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Tableau 10 to feature data mashups, more IT management tools

Sharon Machlis | July 26, 2016
The company's latest product is due out of beta within weeks

"I just recently was able to build a visualization (using cross-database joins) which allowed me to skip the step of bringing SQL and Oracle data together in our data warehouse," Turner added. "And the best part is, it's a live connection, so there is no need to monitor an ETL [extract, transform & load] process to migrate data before connecting it to Tableau."

In addition to using Tableau to analyze student information such as attendance, test results and dropout indicators, he noted, "I also use Tableau to quickly find data-quality issues in our disparate systems, automate data exports and curate data sets that are shared with our organization, which enables a really good solution for data governance."

Both beta customer names were provided by Tableau.

Tableau 10's new automated clustering capability allows users to create groups that are statistically significant, according to Ajenstat at Tableau. The software uses a method called k-means clustering to find the groups, determining the optimum number of groups for the data (users can override the default group number).

Other additions include:

  • A device designer that lets users see how dashboards will display on tablets and mobile phones as well as desktop PCs;
  • More ways for corporate administrators to understand platform usage;
  • Mobile device management support with AirWatch and MobileIron;
  • An Android app;
  • New default settings aimed at guiding users toward dataviz best practices.

Likely not included in Version 10: "Viz in a Viz," Turner said, which was previewed at a recent user conference. "It will allow you to show another visualization in a tooltip as you hover over a bar in a bar chart for example. This is going to be a secret weapon giving more context to users in a really elegant fashion. It didn't make it into version 10, so I'm looking forward to when it gets announced."

The industrial company IT manager said he'd also like to someday see a native data connector into ADP systems as well as making "user restrictions a little more… understandable, as they can be confusing now. For example, some restrictions are inherited from the work book whilst others are not; we're unable to restrict which Dashboard tabs users can see; we can't test restrictions without logging on as each user. Saying that, I think the fact that my biggest two requests are so quirky shows the quality of the product. . . . v10 is a huge jump on from v9. The additions to the product have the potential to change our business."


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