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Crazy spreadsheets that contain loads of detailed information are what we see every day in the business world. They might not be necessarily very intuitive and don’t display information in a graphical way that is useful for the end user. So, Tableau is a tool using which we can do some of the things that we are used to doing with Excel but which can be done better from information consumption perceptive. A lot of things that are done using Excel are close to reporting or analysis of the data, but Tableau can carry it much further than what Excel can.

 we “Excel” with Tableau

Here we are going to understand where the common ground exists between the two and where the difference begins. It should be borne in mind that if one can do things in Excel the same can be done in Tableau; ultimately the goal is to leave behind presentation of known information in crazy rows and columns and present information in such a way that it makes understanding the information and getting leads from the available information easy, less time consuming and effortless.


Using Tableau one can create the visually compelling presentation of data that can help one tell a story and see the “big picture” as it is. So, the current scenario is it is better to think about using Excel to store the data but use Tableau to visualize the data and understand the stories that lurk within the data.


Another virtue of Tableau over Excel is that it makes understanding extensive information or data easy. Rather than having spreadsheets that contain dozens of rows and hundreds of columns, lots of colors and 2.0 fonts that nobody except the creator of the spreadsheet understands, the virtue of data visualization and that which Tableau enables for is taking such complicated data and presenting it in simple and consumable bits. It suddenly makes, the data storage in itself have a lot of values and one doesn’t have to worry about getting the data onto an Excel sheet since visualization adds a lot of visual values and analytic value.