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On the heels of its 2014 earnings announcement, Tableau today shared additional figures on the record growth of its business analytics products. After five years of exponential growth, the company reached $913 million in lifetime global revenue—$413 million of which was generated in 2014. With that achievement, Tableau has become one of the fastest-growing companies in the 50-year history of business analytics software.
Tableau’s growth was also driven by tremendous international expansion in 2014, including in the Asia Pacific region (APAC). In APAC, more than 3,000 companies and organizations are using Tableau, 1,500 of which were added in 2014. Japan led the pack with sales growth of more than 200 percent year over year, adding the most new customer accounts in the region. In Australia, Tableau’s largest APAC market, the company increased its customer base by 50% over 2013, reaching over 900 customer accounts.
Tableau now has customers in 150 countries worldwide, more than half of which reported triple-digit growth in 2014. Internationally, Tableau has seen revenue growth of over 100 percent for four consecutive years. In response to growing demand in the region, Tableau has increased its headcount in APAC to a total of 130 people, an increase of five-fold since 2012, when it opened its first office there.
“In the average week more than 150 organizations are moving to the Tableau way,” said Christian Chabot, CEO and Co-founder of Tableau. “People are looking for analytics technology that is fast, easy, and for everyone. They want to put the power of data into the hands of people at all levels of their companies. We saw the strongest demand we’ve ever seen in our history, making 2014 a tipping point year for Tableau.”
Tableau’s mission to help people see and understand data has come to define a new era of analytics. Its accelerated growth comes as data generation around the world has exploded and the skill to analyze it has become critical. Customers call Tableau smart and fun–a far cry from the complicated business intelligence systems of the prior era.
Tableau has more than 26,000 customer accounts around the world. Organizations in APAC using Tableau include companies, government agencies, and universities.
Japan-based MUJI is a household and consumer goods retailer recognized for its purposeful and beautiful designs. As a global retailer with 640 stores worldwide, MUJI wanted to improve its promotions and increase multi-channel sales, so they chose Tableau to make more sense out of their data. MUJI, using Tableau on top of cloud-based Amazon Redshift, is analyzing roughly 300 million rows of data generated from online and brick-and-mortar store data combined with data from MUJI Passport, the retailer’s recently-launched mobile app.
TNP2K is a nonprofit group focused on alleviating poverty in Indonesia. The organization needed to be able to analyze more than seven terabytes of data and create compelling visualizations to present to policy makers. TNP2K says that Tableau visualizations have been instrumental in changing the mindset of key decision makers critical to moving forward their anti-poverty mission.
In Australia, the University of Western Sydney collects and analyzes student feedback to identify areas for improvement and opportunity. University employees struggled to analyze hundreds of millions of rows of data, a process that was unwieldy and frustrating before they moved to Tableau. “Tableau is hands down unbeatable,” says Neil Durrant, Director of Performance and Quality at the University of Western Sydney. “We’re able to present data in an interactive and compelling way, faster than we ever could before.”
Additional customers in the Asia Pacific region include Marico, a beauty and wellness giant with millions of customers across Asia; Mater Health Services, a group that includes hospitals, health centers, and a renowned research institution in Australia; Metro, a leading department store chain in Singapore; and Travel Sky, a state enterprise in China that offers information technology and commercial services to the airline and tourism industry.
Tableau’s product innovation continues at a pace seldom seen in enterprise software companies. In 2014, Tableau spent $90 million(1) on research and development, more than in the previous two years combined. Dr. Forest Baker, Tableau Board Member and General Partner at New Enterprise Associates, notes, “Tableau’s R&D investment ratio is among the highest of all public technology companies. They have an inspiring commitment to research and innovation, and their best years are in front of them.” Tableau grew its headcount by 735, including growing its research and development team by 50 percent. As of the year-end 2014, its total headcount is now 1,947.
Tableau was founded in 2003 by two Stanford University students and a professor. Since basing its first operations out of a Seattle bedroom, Tableau has grown into a publicly-traded concern on the New York Stock Exchange.
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