8 Reasons why Tableau Rocks
We believe that there are still many people who don’t know much about this visual business intelligence tool. Are you one of them? Continue reading – there are at least Eight reasons why we think Tableau rocks.
1. Tableau helps to see and understand the data
With mission “We help people see and understand their data”, Tableau products are transforming the way people use data to solve the problems. Tableau makes analyzing data fast and easy, beautiful and useful. No wonder it has gained a growing interest among the business users, but also groups traditionally not using BI tools are taking it into use. You might have noticed that for example more and more journalists are using Tableau to publish data stories to the web. One of the biggest Finnish media houses Helsingin Sanomat is using Tableau to visualize the news related data.
Tableau is revolutionizing the way data is being used. To access and further analyze the data doesn’t anymore require IT department participating. The data is accessible to all levels of organizations and individuals. Democratizing data allows people to think and act quickly, bringing transparency and agility to fact-based decision making.
2. Tableau suits different kinds of needs and organizations
As the needs of different kinds on organizations vary, Tableau provides many options to take it into use.
If you are an individual user, Tableau Desktop is the tool for you. It’s an application that resides on your computer and is aimed at individual use. It is used for creating data visualizations, publishing data sources as well as workbooks to Tableau Server.
For enterprises there is a solution as well. Tableau Server is then the way to go – it is aimed at collaboration and security of data visualizations. The data can be taken from anywhere, and shared within the organization via desktop or mobile browsers. There are apps available for different kind of mobile devices, eg. iPhone or Android based mobile phones. Tableau Server is an on-premise solution.
There is also a possibility for online server solution with Tableau Online. Tableau online cuts down the need for enhanced IT infrastructure or the need of IT support. However, it doesn’t suit enterprise sized organizations.
3. Tableau is a killer for creating visual dashboards – easy and fast
Tableau is primarily used for
- Creating dashboard, reports
- Data discovery and Visualization
- Self-Service BI
- Simple statistical analytics like trends and forecasting
Tableau products are continuously developed keeping in mind the ease of use. What makes Tableau so unique compared to other self-service BI tools is quality of data visualizations and self-service analytics. Tableau has set golden standards for self-service BI tools which provides business users to analyze data without need of IT intervention. It is easy and fast.
4. Continue your love affair with Excel
Tableau is easy to connect to different data sources. It can be connected to more than 40 different sources. Some of the examples are below.
- File-based data sources – such as Excel and CSV…
- Relational database data sources – such as Teradata, SQL Server, DB2…
- OLAP data sources – such as Microsoft Analysis Services, BW…
- Cloud-based data sources – Successfactor, Google Analytics…
- Web Data Connector – web services as a source
Tableau in-built data connectors are free and you need no licensing fees to use them. Use live connections or make use of Tableau extract engine for super-fast performance.
5. Leverage the power of database
With Tableau you leverage the power of database easily. You can connect to database views. Tableau helps you optimize the query performance. Further, Tableau has sufficient inbuilt Extract, Transform and Loading features. You can change data types, concatenate, split, join, blend data etc. You can further create sets, bins, groups etc. This means you don’t necessarily have to invest on a separate ETL solution.
6. You don’t need to do any coding
Technically, you do not need to code in Tableau. Almost every functionality is possible using drag and drop. Tableau provides you with in-built table calculations to add complex analysis with a click of mouse.
On the other hand, Tableau integrates with programming languages like R or Python and it can bring you a great help in the field of data science.
7. You are not alone
With Tableau, you are never alone. You can find inspiration from Tableau Community and Tableau bloggers, not to forget hours and hours of online training By Educonverge.
8. Proved to have satisfied customers
Tableau users are genuinely happy with the product. For example the yearly Gartner research about Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, based on the user feedback, indicates Tableau´s success and ability to deliver genuinely user-friendly solution for the customers. We have noticed the same enthusiasm and positive feedback about Tableau among our customers.