Tableau Features

Tableau

Business intelligence & analytics

4.54/5 (1,424 reviews)

Tableau 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
  • Active Directory integration
  • Ad hoc analysis
  • Ad hoc query
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Automatic notifications
  • Content library
  • Customizable reporting
  • Data filtering
  • Data mapping
  • Data visualization
  • Email integration
  • Email notifications
  • Gantt charts
  • Multiple projects
  • Offline access
  • Permission management
  • Real time analytics
  • Real time data
  • Third party integration
  • Trend analysis
  • Activity dashboard
  • Metadata management
  • Data transformation
  • Interactive content
  • Visual analytics
  • Application security
  • Database integration
  • Authentication
  • Data import/export
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Data storage management
  • Data manipulation
  • API
  • Custom fields
  • Role-based permissions
  • Business intelligence
  • User activity monitoring
  • Categorization
  • Dashboard creation
  • Filtered views
  • Geographic maps
  • Graphical data presentation
  • Access control
  • Monitoring
  • Task management
  • Collaboration tools
  • Geolocation
  • Usage tracking
  • Data querying

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Data Filtering
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API
Access Control
Active Directory Integration
Activity Dashboard
Ad hoc Analysis
Ad hoc Query
Ad hoc Reporting
Authentication
Automatic Notifications
Business Intelligence
Categorization
Charting
Collaboration Tools
Content Library
Custom Fields
Customizable Reporting
Dashboard Creation
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Data Mapping
Data Storage Management
Data Transformation
Data Visualization
Database Integration
Drag & Drop Interface
Email Integration
Email Notifications
Filtered Views
Gantt Charts
Geographic Maps
Geolocation
Interactive Content
Metadata Management
Monitoring
Multiple Projects
Offline Access
Permission Management
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Role-Based Permissions
Self Service Portal
Task Management
Third Party Integration
Trend Analysis
Usage Tracking
User Management
Visual Analytics
Visit WebsiteCompare App
API
Access Control
Active Directory Integration
Activity Dashboard
Ad hoc Analysis
Ad hoc Query
Ad hoc Reporting
Authentication
Automatic Notifications
Business Intelligence
Categorization
Charting
Collaboration Tools
Content Library
Custom Fields
Customizable Reporting
Dashboard Creation
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Data Mapping
Data Storage Management
Data Transformation
Data Visualization
Database Integration
Drag & Drop Interface
Email Integration
Email Notifications
Filtered Views
Gantt Charts
Geographic Maps
Geolocation
Interactive Content
Metadata Management
Monitoring
Multiple Projects
Offline Access
Permission Management
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Data
Role-Based Permissions
Self Service Portal
Task Management
Third Party Integration
Trend Analysis
Usage Tracking
User Management
Visual Analytics
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Mobile apps

iOS App


43 reviews

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Android App


841 reviews

Tableau Feature Reviews

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

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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sidd singh

Excellent Analytical and Visualization Tool

2016-12-05

I have been a user for a few years now and I love the value I can provide to our organization by leveraging this tool in creating advanced analytics and visualizations and dashboards.

Pros

multiple data sources, visualizations, analytics

Cons

learning some simple things can be hard if you are used to excel

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Tableau

I love using tableau and our users love the reader version, through which we share many reports and dashboards

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 5001-10000 employees)

Tableau Review

2018-12-12

Best tool if you are looking for eye catching data visualization

Pros

Many of our Client’s asking to use Tableau and deliver analytical reports and dashboard It provides great interactive data visualization and mobile support Various Data sharing options Design and layout are easy and fun to work on It integrates with bigdata Hadoop, R and other BI Tools

Cons

I don’t see any Cons yet as I still exploring more features and trying build awesome Dashboard

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Román Josué de las Heras Torres

Tableau is a must learn for data professionals

2019-08-28

Data Analysis, data exploration and management, professional plots, dashboards, reports

Pros

Tableau is one of those tools that you probably know or have heard about it if you are into the world of Data Science, Data Analytics, or Business Intelligence.

Cons

I would like to have a cheaper version, maybe lighter or with less functionality, but more accessible to the data professionals who can't afford the actual prices or cannot gather a group.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jaehoon Lee

Great report and dashboard development tool in the market

2019-02-23

Our company has pretty big needs of data analytics and visualization with more than 100 clinical data analysts.

Pros

It provides rich functions of easy report authoring, configurability, security control, and automated data extraction.

Cons

Tableau Desktop for authoring report in local machine used to be slow when it is loaded with heavy data. It is stable when it is in authoring mode, but used to crash especially when it is connected to large volume of data in remote databases.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Deepank khurana

A great data analysis tool!

2019-03-20

If you want a data visualisation tool.. tableau is perfect..

Pros

No coding skills required.. dashboard and data representation is quite neat..and real time data anylysis can be done

Cons

Large scale reporting is very difficult with tableau.. its more of a Visualization tool rather than intelligence tool.. lacks security and cost is high as well

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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HALEH MEHRABADI

Tableau

2020-02-14

I use Tableau every couple of month to generate reports for managers and do analytic compare.

Pros

This is a powerful tool for data analysing and demonstrating the data from different data sources such as SQL , Oracle, ...

Cons

Totally I haven't found any negative point with this tool which has stopped me working as I can generate different reports based on my data

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Sachin Deshmukh

Great tool for Business Intelligence and Data visualization

2020-05-28

It is probably not as good a data analysis tool as it is a data visualization tool.

Pros

* Offers integrated Business Intelligence and analytics solution * Generates meaningful insights from the data * Capable of sourcing data from multiple source points * Interactive Dashboard allows slicing and dicing of data to gather valuable insights * Allows customization to meet the needs of stakeholders from multiple industries * Supports on-premise or cloud hosting * Offers Mobile app to view the Dashboard for meaningful insights

Cons

. * Price is more suited for large business than individuals or small firms

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Retail company, 1001-5000 employees)

Excellent data visualization tool

2020-05-05

As a product analyst I am resposible to provide day to day business analysis and insiteghts, and this tool is very flexible to design the dashboards of statistics and analysis.

Pros

Its various features are helpful to create the effective dashboards to visualize the data and publish to understand the fluctuations of the business thoroughly.

Cons

I have never experienced any flaws or any issues with the this tool. I am happy with this tool as it is for now.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Hospitality company, 1-10 employees)

Great visuals and an industry standard.

2018-08-31

Pros

VERY good visualization capabilities.

Cons

Lacks functionality foe a dedicated business intelligence tool.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Suraj Pandit

Data Analytics - At it's best

2020-07-24

I used Tableau to Solve the Finance domain report which show the over all growth of the Company and spending on the different platform and hierarchy of the organization.

Pros

Able to connect with more than 75 data connection and real time Data analysis.

Cons

The more you pay ..more you able to used the feature of tool.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Brian Onizuka

Powerful sas tool

2019-12-06

Overall it is a good experience in terms of analytics capabilities and user interface.

Pros

This is a great analytics tool that is amazing at helping to visualize data.

Cons

It user friendly compared to other analytic tools.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Beatriz Datangel

Great as long as you have an analyst, DBA or Data Engineer to help

2019-08-06

Pros

You can't escape Tableau's ease in dashboarding and chart creation from multiple sources.

Cons

- There are copious articles on setting up Tableau Server and/or Cloud from data sources. For a manager of BI or Data Analytics, this should be self-explanatory.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Services company, 51-200 employees)

An analytical tool for enterprise data visualization

2019-05-12

It contains a number of integrated data source connectors that you can instantly connect without special coding or implementation.

Pros

I mostly appreciate that all data can be dynamically filtered. Other pros: + role management + well designed mobile application

Cons

Whereas I am a designer, I can imagine a much more beautiful user interface based on modern trends.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Consumer Electronics company, 51-200 employees)

Reports

2019-12-06

We needed someplace that our Data analytics team could build out reports for different marketing teams and could pull data in form numerous sources.

Pros

You can see beautifully designed reports for huge amounts of data located in different places, be it Salesforce, Google Analytics, Google or Bing Ads.

Cons

Because it is so robust. There are a lot of functionalities that I'm sure I don't know about it. It's best to have someone walk you through it to help teach you the basics.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Nireesha Pentakota

Excellent Reporting Tool

2019-01-22

Pros

Easy to use Can connect to many sources and develop wide variety of reports at ease

Cons

Though it says data analytics tool, it doesnot support many analytic functions like you cannot do a multi- variable regression which is very basic

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 10001+ employees)

Great for visualization of large data set, but challenging learning curve

2018-11-06

The resultant data set was huge and we wanted an easy way to visualize the data.

Pros

Excellent visualization tool for large datasets that would be a pain to handle in Excel, let alone create charts out of, easy to create charts on-the-fly by dragging and dropping fields, highly customizable dashboard that looks professional enough to be used for reporting out.

Cons

Steep learning curve, takes significant time and effort to create and customize dashboard, difficult to integrate with other software programs.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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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

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Frank Huang

Great at Visualization but a Ways to Go with Predictive Modeling

2018-08-21

Pros

Tableau provides excellent options to visualize and report data to individual users or an entire organization.

Cons

While there are inroads being made towards predictive modeling and analytics, there is still a ways to go before it replaces - or is even used more frequently than - industry leaders like R and Python.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Jared McGuire

Upgrade your Excel charts

2021-02-19

The HUGE feature is the ability to filter data across multiple dimensions by clicking the charts.

Pros

This software made it easy to connect with several disparate data sources, build charts, and communicate insights about business data.

Cons

Coming from background that is heavy in raw SQL, some operations were unintuitive. I had to lean heavily on building out views that were more palatable for Tableau to consume. While, Tableau has the ability to create computed values it required a lot of clicking around and writing code in their proprietary query language.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Anastasia Platonova

Verified Reviewer

If you need a business intelligence system this is the best solution

2020-01-22

The most helpful are: visualization, dashboards and data sharing.

Pros

I like everything about visualization in this software.

Cons

Also I've noticed some delay with reports and slowly integrates with databases.

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Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Phyllis Frederick

Flexible, Powerful Analytics Tool

2020-05-18

Tableau is a great tool to use for data analytics.

Pros

Tableau integrates well with various data sources. The user interface offers a good deal of options to view your data from different perspectives and at different levels.

Cons

The extensive options can be overwhelming at times but the hover-over explanations are extremely helpful.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Matthew Foval

Can't live without Tableau when it comes to BI

2018-08-22

Meeting the demands for business analytics and solving problems with big data.

Pros

Makes some really attractive/descriptive/intuitive dashboards.

Cons

Not very easy to use if you are just getting started with using BI tools. Some minor bugs in the software that I discovered, but nothing worth specifically mentioning.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Maggie McCombs

My favorite visualization software

2020-05-26

Tableau use provided real-time, interactive deliverables that provide the most important data that is needed.

Pros

Amazing dashboards and visualizations of the company's data meant that we could create business owner specific reporting that streamlined the relevant information they required.

Cons

Getting the "buy-in" from multiple business users with back-end data slowed the roll-out.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 10001+ employees)

Tableau is a great visualization tool for any skill level!

2018-08-09

Data visualization

Pros

Tableau offers an excellent platform for introducing business intelligence and analytics to a wide variety of users.

Cons

I do not dislike anything with Tableau at the moment. Keep up the good work!

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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