Google Charts vs. Tableau Public

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Google Charts
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Google Charts provides a way to visualize data on your website - for free. From simple line charts to complex hierarchical tree maps, the chart gallery provides a large number of ready-to-use chart types. The most common way to use Google Charts is with simple JavaScript that you embed in your web page.N/A
Tableau Public
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Tableau Public is a free edition of the Desktop product. With this edition, data can only be published to the Tableau public website and does not allow work to be saved or exported locally.N/A
Pricing
Google ChartsTableau Public
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Google ChartsTableau Public
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Google ChartsTableau Public
Considered Both Products
Google Charts
Chose Google Charts
Google Charts, compared to other software, provides the best ratio of quality, shareability, an ease of access.
Tableau Public
Chose Tableau Public
Google Charts/Drive is sufficient for simpler data sets, but it does not integrate with other web platforms and the visualization does not look as professional. I'm not aware of any other competitors that offer the same package as Microsoft.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Google ChartsTableau Public
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Google Charts
8.3
51 Ratings
3% above category average
Tableau Public
9.5
12 Ratings
16% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports8.246 Ratings9.310 Ratings
Customizable dashboards8.449 Ratings10.012 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates8.345 Ratings9.312 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Google Charts
8.3
52 Ratings
4% above category average
Tableau Public
9.3
12 Ratings
15% above category average
Drill-down analysis7.946 Ratings9.612 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.452 Ratings9.312 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages8.238 Ratings8.89 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration8.847 Ratings9.611 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Google Charts
8.2
52 Ratings
1% below category average
Tableau Public
9.4
11 Ratings
13% above category average
Publish to Web8.650 Ratings10.011 Ratings
Publish to PDF8.747 Ratings10.09 Ratings
Report Versioning7.844 Ratings9.69 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling7.938 Ratings9.29 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers8.231 Ratings8.47 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Google Charts
8.4
51 Ratings
4% above category average
Tableau Public
9.5
11 Ratings
16% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)8.650 Ratings9.611 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization8.348 Ratings9.611 Ratings
Predictive Analytics8.240 Ratings9.19 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Google Charts
8.4
46 Ratings
1% below category average
Tableau Public
9.0
8 Ratings
6% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)8.545 Ratings9.17 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model8.240 Ratings8.86 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)8.442 Ratings9.16 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)8.432 Ratings9.28 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Google Charts
8.4
49 Ratings
6% above category average
Tableau Public
8.9
11 Ratings
12% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access8.647 Ratings8.411 Ratings
Mobile Application8.533 Ratings9.49 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile8.245 Ratings8.610 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Google Charts
8.4
41 Ratings
6% above category average
Tableau Public
8.9
10 Ratings
12% above category average
REST API8.633 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Javascript API8.440 Ratings8.06 Ratings
iFrames8.327 Ratings9.68 Ratings
Java API8.627 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)8.429 Ratings9.06 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)8.229 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Google ChartsTableau Public
Small Businesses
Cyfe
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Score 8.7 out of 10
Cyfe
Cyfe
Score 8.7 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Entrinsik Informer
Entrinsik Informer
Score 9.6 out of 10
Entrinsik Informer
Entrinsik Informer
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
TIBCO Jaspersoft Community Edition
TIBCO Jaspersoft Community Edition
Score 9.4 out of 10
TIBCO Jaspersoft Community Edition
TIBCO Jaspersoft Community Edition
Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Google ChartsTableau Public
Likelihood to Recommend
8.7
(62 ratings)
9.2
(14 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.3
(8 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Usability
8.7
(33 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
5.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(34 ratings)
9.3
(8 ratings)
Online Training
5.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(2 ratings)
9.1
(4 ratings)
Configurability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Google ChartsTableau Public
Likelihood to Recommend
Google
We can easily recommend Google Charts to any company that needs a way to visually represent their data. Another great thing about Google Charts is that it is free to use and does not require any membership fees. Although it requires a skilled used to be able to use the charts, the results are great and can be beneficial to any company who is looking to make better decisions.
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Tableau
Tableau public is the best platform to build dashboards for your personal profile and share with recruiters. It's always good to keep ourselves updated on the latest features, create sample dashboards and save them to a personal profile. Tableau public is free and doesn't need any subscription. anyone can create an account and start building reports.
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Pros
Google
  • they're free with Google suite and they have backing in terms of powerful Google apps which can be plugged in to perform multiple actions like using Google sheets to import raw data into Google Charts
  • they're the most simple app to use when it comes to creating charts and visual dashboards
  • ease of customization
  • ease of using custom APIs from developers side to help make any types of charts and dashboards you want
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Tableau
  • Data visualization: lots of different options, including bar, scatter, pie, waterfall charts to explore relationships between variables, and to present findings/trends to different teams
  • Integrates readily with limited, though different data sources: TXT, CSV, TDE, Access
  • Exports reports for review of different dashboards: client-ready/team-ready, with a clean and tidy presentation in PDF format (or hardcopy)
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Cons
Google
  • I would like a couple more introductory videos or a live chat option for when you run into an issue. I think this is a Google-wide problem, not only linked to Google Charts.
  • I have run into some issues with the Dynamic Data but also admittedly could potentially dive in deeper and investigate.
  • It would be great if Google Charts made it possible to integrate Google Chat into the platform.
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Tableau
  • Tableau Public (both Desktop and Server) like their "for a fee" counterparts offer very easy to learn and use tools to transform data into pictures and gain insights into your data. Most organizations report a reduction in development time of 10x vs. other similar tools, due to the intuitive user interface. That said, with Tableau Public, published workbooks are "disconnected" from the underlying data sources and require periodic updates when the data changes. Users are limited to 1 Gb of storage space per user ID and password as well.
  • I would like to see better options for public sharing of visualizations and data from within the "for a fee" products as more and more organizations are moving in the direction of data sharing with partners and their communities.
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Likelihood to Renew
Google
Google Charts is a good product. It's widely supported with deep documentation and a large community. But for me, it wasn't customizable enough. When we started with simple charts, it was great, but as we got deeper and more complex, our needs outgrew the library. If I was going forward, I would choose a more barebones library with more freedom and extensibility.
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Tableau
It's free, right? I'll keep using the free version. So the real question to ask is this? Will I pay $999 for the Personal version or $1,999 for the Professional? Yikes! That is a big stretch. I'm not sure about that. The product comparison chart is at: http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/comparison
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Usability
Google
Google Charts is about as easy to use as the rest of their applications. The UI is very well thought out, allowing you to add what you need, and customize it to your exact liking. The default theme is actually really nice, which helps as most of the time, customizing is not needed.
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Tableau
Tableau public is a great training tool to understand the basics of Tableau before buying it. A great tool to extend Excel's visualization and to publish data for others. Not useful for anything you need secure. No ability to access databases. Static information only.
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Reliability and Availability
Google
Google charts is always available and provides fast output.
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Tableau
No answers on this topic
Performance
Google
Connectivity is occasionally very slow.
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Tableau
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Google
As a free tool with massively powerful, infinitely customisable charts that can be dynamically updated - Google Charts is my favourite data visualisation tool. However, my hatred of JavaScript does jade my view on it. This is the price of the tool though, and I'm glad it's available for me.
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Tableau
I have not yet required to contact support as the documentation and help i found online has always worked so far
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Online Training
Google
The online training was solely done through self training on google's guide to charts.
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Tableau
I found it sufficient, and fast. I could easily "kick the tires" with Tableau on my data so I got up and running fast.
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Implementation Rating
Google
Easy to implement
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Tableau
Start at the end and work backward. Identify the business case / issue and questions the end users have, then identify the data needed, and where to get it.
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Alternatives Considered
Google
Google Charts stacks up better since it is free and does not have the constant pressure for cost overruns, add-ons, annual maintenance and implementation services. The speed of using Google Charts is quick, saving users potentially weeks in getting up and going. For the readers of websites with limited resources, the application shows up nicely is look and feel with charts. Great way of showing data visually.
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Tableau
Google Charts/Drive is sufficient for simpler data sets, but it does not integrate with other web platforms and the visualization does not look as professional. I'm not aware of any other competitors that offer the same package as Microsoft.
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Scalability
Google
Google Charts is essential for quick, easy, reporting. There are opportunities for advanced features.
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Tableau
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Google
  • teams were easily able to create charts and find out progress on our learning courses and thus take actionable insights to their managers, professors
  • students could also know their progress on various courses from one single view, same for instructors in terms of imparting education
  • sales team could learn which kind of courses sold more to focus more on those areas
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Tableau
  • Tableau Public visualizations have helped drive traffic to our content and sites
  • The lack of cost means it's easy to demonstrate our experience to attract paying clients
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