Tableau Resources

Tableau is a Seattle-based software firm—which, according to Fortune, “pioneered the concept of ‘visual analytics’” started at Stanford University in 2003 and launched an initial public offering in 2013.

Co-founders Christian Chabot (CEO), Pat Hanrahan (Chief Scientist), and Chris Stolte (Chief Development Officer) began by combining a structured query language for databases with a descriptive language for rendering graphics. The result? A database visualization language called Visual Query Language or VizQL. VizQL underlies Tableau’s eponymous software application, which queries relational databases, cubes, cloud databases, and spreadsheets, and then generates a variety of graph types.

Today Tableau has more than 28,000 customer accounts, including the World Bank, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil, Homeland Security, Pfizer, Fannie Mae, Gallup, Nike, and Adobe.

Tableau currently offers five main products:

  • Tableau Desktop — “fast analytics for everyone”
  • Tableau Server — “collaboration for any organization”
  • Tableau Online — “business intelligence in the cloud”
  • Tableau Reader — “view Tableau Desktop files”
  • Tableau Public — “for public data”

Tableau Public and Tableau Reader are free, and free trials are available for the other products.

Tableau has three training options

Also consider Tableau Your Data!, Chris Gerrard’s blog Tableau Friction.