Executive Summary

  • This is an interactive TCO calculator for Tableau.

How it Works

Fill out the form below for the adjustable Tableau (Forecasting) TCO Calculator. The form does not have a “beginning or end.” The form is constantly calculating, so feel free to make constant changes and the application will auto-adjust.

*(Note) Tableau forecasting is not developed to a point where we could see any buyer purchasing tableau just for its forecasting functionality. Rather, potential users of Tableau forecasting would be those that already own it for its traditional BI use. Therefore this analysis only includes the incremental costs of using the forecasting functionality in Tableau. This means the costs would already have been absorbed for most of the Tableau system before the buyer begins using the application for forecasting. This is why the implementation and maintenance costs below are so low. However, this is also another advantage of using Tableau for forecasting.

For the full costs of implementing Tableau, see the Enterprise Software TCO – Tableau (BI).

Furthermore, Tableau could not be used as the other forecasting applications covered in the Demand Planning software category. Instead, Tableau would be used for forecast exploration — or as an adjunct to another forecasting application. Because of Tableau’s unique visualization capabilities, it could also serve to highlight and explain forecasting concept and trends in the data to others within the buyer. For details on how Tableau could be used for forecasting see the Tableau MUFI Rating and Risk Package.


  • Vendor Name: Tableau (See for Vendor Rating)
  • Software Category: Demand Planning
  • Company Headquarters: 837 North 34th Street, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Site: https://www.tableausoftware.com
  • Contact number:  206.633.3400
  • Delivery Mechanism: SaaS or On Premises

Size Limitations of the Estimate

This estimator is not an extremely large implementation

Understanding the Issues with Estimation Scaling

There is no way to make regression formulas span moderately sized all the way to enormous implementations in an online calculator. Once the number of users moves into the several thousand (that is, real users, not people recorded as users but barely using the application, or coming in through a portal that integrates to SAP), this calculator does not apply. One difference, such as how many current applications can be replaced by the standard functionality in the new application makes a dramatic difference in the TCO of the estimation. 

We perform custom estimations where we obtain more detailed information and charge that is customized per client. This calculator is meant as a proof of concept of how to perform TCO calculation. It should not replace a more detailed assessment.