Tableau, Business Intelligence and Analytics Software


Tableau provides interactive data visualization products that are focused on BI. Tableau creates queries to cloud databases, OLAP cubes, relational databases, spreadsheets, and other data sources and generates different types of graphs. The platform allows users to visualize and share data by creating interactive dashboards and embedding them into their website, software or app.


Tableau has an intuitive and easy interface that doesn’t require users to have any programming knowledge and allows to bring data for analysis, doing calculations and statistics using drag-and-drop approach. Users can organize their data by projects and later revise them. Users can connect to their data on-premises and in the cloud and get access to them without writing any code.


There are 5 ways to get access to Tableau products.


Tableau Online is a platform fully hosted in the cloud and data can be accessed from a browser or mobile app. Users don’t have to configure servers, scale hardware capacity or manage software upgrades so they can save time and costs.


Tableau Server allows users to publish the data that they created in Desktop solution to Server. The Server can be deployed on-premises or in the public cloud, for example, Google Cloud Platform, Azure, AWS. Users can easily manage the content and the performance and scale up when they need.


Tableau Desktop is a good way to start and is available in Personal and Professional editions. Users can create interactive dashboards using data from multiple sources on-premises or in the cloud – spreadsheet, SQL database, big data, Google Analytics, Salesforce or any other cloud app. Tableau features mapping functionality so users can create interactive maps automatically.


Tableau Reader is a free desktop app that allows users to interact with data visualizations that were created in Tableau Desktop. Tableau Reader is available for Windows and Mac.


Tableau Public is a free app available for Windows and Mac that allows users to create visualizations and store them on the Tableau public profile. Users can share their visualizations using social media or embed them on their blog or site.