Thanks for the reply. I am not looking to compare Tableau with Other tools. Wanted to understand the main differences between Traditional BI Tools and Tableau. I tried searching but end up with no proper explanation.
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From a pure desktop developer point of view, one of the main differences is that Tableau has the conceptual model of being a data-driven drawing tool vs a charting tool. This might seem like semantics, so let me elaborate.
Tableau doesn't have a "chart" type selector*, as such and all visuals are built up from the arrangement of blue/green pills, which mark cards (or shelves) they are on and which mark type is selected. This has 2 advantages, it aids creativity, and also makes Tableau infinitely flexible. This means if you want to create something like this...
*I don't see the Show me as a chart selector, it's just a few short cuts for common pill arrangements
you can, using the exact same conceptual model as you would for a bar or line chart. In other BI tools I've used, you need to wait for the company to add a "sankey button". As a visual analyst it means I think in terms of marks and position, rather than chart types which makes me a better data visualiser and analyst. It's also built with interactivity in mind, which makes for a more natural and immersive experience for the end user, and allows them to get to better, deeper insights, faster
This aspect is also (IMHO) what leads to such a vibrant (and sharing) community as people share their creativity in what they managed to make in Tableau.
This is just one aspect, but this (IMHO) is the real difference with Tableau