Tableau An Overview

Tableau is the most widely used tool for data visualization. You should have a clear about data visualization and its importances before going into the details of Tableau.

Data Visualization and its Importances

Visualization of information will make it easy to understand and human beings have been using visualization from ancient time. In the modern era, the term data visualization represents all the processes involved in converting data into visual formats like images, graphs and infographics.

In the modern business management, analysis of data plays an important role in decision making. In order to design perfect strategies and future plans, data has to be analysed properly. It will be easy to analyse data if the same is in visual formats such as graphs, infographics etc. Depicted below is the significance of data visualization.

Introduction of Tableau

Basically Tableau is a Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Visualization tool that is used most widely across the world. It is a commercial product owned by Tableau Software located in Seattle in United States of America.

Features of Tableau

  • Revision of HIstory: – Just with one click on Tableau server you can go back to the older version of the workbook. Old versions of the data can be restored by downloading and re-publishing them.
  • The administrative views in the Tableau server enable to get insight into the licensing and usage of Tableau desktop. Desktop send usage information to the server at an interval of eight hours. You need not login into the server.
  • You can share it easily with your team and other can subscribe to your dashboard just with a click.
  • Added support for VMware Airwatch and MobileIron.
  • Leveraging different SAML based identity providers on a per-site basis is possible.
  • Data can be exported easily for other programs also.
  • The document API in Tableau provides a supported path for working with Tableau files including .twb and .tds.
  • Easy to use and supports multiple tables and joins
  • Web data connectors can be leveraged when working with Alterix and Lavastorm.

Tableau Architecture

Tableau has a n-tier client-server architecture which is highly scalable and it serves mobile clients, web clients and desktop based applications. The authoring and publishing tool that is used to create shared views on Tableaus server is Tableau Desktop. Tableau server scales up and scales out. It provides integrated clustering and supports high availability. It is highly secure and is able to run on physical as well as virtual machines.

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