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What Is Tableau?

Tableau is the world’s leading AI-powered analytics and business intelligence platform. Easily connect to data stored anywhere, in any format. Seamlessly create reliable insights with built-in data preparation and governance features that promote transparency and uniformity. Quickly perform ad-hoc analyses to reveal hidden opportunities for your business. Drag and drop to create interactive data visualizations with advanced analytics. Then share your insights with anyone and make an impact on your business. From global enterprises to early-stage startups and small businesses, people everywhere start with data and move forward with Tableau. Learn More!

Who Uses Tableau?

Tableau empowers people throughout the organization to easily ask and answer questions of their data with intuitive, AI-powered tools to make better business decisions every day.

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Reviews of Tableau

Average score

Overall
4.5
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Service
4.2
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4.2

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Nikola
Nikola
Research Analytics Specialist in Poland
Verified LinkedIn User
Consumer Services, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Great for maps, visualizations and dashboarding

5.0 last month New

Comments: I really love using it for maps and interactive dashboards but I prefer to prepare my data in another software (Excel or Alteryx) before using it in Tableau.

Pros:

I love its map functionalities - it's so simple to create a detailed map of locations of company X in country Y or locations of various companies in country Y on a heatmap with population density. You can divide your map by different categories, use different colours for different categories and it just has so many possibilities that it's really fun to use.

Cons:

Connecting different data sources can be a little frustrating - you need to be careful with your file extensions and always double-check your data types.

Caroline
Caroline
Game Developer in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

User-friendly dashboard/report Tool

4.0 8 months ago

Comments: Tableau is amazing software that has greatly aided our data analysis efforts. Tableau meets all of our needs for data analysis and dashboard creation. The nicest element is that direct use of ad hoc data needs is possible, with no dependencies.

Pros:

One of the most useful features of Tableau is the flexibility with which its dashboards may be filtered. Information that is simple to understand, demonstrate, and infer. Any group may quickly and simply extract useful data thanks to a drag-and-drop interface.

Cons:

Data syncing problems can cause the dashboards to malfunction. Notifications about impending outages would be greatly appreciated. however, that shouldn't be a deal breaker.

Henrietta
Business Analyst in Canada
Telecommunications, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Tableau for data analysis, data visualization

5.0 last month New

Comments: Amazing, seamless visualizations that can be created easily

Pros:

Tableau is one of the best data visualization tools out in the market, it allows you to produce highly customizable, appealing visualizations and dashboards. I have used plenty of data visualization tools, but Tableau takes the cake.

Cons:

Nothing I can think of, Tableau is a great tool, very easy to use and share with teams

Jamie
Technical Project Manager in Canada
Computer Software, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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Tableau Review

3.0 last year

Comments: We only have one license because of the cost. This means that only one user can edit reports, etc. This makes it very difficult as the user who runs the daily report isn't necessarily the user who we would want to create new reports or edit existing ones. More than one license is too expensive and working with a single license is annoying.

Pros:

We use it mostly to create a daily report. Once it is setup, modifying the dated is simple enough to produce the same report daily.

Cons:

It is very slow when trying to modify an existing report to add something new. Takes many minutes to load after each additional join. Takes a very long time to create new reports. Also, I would like to see the SQL that is being run in an easier way (currently can edit the log files and find it, but very annoying and difficult to find the queries in a text editor)

Sara
Sr Development Mgr in US
Museums & Institutions, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

I can see our status on multiple fronts so clearly!!

5.0 4 months ago

Comments: Love it's capabilities. Wish it was easier for me to manipulate. I have to rely on a couple team members who are way more experienced in it than I am to create anything new.

Pros:

Great visualization capabilities helps me see how I am doing compared to this year's goals on multiple objectives and how we are doing year over year...without having to manipulate the raw data on my own. Being able to have Tableau refresh the data source with the most recent info each time I open the dashboard is so important!

Cons:

Takes awhile and a lot of practice to understand how to set up the worksheets so they answer the questions you are looking to answer. Dashboards are more so.