By Elissa Fink 12 Jul, 2010

Things are cooking here at Tableau - and it's not just because summer in Seattle has finally arrived.

This morning we released information about our growth. Bottom line is that in the first 6 months of 2010, we've more than doubled sales (compared to the first half 2009), introduced Tableau Public - a highly visible and widely adopted product that changes how people show and share data on the web, won a spate of awards, and hired bunches of great people. These all are exciting developments for us - ones that have had our CEO Christian Chabot confident in proclaiming "it is not a leap of the imagination to consider that Tableau is Seattle's next billion dollar software company."

And to top it off, yesterday Microsoft at the keynote speech for its 15,000 person Worldwide Partner Conference, demoed Tableau. Don Farmer called Tableau "one of our leading business intelligence partners". That's nice recognition from a much bigger player in our own backyard.

See what people are writing about our growth:

And check out Donald Farmer's demo here: The demo of Tableau starts at 01:43:20.


Team Tableau!

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Michael W Cristiani
Market Intelligence Group, LLC

Wow! What terrific exposure. It's great to see, from any early adopters perspective, that the Tableau virus is spreading. Congrats gang!

That was a great demo, I enjoyed it so much, I went looking for the details.

I was able to find: Codename "Dallas", but it did not match the demo. I think what was demoed was "Dallas" CTP3, the Windows Azure site says it should be available late next month.

Watching the demo, it looks like he is opening a packaged workbook from a link, creating his viz and then publishing to Tableau Public.

I downloaded the workbook from the blog post in the demo, and took a look at it. I saw there were 13 country data values that were unrecognized as a geocoded location, and thus plotted at (0,0). These countries were also in the wrong region group, along with a few others (these few others were likely plotted at (0,0) in an earlier version of Tableau).

I have a few questions about this process:

1. Who makes the packaged workbooks?
2. If there is an error in a packaged workbook, how would it get corrected? (In the workbook demoed, geocode locations and grouping errors)
3. Will the packaged workbooks be on Tableau Public, or require at least Tableau Desktop to edit the the file downloaded?
4. Will the data connection/source be an extracted .tde? If so, for people are subscribing to this data source, how will they connect to updated data without rebuilding their workbook?
5. As noted in the demo, some data sets will not be free, what happens if people pay for the data subscription, and then upload to Tableau Public? Will there be a way in Tableau Public to disallow downloading a workbook and viewing underlying data?

Side note: Did anyone else notice that the Pages shelf that he made use of is not available on Tableau Public? :) It looked great for demo purposes, but if someone wants have the effect of a pages shelf on a dashboard or Public, they can use a slider (customized to not show "all") with a static size range (and static ranges for color and axis in other chart types).

It didn't look to me like a packaged workbook in the video...

At about 1:45:40 he clicks on the Tableau icon, I see the file download dialog flash on the screen, and then the splash screen for Tableau Desktop Professional. Since he is using IE, he likely has the option for auto open that file type upon download set. After the splash screen there are already two sheets in the workbook.

Although, I could not make out a file type from the download dialog, I guessed it was a packaged workbook with an extracted data source because he was able to publish to Tableau Public without the message stating that Tableau Public requires an extracted data source, and there were two sheets upon opening in Tableau.

If it was not a packaged workbook that he downloaded, what kind of file was it?

I am highly interested in Codename "Dallas" and using Tableau to explore the data. From the demo, it looks like a great experience from start to finish. With my current limited knowledge of Tableau, I am interested in the process flow he went through, and how it fits in with what I understand. I am sure there are capabilities of Tableau I do not know about or understand, and from what I saw in the demo, I am very impressed, and would like to know more about the capabilities he made use of.

Thank you, Mike, Andy and Joe! Appreciate the comments.

We never forget that it's because of customers like you that Tableau is seeing such momentum this year.