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About Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop is built on breakthrough technology that translates pictures of data into optimized database queries. Use your natural ability to see patterns, identify trends and discover visual insights in seconds. No wizards, no scripts. You can connect to your data and perform queries without writing a single line of code. Whether you measure your data in petabytes or in billions of rows, Tableau is built to work as fast as you do. It’s self-service analytics, for everyone. 

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  • Mobile
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Features & Specifications

Key Features

  • Create "no-code" data queries
  • Patented technology from Stanford University
  • 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


Supported languages
English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese
Serviceable Area
World Wide
Supported Platforms
  • Web Based
  • Desktop Windows
  • Desktop Mac OSX
  • Mobile App Android
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Support Options
  • FAQs
  • Knowledge Base
  • Online Support
  • Phone Support
  • Video Tutorials

Ratings Summary

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Domain Authority 77
Alexa Rank 68030
Google+ 100
Integration 69
Support options 100
Platforms 66
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Plans & Pricing

Tableau Desktop Personal Edition

Single payment / 1 user(s)


  • Microsoft Access 2003 or later (Windows only)
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 or later
  • Microsoft Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket
  • OData
  • Tableau Data Extract
  • Text files -- comma separated value (.csv) files

Tableau Desktop Professional Edition

Single payment / 1 user(s)


  • Actian Vectorwise 2.0 or later (Windows only)
  • Amazon Redshift
  • Cloudera Hadoop Hive and Impala; Hive CDH3u1, which includes Hive .71, or later; Impala 1.0 or later
  • DataStax Enterprise Edition 2.2 or later (Windows only)
  • EXASOL 4.2 or later (Windows only)
  • Firebird 2.1.4 or later
  • Google Analytics
  • Google BigQuery
  • Hortonworks Hadoop Hive 1.1 or later
  • HP Vertica 6.x or later
  • IBM DB2 (Windows only)
  • IBM Netezza 4.6 or later (Windows only)
  • MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop 2.x or later (Windows only)
  • Microsoft Access 2003 or later (Windows only)
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 or later
  • Microsoft PowerPivot 2008 or later (Windows only)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or later
  • Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 or later, multi-dimensional mode only (Windows only)
  • Microsoft SQL Server PDW V2 or later
  • Microsoft Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket
  • MySQL 5.0 or later
  • OData
  • Oracle Database 10.x or later
  • Oracle Hyperion Essbase 11.1.1 or later (Windows only)
  • ParAccel Analytics Database 3 or later (Windows only)
  • Pivotal Greenplum 4.x or later
  • PostgreSQL 8.3 or later
  • Progress OpenEdge 10.2B patch 4 or later (Windows only)
  • Salesforce.com, including Force.com and Database.com
  • SAP HANA 1.0035 or later (Windows only)
  • SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse 7.00 with SP20+ recommended; also requires SAP GUI for Windows 7.20 or later client
  • (Windows only)
  • SAP Sybase ASE 15.5 or later (Windows only)
  • SAP Sybase IQ 15 or later (Windows only)
  • Splunk Enterprise 6 or later
  • Tableau Data Extract
  • Teradata V2 R6.2 or later
  • Teradata Aster Data nCluster 5.0 or later
  • Teradata OLAP Connector 14.10 or later (Windows only)
  • Text files -- comma separated value (.csv) files
  • Additional databases and applications that are ODBC 3.0 compliant

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Critic Reviews

  • 75

    Cloudswave Score for Tableau Desktop

    Rating based on 18 Critic Reviews

    14 Favorable reviews
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    0 Mixed reviews
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    0 unfavorable reviews
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  • Tableau Desktop is a superlative self-service business intelligence (BI) tool that continues to be the market leader in BI because of its wide variety of visualizations, extensive supported data types, and slick finish.

  • This software is by far the easiest BI software I've used (tried Zoho, Excel Pivot tables, Microsoft BI, and many others). It's a slam dunk for drag-and-drop analysis of lots of things. But if you want to do more complicated analysis of what you're looking at beyond face-value graphs of plotting X and Y axis, you're going to need to learn how to perform some custom coding. Fortunately, there are LOTS of free guides available through community forums and online blogs. But it takes time to read those, and unless you're trying to do exactly what the examples show, it takes quite a bit more time to adapt said examples to whatever is specific about your scenario. The price isn't cheap at something like $1000/yr, so it's no small investment. But from every other software I've seen, I'd buy this over the others.

    Pros : Super simple drag-and-drop interface for plotting out info. Massive online community forums packed with information and examples Huge amount of content produced by others on various sites (blogs and such). Ability to quickly open someone else's example worksheet to get "hands on" with the data from their examples (as opposed to just reading about it).

    Cons : Like every other software I've seen, there's no escaping the need to code custom functions for complex or deeper analysis The price tag is fairly high - likely cost prohibitive for a small business who is just looking to try and analyze data that their POS software won't do for them, or that Excel Pivot tables just can't quite seem to cover.

  • Ease-of-use

    It is very hard to learn by yourself. However, once you've learned it, it is quite easy to use.


    It handles large amounts of data very well. The BI visualization is quick and easy.

    Product Quality

    It's getting progressively better. I wish dashboard rendering would be a lot faster.

    Customer Support

    I have never used their customer support.

    Likes Best

    The software is quite robust and flexible. The vendor very actively updates and improves the software.

    Likes Least

    It's difficult to learn by yourself. Nobody in my company knew how to use Tableau, so we all learned by trial and error. The progress was extremely slow in the beginning, and everybody resisted using Tableau. We couldn't figure out why it was always crashing, why it was so slow, etc. I think the online videos aren't helpful. I wish there was an easier way to learn how to use it.


    For those who work with massive quantities of data, I would recommend getting Windows 64-bit and at least 4GB of memory. Otherwise, Tableau is pretty much useless, as it will crash all the time, and there is no auto-recover.

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User Reviews

  • 4 In total

  • User review from

    Timothy Spann

    Tableau is an easy to use tool to report on many types of data, it can cache data and is very fast in running queries. I used it against Hadoop with Thrift and Hive and it performed really well against large data sets. andnbsp; Everyone on the the team was able to use it without problems and it was a good solid tool.

    Tableau is the industry leader because of the quality of its product, ease of use and beautiful reports and dashboards that it lets you produce.

    Pros :

    • Tableau works with all the big data and sql data sources that you need to access.
    • Tableau is easy to use.
    • Tableau is fast
    • Tableau has advanced features and generates very slick dashboards
    • Tableau is great for sharing with other teams
    • Tableau server makes it enterprise class
    • Tableau works with Hadoop / Hive through Thrift
    • Tableau works with Spark SQL through Spark Thrift
    • Tableau works with Hadoop through Hortonworks SIMBA ODBC
    • Tableau works with Postgresql and other open source databases
    • Tableau has a great dashboard UI
    • Tableau reports are very slick and professional looking
    • Tableau outputs nice HTML pages and printable reports
    • Everyone I know who has worked with Tableau has loved it
    • Several report writers were able to learn the full tool in just a few weeks and be hyper productive
    • Tableau works on Mac and Windows which is nice
    • Tableau also seems to run fairly lean and solid, I have never had a crash or out of memory from Tableau.
    • Tableau really wowed clients when showing off Spark SQL and Hive data from Hortonworks HDP 2.4. People love being able to query and join various data sources and see them on nice dashboards with interactivity as well as static reports.

    Cons :

    • You do need to be careful on what data you access to make sure you don't grab too much. Some of the queries are a bit weird. andnbsp; For optimal usage, you really need a Tableau server or many. This is not cheap.
    • The main concern with Tableau is that for performance you need to add plenty of power to the Tableau servers especially RAM. They need to cache a lot of data from your queries to get any decent level of performance. If this is not an issue and you can add a beefy Tableau server cluster then you'll be able to get decent performance on your dashboards and reports.
    • Another issues is that you need to make sure that your cache's stay up to date and that your data does not get stale.

    • April 22, 2016
  • User review from

    Luca Campanelli

    Tableau Desktop is a great BI product , this software mainly focuses on the graphical representation of data like Dashboards.

    Pros :

    • The strengths of Tableau Desktop is definitely the ability to create highly effective and interactive dashboards , the data processing speed, speed of use and creation of dashboards, the ability to easily connect to different data sources such as different types of database (Oracle, SQL Server, etc.), data sources like text files (such as CSV file) or Excel files.
      • Create a dashboard is quite simple, the interface allows you to select (when connected to data sources) the various dimensions and measures available, via drag and drop, can be integrated into the different graphics that you want to include in the dashboard, you can create formulas ad hoc, etc.
      • The graphs are interactive, and you can choose different types of perspective depending on the type of chart you want to create (bar chart, pie, lines, and all common types) allow multi-select, allowing the sorting of data, filtering data, offers provide a handy tooltips function, etc.
      • The graphics interactivity allows you to filter the data by clicking on a particular point of a chart, and the other graphics will fit due to your filter, the filters can also be set by creating appropriate filters (radio button for example) directly on the worksheet.
      • You can also create Maps chart of course provided that the data are correctly configured and interpretable by the maps.
      • A great convenience of Tableau is the ability to choose what kind of typology data query , you can choose to work Live (in this case, the data will be requested directly from the server and load times and data processing will be longer but updated real-time) or by working with its in Memory engine (in this case the data will be pre-loaded, the data processing will be virtually immediate, but the data will not be updated in real time).
      • Another handy feature is the ability to change the colors on your own.

      Cons :

      • The interface is not very attractive, a little bit too Microsoft style, not for a basic user but is surely preferable by experts and developers
      • The graphics could be improved in terms of attractiveness, they should be made a little bit more modern.

      • March 1, 2016
    • User review from

      Anant Jain

      Tableau is a powerful tool in the industry of business analytic and business intelligence. It provides services for various domains related to a business such as online, desktop, server, mobile, etc. One of the quickest and the fastest tool in analyzing big data and plotting and mapping it for various purposes and developments.it aims at providing visualized products of their inputs and give the end user a platform or rather a report to get a clear picture of the study working upon. The analytic are used both business environment. Within an organization, all the departments could be made data experts, whereas for an organization it is very beneficial to use analytic approach over the products and services in order to be flexible enough and match the market trends. It also aims at providing linkage of each of the visual interpretation and the data can have an interactive dashboard that contains data discovered for all the members of the team.

      Pros :

      • Considering the best part of the software is the interface that they had provided.
      • The user interface developed by the company is too easy for an individual to understand and gives you complete access over the features available with a particular owner’s version.
      • The data connections made with various other third party big platforms is simply outstanding.
      • The user interface is further extended to the platforms they are providing of mobile and desktop various optimized features has enabled users to rate this software higher in terms of customer satisfaction.

      Cons :

      • The building of the initial architectural structure is difficult for organizations that do not have proper technical professionals to deal with the data and the architecture.
      • A great drawback was observed over the financial reporting of the documents.
      • The business Intelligence tools cannot replace Financial reporting applications. This also requires a professional to understand the complete architecture and reporting of the work.
      • Not all the statistical features are provided by the software.
      • The software is used thoroughly throughout the organization and is not used for any narrower purposes or a narrower set of capabilities.
      • Overall considering the technical feature, the support system needs to be enhanced with the technical and customer support.

      • January 19, 2016
    • User review from

      Tapan Jain

      Tableau is highly capable and adaptable big data business analytics tool. Large volumes of multiple attributed data sets can be run and compressed for analysis with this high speed high performance tool. It allows user to add and subtract variables of a model depending upon the desired result with the outcome of all changes being generated simultaneously. It has easily understandable output formats, were graphs and charts express all that required details with viewer attention. One can see the graphs and other output design tools like dashboard and tables moving due to integration of the real time data entries on the software. Tableau software has a huge bundle of features which can be explored to enhance understanding of statistics and building requirement based models for the data. The software is supported with training models and live assistance for user help.

      Pros : The users of the tool can extract instant reports with all updates at that very point of time. Tableau has the capability of extracting data online and combining it with primary researched data sets for best outputs. It is very easy to use and requires no particular technical background or learning. The data extracts on Tableau, post analysis are copy able and hence solve the pursue of duplicating fancy charts on mails and in presentations. The delineation of the analyzed results is very eye catchy and makes explanations simple and attractive. The best feature in tableau is that it helps to create instant models by either building over the existing ones or by their extremely fast technique of dragging and dropping variables in the module window. Due to real time data integration the results derived from the newly created models are very accurate.

      Cons : Although the software has multiple usages but the major drawback with it is that whenever there is a software update on the server it works very slowly. There are some graphics on the analyzed output window which give a little frumpy look to the window. Also at times too many variables make the user a little confused until one is well worse with all input data sets.

      • September 10, 2015
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