Tableau is a rapid-fire business intelligence project, which provides quick decision-making software with quick analytic tools. It was founded in 2004, in Seattle, WA for a very fast growing BI company. Some of the customers for Tableau include Apple, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Zynga, Bank of America, Walmart, Safeway, Pfizer, Merck, Ferrari, GM, CBS, etc and 1000s more. In simple words, Tableau is a graphical tool or a visualization tool; this product is useful in creating graphs and certain types of analysis and the great thing about this tool is it makes creation of these quick and easy.
Tableau – Introduction
When does it come to the current modes of data visualization the most common questions that come to people’s mind is how much time goes into the creation of the graphs and methods of analysis? How many people does it take to do it? How many people does it take to gather the data, knead the data, to properly import the data into a data warehouse where the data is now available for you to do analysis and visualization on? Who does that sort of work? Is it a group of folks in the IT who require a long lead time? And most importantly, can it be made simpler?
For all this Tableau is the key; it helps people quickly discover things and find things that we not known before. It helps us easily handle really complex data and lets the data speak to us and answer our questions. It helps us create a really powerful visualization; one can really tell a story with the data available. These are some of the things that Tableau facilitates; it is right where it fits!
There are three main products when it comes to Tableau:
- Tableau Desktop: This is the desktop design analysis tool. It is a Windows app although it can be run on iMac under a parallel virtual machine. Hence, Tableau runs on both Windows and Apple hardware. It is for those who need to design and analysis interactively with data connections. One can explore, visualize and analyze data to answer a lot of questions. It is an amazingly fast product both at connecting to data and also at answering questions. It is a tool for creating great dashboards, consolidate views and share interactive data experiences.
- Tableau Server: Once the designing of a dashboard is done it is published to something called a Tableau server. Tableau server is more an enterprise, web-based tool for taking one’s Tableau visualizations and placing them on the web so that anybody using a web-browser anywhere can view and interact with the visualizations. It works just as fast as Tableau desktop. The server product includes a very rich security and metadata management system; both its stand-alone security system and an integrate-able active directory security system. Hence, it is a terrific tool to share the Tableau visualizations across the world.
- Tableau Digital is a form of Tableau Server that is hosted. It allows one to post certain types of visualizations to the public via a Tableau hosted web server.