Self-service BI

Review: Tableau makes sophisticated analysis a snap

Innovative, self-service, interactive data visualization tool makes quick work of exploratory data analysis from 50-odd sources

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At a Glance
  • Tableau Software Tableau 9.0

Data science is best left to Ph.D. statisticians who can program in R and Python, compose complex SQL and MDX queries in their sleep, and leap tall Hadoop data sets in a single bound. Right?

Not according to Tableau. The company claims its products make analytics easy not only for analysts but for “executives, IT, everyone.” While my own training (a doctorate in physics with lots of statistics, SQL, and programming experience) is more than adequate for conventional data science, I tested Tableau 9.0, hot off the presses, with a “beginner’s mind.”

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