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You can combine maps and other chart types on a dashboard, and then use other charts to filter/highlight data in the map. All the charts (including the map) become interactive, and can be used as Action filters to drill-down into your data. Of course Tableau is NOT a mapping program, and does not support as many layers, etc. But then mapping programs don't normally draw bar, slope, area, etc. charts.
So if i get this right the main advantage of Tableau are the advanced presentation-features because of the dashboard. And it can be used interactively.
Can't you use smart mapping to have an interactive interface with ArcGIS as well?
What are you really up to here? Are you really looking for a reason to buy Tableau? Or are you looking for a reason not to buy Tableau? You are attempting to make the proverbial comparison of Apples to Oranges. Yes they are both fruit, but that doesn't make them comparable. If you want an Orange have an Orange, but I'm happy with my Apple, thank you very much!
I am sorry to waste your time! Unfortunately I am not as familiar with both programs as you probably are. I want both oranges and apples. I was just curious what happens if you put apples and oranges together!
Still, thank you for your first answer, Shawn!