Tableau Tools - Selecting the right tool for your company

Updated: Aug 17, 2019

Tableau is business intelligence software that allows anyone to easily connect to data, then visualize and create interactive, shareable dashboards. It's easy enough that any Excel user can learn it, but powerful enough to satisfy even the most complex analytical problems.

Tableau has different tools in it's ecosystem and Tableau users should clearly understand the difference between these tools to make the efficient use of all the tools.


Tableau Desktop - Personal Features

Connectivity: TDE, Access, Excel, Text File Distribution: Offline or Tableau Public Automation: Not available Security: As good as your personal computer / server’s security Price: $1000 for year one; $200 from 2nd year

Best for

Those that only need to connect to flat data files Those that need the most cost-effective version that will keep their data private


Tableau Desktop - Professional Features

Connectivity: All possible connections in Tableau Distribution: Offline, Tableau Server, or Tableau Public (all possible distribution options in Tableau)Automation: Not available Security: As good as your personal computer / server’s security Price: $2000 for year one; $400 from 2nd year

Best for

Those that need to connect to data in databases .Those that need the capability to publish to Tableau Server


Tableau Public Features

Connectivity: TDE, Access, Excel, Text File Distribution: Cloud Automation: Not available Security: None – your data is accessible by anyone on the Internet Price: Free Tableau Public has a limit of 10 million rows of data that is allowed in any single connection.Each account holder will be able to save up to 10 gigabyte (GB) of content to Tableau Public

Best for

Journalists Sharing publicly available data (and Tableau know-how) with the world Practicing Tableau for free Trying the software


Tableau Server Features

Connectivity: Workbooks that have been published to Tableau Server and that you have been granted access to Distribution: Tableau Server (cloud)Automation: Available on schedules or intervals Security: As good as your hosting provider’s Price: $1000 for year one; $200 from 2nd year; 10 license minimum

Best for

Those that need to access / distribute workbooks in the cloud Those that want to automate workbook refreshes Those that want to edit workbooks in the cloud (limited capability)


Tableau Reader Features

Application: Desktop application Distribution: Offline Automation: Not available Security: As good as your personal computer Price: Free Environment: Available for both PC and Mac users

Best for Open and interact with data visualizations built in Tableau Desktop Viewing packaged workbooks with full interactivity, Filter, drill down


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