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There’s hidden value in your Microsoft SQL Server data—but you won’t find it by viewing standard reports, and complex business intelligence tools are beyond reach for many users. Tableau delivers insight everywhere by equipping anyone to do sophisticated visual analysis of SQL Server data. Connect Tableau to SQL Server live for tuned, platform-specific queries, or directly bring data into Tableau’s fast, in-memory analytical engine to take the burden off your database. You can even toggle connections with a click to apply in-memory queries to the larger dataset.
See how Tableau performed with Microsoft's latest version of its SQL Server product. This test was designed to examine large volumes of data, execute queries with a high degree of complexity, and give answers to critical business questions.Read more
Tableau is by far the easiest to use for beginners, as it is highly intuitive, and allows you to easily manipulate the data in a user interface, rather than coding SQL statements (although you can do that, too).