3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 10, 2017 12:35 PM by Hari Ankem

    Tableau Online vs Desktop

    Sarah Marr



      I have two simple questions that I can't seem to get the answers to:


      1) Does Tableau Online have the ability to create dashboards? Basically, can it stand alone as my sole Tableau product, or do I need to additionally purchase Tableau Desktop for creation and then use Tableau Online for sharing content?


      2) Can Tableau Online connect to Google Sheets?


      Thank you!

        • 1. Re: Tableau Online vs Desktop
          Ben Neville
          1. Yes, but keep in mind that Web Edit is not completely at parity with Tableau Desktop, at least at present (10.4). and there are a number of reasons that Desktop is currently a better authoring experience. If you do go this route, however, keep in mind you need a way to create data sources and get them online, so you'd need 1 Tableau Desktop license to do this at the bare minimum.
          2. Yes
          • 2. Re: Tableau Online vs Desktop
            rajesh kalwa

            Hi Sarah,


            1)Yes, Tableau online has the ability to to create dashboards. yes it can stand alone as your sole product but with limited functionalities.


            You cannot create a fully functional dashboard as you can do with the desktop like adding filters and linking parameters is difficult in online when compared to desktop.


            lets say you want to create a dashboard using multiple data sources, your best bet would be tableau desktop. You can only create views of the data already available on the server but with desktop slicing and dicing the data is much more flexible.


            2) Yes tableau can connect to google sheets.


            Hope this helps!


            Please mark answered if this answered your question else let me know if you had more questions.



            • 3. Re: Tableau Online vs Desktop
              Hari Ankem

              You will need Tableau Desktop to create views/dashboards/stories and publish data sources. Once views/dashboards/stories are published on the server, you can edit them. Refer http://onlinehelp.tableau.com/current/online/en-us/server-desktop-web-edit-differences.htm


              You can publish Google Sheets as a data source and make them available on Tableau Online.