There are numerous tools available to perform data visualization, then why Tableau?
The answer to this question may take a complete post but I’d like to summarize it in 4 points:
Tableau offers five main products catering to diverse visualization needs for professionals and organizations. They are:
Tableau Public and Tableau Reader are free to use, while both Tableau Server and Tableau Desktop come with a 14 days fully functional free trial period, after which the user must pay for the software.
You can visit here to download the Tableau public and get started.
Tableau provides Free Online, Live and Classroom (paid) training programs. Here I’ve provided some free resources for initial understating and getting started with the public product.
With Tableau Public you can create amazing interactive visuals and publish them quickly, without the help of programmers or IT. You can register with the Tableau site and access these videos to get started:
Tableau can connect with various data sources such as text, excel file, csv and multiple tables. In this section, we will look at the basics and advance feature of data connectivity with different sources. It covers connection to databases, joins, custom SQL and data source filters. Then you will get and understanding of editing connections, editing metadata, extracts, joins, blending and integration with Salesforce, Google analytics etc.
This section has 12 videos and total durations is around 55 minutes.
Tableau has multiple options to represent data in different views using drill down and hierarchies, sorting, grouping, creating sets, working with sets, ways to filter, trend line, reference lines, forecasting and analysis with cube and MDX that you will learn in this section.
This section has 20 videos and total durations is around 114 minutes.
Till now, we have looked at data connectivity, various objects and views creation in Tableau. The next step is to give form to those views and analysis in the form of dashboards and stories.
This topics covers building dashboards, dashboard layouts and formatting, interactivity using actions, best practices etc.
This part has 6 videos and take almost 33 minutes to cover.
In the next few topics you get more elaborate understating of below topics.
All these topics have been covered in 72 videos and will take almost 9 hours to complete.