Tableau 7.0 Brings Simplicity to Business Intelligence; New Release Offers More Analytical Power, Performance and Enterprise Scalability


Tableau Data Server Brings Easier Sharing and Management of Big Data

Publish Date: January 17, 2012 - 9:15pm

Tableau Software, the global leader in rapid-fire business intelligence software, today announced the general availability of Tableau 7.0. The release brings improvements in performance and scalability, adds new visualization types and improves the product’s overall analytical power and ease-of-use. A part of the release, the new Data Server makes enterprise-wide data sharing and management faster and easier.

“Tableau 7.0 contains a whole host of features that help people think with data,” said Chris Stolte, Chief Development Officer, co-founder and inventor of Tableau Software. “New visualizations like filled maps and area charts make it easier to tell great stories with data. Large organizations will benefit from multi-tenancy and improved scalability and performance. The new Tableau Data Server capabilities will make it easy to share large volumes of data, share data models in large groups and provide easier management of data assets.”

Customers have been uniform in their reactions to Tableau 7.0.

• “Tableau 7.0 has helped us gain insights into our business and make decisions much quicker,” said Burt Dietz, AVP, sales operations at The Hartford, one of the largest insurance and investment companies based in the U.S. with over 30,000 employees. “The interface changes are thoughtful and enhance usability. We have especially enjoyed the new filled maps feature.”

• “We have been very impressed by the improved usability of 7.0 beta. Everything from the Show Me bar to sorting and data connections are easier to use – our analysts almost forget they’re using an analysis tool,” said Drex DeFord, CIO at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Additionally, several new features in the new Server product will improve consistency across our 150 desktop users, enabling us to improve analytical consistency and self-service. Scalability and multi-tenancy improvements enable better security and privacy, resulting in better care for our patients and families.”

• "Tableau has become our primary platform for monitoring and optimizing our DNA sequencing lab operations. Tableau 7.0 will allow us to centralize our data connections and extracts to dramatically improve our response time with Tableau Server,” said Zach Leber, assistant director of informatics at Broad Institute. “And the new functionalities accelerate the development of new reports in Tableau Desktop. We're very pleased with these new features and the support we've received during the Tableau 7.0 beta program."

• “We have been testing the Tableau 7.0 beta and can say that it’s helping us to work smarter, not harder,” said Alain Grignon, head of geoscience analysis and Information Center of Expertise from a government department in Canada. “In a recent example, I used Tableau to analyze and restructure our scientific software system license usage, saving us close to $1 Million (CAD) over the next five years. No other tool has the capability to rapidly create such an informative visual story or to distribute dashboards across the country to all of our regional offices.”

New Tableau 7.0 features include:

• New ways of seeing: The visual analytics toolbox will expand significantly with exciting new chart types like filled maps and area charts. Many features have undergone redesign to make them even easier to access and utilize.

• Analytical Firepower: Enhanced parameters, statistical features and mobile capabilities will significantly expand the ability to see and understand data. In addition to those new capabilities, Tableau 7.0 also makes many analytical tasks, like manipulating dates and excluding data, easier.

• Flexible, Shared Data: Every Tableau Server will include the groundbreaking new Data Server. This multi-faceted feature allows anyone to publish an extract or database connection to Tableau Server, enabling anyone to connect to that data directly through Tableau. In addition to making data easier to access, this also makes it easier to manage and secure large data sets.

• Enterprise Class: Tableau 7.0 includes connections to Hadoop and Vectorwise, along with multi-tenancy and significantly improved scaling. All of these features make Tableau more powerful and significantly more robust in large deployments.

Tableau unveiled its 7.0 beta at the Tableau Customer Conference in Las Vegas. More than 2,000 customers participated in the beta program, putting the new human-oriented design and highly performant features to the test.

Tableau has also updated its free application, Tableau Public, with all of the same analytical and visualization features. Tableau Public lets anyone create and share data visualizations on the web for free. The new release lets authors be more creative in the ways they visualize and tell stories with their data. The new filled maps are expected to be popular.

For more information, watch the Tableau 7.0 webinar on-demand at http://www.tableau.com/webinars-whats-new-7.0 or watch a short demo of some the key features at:
http://www.tableau.com/7-analytical-firepower
http://www.tableau.com/7-data-server
http://www.tableau.com/7-new-ways-of-seeing

About Tableau

Tableau Software helps people see and understand data. Ranked by Gartner in 2011 as the world’s fastest growing business intelligence company, Tableau helps anyone quickly and easily analyze, visualize and share information. More than 7,000 customers across most industries get rapid results with Tableau in the office and on-the-go. Tens of thousands of people use Tableau to share data in their blogs and websites. See how Tableau can help you by downloading the free trial at www.tableau.com/trial.