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Tableau - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tableau?

Tableau is a visual analytics platform, used by businesses to visualise, analyse and interpret data. Tableau has a wide range of dashboards and graphics which can be used to organise and display your data, to be shared with other stakeholders in the most user friendly way.

Tableau is one of the most popular data visualisation tools in the world, and an important for organisations looking to take a data first approach.

What is Tableau used for?

Tableau’s primary use is to make data simply and easy to share and understand. This is invaluable for organisations that use large data sets that they need to drive business decisions.

Tableau’s array for dashboards and customisation options makes it the perfect tool to explore different ways of presenting and arranging for your data.  It’s likely to be a tool used by a range of roles in a business, from data scientists and data analysts, to those in sales and marketing.

How to learn Tableau?

There are a number of learning resources on Tableau’s website, but you can also take training to become proficient in the tool.

QA offer a number of these, including:

The first providing an entry point for new users to Tableau, and the second giving programmers and coders a more in-depth learning experience.

Does Tableau need coding?

You don’t need to be a software or coding specialist to work with Tableau. It’s a tool that can be used by anyone, although a background in programming may be beneficial.

Roles that require use of Tableau are likely to include some coding in Python, Java, R, SQL, C or C++.