Tableau's Pace of Innovation
A feature retrospective of a revolutionary product
See all of Tableau 10.1's features in detail here.
Analyze your local JSON data directly in Tableau. Bring government data, data from web APIs, and other popular JSON data sources right into Tableau with a few clicks.
Save time with wildcard unions. Union all files in a directory that match a specific condition, or all sheets in an Excel workbook. You can also union multiple Google Sheets workbooks with a few clicks.
See your Marketo data directly in Tableau with our new Marketo connector. We've added cube search for SAP BW and calculated parameters for SAP HANA. Leverage parameter support for more data sources and SSL support for Netezza and Teradata.
Stay on top of your changing business. Now receive email updates when data is present in your viz. When you have a new task in your workflow or a specific condition is met, Tableau will send you an email with the latest data.
Did we mention extensibility? Embed Tableau vizzes into your mobile apps using our open source app example and documentation. Stop writing reams of code by hand and save time by using the server client library. Build faster and more user-friendly connectors with the improved WDC. And we've added filtering and sorting to more endpoints for more flexible and powerful queries in our REST API.
Server administrators can complete an installation or upgrade of Tableau Server without sitting through every step of the process. Simply provide the configuration, licensing, and registration information specific to the installation in a script. We've also made your AWS deployment painless. To get up and running quickly, you can automate the deployment of an EC2 instance and then install a single-node Tableau Server with our AWS CloudFormation template.
Do more on the web
Web authoring keeps on getting better. You can easily edit reference lines and bands, and use interactions like show/hide headers. You can also see how your viz will look on a mobile device. Check out "read only" previews of device layouts when authoring on the web.
Make your vizzes more impactful. You can now view embedded and non-embedded vizzes in full-screen mode.
Easily explore data hierarchies with the ability to drill back up on continuous fields in Tableau Desktop.
Understand geographic data more easily with postal code additions for Thailand and South Africa and postal code updates for the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Turkey. We've also updated United States congressional districts.
Tableau now recognizes IATA and ICAO codes, making it even easier for you to map airports. Also you can now easily map second level administrative regions in the Netherlands.
See all of Tableau 10.0's features in detail here.
Your data, only hotter.
Tableau 10 brings you an entirely new look and feel, with beautiful viz formatting defaults and updated typography to make your data smoking hot. But don’t let the pretty face fool you—Tableau 10 is much more than skin deep.
Create and share an entirely new data source from multiple, disparate data sources—like SQL Server and Amazon Redshift—with cross-database joins. Ask deeper questions of your data, thanks to drag-and-drop clustering and custom territories. And create a single dashboard optimized for any mobile device with device designer.
With dashboard authoring on the web and revision history at the ready, it’s easier for everyone to use Tableau when and where they want. Plus, we've got powerful governance and extensibility features for scalable enterprise deployments. Enjoy speedier load times, instant updates based on your interactions, and more.
Answers through Analytics
Define custom territories, filter across data sources, highlight data in context, and more with new visual analytics capabilities. Quickly spot patterns and group your data with drag-and-drop cluster analysis. With custom territories, Tableau 10 enables deeper understanding of your data. Trade in parameters or filter actions for cross data source filters.
Discover specific data in context, and perform ad-hoc comparisons with live highlighting to quickly spot trends in your data. Go above and beyond with variable-width bar charts, cascade charts, and Marimekko charts with mark sizing control.
Even advanced analytics are deeper. Take your groups farther by using them in LOD expressions and other calculations. Easily author and see the results of your table calculations with a redesigned interface. And use expressions directly within the dimension field of your level of detail expression for quicker results—without creating an additional calculated field.
Connect and prep your data faster. Join data from different data sources, like SQL Server and Oracle. Then, publish the integrated data source to Tableau Online or Tableau Server to collaborate with others. Enjoy connecting directly to your data from Google Sheets, QuickBooks Online, Kognitio, and more with new connectors. Leverage new and updated map data for countries around the world, and work smarter with auto-detecting geographic roles in more languages.
Did we mention Oracle improvements? Leverage Oracle stored procedures as a data source. Plus, enterprise environments utilizing Active Directory with Tableau can now have a seamless single sign-on experience with Oracle and Tableau.
Catch extract refresh issues before they become a problem. Tableau can alert you to possible extract refresh issues via email, so they can quickly be resolved. The updated Tableau Online Sync client now emails data source owners if a refresh fails.
Beautiful by Design
With a fresh look and feel, beautiful viz defaults, and new formatting controls, your vizzes are even more impactful. Enjoy a clean, beautiful canvas for analytics, with new iconography, typography, colors, and inline titles.
Your vizzes are even hotter thanks to new workbook defaults, featuring new viz color palettes and updated line weights. Change the style of your entire workbook with a click. And tie it all together with a custom Tableau font that makes your text crisp, clear, and communicative—even at small sizes.
Get Tableau on any device, now including Android. You asked. We delivered. Plus, you can now design, customize, and publish a single dashboard that includes optimized views for tablet and phone using device designer. And deploy Tableau Mobile across your organization with mobile device management support from AirWatch and MobileIron.
Do More on the Web
With dashboard authoring on the web and revision history at the ready, it’s easier for everyone to use Tableau when and where they want. Add published data sources and author dashboards right in your browser. See what’s hot in your organization with baked-in analytics on data sources: View usage stats at a glance and favorite the ones you use the most.
Then, with revision history for workbooks and data sources, quickly roll back to older versions if you want. Or cap revisions in Tableau Server settings. Finally, publish workbooks and data sources faster and with more control, thanks to our publish flow improvements.
Self Service at Scale
We've got powerful governance and extensibility features for scalable enterprise deployments. Easily share vizzes with your team, subscribe others with a click, and enjoy new administrative views that give insight into licensing and usage of Tableau Desktop.
Other updates include a new Document API that keeps your data source connection up-to-date, and site-specific SAML IdP configuration, which gives you control over your Tableau Server user login experience. When you open a published workbook, Tableau Desktop only connects to the data sources required to display the current sheet’s data. In other words, see your data a whole lot faster. In Tableau 10, we are caching the initial workbook load to give you faster workbook performance. Enjoy speedier load times, instant updates based on your interactions, and more.
See all of Tableau 9.3's features in detail here.
Data, set, flow.
Analyze data and share findings faster, with Tableau 9.3. Now you can use Union to combine data, even when its spread across multiple tabs or files. Then dig into the details with more global maps data, including postal codes for 42 European countries, India districts, and updated US demographic data layers.
In Tableau 9.3, we continue to add support for cutting edge cloud data sources. Now you can connect to Snowflake Cloud Data Warehouse. Automatic sign-in and better publishing flow make it easier to share your findings. Find popular dashboards with helpful workbook stats and smarter search for Tableau Online or Tableau Server. And don’t worry if a new dashboard doesn’t work as expected, Revision History is here! Revert back to an older version in seconds.
Self-Service at Scale
Empower your organization with new tools for content discovery, governance, and management. Search now shows you the most popular workbooks and views first. You can also find popular workbooks and views by seeing how many views they have received, with content metrics.
Changes didn’t work out like you planned? Don’t worry! Just download the old version and keep going with Workbook Revision History for Tableau Server.
It’s easier to publish, keep your data fresh, and stay connected with the new Publish Data Source flow.
Publish your Tableau dashboards faster with Tableau 9.3. Tableau Desktop remembers your Tableau Online or Tableau Server connection and signs you in to the last server you used.
Getting started with your data should be fast, no matter where it lives or how it looks. Combine data that have been split across multiple files or tables into a single Tableau data source. You can also connect directly to Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse, with our new connector.
Fast and Easy
The little things matter. We listen to your feedback, to make Tableau a more delightful experience. We’ve added postal codes for 39 European countries, districts in India, and US demographic data layers for 2016. We’ve also updated postal codes for UK, France, Germany, and the US.
Tableau now automatically selects the best season length to help you forecast odd seasonal patterns and irregular time-series. You can also forecast values ordered by an integer dimension.
See all of 9.2's features in detail here.
Calling All Data
Satisfy your data craving with Tableau Mobile for iPhone. Now you can check your favorite vizzes from anywhere.
Tableau 9.2 also delivers on many user requests, from data prep refinements to Totals Control, which got more than 500 votes on the Tableau Ideas Forum.
And take your geographic analysis further with Mapbox integration. A leading map platform lets you drop in satellite imagery or other custom maps with a few clicks. We’re also bringing a slew of new enterprise features including project level permissions, updated connectors and new authentication technologies.
Tableau is on the iPhone. Tap through the native app to see and understand your data. Plus you can get offline snapshots of your favorite vizzes. Now you can view your favorite vizzes anywhere, even on the subway.
It's even easier to find the content you need with Faceted Search in Tableau Mobile. Easily filter by owner, project, format, or tag. Tableau Mobile is now location-aware. Easily find your location on a map with a single tap.
Dive deeper into your geographical analysis with new mapping data and formatting options. Tableau 9.2 comes with Mapbox integration, which lets you build gorgeous map backgrounds and add layers and context. Build the map your data deserves.
Tableau 9.2 also comes with more geographical data built in, including updated US congressional districts, local name synonyms for world capitals, Japanese postal codes and more. Plus you can customize how people interact with your map with the new Map Options Dialog. Change display options for pan and zoom, map search, and the view toolbar.
Answer questions of your data with expanded visual analytics capabilities. Many of these visual analytics features came from our user driven Ideas Forum. Treemaps now show hierarchical data, by introducing borders around the first level of grouping. And you can put totals and subtotals where you want them: top or bottom, left or right.
Additionally, you can now match label colors to mark colors for at-a-glance understanding. Optimize the axis range for analysis by fixing one end of your axis.
Data can be messy. Clean it up with new data prep enhancements. Tableau can automatically detect sub-tables and convert them to connection-friendly tables with Tableau’s Data Interpreter. Craft the ideal data source: sort columns and rows, edit column names, and create calculations directly in the data grid. Quickly search and change a field’s data type with the updated data pane.
Enjoy new authentication, performance, and governance features for your enterprise deployment. Projects now get their own permissions separate from Workbook and Data Source defaults, allowing for more flexible configurations. Administrators and project leaders can now lock a project’s permissions so they automatically apply to all workbooks and data sources in the project and cannot be changed by authors.
The new toolbar puts commonly used actions at your fingertips and scales for different screen sizes.
See all of Tableau 9.1's features in detail here.
Tableau 9.1 gives you more ways to answer questions with your data with a new mobile experience, new options for connecting to data, features that make user management easier, support for additional enterprise security and authentication options, and more.
Get ready to analyze all of your web data with the new Web Data Connector. Connect to Google sheets, Facebook data, and enterprise web services.
An entirely new Tableau Mobile iPad app lets Tableau Online and Tableau Server customers get to their data from anywhere with a fast and fluid touch experience. It’s like data candy for your fingers.
Enterprise IT departments, rejoice. Tableau 9.1 also has enhanced enterprise security capabilities and improved proprietary connections to cloud data technologies from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and SAP.
A Tableau web data connector gives you a way to connect to data that doesn't already have a connector. Using a web data connector, you can create and use a connection to almost any data that is accessible over HTTP. This can include internal web services, JSON data, XML data, REST APIs, and many other sources. Because you control how the data is fetched, you can even combine data from multiple sources.
With SDK you can create and use Tableau Data Extracts across Tableau Desktop, Online, and Server.
And that's not all, you can now quickly connect to Amazon Aurora, Google Cloud SQL, Microsoft Azure and SAP.
Tableau Mobile is the fastest, most delightful way to stay on top of your data. Go from question to insight in just a few taps with Tableau Mobile's streamlined experience. Select, filter, and drill down with a tap of your finger. Interact with your data using controls that are automatically optimized for touch even when you're not connected.
Tap to add calculations and filters. Use Show Me to suggest different views of the data. Ask entirely new questions using Tableau Mobile's powerful editing capabilities. Our apps fit into your security ecosystem with support for SAML and Active Directory.
Easy enterprise deployments with flexible authentication for your security ecosystem. Product Update ensures users have the latest maintenance release of Tableau Desktop, helping your organization stay secure. Active Directory Synchronization updates Tableau Server with your latest AD groups settings.
9.1 Offers a secure and automatic Tableau Server sign-in experience across devices with SSL Client Certificates and Mutual SSL. It also complies with Sarbanes-Oxley SSO requirements using SAML Logout for Tableau Server.
Just when you thought it couldn't improve, we made it better with a view proximity in the radial selection tool, pan and zoom control, and more.
Now smart histograms allow you to quickly dian into the right bin size with smart suggestions based on your data. The calculation editor in dialogs makes it simple for you to create filter formulas with auto-complete, syntax highlighting and validation support.
See all of 9.0's features in detail here.
Smart Meets Fast
Tableau 9.0 is full of exciting new features. Tableau Server has been rebuilt from the ground up to be faster, more scalable, and more extensible—all while sporting a new look and more intuitive navigation. A new welcome screen greets you. You can view all workbooks on a single page, search across all content, and see breadcrumbs as you navigate.
Individual performance improvements in Tableau 9.0 combine to provide unprecedented overall speed increases across workbooks. Caching and consolidation completely eliminate some queries. Other queries run faster on extracts, or process in parallel for quicker load times.
Welcome to smart meets fast.
Exploring and presenting your data is easier, faster, and more beautiful than ever before. A new start experience for a new generation of data exploration. Access training and see great work from the community right from the start screen.
There's also new, rich story points formatting so you can easily captivate viewers. And, you can quickly preview your sheets before using them for dashboards and stories.
Analytics in the Flow
Tableau gives you instant visual feedback as you experiment with data. Answer deeper questions as the tool fades to the background.
A new Analytics Pane lets you drag reference lines, forecasts, trend lines, box plots, and other analytics right onto your view. This makes it quicker to ask deep questions of your data.
You can now explore your data with tooltips that smoothly follow your mouse. The smart calculations editor allows you to create calculations right in the view by typing in field names and functions. New Level of Detail Expressions help you answer tough questions easily. Specify the exact level of detail right in a calculation without adding fields to your view.
Answer geographic questions more easily. Search in the map or lasso data points. Smoother map interactions mean you stay in the flow while you investigate “where?”. You can now search by name and Tableau will find and zoom in to continents, countries, states, provinces, counties, cities, and postcodes around the world.
Moving around maps is faster and more intuitive. Click to pan and double click to zoom. Geographic borders don’t follow straight lines and now you don’t have to either. Choose groups of marks anywhere on the map using the new lasso and radial select tools.
Newly updated locations on every continent provide more detailed and accurate maps. Countries and territories with new data include Australia, Taiwan, Brazil, South Africa, and many others. Also, the updated United States Census layers provide context for your mapped data.
Connecting to messy spreadsheets with Tableau is fast and easy. Fix data while you connect and skip Excel.
You can now pivot & split in order to use more of your data, faster. The Tableau Data Interpreter detects your data range and removes extraneous titles, text, and images. Tame messy spreadsheets with just a click of the mouse. The Metadata Grid allows you to quickly rename fields, hide columns, and adjust data types. Initiate splits, pivots, and merges right from the view.
The Statistical File Connector directly opens your SAS, SPSS, and R data files in Tableau. Join and blend these data connections like other file-based data sources. There are new Cloud & Big Data Connectors such as Amazon Elastic MapReduce and Spark SQL as well as an improved Amazon Redshift Connector and faster Salesforce Connector.
Server & Online
Tableau Server & Tableau Online have been completely rewritten and now feature the latest improvements in Java and Apache Solr. The new visual user permissions editor allows you to see and adjust permissions for groups and individual users with the new visual permissions page.
The Enterprise Grade of Online, Desktop and Server now support SSL encryption for MySQL, SQL Server and PostgreSQL. It's easier to programmatically manage with a newly extended REST API. Manage workbooks and data sources, users and user groups, as well as query and update data connections.
New processes enable true high availability for Tableau Server and greatly improve scalability. An automated Cluster Controller and a new File Store process handle reliable data replication. A streamlined configuration workflow rounds out the package.
Enable Single Sign-On and Delegated Access with Kerberos
Tableau's newest 8.3 release delivers Kerberos support for enterprise security and authentication systems that connect to Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Analysis Server, and Cloudera Impala. With Kerberos, you can easily protect sensitive data so users only see the data they are authorized to see. With support for Kerberos authentication in Tableau 8.3, you'll also experience a seamless, single sign-on flow from the Tableau client all the way to your back-end data sources, even when using smart cards.
With Kerberos support, Tableau 8.3 advances enterprise-grade data analysis with these enhancements:
- Provides seamless, single sign-on experience from Tableau client to back-end data sources
- Protects sensitive data with delegated access and viewer credential management
- Connects to live data sources through stable, automated back-end authentication
- Leverages existing IT investments in enterprise-grade authentication and data security
- Supports smart card authentication
Telling the Story in your Data
Tableau 8.2 introduces many new capabilities that expand your ability to access and analyze data. The release includes the first-ever Mac OS version of Tableau Desktop, Story Points for interactive, data-driven storytelling, a more visual connection experience with data previews and improved experience in defining data table joins, and updated maps, in addition to enhancements to simplify administration and support of Tableau Server.
The revolutionary technology of Tableau Desktop now runs natively on the Mac. It’s the full analytics package, built to support high-resolution Retina displays, Mac-specific controls, and also all of your existing Tableau workbooks. Business analytics—for anyone.
With the Mac version comes the ability to connect to some of Tableau's more popular data sources. Tableau will be able to connect to Microsoft Excel and text file data sources that are more than 255 columns. The new connectors automatically and more accurately detect data types and support functions, including Count Distinct and Median.
Create compelling, interactive, data-driven stories. Assemble sheets and dashboards into a narrative arc that tells the story in your data. Capture key insights with annotations, highlights and filters. Add descriptions to emphasize findings. Make your story interactive to encourage further exploration.
Story Points allows you to present and communicate insight you want to share while still being able to interact with our dashboards.
New Map Designs & Visual Data Window
Maps are critical to geographic analysis and have received a major overhaul in Tableau 8.2. This includes new map designs produced in collaboration with Stamen, worldwide detailed levels of zoom, an improved mapping server and support for high DPI displays.
We’ve redesigned the data connection experience from the ground up. Connect to multiple tables, add joins with one click, and preview your data to make sure you've got what you need. You can also modify field properties, add data source filters, and extract your data.
Tableau Server & Desktop
Tableau Desktop has a New Excel & Text File Connector. Easily connect to Microsoft Excel and text file data sources that are more than 255 columns. The new connectors automatically and more accurately detect data types and support functions, including Count Distinct and Median.
Desktop now has native support for Google Bigquery API, an improved SAP HANA Connector and a native Splunk connector.
Tableau Server now comes with a REST API to you easily manage and change your server resources programmatically, via HTTP. Use the API to create new sites, add or delete users from sites, and much more. You can now use the Web Authoring tool on Tableau Server which allows you to disable all web authoring capabilities on a per-site basis, providing more providing more administrative flexibility and control.
Now you can download Tableau Server log files directly from the Admin page in your web browser. Key log files are now generated as JSON to be machine-readable. You can change content ownership of any published content to another user and all content can be exported and imported on a per-site basis.
When our customers speak, we listen. Why? Among other reasons, they have some of the best product ideas. In fact, for this release, we decided to focus half of our features on our customers' ideas. This includes features such as data window folders for easy organization, more design freedom with quick filters you can format, and also transparent dashboard objects.
We also added a number of customer-requested usability features, including the ability to copy worksheets and dashboards between workbooks, allowing you to easily combine views from one workbook to another, including the data connection.
To our customers, thank you. Keep the ideas flowing.
In Tableau 8.1, we added box-and-whisker plots to 'Show Me' for a one-click overview of your data. You'll also find RANK, a new function for quickly ranking your data and breaking ties, as well as a new aggregation level, PERCENTILE, for easily showing the Nth percentile of your data set.
We also made improvements to one of our most popular 8.0 features: forecasting. When making predictions, it's important to always account for uncertainty, so we added adjustable prediction bands. You can also tweak the forecasting model to use multiplicative models.
Finally, if you work with statistics and data-mining, then you know R, a popular and fast-growing open source program for data analysis. Now, you can integrate it into Tableau for a one-two punch of data visualization and data science. Import R packages, libraries or any of your saved data models into Tableau for fluid interactions, easy data manipulation and rich presentations.
In the first of many updates focused on large enterprises, we released all Tableau products as 64-bit applications, allowing anyone to take full advantage of their machine's memory for faster queries and more analytical muscle. This also helps Tableau Server and Tableau Online scale to even more users, more data, and more questions answered. We also added support for Tableau to communicate over the IPv6 protocol.
This also means even deeper business integration for Tableau Server, which can now use SAML as an authentication method for a single sign-on experience across multiple programs. It can also be configured to use load balancers to make any Server deployment even more resilient. We've also eliminated any downtime when taking a backup.
You'll also see several other improvements, such as alerts when extracts fail to refresh,
permission enhancements and a better guest account option.
More Data, No Problem
Getting to your data is always the first step towards answering your questions. That's why in this release, like all releases, we continued to improve our native data connections and take full advantage of what each data store has to offer. We added additional functionality to our Google Analytics and Google BigQuery connectors, as well as support for Stored Procedures for other databases. For users looking to create Tableau Data Extracts, we've made the Data Extract API available for Linux as well.
But working with your data doesn't just mean new connectors and databases, it means letting you do more with the data you already have. The new DATEPARSE function allows you to easily convert text strings into dates. Just tell Tableau which part is the year, the month, and so on, and you're set.
Web and Mobile Authoring
Drag-and-drop analytics, now in the web and on the go. We took the breakthrough technology of Tableau Desktop--the ability to visually ask questions of data without writing any code--and ported it to the web. Edit existing charts and graphs to answer new questions and iterate on existing dashboards. Start completely new workbooks with published data sources on Tableau Server.
All of this is available on mobile devices too. Query hundreds of millions of rows of data, as much as you have, using just your fingers.
On the web, on a mobile device, on the go. Analyze your data, whenever, wherever. And still no scripting required.
Deep Visual Analytics
It's important to always build features that enable customers to ask deeper questions of their data, and build them in the same easy-to-use philosophy. That's why new deep analytical features--like visual grouping, cohort analysis, powerful set creation, forecasting and advanced data blending--can all still be done with your mouse.
Create visual groups and sets simply by selecting them with a mouse. Do cohort analysis, compare the ins and outs of a set, or forecast any timeseries data into the future in one click. Built completely fresh views with the new treemap in 'Show Me.'
Data blending also got a huge boost in functionality. Now, combine data sources without having to use the linking field in the view itself, giving you more flexibility over how to blend your data sources together.
Cloud Data, Any Data
Data is moving to more places and diversifying at an even faster pace. Today you even see data sources in the cloud. And wherever your data goes, we'll be there. In Tableau 8.0, we introduced our first suite of native cloud data connectors to Google Analytics, Google BigQuery, Salesforce and Amazon Redshift. These connectors work just like any of our other native connectors and have been optimized to take full advantage of each data source's capabilities and characteristics.
And for data not in the cloud, we added a Data Extract API to allow anyone to create Tableau Data Extracts, without even opening up Tableau.
Speaking of Data Extracts, we've made them smaller and faster, even with the same amount of data.
We also added a host of other features, such as subscriptions which allow you to get an email of the view on a regular basis. Data source filters allow one data source to be available to all, while automatically granting access to parts of the data based on the user. New admin views provide a picture of how people are using Tableau Server and which content is popular.
These additions mean you can implement Tableau Server as a central part of your business and allow everyone to make data-driven decisions with ease.
Fast, All Around
Since technology moves fast, so do we. We took advantage of the latest graphics cards enhancements and translated them into faster visual rendering of your data. We rewrote our rendering engine so we can show you millions of data points at a time at blazing speeds.
For Tableau Server and Tableau Public views, we also moved a lot of the rendering work into the web browser for faster and smoother interactions with your dashboards. Both products can also now load all of the items in a dashboard at the same time, instead of one at a time, resulting in faster load times all around.
See all of 7.0's features in detail here.
New Ways of Seeing
Tableau 7.0 kicked things off with new native visualizations: filled maps and area charts. Both just take one-click to display your data in a beautiful way, whether it's presenting geographic data or dissecting individual changes within trends over time.
But it wouldn’t have been a major release without improving existing features and making them easier to use, such as a redesigned Menu. Or maps that now wrap. Or how about our signature 'Show Me' feature? It's now a dynamic experience, actively suggesting chart types based on the data fields as you select them. It's also an exploratory experience, meaning you can switch between different views on the fly.
And then there's better geocoding. Ever have data that has GB, Britain, UK and a dozen more permutations of the same country? Now they all automatically point to the same place. Always.
What would a new release be without more powerful ways to see and understand your data? With 7.0, we invited a host of new analytical tricks to the party, such as confidence bands, exponential trend models and deeper summary stats.
We also made a number of improvements to already existing features. Tooltips were enhanced with new action-buttons to keep you moving and analyzing your data at the speed of thought. Dates became easier to work with, including some better formatting customizations and even the ability to show dates with no data. And parameters are now just one click away when you want to let the user control reference lines, top N filters and bins.
For many of you, Tableau is about speed. How could we disagree?
The Data Server
As data grows in your organization, you need a good way to keep all those data connections, extracts and other files organized. The new data server in 7.0 is here to help, providing a one stop shop for centralized data management.
This means streamlined metadata. Rename a field, create a calculated field or build a hierarchy. Now, when other users connect to that data, they'll see the exact data as you cleaned it: the same field names, the same calculations, the same--you get the idea. And when you update that data, it will update for everyone else. One version of the truth.
The data server can also store data connections, acting as a proxy between users and databases, which IT will love--no need to install drivers on everyone's machines? Yes, please.
And of course, this is still Tableau Server, which means it's as secure as ever. All data connections will respect any security settings you set, whether in Tableau Server or the database itself. Published data sources can also be secured on a user by user basis.
Multi-tenancy allows Tableau Server to be segmented into separate sites, separating workspaces, content, users and workbooks--all while still using one instance of Tableau Server. Members of one site won't be able to view content from other sites.
If you serve reports to multiple clients via Tableau Server, you don’t want them to be able to see each other’s workbooks, users or projects. In fact, you probably don't want one client to even know the other even exists.
Just one more vote for privacy and security in this digital information age.
See all of 6.0's features in detail here.
The Data Engine
Do you find your database slow? Do you work with large text files or big spreadsheets? Allow us to introduce the Tableau Data Engine, a system that extracts your data and optimizes it for blazingly fast analytics.
Traditionally, in-memory extracts required all the data fit into RAM. Not so with Tableau's Data Engine, which is always aware of how much RAM is available locally. This means you can load data much larger than what your RAM has space for.
And if you decide you want to go back and directly connect to your data, you can just uncheck a box. Easy, fast and flexible, just the way a data engine should be.
Data doesn't always come neatly packaged in one box. There might be a stray CSV with crucial data you'd love to add to views you've already created. With Tableau's data blending feature, you can combine data from multiple sources together into a single view with a simple drag-and-drop. No code needed.
And you can create features that take advantage of having a combined data source, including filters, calculations, and more that work across multiple data sources.
The most significant addition to analytics in Tableau 6.0 was also one of the most important: user input. Not everyone has the same acceptable threshold for flight delay times, or for discounts applied to product sales. New parameters allow you to set these values and dynamically see the data change. They can also be used to switch between multiple fields, giving users total control of what they see.
We also added a suite of table calculation functions, giving users the power to quickly calculate percent of totals, percent differences, and so much more.
And because speed and ease are so important to us, we took our simple drag-and-drop philosophy into creating ad-hoc hierarchies. Simply drag one dimension on top of another to create a hierarchy and reorder the levels. Not one line of code needed.
As more and more people publish workbooks to Tableau Server, you need a good way to manage everybody's projects, security rights and even how often Server's cache refreshes. In 6.0, we created ways to do all of that, from a new content administrator role to the ability to batch manage users, in addition to other major usability features.
We also made Server itself easier to manage. Simply enter a URL to see the status of Server, along with better ActiveDirectory syncing and improved error reporting.
All to give you a smoother, faster experience when interacting with your data.
See all of 5.0's features in detail here.
Active Views & Dashboards
Dashboards combine views to get a big picture of your data. In 5.0, we took dashboards a step further with active interactivity. Take highlighting, for example, which can be applied across worksheets to identify relationships and trends--whether by category, named individuals, date ranges or even a single data point.
Even individual worksheets on a dashboard can act as filters themselves. Clicking on a point on one sheet filters other sheets to relevant data, opening up many doors for deeper interactivity and faster insights. Actions can even be configured to contain URL links and point to other sites for more information.
Design Analytical Workflows
Rather than just provide static reports, we added a host of new features to create views that guide readers to new insights. There are new filters, such as single-select drop-down menus, search boxes, relative date filters, and more. They can also all be customized--along with legends and tooltips--to inform readers of what actions to take or what information to absorb. Try adding dynamic titles and captions based on viewer selections.
You can even guide viewers from one worksheet to the next using highlighting and filters to move between the sheets. New URL actions also let you lead readers to other sites with more detailed information separate from your data.
And now you can even create dual-axis charts to easily compare multiple measures across dimensions.
Expanded Data Access
You've got a lot of data sitting around, but only want to work with a small subset of it. With updated Tableau extracts, you can aggregate fields, roll-up dates or filter out certain columns altogether. This reduces the size of the data you import, making it much faster to work with.
Even connecting data is easier. In fact, it's as easy as copying and pasting--literally. Find interesting data on the web or in an email? Copy it, open Tableau and paste it right in. It's that easy.
Version 5.0 also adds the ability to import your own custom geocoding. There are many types of datasets that don't follow conventional geographic location, and now all of those can be imported and plotted with Tableau's maps. Think airports, congressional districts, store locations--anything to fit the desires of your analytical mind.
With uses of Tableau Server growing in many organizations, more and more people want access to dashboards at the same time, so we've made Tableau Server capable of multi-threading. Instead of waiting for one request to complete before beginning the next one, multiple users can ask questions of the same dashboard at the same time. This means far shorter wait times.
And in case you find your internal server hardware struggling to keep up with that growth, you can install one instance of Tableau Server and distribute it across multiple server boxes. You're no longer constrained by the limitations of a single piece of hardware.
We've also added the ability to monitor how people are using Tableau Server, giving you the power to optimize it based on your organization's specific use case. When do people access dashboards? Which reports are most commonly used? How much space do they take up? And to help make answering those questions even easier, Server will now create database repository of its own data, which you can query using Tableau Desktop itself! How people view data is data on its own--now you can analyze it.
See all of 4.0's features in detail here.
Integrated, One-Click Maps
Maps are powerful ways to visualize geographic data. In 4.0, we made maps a one-click visualization type. Using built-in geocoding, Tableau automatically recognizes geographic fields such as country, state and even zip code, and can plot them on a map immediately. No latitude or longitude required.
Our maps also have custom codings. You can add streets, borders and geographic names. We've also included 30 different demographic variables you can layer on top of maps, such as housing unit growth, economic data and more.
And of course, maps are first-class visuals, which means you can use all of Tableau's great features, such as small multiples, filters and even the pages shelf to see trends.
Enhanced Marks & Dashboards
At the core of every release is a new way to look at your data. With 4.0, we added new chart types with Pie Charts alongside major upgrades to the way your data is presented. Think mark transparency, custom mark shapes and other visual cues for easier data manipulation.
We also upgraded dashboards to support web pages, URL actions and custom images. On top of that, we've made dashboards more flexible both in and outside of Tableau. You can embed documents directly into dashboards to support your data visualizations, or even embed dashboards into other programs such as Powerpoint through third-party plugins.
A New Embeddable, Flexible Server
You can embed Tableau Server views into your network, portal, or any internal web page and application. We even provide the flexibility to include or exclude toolbars, comments and quick-filters.
We've also enhanced the overall experience to Server. See a great dashboard but don't want to bookmark the link? You can create a series of favorites. Want to focus on only a subset of the data? You can customize dashboards, save those views and then access them later.
Ultimately, Tableau Server is about extending interactivity and data discovery to everyone in your organization. To that end, Server inherited several features from Tableau Desktop, such as highlighting and interactive hierarchies, empowering users to dive into the data and discover new insights.
You've analyzed your data and discovered new insights. Now you want to share them. Introducing our second product, Tableau Server, a business intelligence application that provides browser-based analytics everyone can learn and use.
Anyone in your organization can view your published work online, so long as they have the proper security permissions. Interactions are live and on the fly, including filtering, highlighting and drill downs. And it's all in the web browser; no downloads, plugins or coding required.
Welcome to rapid-fire business intelligence.
Dashboards are a fundamental tool for presenting your data. You've used Tableau Desktop's worksheets to explore your data and perform valuable analysis. Combine all of those worksheets onto a dashboard to provide the big picture of your data.
We've also enabled our analytics capabilities to work across all worksheets in a dashboard. Take quick filters, for example. They can be used to filter all of your data on a dashboard at once with a couple clicks of a mouse, no coding required.
Improved Visual Styling
Visual information is at the heart of Tableau's products, and this release improved many aspects of how information is presented. This includes better default positioning, including the orientation of text and numbers. Even the physical layout of filters, legend cards and charts are more intuitive and adapt for each item's size.
Color legends are also interactive. Selecting one color highlights all selections of that color while graying out all others. This easily allows you to home in on the data that is important to you.
Improved Data Connectivity
Data is at the core of what you do, and now we help you do it even better. Even if your data is in one database, it often exists in multiple tables. Now you can use Tableau Desktop to connect to joined tables. Quickly add and remove tables, or even change how joins are performed on the fly.
But what if you're offline and not connected to your database? Tableau can now create extracts of your data, letting you take your work offline. You can even work with just a subset of your data. In some cases, extracting data also adds additional features, such as distinct counts and medians.
Ultimately, this gives you flexibility in working with your data. You're free to maintain a live connection to your database, extract the data to work offline, or seamlessly switch between the two.
New Visual Encodings
There are many ways to encode your data to make rapid comparisons. Color came with our initial release version, and now we've added size. Just drag any field to the size shelf, and watch as your marks are sized according to the category they belong to or the relative numerical amount of that point.
Also new is the Pages shelf, which allows you to flip between data from different categorical fields, such as date. It can also be animated to automatically show how data changes, often highlighting very impactful occurrences in your data set as you watch.
Don't forget to try one-click reference and trend lines too. These make for simple and easy ways to compare data points against set benchmarks or even see the strength of a regression.
Calculations and math functions are the foundation of manipulating your data. New calculated fields allow you to augment your data in Tableau, whether you want to modify dates, use trigonometric functions, and much more. We've even added custom SQL expressions and cube database calculations using MDX queries.
In the spirit of fast analytical insight, table calculations are just one-click away. This is an easy way to perform running totals, various types of percent calculations, moving calculations and much more.
The very first release, built on the revolutionary technology that makes Tableau what it is today. Tableau Desktop is built on the idea that you can work with data by using pictures, not just numbers and code. Use your mouse and a few click to drag and drop and analyze your data.
Tableau is built on years of research to build a system that supports people's natural ability to think visually. Every change you make is shown in pictures you can instantly understand. This includes building charts, swapping axes, filtering information, and much more.
Welcome to business analytics anyone can learn and use.
Say Goodbye to Coding
Tableau's breakthrough technology, called VizQL, allows you to visualize your data without needing to even touch your keyboard. As you use your mouse to drag and drop to create charts, Tableau translates your actions into database queries and then expresses the response graphically. .
Shift fluidly between views, following your natural train of thought. No wizards, code, or other intermediate scripts. You maintain a constant view of your data without having to lift a finger off your mouse.
Easy & Useful, Fast & Beautiful, Ubiquitous
Tableau was built on these three principles. Anyone should be able to work with their data and derive usable insights out of their data. It should also work fast, as fast as you can think--all the while outputting beautiful graphics that humans intuitively understand. Finally, this tool should be usable anywhere, and with any kind of data you have.
This first release of Tableau Desktop was a giant first step towards fulfilling these principles. You can perform powerful database queries without knowing how to write them. The results are visual graphics, not code. And you can connect to spreadsheets, databases and cubes.
But it's a first step. As you look through our subsequent releases, you'll see each one brings us closer and closer to making those principles even more of a reality, and ultimately towards accomplishing our mission: to help people see and understand their data.