Tableau Software Features List

Tableau Software

Business intelligence & analytics

4.51/5 (409 reviews)

Tableau Software Feature Summary

  • Create "no-code" data queries
  • Translate queries to visualizations
  • Toggle view and drag-and-drop
  • Import all ranges and sizes of data
  • List of native data connectors.
  • Create interactive dashboards
  • Highlight and filter data
  • String insights into a guided story
  • Share dashboards
  • Metadata management
  • Embed dashboards within
  • Automatic updates
  • Mobile-ready dashboards
  • Security permissions at any level
  • Data notifications
  • Tableau Public for data sharing
  • Tableau Reader for data viewing
  • Server REST API
  • Dashboard commenting
  • Business intelligence
  • Metadata management
  • Activity dashboard
  • Dashboard creation
  • Real time analytics
  • Visual analytics
  • Graphical data presentation
  • Data filtering
  • Filtered views
  • Categorization
  • Multiple projects
  • Gantt charts
  • Interactive content
  • Custom fields
  • Customizable reporting
  • Permission management
  • Application security
  • Authentication
  • Data storage management
  • Data import/export
  • Data manipulation
  • Data visualization
  • API
  • Data querying
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Collaboration tools
  • Database integration
  • Third party integration
  • Access control
  • Email notifications
  • Trend analysis
  • Geolocation
  • Geographic maps
  • Offline access
  • Active Directory integration
  • Usage tracking
  • User activity monitoring
  • Monitoring
  • Data mapping
  • Ad hoc analysis
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Real time data
  • Content library
  • Task management
  • Role-based permissions
  • Data transformation
  • Email integration
  • Ad hoc query
  • Automatic notifications

Business Intelligence & Analytics Feature Comparison

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Data Filtering (50 other apps)
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Data Visualization (86 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (44 other apps)
Graphical Data Presentation (37 other apps)
Monitoring (59 other apps)
Real Time Analytics (72 other apps)
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Tableau Software Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Tableau Software's features:

Venkat Kanithi

The Most Amazing BI/Visualization Tool

2017-01-28

Worked on various projects involving data warehousing platforms like structured querying, ETL, OLAP reporting etc

Pros

Easy data Connection and Visualization, Easy interface.

Cons

Cube datasource Integration, and Calculated field creation.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Tableau Software

Self learning and the more we practice the More you learn.

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Manish Taneja

great experience using Tableau

2018-05-11

It has got amazing data visualization and mobile support.

Pros

One of the best analytics tool providing embedded and enterprise analytics

Cons

Tableau provides less options for licenses. For a individual using free version, options are limited

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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Dylan Eikelenboom

Good cloud-based tool for data analysis and manipulation

2018-06-06

We use it for structuring and ordering our business intelligence data

Pros

It has integration with programming language R, meaning if you know your way around that language, statistics and analysis becomes alot easier.

Cons

The learning curve is steep due to how extensive it is and how broadly it can be used for data analysis and visualization, especially if you do not have programming experience.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
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Ranabrata Ray

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Real time reporting at it's best

2015-07-18

You can do real time reporting .

Pros

Real time reporting Can use to load data at specific intervals

Cons

Etl function for loading the data is limited.

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Time used: Free Trial

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Brandon Gauntt

Quickly able to produce visual analytics from our SQL database

2018-02-15

All the data is visible using Tableau and they can logon and run their data whenever and however often they choose.

Pros

The many options for scheduling instead of real time is great as well.

Cons

When you create multiple dashboards under one logon it is cumbersome to get to the main pages you want to view after logging in.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Jose Rivera

A very powerful data mining tool, that is affordable and easy to adopt...

2018-06-22

A very powerful, affordable and easy to implement/adopt data mining tool.

Pros

All the elements needed for data mining and creation of reports that actually create intelligence in the business.

Cons

Interface comes as Desktop and web-interface... however the web-interface is more suited for dashboards access.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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C T

Tableau Review

2016-11-22

Tableau does a nice job of creating visualizations of large amounts of data that is beyond excel's capability.

Pros

one time setup for visualization makes weekly, daily reporting much easier!

Cons

there is some difficulty in joining data sets as queries become to complicated. tableau works better with a more simplified backend

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
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Justine Dela Torre

To Tableau or not to Tableau

2017-06-12

I enjoyed learning Tableau and working with it across different sources to create dashboards that really help visual people be able to see and understand the different data on hand.

Pros

Ease of use, availability of instructional materials from beginners to the learning community in videos and in forum format, retrieving data in raw format for Excel vs. sending IT a request to add a report into a system, great support from configuration and onwards, looks beautiful!

Cons

Can't wait for real-time connection online to data sources aside from the scheduled refreshes.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Anisha Adella

Tableau Review

2017-09-15

Pros

Can share analysis and your organization can access your dashboards.

Cons

Single valued list with radio buttons, drop down on the filter to show all value customizations and table calculations are little complex for beginners to comprehend and use.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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James Ferguson

I use tableau for creating data visualisations in my job role

2018-07-11

lots of quick fixes to data management - ease of reporting

Pros

user-friendly, drag-and-drop interface.

Cons

the complexity ramps up quite steeply and isn't always intuitive when trying to produce more complex reports

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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Martin Jacob

Fantastic visuals and extremely powerful

2018-07-05

Visuals, graphics, real time data

Pros

When you have tonns of data to import and display in real time, Tableau is the way to go.

Cons

There is a learning curve for sure. If you have been using Excel it is worth taking one of the thousands of online classes to get a better grip on the functionality available. But I guarantee you wont go back after using Tableau

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Vaibhav Goel

Tableau is an amazing Business Intelligence tool for business dashboarding & reporting.

2017-10-13

Pros

It is really fast in its analysis and has range of dashboard & report creation features.

Cons

There is nothing that is really not well about Tableau except its data warehousing capability which needs slight improvement in the data modelling capability.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Anonymous
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Tableau is a powerful BI & analytical tool

2018-05-04

Pros

- The design is very intuitive and interactive with drag-and-drop functionality, dashboards and graphs -Tableau integrates with R - Outputs/reports are customizable - Has a large community of users for support

Cons

The application tends to slow down when dealing with large data sets. I think the paid version is a little pricey for me.

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Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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Allison McMaster

slow reporting functionality

2017-02-28

The system is very slow and the filter and formatting options are lackluster.

Pros

Anyone can access the reporting functionality

Cons

not user friendly, slow & not easy to download raw data

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
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Anonymous
(Pharmaceuticals company, 1001-5000 employees)

Very Easy to use

2018-07-10

Easy access and manipulation of Data

Pros

Data analytics and day to day reporting.

Cons

Make it free for a longer period time as for trial version its too short and not everything can be achieved

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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Anirban Bh

Great tool

2018-04-10

great one to have if publishing reports are concerned

Pros

Amazing visualization techniques available. Easy drag and drop option available for a large array of data source.

Cons

A tool version alignment issue. Higher version created files cannot be opened in the lower version tool.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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Ravi Mistry

Guided + Unguided Analytics with Tableau

2016-12-13

With a thriving community, a buzzing forum & plenty of initiatives which drive you to learn and develop your reporting + data analysis skills.

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Sara vonDohren

Powerful Data Visualization

2017-12-05

Pros

There are endless opportunities to manipulate data through formulas, visualize in animation, and tell a customized story.

Cons

Our integration with Marketo takes 2+ hours to feed data into it each time we open tableau and causes enormous setbacks in reporting capabilities.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Eresh Babu

Dynamic and Powerful insights for quick Business decisions making

2017-06-16

Anyone can analyze data with the tools intuitive drag & drop products.

Pros

Par above the Traditional Business BI Tools, easily could rate top 3 above the rest Easily adaptable by any organisation in very less time, Dont need any technical skill or coding to build any dashboard Dashboards are dynamic, easily shareable (Deploy on server, share using the reader, Subscribe periodical to your mail box, View it on smartphones using app) Connects to multiple different kind of data sources, methods (Extract / live / refresh automatically by scheduling) Can join multiple data by custom query as well Built forecasting dashboards for market prediction,

Cons

When connected to huge data source performance of dashboards are impacted Need a better back end designing every time any chart is clicked entire process huge time to execute the whole data query which impacts the time Hangs / hitting query again and again on back-end database which impacts the ETL Process

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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Tathagata Basu

Good experience so far

2017-07-12

we were expecting a quick easy way of pulling together a lot of information in one report

Pros

Flexible and good visualization technology.

Cons

We were expecting more analytics capability rather than visualization. Also it is very slow and takes time to update

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
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Thomas Young

Tableau is my go-to tools for quick, nicely looking dashboards and data visualization

2018-04-26

I get real-time data visualization from Tableau Software and a platform for posting cool and useful data visualizations without having to purchase a server.

Pros

The software's visualization tools are nice, at times amazing.

Cons

Tableau is limited in its analytical capabilities.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Ashmit Tuladhar

Data Analytics at the finest

2018-01-03

Pros

It delivers real-time data in different visualization form.

Cons

Tableau can prove to be a costly solution compared to some of the other competitors out there in the market.

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Real time data representation

2018-07-03

charts, real time content, client presentations, track trends

Pros

We are able to have charts updated in real time and present to business and clients.

Cons

There is a steep learning curve and even though you can find a huge array of content online to pick up tips and tricks, it takes some time investment to get proficient in this software.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Fraser Doig

Tableau is hands-down the best business intelligence software on the market.

2018-07-09

Pros

- the ability to turn raw data analytics into visually engaging and insightful reports is priceless. - dashboards are interactive and user friendly, and can be understood by any type of user

Cons

- some of the functionality is limited only to administrators, which I would like to see extended to all business users - the price is rather high

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Anonymous
( company, 501-1000 employees)

Integrative dash boarding that clearly displays data

2018-03-08

Ease of creating dashboards that provide graphs and displays that would be otherwise difficult or improbably to create manually.

Pros

Integrative data reporting which allows me to display data in new and effective ways.

Cons

Like any software of this sort, manipulating data once uploaded can be complicated.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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