Tableau Software Hires Former AWS Exec as CEO

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2016-08-22 Print this article Print
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Meanwhile, in addition to Selipsky’s appointment, Tableau also announced that Chris Stolte, the company’s co-founder and Chief Development Officer, will transition to Technical Advisor and Andrew Beers will take over as Chief Development Officer. In addition, Francois Ajenstat, a long-time leader of the product development team, will assume a new position as Chief Product Officer reporting to Beers.

In a statement, Stolte said Beers has been with Tableau from day one as one of the company’s initial developers. Beers will play a central role in Chabot’s goal of helping to make Tableau “the standard for how people work with data.”

Selipsky will be key to that strategy as well, as he has experience in helping to cut through complexity to reach both developers and end users. At AWS, Selipsky maintained a focus on the developer community, vigorously defending the company against criticism that AWS did not “get” developers.

“It’s ironic that we still hear this because, particularly in the early years of AWS, the majority of the usage of the platform and the vast majority of what we were known for, was being used by fast-growing startups,” Selipsky told eWEEK in an interview from his earlier AWS days. “And fast-growing startups tend to be by developers, or at least to be a very high concentration of developers. So I think it is indisputably true that developers have created a very significant amount of the growth that AWS has seen since the very start.”

Selipsky also noted that AWS had actually produced a fair amount of tooling, including full SDKs and toolsets supporting multiple languages ranging from Java, Ruby to PHP to .NET, and others as well.

Last week, Tableau launched the latest edition of its cloud-based business intelligence package, which the company said offers faster and more complete analytics than the previous version.

Tableau 10 features a refreshed design and user interface, new analytical and mobile enhancements, new options for preparing data and a subset of new enterprise capabilities, the company said.

The enterprise-grade, cloud business intelligence package produces analytics in near-real time. More than 3,000 customer accounts around the world use it, including large and small businesses, nonprofit groups and educational institutions, the company said.


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