Wednesday, 12 August 2015 09:28

Tableau 9.1 coming soon


An updated version of Tableau's analytics software isn't far away.

It might not be the complete redesign delivered by Tableau 9.0 but version 9.1 is coming with some valuable new features, ANZ country manager Nigel Mendonca told iTWire.

The new version extends "the good things we introduced in 9.0," he said.

The Tableau mobile app has been "rebuilt from the ground up" to give "a totally native experience" using a familiar user interface.

It also include offline snapshots of data, allowing work to continue when internet connections are unavailable.

The app will come in versions for iOS and Android. Support for Windows mobile devices is under consideration, but we were left with the impression that at this stage it is a question of 'if' rather than 'when'.

Tableau's data connectivity has been enhanced with new web connectors, including Azure, Google Cloud SAL, Google Big Query, Google Analytics, and Amazon Aurora. 43 native connectors are now included.

Other improvements help answer more questions with data, add geographical features, and provide an even better user experience, Mendonca said.

He added that Tableau has been working hard to deliver changes addressed at the enterprise market.

There is an ongoing effort to address security and authentication matters, including support for single sign-on. Better integration with other systems in this way makes it easier for users to discover relevant data, with less effort required from the IT department.

That said, the majority of the conversations Tableau is having with enterprise customers and potential customers involve people from the business and IT sides of the organisation.

"The most successful enterprise deployments are where business and IT work hand in hand." he observed.

Version 9.1 will be released sometime before the end of October.

Around 27% of Tableau's revenue goes on R&D, Mendonca said, adding that he has been briefed on some "exciting" developments planned for future releases.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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