The multitude of available options gives users immense freedom to present data in almost any form, create reports and analyses meeting the strictest requirements. The possibility to use many (>40 connectors) sources of data, e.g. flat files, MS Excel sheets, databases, big data solutions and even cloud applications (e.g. Salesforce.com) allows working with the tool right after installation, without having to painstakingly prepare the data.
Tableau Server makes it possible to build a centralized repository giving any user within an organization access to pre-prepared Tableau Desktop reports and analyses. Well-developed security features ensure a suitable user access level.
Companies wishing to reduce infrastructure investments may opt for Tableau Online. It is a cloud-based solution offering the Tableau Server functionalities in the SaaS model.
Companies that use Tableau Server or Tableau Online may also choose to use Tableau Mobile, which gives access to repository resources via iOS or Android mobile devices. The mobile application allows interacting with reports by providing such functions as filtering, data mining and even adding new calculations.
The Tableau family is complete with Tableau Reader, which is a simple tool to view analyses, reports and dashboards published in the repository.