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Working with Tableau | How to automate your tasks

It’s been 15 years by now since the world decided to change. Who could have said, that changing in the company’s life cycle will lead to huge changes in data analysis and collaboration between presentation and implementation of key performing indicators? But the thing is that right now we can’t imagine our lives without comfortable and flexible custom dashboards.

The biggest names on the dashboard’s market right now are Power BI and Tableau. With Power BI everything is pretty clear: we know what is it and how to work with them. Power BI provides cloud-based BI services, along with a desktop-based interface. It offers data warehouse capabilities including data preparation, data discovery and interactive dashboards. We have many sections of training and webinars about using Power BI solution and creating beautiful and multifunctional dashboards. In only 7 years, Power BI, from a petite USA company, become a huge and influenced corporation with its very own name and many followers around the world.

Tableau always was the second choice.

But in the last few years, after little changes in their company’s structure, Tableau becomes bigger and faster in the process of development, which nicely surprised its users and increase business retention.

Tableau’s solution allows to harness the power of the user’s data and unleash the potential of the stuff. 

The functionality of Tableau rises up every year. Right now their platform would be a good fit for the individual analysts and for the big teams, companies, and organizations.

Tableau’s clients vary around the world – from big worldwide corporations to tiny e-commerce offices. Common values for all of them are that they are trying to become better every day, by using the best platform for creating custom dashboards.

As a junior user with a few months of close experience with Tableau, I can easily say that the system is hard to learn and understand, but easy to work and manage. But the same thing is with any other big platform: Tableau requires a lot of passion and attitude from its users and the whole company’s structure.

The latest changes in Tableau’s management, including the agreement with, announced on June 2019 that they would be acquiring Tableau in a 15.7 billion dollar deal, requires future movement in their marketing strategy and ad campaign tactics. But one thing that always stays stable with Tableau is its resilience in perfect functionality.

That humble fact had begun to confirming in 2008 when Tableau was named a Codie award winner for “Best Business Intelligence Solution” by the Software and Information Industry Association. Their first big win 11 years ago originates the long and successful way of new winnings and victories. Not only in the business dashboard market, that becomes more and more saturated a few later years, but also in the hearts and working monitors of their users. 

The truth is that every month almost 8 mln people visited and spend 5 minutes on their pages shows their extensive interest in the existing activity of the company.

The best features of Tableau platform are:

  1. Data Blending
  2. Real-time analysis
  3. Collaboration of data

But with these main highlights, Tableau makes fascinating updates every quarter.

In 2019 every Tableau’s user could try some interesting releases, including the possibility to automatically standardize invalid values using a Data Role; duplicating fields with a single click and visual, direct filtering; connecting to published data sources as input; building Tableau Prep flows with data from user’s Tableau environment; R and Python integration; custom Data Roles and connecting to data in Google BigQuery.

With those new releases, marketing experts intensively discuss the future development of the Tableau platform and potential markets for its services. 

Right now Tableau Product Suite, in contradistinction to Google Suite, consists of:

  1. Tableau Desktop
  2. Tableau Public
  3. Tableau Online
  4. Tableau Server
  5. Tableau Reader

Other specialists classified the Tableau platform into two simple sections:

Developer Tools, that are commonly used for development such as the creation of dashboards, charts, report generation, visualization fall into this category. 

Sharing Tools, that are commonly used for sharing the visualizations, reports, dashboards, created using the developer tools.

All of those advantages and features are totally awesome, but there are two significant qualities of why every user adore, or detest working with huge business corporation platforms:

  1. Learning Center

As a big platform, Tableau created a huge library with different kinds of articles, webinars, courses, cases and videos for continuous improvement of every platform users. To fully compare the quality of Tableau’s learning center on today’s market, it is appropriate to mention Facebook and Google learning centers, as acceptable equivalents to Tableau certificated Blueprint.

  1. Support Team 

The support team is the beating heart of every organization. When the user has problems, technical issues, or some unresolved and urgent tasks he always reaches out to the support system of the company. From the quality and velocity of its assistance, from humanity and the generousness of its managers are forming the final judgment in the customer’s mind. And besides everything, Tableau’s platform can be really proud of its Supporters.

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In that part of the article appropriate to mention the full-cycle Web&Mobile development agency that you probably have heard – LaSoft! If you’ll ever want to try smth brand-new and intimate or perhaps create a more satisfying customer experience for your project, you could always reach out to LaSoft DashBoards Gurus.

With competitive web-dev experts and UI-UX designers, you’ll receive a qualified audit, beautiful design or even the whole dashboard implementation system only for the 12 weeks. 

Stay tuned for further improvements!

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