Tableau is a self-service analytics platform with impressive data visualisations that aim to get businesses away from PowerPoint presentations. The company employs colour, animation and cartography experts to make their visualisations easily digestible.
Tableau connects a wide range of data sources, from established formats such as Excel to more recent additions including Amazon Aurora, Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse, MapR and Hadoop. Tableau is quick to implement and its commitment to visualisation stretches into the administrator tools, such as visual permissioning and governance.
The company has expanded its product offering in recent years. In 2019, it launched Ask Data, which uses natural language processing to enable customers to type questions and receive interactive visualisations in response. They can then reply with clarifying questions, new questions, or use drag and drop gestures.
The previous year, Tableau launched Tableau Prep, a data preparation tool that cuts the effort required to discover and prepare data through a drag and drop interface designed for casual users.
Tableau was acquired by SaaS CRM giant Salesforce in June 2019 for $15.7 billion. Read next: Tableau CEO eyes 'time machine leap forward' after Salesforce acquisition
Tableau revised its pricing plans in 2018, shifting to a trio of tailored subscription packages, all of which are available on-premises, in the public cloud or as-a-service.
Tableau Creator provides the full suite of Tableau capabilities, so: Tableau Desktop, Tableau Prep, and licenses for Tableau Server or Tableau Online for $70 per user per month.
Tableau Explorer enables users to create new dashboards based on governed data sources, collaborate with others, and set up data-driven alerts and subscriptions for $35 per user per month.
Tableau Viewer gives casual users the power to view and filter dashboards, receive alerts and receive and manage subscriptions for $12 per user per month.