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What Is Tableau? About the Business Intelligence and Analytics Software & its Benefits

One of the most popular and rapidly expanding data visualization software in the business intelligence sector is Tableau. This software makes it very simple to present raw data in a clear and easy-to-understand format. Tableau enables users of all levels within an organization to create understandable dashboards by simplifying raw data.

Tableau is a business intelligence and analytics software that helps organizations visualize and gain insights from their data. It can be used to create dashboards, reports, and visualizations. Tableau is available in both on-premises and cloud-based versions.

Tableau has the most advanced visual capabilities, with a beautiful front-end user interface. It also includes some built-in analytics functions that may be used straight away by the end-user on their data. In this article, we'll look at the various uses of Tableau and the benefit it can bring to your organization.

How Tableau Works & its Benefits

Tableau connects to nearly any data source, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Once connected, Tableau cleans and transforms the data into a format that can be used to create visualizations. The visualizations are created using drag-and-drop functionality, making them very simple to use. Tableau software connects and extracts data from various locations. Tableau can pull information from any database, including Excel, SQL, Oracle, SAP, or Amazon Web Services.

Tableau strives to make the charts as accurate as possible with its sophisticated high-end graphics and color schemes. You can plot anything, including:

  • Bar charts
  • Pie charts
  • Bubble charts
  • Heatmaps
  • Scatterplots
  • IBCS charts
  • etc.

The Tableau product suite includes the development tools Tableau Desktop and Tableau Public and sharing tools like Tableau Reader, Tableau Online, and Tableau Server. Let's look at each of these components and how they work.

Tableau Desktop

Tableau's data engine, Tableau Desktop, may be used to connect to data. This is where the data analyst and data engineer work with the data and create visuals. Used to make visualizations, dashboards, and reports, Tableau Desktop is available in a Professional and a Personal edition.

Tableau Server

The data from the Tableau Desktop can be published to the Tableau server. With the Tableau Server, the end-users have a better experience accessing the files from all locations, be it a desktop or mobile.

Tableau Public

Tableau Public is a free tool that allows anyone to explore data and publish their reports for the world to see.

Tableau Reader

Tableau Reader is used to viewing reports that have been created using Tableau Desktop and published to Tableau Public or Tableau Server. Users who receive the dashboards view them using Tableau Reader.

Tableau Online

Tableau Online is a cloud-based version of Tableau Server. It can be used to share visualizations that have been created using Tableau Desktop. Tableau Online is a subscription-based service.

For corporations, the benefits of Tableau are many, but some of the most notable benefits include:

  • Improved decision making - With Tableau, organizations can easily visualize their data and gain insights that would otherwise be hidden. This allows for better decision-making at all levels of the organization. You can use Tableau to track a customer's path from analyzing web analytics to watching continent visual analysis while understanding every step of the journey.
  • Increased productivity - Tableau allows organizations to quickly and easily share their data visualizations with others, and this increases productivity by allowing more people to access and use the data.
  • Improved communication - Tableau's visualizations are clear and easy to understand, which improves communication between different departments and levels of the organization.

Migration from Power BI to Tableau or Vice-Versa

Migrating from one business intelligence (BI) tool to another can be challenging, time-consuming, and expensive. If you're considering migrating from Power BI to Tableau (or vice versa), it's important to understand the key differences between the two platforms.

Both tools have advantages and disadvantages. Trying to get the full picture by doing online research is nearly impossible as there are simply too many articles trying to explain it. And since both products are updated on a regular basis, it’s difficult to keep information up to date.

We are working with both tools on a daily basis and would be happy to answer your questions. Just reach out to BI Samurai via this link and we’ll arrange a free of charge meeting with one of our experts.


If you're looking at implementing Tableau or migrating from Power BI or any other BI tool to Tableau or vice-versa, BI Samurais can help. Also, if you’re not quite sure yet which tool is right for you, we’re happy to answer your questions. Every tool has advantages and disadvantages; we’ll answer your questions from a neutral point of view.

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