Tableau is a suite of software tools for data analysis and visualization. It simplifies raw data into an easily understood consumable format. Tableau enables you to import numeric or categorical data to produce a range of graphs with end user interactivity. With the drag and drop interface you can easily create charts, maps, dashboards and stories which can be published or embedded into a website.
No matter what discipline or career you are interested in, data analysis has become increasingly important. In a recent list published by Indeed, Tableau was one of the fastest rising technical skills in demand by employers. Data is everywhere and employers have a greater need for employees who understand how to manage data.
With an working knowledge of Tableau students can:
Tableau Public - This is the free version of the Tableau platform. It allows access to everything that Tableau offers, but it publishes the visualizations to the Tableau Public website. This is a good option for learning how to use the product if data privacy is not a concern.
Tableau Desktop - This is the paid version and is the most commonly used Tableau product in the academic environment. The Desktop version allows you to keep your data private. Students and faculty can apply for a free one-year license for Tableau Desktop.