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Why customers choose Tableau over Qlik Sense


Tableau enables everyone to freely explore data and ask questions in an intuitive way.

Deeper analytical insights

Tableau products are designed to put the user first, making real-world "aha" moments easier to discover through powerful, visual analysis. In Tableau, you can dig deeper into an outlier or iterate on your discovery without breaking the flow of analysis. 

You can create dashboards with both Tableau or Qlik, but the greatest difference is in the analytical experience. Tableau doesn't force users to navigate between a "design" and "view" model and the immediate visual response promotes discovery, rather than inhibiting it.

With Tableau, it's the ability to explore data at the speed of thought, which in turn leads to unanticipated questions, and results in new, unexpected insights. With Qlik, you are forced to preselect your chart type and then populate the attributes, which restricts the ability to discover new insights and gain a deep understanding of the data. 

Enabling true self-service

With Tableau, everyone is empowered to explore all of their data through a powerful, easy-to-use interface. Tableau's wide range of built-in analytic capabilities means you spend less time worrying about manually creating calculations, designing visualizations, and formatting dashboards, and more time asking questions of your data without relying on technical experts or external partners to deliver solutions.

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Platform Flexibility 

With Tableau, you can easily scale your analytics program to meet your needs as they grow and change. We are constantly innovating and adding new capabilities and integrations to give customers greater elasticity and access to all their data.

Tableau is data and platform agnostic, allowing organizations to leverage Tableau according to their unique requirements and provides choice in data accessibility, deployment options, and data connectivity.

Data accessibility: Tableau allows customers the ability to connect live to data wherever it resides without feature limitations. This provides customers the option to leverage their existing data investments and doesn't require the customer to replicate and load data into a proprietary in-memory data engine. Of course, Tableau also allows customers to leverage Hyper, Tableau's scalable in-memory data engine.

Deployment options: Deploy Tableau on-premises, on the public cloud on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, or Google Cloud Platform, or on Tableau Cloud, our fully-managed cloud platform, on Windows, or on Linux.

Data connections: From databases and files and to cloud applications, Tableau supports more than 80 native connectors.

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An integrated analytics platform

Tableau isn't just a visualization tool—it's a completely integrated analytics platform that empowers all users to discover and share insights to solve complex data problems. Because our platform has been built through native development, not through acquisition and integration, Tableau offers a seamless end-to-end data analytics experience. Components include:

  • Tableau Prep's visual and intuitive user interface, ensuring all users can collate, manipulate, prepare and extend data while minimizing reliance on complex scripting and technical experts.
  • Tableau Data Management, providing the ability to better manage the proliferation of data sources while enhancing data visibility and trust through an analytics catalog. 
  • Enhanced governance and simplified content migration with Tableau Advanced Management.
  • Tableau's extensive list of APIs, providing flexible extensibility and embedding capabilities. 
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Tableau’s dedication to analytics and unparalleled user community

Tableau is solely focused on modern analytics and our mission to help people see and understand data, backed by industry-leading investment in research and development. We have a clear product strategy, innovative roadmap, and now the power of Salesforce behind us which only accelerates our pace of innovation. This product roadmap is heavily influenced by the collective voice of our vibrant community, which includes:

  • 600+ user groups
  • Over 160K active customers on our pre-release community that shapes new products and releases
  • Over 1 million authors on Tableau Public who have created more than 3 million interactive data visualizations.
  • More than 1 million students and instructors leveraging Tableau in the classroom through our Academic Program. 
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