Tableau Metadata Model

Marc Rueter, Senior Director of Technology and Strategy - Tableau Software

When it comes to metadata, most business intelligence (BI) platforms go one of two ways: either model the entire enterprise as a first step, or model nothing. Many “next generation” business intelligence platforms claim that one of their innovations is to do away with metadata entirely—which falls apart when platform usage spreads beyond a small team of experts and into mainstream, enterprise-scale deployments.

Metadata in existing systems should be leveraged when beneficial, but business users don’t need to understand metadata to be successful. With these points in mind, Tableau has created a simple, elegant and powerful metadata system known as the Data Source. Two layers of abstraction and a run time model (VizQL Model) give the business user flexibility while allowing for enterprise-wide metadata.

This paper will show you how Tableau's metadata model is seamless, approachable, and transparent, to an extent that new customers often believe Tableau does not have a metadata layer at all.

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About the author


Marc Rueter

Senior Director of Technology and Strategy - Tableau Software

Marc Rueter is Tableau Software’s Senior Director of Technology and Strategy. Prior to Tableau, he held positions at MicroStrategy and Siebel Systems. At Siebel, he led a team that developed successful applications for retailers. Marc plays an instrumental role in Tableau’s product development, providing critical input based on his experience helping clients with large projects. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer for SQLServer. Marc holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the University of Washington.