Tableau Desktop

Tableau is one of leading providers for interactive data visualizations in the field of Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics. The tool enables users to detect patterns in the data and therefore to get meaningful insights.

Founded in 2003 as a Stanford University (USA) spin-off, Tableau has filled the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence “Leaders” position for 8 years in a row, only excelled by Microsoft Power BI.

With its drag and drop function users are able to create complex visualizations without programming one line of code. Dashboards and reports are literally set up within a few clicks.

Becoming a BI platform

Simply being a visualization tool was not enough to compete in the business world. Therefore Tableau Server and Tableau Prep were developed to help organizations with the construction and administration of a Data Warehouse. These three products work together as a BI platform.

In June 2019 Salesforce acquired Tableau for 15 billion USD in the form of a share swap. This is quite a high sum for a company with 4.000 employees and an annual revenue of 1.2 billion USD that is rarely in the black. The company’s leading position in the field of technology and the wide distribution among its approximately 86.000 customers appear to be the deciding factors for the acquisition.

Salesforce states that Tableau operates on its own as a company and brand. However, the connection with Salesforce data will be improved to allow more means of analysis.

Wide range of visualizations

Let your visualization ideas come true with Tableau. Standard diagrams, such as bar, column, line or pie charts are provided next to more advanced diagrams like gantt-charts, treemaps, boxplots or other complex charts. These charts can be seen as a starting point for your visualizations. If you want to map geo data, you can rely on the preinstalled geographical information which creates interactive maps. Charts and maps can easily be combined.

Example of an analysis in Tableau Desktop

Customize your dashboards

Tableau Dashboards consist of visualization, visual objects and texts. A defined layout keeps the information in shape while distributing the dashboards. Recipients are able to customize their dashboards according to their needs via filters and other actions. Dashboard layouts are adaptable for devices like tablets or smartphones.

Well solved: Data sources in Tableau

Dreams come true with the use of data connectors. This means you can connect with countless data sources from various environments, no matter if the data is stored on premise or in the cloud or in different storage formats like tables, non-relational databases or data warehouses. With the help of Tableau Prep your data is transformed, unified and mixed to serve your needs.

Live- and In-memory-data

Tableau ensures live connections as well as the extraction of data from external data sources into your own In-memory database. Thus, data can be used directly through a live connection. Alternatively, data is held in memory by extracting and transforming it from a data source according to requirements.

Conclusion: Tableau is certainly the most powerful visualisation tool we support, but also the most complex one, even without programming. To a certain degree you can implement the IBCS. Our products provide added value by creating IBCS compliant visualizations in just a few clicks.