossible) to do in Excel - compare geographic locations, color records based on an infinite number of different criteria, and I love the ability to export these to PDF so that those who don't want to fiddle with Tableau Reader can still see the data. I am so looking forward to increasing my Tableau skills and being able to do even more with the software.

    Cons

    The learning curve is pretty steep - but Tableau does provide a lot of training videos and help documents, so I've usually been able to poke around until I can do what I wanted to do.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    August 2018

    Tableau is a great visualization tool for any skill level!

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    Data visualization

    Pros

    Tableau offers an excellent platform for introducing business intelligence and analytics to a wide variety of users. Tableau takes Excel data to the next level!

    Cons

    I do not dislike anything with Tableau at the moment. Keep up the good work!

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Adiman from Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    August 2018

    Tableau Desktop

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    Great for visualization. Integration with R Studio is a breathe.

    Pros

    It has integration capability with R Studio.

    Cons

    Processing large data may take time. 50000 rows with 7 columns of social media metadata in csv file takes roughly around 30mins.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Suraj from General Mills

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    August 2018

    Good visualization tool!

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    We use this for our team dashboards, It has changed the way we look at our at data. We used spreadsheets a most of the time but they were time consuming, this definitely is better than the rest of tools out there, I am still learning it more and more.

    Cons

    More intuitive lay out needed, it is in a way however it should be tweak and fine tuned.
    SharePoint live data in Tableau is not working well, either it's Microsoft or we are messing up, but should be explained in the documentations somewhere.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: GetApp
  • bita from ellucian

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    August 2018

    Great data visualization, great for business level, could improve exporting/importing

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    Best usage on Tableau: Tracking trends, viewing employee progress and activity, and pipeline tracking

    Pros

    Tableau is a great platform for visualizing data, creating views, making decisions and reports. This is across the board for any business/operations use. Great for trends!

    Cons

    Sometimes, the integration does not pull the most recent data and updates take a long time (from the initial change) for some views and needs- specifically account information/detail - can't fully rely on Tableau's stats.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
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