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As we get ready to release Tableau 8.0, we would like to share the vision behind our product direction. Our company’s mission, “to help people see and understand data,” has been at the heart of Tableau’s product direction since our founding. Our mission is articulated in detail on our mission page.
This version includes over 90 new features supporting this mission. Learn more in our Tableau 8.0 Feature Overview.
A big part of our vision is empowering people to answer their own questions from data, whether they are a doctor, scientist, video game designer, business analyst, or executive. To do this we need to develop products that don’t require expertise in SQL, statistics, graphic design, perception, or visualization. We work to build this expertise into our products for you.
To support the natural process of thinking with data, we believe our products need to allow people to incrementally construct a wide-range of visual representations and easily move between them to find just the right perspective. It is this focus on the process of analysis that led us to invent our core technology, VizQL, a language that lets people query databases just by composing drag and drop pictures of what they want to see.
At the high-level, this is our vision: To build products that are simple enough to be used by everyone but analytically rich enough to support sophisticated analysis.
We’re excited to release Tableau 8.0. With 90+ new features put to the test in real world conditions by over 3,900 beta participants, it represents our biggest effort to date to materialize this mission. We have invested in five major themes:
Of course we didn’t get to everything. Every time we release a new version of our products, our development team wishes we had more time and resources. We welcome criticisms and ideas for our products, because that input helps us plan future releases. In fact, right now, our development team is planning for Tableau 9.0 and beyond.
We have an ambitious and exciting agenda. Our plan will push forward our mission by investing in several areas:
In addition to investing in big ideas like the above, we will continue to make investments in making it easy to acquire, install, deploy, and use our products in mission-critical use cases. We will also continue to invest to preserve our core product development values of ease of use, simplicity, beauty, and speed.
As usual, we invite and want your input; feel free to comment on this blog, share your thoughts in the Ideas section of our Community website, or talk to your account manager.
-Chris Stolte and Pat Hanrahan