Tableau 10.3 Adds Data Driven Alerting, Smart Recommendation Engine, and Expands Data Connections

New smart join and table recommendations powered by machine learning, and PDF connector help people access more data seamlessly and make faster data-driven decisions.

Publish Date: June 1, 2017 - 1:00pm

SEATTLE – Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA), the global leader in visual analytics, today announced the general availability of Tableau 10.3. This latest release helps organizations achieve data-driven insights faster than ever, through automated table and join recommendations powered by machine learning algorithms that simplify the search for the right data for analysis. It also includes data driven alerts to allow for proactive monitoring of key metrics. 10.3 unlocks six new data sources for rapid-fire analysis, including a new connector for extracting data from PDF documents. Additionally, Tableau Online customers are able to try Tableau Bridge in beta, which enables a direct connection to data stored on premises directly in the cloud.

“Organizations want to do more with the vast data they have at their disposal,” said Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer at Tableau. “It’s not just simple analysis our customers are seeking, it’s the power to unlock all of their data with ease and efficiency. With smart recommendations, customers can get to the right data faster than ever - without having to spend time finding the right tables and joins. And with proactive monitoring of key metrics through features like data driven alerts, they can take action immediately and be more agile.”

Stay on top of your changing business with data driven alerts

Tableau 10.3 makes it easier for everyone to stay engaged with the metrics that matter most. With new data-driven alerts, customers can instantly receive notifications as their data crosses a pre-set threshold, ensuring they never miss an important change in their organization. Customers can set alerts simply by pointing at the data on which they want to be notified.

“The new data-driven alerts will be a game-changer for our organization,” said Paul Lisborg, manager of Business Intelligence and Analytics at Oldcastle Architectural. “Users will now be provided a way to automatically receive outliers on customer orders, sales, and production data, allowing us to quickly respond to potential issues and more effectively manage our business.”

Harness your data with smart table and join recommendations powered by machine learning

Tableau 10.3 makes it easier for people to find the right data for their analysis with smart table and join recommendations. Leveraging machine learning algorithms, Tableau Server analyzes aggregate data source usage to recommend popular tables and corresponding joins across the organization. With recommendations, customers can save time by quickly identifying database tables that are relevant to their analysis and leveraging join recommendations to enrich their data. Now it’s easy for customers to automatically apply insights from experts and other users across their organization, increasing the overall quality of their data models.

Connect to more data, in the cloud and even PDFs

Tableau 10.3 makes it easy for teams to access data, wherever it resides. In all, customers can now connect to more than 75 data sources via 66 connectors, without any programming. That includes a new PDF connector, which allows people to directly import PDF tables into Tableau with just one click. With an Adobe estimated 2.5 trillion PDFs worldwide, this unlocks a new realm of data that can be leveraged for rich analysis.

Additionally, Tableau now comes with new connectors to popular data sources such as Amazon Athena, ServiceNow, MongoDB, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive. These new data connectors add to Tableau’s deep roster of built-in data connectors.

Hybrid data for the cloud

Tableau Online customers can now leverage data stored on premises directly in the cloud with the new Tableau Bridge. Available to all Tableau Online customers to try, this will allow a secure, live connection to on premises data, meaning it’s no longer necessary to move data to perform a live query from Tableau Online. Many organizations have data on premises and in the cloud, and Tableau Bridge allows these customers to easily connect live to all of their data no matter where it is. We’re helping organizations deliver cloud analytics with their existing on premises database investments.

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