How Tableau changes data visualisation for the better

2nd February 2021 by Brytlyt

There is now more of a demand for data visualisation tools than ever before, not just from highly technical analysts, but from politicians, salespersons, small businesses, and anyone in-between. Therefore, it’s important to select the correct platform – one that provides you with the key tools necessary to find key insights and drive progress.  

One such data visualisation platform is Tableau. Founded from a US Ministry of Defence (MoD) challenge aimed at increasing people’s ability to perceive large amounts of information, Tableau has grown into one of the largest data visualisation platforms on the market. Below we examine the key factors in which Tableau has changed the process of data visualisation for the better, the advantages of using Tableau over other data visualisation platforms, as well as the need to integrate GPU acceleration technology to get the maximum benefit from the platform’s capabilities 

How Tableau has boosted data visualisation 

There are many key advantages thaTableau has brought to the world of data visualisation. Although not an exhaustive list, these are some of the vital benefits brought by the Tableau platform: 

Accessible and user-Friendly 

A key advantage of Tableau is its emphasis on being a user-friendly platform. Unlike other data visualisation platforms, using Tableau doesn’t depend on its users possessing any intense technical knowledge. Instead, with a customisable dashboard and intuitive, point-and-click controls, virtually anyone can gain the benefits of using advanced data visualisation to enhance insight and inform market decisions – from large scale businesses to independent retailers 

Capable of managing a heavy workload 

Tableau is confident in managing extremely large volumes of data from a wide variety of sources. Tableau can comfortably process millions of rows of data, giving you more informed insights.  

Tableau can also connect with up to 40 different data sources simultaneously – from simple database platforms like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets, to more intricate and demanding data sources such as Microsoft Azure SQL and Oracle.  

With the ability to quickly and seamlessly integrate a wide range of data sources, Tableau ensures that you can perform the most effective analysis possible on the most comprehensive data available 

Integrated features 

Another key benefit to using Tableau over other data visualisation platforms is the sheer scale of Tableau’s integrated features. Two of the most popular features include maps and mobile view.  

With maps, Tableau users can access many pre-arranged and collated maps, making it extremely simple to layer data that’s connected to geographical imagery. Want to overlay the current dominating political party by US state? Want to create a heat map of Russia by total spend, or the highest wine-producing regions of Spain? With many global maps available, both online and offline, this is easily achieved.  

With mobile view, Tableau considers the needs of a modern audience. With more and more emphasis placed on viewing elements on the go, it’s now more important to present data in an accessible and readily available format.  

Tableau supportthis by presenting an option straight from the dashboard to optimise a visualisation to the dimensions of a mobile screen, enabling your data to reach more people with ease.  

The need for GPU acceleration 

To optimise Tableau, and gain all its advantages, businesses and users must ensure that they are capable of supporting the platform on their current system 

Brytlyt aims to boost performance and accelerate extremely complex processes that would traditionally take hours, completing them in mere milliseconds. Instead of using restrictive pre-processed databases, ultimately reducing flexibility and the scope of insights, Brytlyt allows users to utilise their data in real-time, simplifying historically complex procedures and allowing users to operate Tableau to its full potential.  

For more information into how Brytlyt can boost Tableau’s data visualisation efforts, read more here, or contact Brytlyt for any further enquiries.  

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