Tableau announces major release of visual analytics software

Tableau Software announces the general availability of Tableau 9.0, a major release of its fast visual analytics software. New capabilities help people to achieve more with data, answering questions at interactive speed.

“From the beginning, Tableau has been designed to help people stay engaged in their analytics flow, with a drag and drop interface and features designed for ad-hoc analysis,” said Chris Stolte, Chief Development Officer and co-founder of Tableau Software. “Tableau 9.0 furthers the notion of ‘flow’ with improvements that keep people engaged with their analysis rather than having to focus on writing new calculations or cleaning up the data.”

“The new calculation dialog in Tableau 9.0 is a huge improvement,” said Corey Turner, Application Developer at Spokane Public Schools. “It makes the product more intuitive and easier for anyone to use.”

“The new data connection options, such as data interpreter, pivot and split function, make it easier for anyone connecting to data with Tableau,” added Billy Burns, Director of Decision Support at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, Florida and Tableau customer through its partner TEKNION Data Solutions.

New Tableau 9.0 features

Tableau 9.0 makes cleaning up messy data easier. The Tableau Data Interpreter will automatically clean up spreadsheets. Together with the Automatic Data Modeling that was released in 8.2, these new features help people to spend more time on data analysis rather than data preparation. 

The latest version is also designed to help stay focused on answering questions without interrupting flow. People can type calculations right into the canvas and see the data update instantly. A new Analytics Pane makes it easy to drag reference lines, totals, trends, forecasts and other analytical objects right into the analysis. New Level-of-Detail Expressions make new questions answerable, by anyone.

In Tableau 9.0, maps are more responsive and faster. They also allow for geographic search and the ability to lasso irregular shapes.

Tableau Server and Tableau Online have been redesigned from the ground up delivering a faster, more scalable, resilient and extensible platform. Users will notice significant speed improvements and administrators will appreciate the improved administrative views delivering richer insights on Tableau Server.

The new version’s workbooks are faster via a number of technologies that include parallel queries, Query Fusion, vectorization and smarter query caches.