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Kanish Singla
Kanish Singla

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What exactly is Tableau?

Tableau is a well-known data visualization tool and business intelligence software for reporting and analyzing massive amounts of data. It lets users design different graphs, charts and maps, and dashboards and narratives to display and analyze data that can help make business-related decisions. The data created by Tableau is simple to understand for businesspeople at all levels due to its simple formats. To build a custom dashboard using Tableau, you don't require advanced technical knowledge, you should master the concepts using Tableau Certification.

Tableau has many features.

Tableau is extremely adaptable. It can be connected to many types of data. It offers a variety of connections to databases. It allows you to connect with the Excel data files, JSON files, text files, etc.

Tableau lets you connect to various servers such as Tableau Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft SQL Server, among others.

It offers you an easy-to-use platform. It lets you present your data in many ways by using its broad range of visualizations such as histograms, motion charts, Gantt charts, and more.

Tableau includes an ability to map. It is possible to get pre-installed data on maps, such as postal codes, cities, administrative boundaries, etc. The maps that are created using Tableau are highly informative and precise.

Tableau assists in establishing live data connections that allow you to directly access data from data sources.
Tableau offers you robust database and users security thanks to its authentication feature and permissions methods for connecting data and other access.

Tableau has the Ask Data feature.

It is possible to type an inquiry for your data in a standard language on the tableau. It will provide the most relevant responses through automated visualizations of data.

Tableau's products Tableau?

Here is the complete list of Tableau products:
Tableau Prep This tool assists in preparing your data in a way that is easy and efficient. It offers visuals and assists in mixing, shaping, and cleansing the data. It also automates processes for preparing data, making your analysis more efficient.
Tableau Desktop is software for analyzing and uncovering valuable information for any company. It lets you explore data using its easy-to-use interface, making data-driven decisions.
Tableau Server: It's a central database for visualizations, users, and data sources. It allows sharing of data with the entire organization in a short time.

Tableau Online This is an online sharing tool similar to the Tableau server. The only difference is that the data are stored in servers in the cloud.

Tableau Mobile: You can take your data-driven decision anywhere, anytime, using any iOS and Android device. It is easy to log in and check your dashboards in a flash.

Power BI vs Tableau: Key Differences

Power BI is a breeze to learn compared to Tableau. It lets you make new columns and eliminate unneeded columns, alter data, alter formats and formats, etc. However, Tableau permits working with the data that has been processed. Users can alter the type of data and split columns but cannot eliminate columns that are not needed. Power BI focuses on the "flow" to provide an easy and constant user experience.

However, Tableau focuses on coding to offer you fresh visual effects that third-party developers develop. Power BI uses DAX for measuring and calculating columns, whereas Tableau employs MDX for dimensions and measures. Power BI offers PowerPivot dots (user to do an efficient data analysis) accessible to users. However, Tableau does not offer this.

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