Newest Tableau Version Adds New Data Sources, iPad App
The object is to make it easier for people to collect and analyze data from any resource while either in the office or traveling.Most analytics software—big data or otherwise—is cube-based, so to speak. By that we mean that virtually all users of that type of application are housed in offices somewhere, cranking out answers to complicated questions submitted by fellow employees or contractors in other locations. There are many reasons for this, and they are mostly about convention. Usually, people who use analytics applications sit in offices and prefer to be as securely connected to their data stores as possible. There are data gatherers, and there are data analyzers. But as of Sept. 15, this has changed. Tableau Software has released Tableau 9.1, which offers additional data resources, new native connectors to resources, and a new iPad app. The object is to make it easier for people to collect and analyze data from any resource while either in the office or while traveling. New capabilities in the version give users more ways to answer questions with data and new options for connecting to data and easier security and authentication for the enterprise, Ellie Fields, Tableau Vice President of Product Marketing, told eWEEK.
"The real value of this new release is the improved connection to data—all kinds of data," Fields said. "Our new Web-based connectors allow people to write very simple scripts and present URLs out to folks to connect to any kind of Web data source out there."