Sigma & Tableau

Sigma pairs with Tableau to deliver beautiful dashboards plus true self-service analytics at cloud scale.

Sigma pairs with Tableau to deliver beautiful dashboards plus true self-service analytics at cloud scale.

Use Tableau to:

  • Generate beautiful data visualizations and dashboards.
  • Report on a consistent set of historical performance metrics.
  • Deliver high-level insights based on data subsets and aggregates.

Use Sigma to:

  • Empower anyone to drill into data underneath Tableau dashboards with no coding required
  • Explore live data ad hoc in a fully governed, familiar UI: the spreadsheet
  • Analyze billions of data rows directly down to row-level detail

Companies Use Sigma and Tableau Together To:

Explore the data underneath a dashboard

Seamlessly transition from viewing Tableau dashboards to exploring the data powering them in Sigma in just a few clicks. Anyone can use Sigma’s familiar UI to join, filter, calculate, and visualize data using the same format, functions, and formulas as traditional spreadsheets.

Take a collaborative approach to analytics

When combined with Sigma, teams can share, build on, and repurpose their colleagues’ data models, Tableau visualizations, and analyses without worrying about version control issues or ruining their work.

 

“With the combined compute speed and analytics capabilities of Sigma and Snowflake, we reduced our time to data insight by 93%.”

Jessica Nielsen Data Analytics Manager at The E.W. Scripps Company, referring to a project that took 48 hours in Tableau and just 3 hours with Sigma

Tap into unlimited performance and scalability of the cloud

Sigma leverages the unlimited storage and processing power of your cloud data platform. Quickly analyze the billions of rows of data powering your Tableau dashboards down to row-level detail at lightning speed.

 

Unify security and governance

Sigma allows simplified, complete, and consolidated control of who can access data and what they can do with it. Don’t worry about managing security for the same data set in multiple places or being exposed to risks through copied desktop extracts again.

Sigma’s security and governance

Wholesale food distributor uses Sigma + Tableau to optimize logistics, operations, and demand planning

The Problem

A major US food and beverage distributor used Tableau to report on various operational areas, including inventory management, warehouse capacity, and vendor performance.

But their business users would still make ad hoc requests, which was unsustainable since these reports were too large to be manually analyzed with data extracts. The company needed a solution that allowed users to drill deeper into the data than Tableau’s pre-built filters.

The Solution

The data team embedded a link in the Tableau dashboard to the Sigma worksheet underpinning the analysis. This gave over 2000+ employees direct access to the live, fully governed, multi-billion row dataset via Sigma.

From there, users could dive directly from a Tableau dashboard into the full dataset in Sigma to independently conduct any follow-up analyses.

Wholesale food distributor uses Sigma + Tableau to optimize logistics, operations, and demand planning

The ProblemThe Solution
A major US food and beverage distributor used Tableau to report on various operational areas, including inventory management, warehouse capacity, and vendor performance.

But their business users would still make ad hoc requests, which was unsustainable since these reports were too large to be manually analyzed with data extracts. The company needed a solution that allowed users to drill deeper into the data than Tableau’s pre-built filters.

The data team embedded a link in the Tableau dashboard to the Sigma worksheet underpinning the analysis. This gave over 2000+ employees direct access to the live, fully governed, multi-billion row dataset via Sigma.

From there, users could dive directly from a Tableau dashboard into the full dataset in Sigma to independently conduct any follow-up analyses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cloud Data Platform
What does it mean to be cloud-native?

Organizations invest in the cloud data warehouse to seamlessly manage massive volumes of data across hundreds of sources in a centralized, secure, fully-governed repository. But since Tableau was originally designed for on-premise data warehouses, it slows down or crashes when working on large datasets without extracting data – especially when trying to get to the lowest level of granularity. Sigma is the perfect front-end UI for the CDW and gives organizations the ability to access, prepare, analyze and take advantage of data at cloud-scale in real-time down to row-level detail – no copies or extracts required.

Sigma Dashboards
Can Sigma do data visualizations?

Tableau is an industry leader among reporting tools because of its aesthetic visualizations and extensive charting library. Sigma has rich and easy-to-use visualization capabilities that are fully cloud-based and can be used as a complementary tool: Sigma doing the data curation and preparation before final visualization in Tableau. Many organizations embed links to Sigma’s worksheets in Tableau dashboards so users can drill down directly into the underlying data supporting them.

How do companies use Sigma with Tableau?

Many companies use Sigma to complement Tableau dashboards and give users the ability to drill into the full data behind the visualizations to answer complex questions. Some Sigma customers insert links to Sigma’s spreadsheet view of the data right from their Tableau dashboards. Sigma provides a business-friendly way for users to explore data ad hoc to do root-cause analysis and answer "what if?" questions.