By Ellie Fields October 22, 2010

Those familiar with Tableau know we have a stellar development team. And from that team comes things that are truly new-- not recycled features, but groundbreaking engineering work. That's what we call innovation.

Tableau 6.0 has a lot of innovation, from architecture-aware memory usage in the Data Engine to a shopping cart to manage large groups of users. At our recent Customer Conference some of our developers sat down to discuss the features in 6.0, what's innovative and why customers should care.

Developers innovating.

In one podcast Andrew Beers, VP of Development, talks about what we were trying to accomplish in 6.0: "We wanted to let people to be able to analyze millions of rows of data with near instant response time. And we also wanted it to just work." In another Andrew talks about what we learned from managing thousands of users in Tableau Public.

For more on the Data Engine listen to Chief Architect Matthew Eldridge: "The Data Engine is architecture-aware, in the sense that it's been built ground up to operate efficiently on modern computer hardware." In another podcast Matthew describes how there's "no requirement that all of your data actually fit within memory."

Wicked Good Engineer Ross Bunker describes why the new Data Blending feature changes the way you can work with data: "Traditionally when you need to take information from different data sources and use them together, you have to first bring them together into a single data base system. Tableau actually has built a system where you can connect individually to each of the existing systems and then Tableau will take care of combining that information for you using the most natural fields that that they share."

Developers innovating more.

Ross also waxes poetic on the post-modern table calculations in Tableau 6.0.

You can hear engineers Dav Lion and James Baker discuss how a shopping cart metaphor informed design decisions on Server Manageability.

Or listen to Director of Visual Analysis Jock Mackinlay on how the new animated history feature is more than motion charts: "We don't just simply go and add a feature to the list of features. What we do is we add to the capability to the application."

Along those lines, Dirk Karis describes "The classic combination view that I'm sure everyone has seen is stock price charts which very commonly have the stock price shown as, as a line graph and the stock volume shown as bars down below. But combination views as implemented in Tableau are much broader than that."

And finally, Development Lead Steve Pellegrin describes new parameters that you can manipulate to explore what-if scenarios.

Still more innovation.

To see all this innovation come together join us for a special sneak peak as we take Tableau 6.0 on tour.

Comments

Thanks for all those videos. Data blending is great promise, do you plan some event in Madrid?

Pedro.