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The Future of Business Intelligence
Tableau is business intelligence software that allows anyone to connect to data in a few clicks, then visualize and create interactive, sharable dashboards with a few more. It's easy enough that any Excel user can learn it, but powerful enough to satisfy even the most complex analytical problems. Securely sharing your findings with others only takes seconds.
The result is business intelligence that you can trust to actually deliver answers to the people that need them.
BI to help you move forward, not hold you back
Your business is fast moving and adaptable; why should you settle for BI software that is slow and inflexible? Tableau is leading the way with the features that you need today, and the capabilities that you want for tomorrow.
Click the slides on the right to see the Top Ten BI Trends for 2013, among them:
- Self-service analysis – Tableau started the movement
- Big data – Hadoop, Teradata and Vertica are just the start
- Mobile BI – Your answers on an iPad, Android or anywhere
BI software in harmony with IT
Today's organizations need efficient, scalable and easily deployable business intelligence software in order to accomplish their goals. All too often, onboarding a new BI tool is an effort of weeks, months or even years - and maintenence is highlighted by a neverending stream of user requests and expensive consulting bills.
Tableau takes a different approach. Installing our software (yes, even Tableau Server), takes minutes. Configuring the installation is straightforward - especially since business users can manage the software and the userbase on their own. Connecting Tableau to your existing databases takes seconds, skips the scripting, and can be accomplished by anyone. Scalability? Tableau Server has the experience of Tableau Public, and its millions of distinct users, baked in (see right).
The result? BI software that gives people the answers that they need, and lets IT focus on other tasks.
Source: BI Platforms User Survey, 2011: Customers Rate their BI Platform
Functionality, 31 March 2011, Rita L. Sallam, Gartner Research Note G00211770
What industry analysts say
The graph “Overall Product Score vs Ease of Use” is the first one you see in Gartner's "BI Platforms User Survey, 2011: Customers Rate their BI Platform Functionality". It places vendors on 2 axes: the x axis is customers’ composite ratings of product functionality (which is based on 13 BI capabilities) and the y axis is their ratings of ease of use.
We chose to highlight this because of a noteworthy analytical insight from Gartner. “’Ease of use’ is now the No. 1 reason why organizations select a BI platform — surpassing ‘functionality,’ which has traditionally been the No. 1 reason.” To us, that’s not surprising. We spend a lot of time on making sure product capabilities are usable – after all, if we build a feature people can’t use easily, they won’t use that feature. This likely explains Tableau’s position in the graph.
Other industry insight:
“Tableau had the highest score in the area of in-house implementation by a very wide margin, skewing the entire chart. No other product came close”
“Tableau Software continues to set the standards...”
What our customers say
Tableau customers come from a diverse range of industries but they all share one trait: they have data that they need to turn into answers. In this video, Matt Krysiak, COO of the National Motor Club, explains how Tableau has allowed NMC to leverage their data, find answers and share insight across the organization.
“We can now visually analyze multi-million-row tables and datasets directly on the database – without performing interim steps of aggregation, export and import. And because the connectivity is lightning fast, we can do more in less time with more data.”
Kyle Biehle, Wells Fargo Bank
Find answers in seconds
Tableau Desktop is a powerful data discovery and exploration application that allows you to answer pressing questions in seconds. This video shows how you can use Tableau's drag and drop interface to visualize any data, explore different views, and even combine multiple databases together with ease.
Unlike other business intelligence tools, there is no need for wizards or complex scripting, anyone who understands the business problem can address it with a visualization of the relevant data. When the analysis is finished, sharing with others is as easy as publishing to Tableau Server.
I installed your demo last night. What an experience. Within 10 minutes, without ever using the product, I was able to generate the analysis we have wanted for more than 2 years. Nobody had the time to figure it out in Excel. Tableau rocks!
Noah Austin, Goodwill of San Francisco & San Mateo Counties
Share dashboards and enable exploration
Tableau is powerful for analyzing data, but amazing insights are meant to be shared with everyone... and explored further! Tableau Server is business intelligence software that allows you to publish the visualizations you create in Tableau Desktop to a common and secure place on your network. This enables anyone with permissions to view and interact with each other's dashboards and answer their own questions. The visualization below shows a common style of executive dashboard - but with the added power of interactivity and exploration. Click a circle or filter in the visualization to experiment for yourself.