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July 22, 2016updated 01 Mar 2017 9:35am

What is Tableau?

If you're looking to make sense of your data then Tableau might be a good choice.

By James Nunns

Tableau is an American software company.

The software developed and sold by Tableau is designed to help people understand their data.

Tableau’s software is designed to allow businesses to easily connect to data, then visualise it and create interactive, shareable dashboards.

The company is essentially a provider of data analytics software, although it has built its reputation off the back off its data visualisation tools.

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Tableau Software was founded in 2003 and in 2013 launched an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange raising more than $250m.

 

What Tableau products can you use for free?

Tableau offers five main products including Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, Tableau Online, Tableau Reader, and Tableau Public.

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Tableau Public and Reader are both free to use, while Server and Desktop are free full functionality for a 14 day period, after the 14 days the user must pay for the software.

The Desktop offering comes in a Professional and Personal edition, the Professional edition is more expensive than the Personal edition.

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